Wichita artist writes song for Father Kapaun | Hillsboro Star Journal
Jack Korbel had been so inspired by the life of Father Kapaun that he decided to give his son his name long before a medical emergency resulted in the boy’s premature delivery 10 weeks earlier.
A resident of Wichita, Korbel prayed for Kapaun’s intercession during the eight weeks her baby was in neonatal intensive care.
Far from placing Father Kapaun on the same level as God, Catholics ask him to pray for them when they seek his intercession – in the same way that someone might ask a friend to pray for them, explained Harriet Bina, Kapaun Museum volunteer earlier this year.
“They ask Father Kapaun, who we believe to be in Heaven with God, to take their prayers directly to God and place them at the foot of his throne, asking God to hear and answer their prayer,” Bina said. .
Korbel’s prayers have been answered. Her son is now a happy and healthy 4 year old.
Korbel has a day job as a speech therapist but is also a singer-songwriter who performs folk influenced songs with his band, the Jack Korbel Confluence.
Korbel’s rendition of a song he wrote about Kapaun stirred the crowd gathered on Saturday night on the lawn of Alvin and Barb Kroupa’s farm, just west of Marion, to a standing ovation. He was humbled by the applause.
Korbel is just grateful that his family has gone through a scary time.
“I just have real devotion to Father Kapaun,” Kobel said as he prepared to spend another day walking to honor the priest who he said had helped get his prayers answered.
“I just appreciate his example of heroic virtue. Isn’t that a lot of what a saint is?