Father Adam Grelinger with his father, Bart, and Father’s Kawasaki Versys.

A motorcycle pilgrimage to Pilsen, Kansas, the hometown of and site of the Chaplain Emil J. Kapaun Museum is being organized for Saturday, June 16.
The Father Kapaun Memorial Ride will leave Wichita at 7:30 a.m. The tour in Pilsen will end at about noon.
Scott Carter, the coordinator of the Father Kapaun Guild for the Diocese of Wichita, said the Father Kapaun Memorial Ride is an opportunity for people to connect with Father Kapaun’s story on a deeper level. “Riding through the Kansas countryside where Father Kapaun grew up and visiting his home church really helps in understanding who he was. If Father Kapaun was still alive I think he would have loved to ride along!”
Dennis McDonough, a member of St. Michael Parish in Mulvane, is helping to organize the pilgrimage. He and his wife, Melinda, often take part in rides for fallen soldiers in Kansas and take long motorcycle trips.
McDonough, who will ride a 2016 Harley Davidson Road Glide to Pilsen, said the pilgrimage will allow him to participate in a motorcycle trip, one of his loves, and do something he has always wanted to do, visit Fr. Kapaun’s museum.
“This will give me a chance to learn more about Father Emil, and appreciate what he represents and what he did,” he said. “He’s my ultimate hero.”
Father Adam Grelinger, who rides a Kawasaki Versys, said he didn’t know how much of a biker he is but that he enjoys riding with his father, Bart, a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Wichita.
Father Grelinger, a parochial vicar at Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Wichita, said on his days off he and his father occasionally ride to visit various churches in the Diocese of Wichita.
When he learned about the motorcycle pilgrimage to Pilsen he asked his dad if he’d like to go.
Bart agreed. And now, with the visit to St. John Nepomucene Church, they can tick one more church off their diocesan church bucket list.

Annual Fr. Kapaun Mass June 3 in Pilsen
The Annual Father Kapaun Day Celebration will take place Sunday, June 3, at St. John Nepomucene Church in Pilsen.
Bishop Carl A. Kemme will celebrate Mass at 11 a.m. Lunch will follow. The Chaplain Kapaun Museum will also be open for tours.
Want to join the ride?
The event is limited to the first 60 participants. A $10 donation includes lunch and the tour. To register and for details, contact Scott Carter at 316-440-1735 or email CarterS@CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org.