On Saturday, October 17, the College priests and students took a break from the intense studying for midterms and went out on a pilgrimage to the Fr. Juan de Padilla Park in Herington, KS and the Fr. Emil Kapaun Memorial and Museum in Pilsen, KS.
Fr. de Padilla was the first priest to be martyred on U.S. soil; a park and monument now commemorate the place where he is said to have died. Our chaplain, Fr. McBride, led the students in a rosary at this site before picnicking by the pond in the park. After lunch, we headed out to Pilsen, where we were given a brief explanation of Fr. Kapaun and his amazing bravery during the Korean War as a military chaplain. After touring the museum, Fr. McBride offered Mass in front of the Fr. Kapaun statue to close the pilgrimage. The day ended with dinner at a restaurant in Manhattan before going back home to St. Marys. The trip, while being primarily spiritual and educational, also served as a great bonding moment for the students and the priests who accompanied them.
~ written by Maria, class of 2021