Celestine Kapsner

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Reverend Father Celestine Kapsner O.S.B. (April 29, 1892 - January 18, 1973), was a Benedictine Catholic priest[1] and exorcist whose account of an American exorcism brought delivance to the attention of a large audience for the first time in the United States.

Father Kapsner attended Catholic University of America 1925-26 with an M.A. in theology.[2] In 1934, he published a book entitled Mary Crushes the Serpent which he translated and was originally written by Rev. Theodore Geiger. It discussed Geiger's thirty years as an exorcist.[3] Father Kapsner also translated a 1928 account of an exorcism by Father Theophilus Riesinger from a German magazine and published it, as Begon Satan! in 1935 and Franz Sallinger's The Virtuous Life of Mary Lichtenegger 1906-1923 in 1939.

Father Kapsner was stationed at St. John's Abbey at Collegeville, Minnesota, in the early 1960s. Among his duties and activities was being in charge of the garden. Kapsner was also known to have taken part in exorcisms.

Father Kapsner died in Minnesota on the 18th of January, 1973. His pamphlet was important because it brought a detailed account of an exorcism to the American public for the first time.

A book of genealogy that he wrote entitled, Kopka Family Tree was published in 1973 and another Kapsner Family Tree, 1874-1974 was postumously published in 1974.[4]

Published works

  • The Ordinary of the Mass as a Means of Inculcating Religious Truth; an Essay, 1928
  • Begone Satan!, 1935


  1. Time Magazine, March 2, 1936
  2. [Saint John's University Archives http://www.csbsju.edu/sjuarchives/hoffmann/suppl.htm]
  3. [Mary Crushes the Serpent, Open Library http://openlibrary.org/b/OL17936038M/Mary_crushes_the_serpent]
  4. [Open Library http://openlibrary.org/b/OL4935126M/Kapsner_family_tree__1874-1974]