Visiting Pilsen


Chaplain Kapaun Museum Hours:

Tuesday and Friday, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, or by appointment.

All groups of 10 or more please call in advance, even for regular hours.  Tours on Sundays cannot be accommodated.

 

In order to better accommodate your visit, please read the following: 

GENERAL INFORMATION:

  • Group tours should be no larger than 60 people.  A donation to the Chaplain Kapaun Legacy Fund is greatly appreciated, especially for large groups.
  • Handicap Accessibility: Unfortunately, the Chaplain Kapaun Museum, where most of Father Kapaun’s artifacts are housed, is an old rectory (priest’s home) and currently does not have handicap accessibility.  The church and statue are both handicap accessible.  Please make us aware of any disability and we will do our best to accommodate you.
  • No overnight retreats are allowed at Holy Family Parish, as the necessary facilities are not available.  Overnight retreats can be held at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita, 316-744-0167.


TOUR OPTIONS:

Please let us know which tour options you would like us to cover.  Make sure you allow for sufficient time for your visit!

      The Life of Father Kapaun (always given) 1 hour
      Father Kapaun Artifacts 30 min
      Alleged Miracles 30 min
      Church Tour 30 min
      Statue (weather permitting- can also be visited on way in or out) 30 min
      Cemetery (weather permitting) 30 min
      Videos of Father Kapaun 30 min
            "The Miracle of Father Kapaun" produced by the Wichita Eagle  
            "Crossroads: The Good Thief" 1950s television drama  
            "The Story of Chaplain Kapaun" produced by Kapaun's Men  


Lunch can also be provided for groups.  Arrangements can be made when scheduling your tour.  Please allow 30-45 minutes for lunch as well.

 

PRIESTS AND CELEBRATING MASS:

  • St. John Nepomucene Church is a part of Holy Family Parish in Marion County.  Mass is celebrated on Thursday morning at 8:00 AM, barring a funeral or other circumstances.  Sunday Mass is celebrated at 10:30 AM, although the Chaplain Kapaun Museum is closed on Sundays.
  • All Catholic priests who wish to celebrate Mass at St. John Nepomucene Church must make reservations well in advance with Rose at the Holy Family Parish office.  Extra Masses on Sundays are not allowed.
  • Priests from outside the Catholic Diocese of Wichita must provide a letter of suitability for each priest celebrant/concelebrant.  Please detail the dates and location of the desired Mass.  Copies of the letter must be sent to both the Office of the Bishop and the Holy Family Parish Office well in advance of the date of the Mass.  See addresses below.
  • All priests who have permission to celebrate Mass must be respectful of local custom and follow correct rubrics.
  • If arrangements have not been made well in advance, Mass will not be permitted.
Office of the Bishop Holy Family Parish Office
Catholic Diocese of Wichita 415 N. Cedar St.
424 N. Broadway Marion, KS 66861
Wichita, KS 67202  
Or by email at:
Tracy Winslow
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Rose Davidson:
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WALKING PILGRIMAGES: 

The only sanctioned walking pilgrimage to Pilsen is the annual Father Kapaun Walk, which is held in conjunction with Fr. Kapaun Day, the first Sunday in June.  Other walking pilgrimages are not permitted, especially for groups associated with the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, including schools, youth groups, parishes, etc.  Please note that the roads to Pilsen are either unpaved country roads or are roads without sidewalks and that walking is not advised. 

 

LOCATION:

St. John Nepomucene Church and the Chaplain Kapaun Museum are located 8 miles north of US Highway 56 on 275th street in Marion County, Kansas.  The drive from Wichita takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes.