Priest’s family thankful he's safe; Man expected home this week following ordeal in Greece


Virgil Kappas and his daughter Nadia Charcap sit in their Franklin home Monday evening. Nadia used social media and a telephone to start the search for her brother. PHOTO BY JOSHUA MARSHALL

The series of phone calls woke the Kappes family from a fitful night of sleep.

Rest had been a rare luxury in the Franklin home of Virgil Kappes. He and his wife, Jenny Johnson-Kappes, had spent the past week fearful for their son’s life.

Christiaan Kappes, a priest, had called frantically from Greece on Oct. 1. He was in danger and needed to flee the country, he said.

That was the last time the family heard from their son until the early morning call Monday.

“My wife started screaming, and he’s telling us that he’s OK,” Virgil Kappes said. “We were very, very happy. I said, ‘I love you,’ and asked him, ‘Haven’t you been watching the news?’”

All that is left now for the family of Christiaan Kappes is to wait for him to come home. The priest told his family that he had escaped from Greece and was working to get home.


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