Priests

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Priests Born in Texas of Silesian Descent

Reverend Blaise Czaja, C.P.
• Son of Blas Czaja and Velma Richter
• Born in Port Arthur, Texas
• Ordained on May 23, 1964, in Louisville, Kentucky
• Passionist Priest

Reverend Edmund S. Dragon  1905 – 1961
• Son of Joseph Dragon and Caroline Jaskola
• Born on November 15, 1905, in Panna Maria, Texas
• Ordained on March 25, 1930
• Died on January 19, 1961; buried in Panna Maria, Texas

Reverend Edward Joseph Dworaczyk  1906 – 1965
• Son of Julius Dworaczyk and Mary Jarzombek
• Born on October 7, 1906, in Yorktown, Texas
• Ordained on March 25, 1930
• Author of The First Polish Colonies of America in Texas, published in 1936
• Photograph from Centennial:  St. Ann’s Catholic Church Kosciuszko, Texas 1898-1998, page 182
• Died on September 2, 1965; buried in Cestohowa, Texas

Reverend Julius Valerian Dworzczyk  1919 – 1993
• Son of Julius Dworaczyk and Mary Jarzombek
• Born on November 28, 1919, in Kosciusko, Texas
• Ordained on March 19, 1946
• Died on March 14, 1993; buried in Cestohowa, Texas

Reverend Jonathan William Felux
• Son of  Wilbert John Felux and Brenda Marie Pawelek
• Born in Floresville, Texas
• Ordained on May 2, 2009
• Photograph from Archdiocese of San Antonio Vocation Office website: www.savocations.org

Reverend Monsignor Peter L. Foegelle 1901 – 1986
• Son of Michael Foegelle and Frances Wróbel
• Born on January 12, 1901, in Panna Maria, Texas
• Ordained on April 4, 1932
• First photograph from The First Polish Colonies of America in Texas, page 80
• Second photograph from Diamond Jubilee book, Archdiocese of San Antonio 1874-1949, page 81
• Died on September 26, 1986; buried in Kosciusko, Texas

Reverend Monsignor Theodore T. Janysek 1905 – 1989
• Son of Joseph Janysek and Caroline Reiman
• Born on April 19, 1905, in Panna Maria, Texas
• Ordained on March 25, 1930
• Photograph from Priest Forever: History of St. John’s Seminary, San Antonio, Texas  1915-1965, page 74
• Died on August 7, 1989; buried in Panna Maria, Texas

Reverend Casimir Jarzombek
• Son of Thomas Jarzombek and Elizabeth Wollny
• Born in Falls City, Texas
• Ordained on May 26, 1960
• Photograph from Holy Cross Catholic Parish website www.holycrossbaycity.org

Reverend Dennis Anthony Jarzombek
• Son of Chester Ignatz Jarzombek and Esther Rita Pawelek
• Born in Bexar County, Texas
• Ordained on May 18, 1979

Reverend Monsignor Erwin Alexander Juraschek  1921 – 1993
• Son of Alexander Juraschek and Mary Helen Pyterek
• Born on August 12, 1921, in San Antonio, Texas  [St. Michael Catholic Church, Baptism Record, page 20, entry #8]
• Ordained on March 19, 1946, in San Antonio, Texas
• Photograph as National Chaplain from American G I Forum: 30th Annual National Convention Message, August 10, 1978
• Died on January 26, 1993; buried in St. Mary Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas
• Funeral card courtesy of Gladys Jendrush Waclawczyk

Reverend Emmett Benedict Kolodzie  1905 – 1986
• Son of Frank Kolodzie and Cecelia Sheehy
• Born on June 20, 1905, in Falls City, Texas
• Ordained on May 1, 1933
• Photograph from centennial book, Archdiocese of San Antonio 1874-1974, page 270
• Died on April 30, 1986

Reverend Joseph Everest Kolodziejczyk 1914 – 1996
• Son of Dennis Kolodziejczyk and Agatha Respondek
• Born on October 26, 1914
• Ordained in 1982 [after being widowed] in the Diocese of Amarillo
• Died on January 22, 1996, in Lubbock, Texas
• Buried in Englewood Cemetery, Lubbock County, Texas

Reverend Gregory Thomas Labus
• Son of Emil John Labus and Cecilia Kotzur
• Born in Edinburg, Texas
• Ordained on May 27, 2006

Reverend Francis Joseph Ledwig 1889-1947
• Son of Lawrence Ledwig and Louisa Stortz
• Born on March 19, 1889, in Yorktown, Texas
• Ordained on July 31, 1913
• Died on July 18, 1947; buried in San Fernando Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas

Reverend Thomas Lyssy  1926 – 1990
• Son of William John Lyssy and Regina Wiatrek
• Born on June 5, 1926, in Kosciusko, Texas
• Ordained on May 30, 1952
• Photograph of Rev. Thomas Lyssy with his grandmother, Eva Sowa Wiatrek, from The Sowa Family History: Six Generations of Polish-Texans, published in 1981, page 192
• Photograph on right from the centennial book, Archdiocese of San Antonio 1874 – 1974, page 271
• Died on October 28, 1990; buried in Kosciusko, Texas

Reverend Monsignor Henry I. Moczygemba  1914 – 1995
• Son of Frank Moczygemba and Julia Sekula
• Born on April 4, 1914, in Cestohowa, Texas
• Ordained on May 28, 1949, at San Fernando Cathedral
• Ordination card courtesy of Helen Pawlik
• Photograph on left courtesy of Lynn Highley
• Photograph on right from the centennial book Archdiocese of San Antonio 1874 – 1974, page 272
• Died on March 2, 1995; buried in Cestohowa, Texas
• Funeral card courtesy of Gladys Jendrush Waclawczyk

Reverend Leon (Leo) Vitalis Stanislaus Moczygemba  1894 – 1959
• Son of Jacob Moczygemba and Joanna Keller
• Born on April 8, 1894, in Panna Maria, Texas
• Ordained on June 9, 1919
• Photograph from Our Polish Pioneers on un-numbered page prior to brief biography on page 32
• Died on November 17, 1959; buried in Panna Maria, Texas

Reverend Leopold Moczygemba 1858-1892
• Son of Anton Moczygemba and Philippina Wenz
• Born on May 4, 1858, in San Antonio, Texas
• Ordained in 1884 and celebrated his First Solemn Mass in Lemont, Illinois, at Saints Cyril and Methodius Church on June 29, 1884
• Nephew of the pastor, Father Leopold Moczygemba, who had thirty years earlier founded Panna Maria
• Photograph from A Century of Search 1876-1976, Immaculate Conception Church, Elmhurst, Illinois, 7th page
• Died  on April 14, 1892; buried in Lemont, Illinois

Right Reverend Monsignor Thomas Moczygemba 1863-1950
• Son of Joseph Moczygemba and Caroline Szyguda
• Born on December 11, 1863, in Panna Maria, Texas
• [Immaculate Conception of the BVM Church, Baptism Record, entry #242]
• Nephew of Father Leopold Moczygemba
• Ordained on January 5, 1890, in Victoria, Texas
• Photographs on left and center from Schulz family picture collection
• Photograph on right from St. Michael’s Catholic Church 1866 – 1966 Centennial, 39th page
• Died on June 28, 1950; buried in San Fernando Archdiocesan Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas

Reverend Charles William Neumann, Jr., S.M. 1923 – 1997
• Son of Charles William Neumann and Margaret Schulze
• Born on March 21, 1923, in San Antonio, Texas
• Grandson of Carl Schulze and Agatha Sobeczek, who was born in Łubie, Silesia
• Ordained on July 20, 1952; Society of Mary
• President of St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas, from 1961-1963
• Author of The Casper Sobeczek Family in Texas, privately published in 1991
• Photograph from the centennial book, Archdiocese of San Antonio 1874 – 1974, page 272
• Died on May 9, 1997; buried in the Marianist Cemetery, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas

Reverend Paul Edward Neumann, S.M. 1929 – 2017
• Son of Charles William Neumann and Margaret Schulze
• Born on August 22, 1929, in San Antonio, Texas
• Grandson of Carl Schulze and Agatha Sobeczek, who was born in Łubie, Silesia
• Ordained on July 19, 1959, in Fribourg, Switzerland; Society of Mary
• Photograph on left taken in 1968 from http://www.marianist.com/
• Photographs in center and on right from Today’s Catholic, June 5, 2009, page 15; June 9, 2017, page 21
• Died on May 11, 2017; buried in the Marianist Cemetery, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas

Reverend Monsignor Joseph R. Nowak  1925 – 1969
• Son of Roman Charles Nowak and Tekla Kolonko
• Born on March 17, 1925, in San Antonio, Texas
• Ordained on May 28, 1949, at San Fernando Cathedral
• Photograph from Priest Forever: History of St. John’s Seminary, San Antonio, Texas  1915-1965, page 90
• Died on January 18, 1969; buried in San Fernando Cemetery No. 2, San Antonio, Texas

Reverend Wencil Charles Pavlovsky
• Son of Wencil Charles Pavlosky and Mary Margaret Dugie
• Born in Pasadena, Texas
Ordained on June 29, 1991, in Canada

Brother Emil John Pawelek, S.M. 1909-2001
• Son of Charles Pawelek and Florence Pollock
• Born on October 19, 1909, in Wadsworth, Texas
• Professed his final vows as a Marianist Brother on July 15, 1939
• Photograph from centennial book, Falls City Holy Trinity Catholic Church, unpaged
• Died on February 17, 2001; buried in the Marianist Cemetery on the campus of St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas

Reverend Edward Bernard Postert, OMI  1900 – 1977
• Son of Joseph Postert and Ludvina (Philimina) Mazurek
• Born on October 13, 1900, in Bandera, Texas
• Grandson of Thomas Mazurek and Mary Gruszka, who was from Silesia
• Ordained on June 3, 1934
• Photo on right from the centennial book, Archdiocese of San Antonio 1874 – 1974, page 273; photos on left from a family scrapbook
• Died on March 24, 1977; buried in Oblate Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas

Reverend Benedict Anthony Pruski  1917 – 1993
• Son of Felix Pruski and Cecilia Skloss
• Born on December 24, 1917, in Kosciusko, Texas
• Ordained on June 4, 1942
• First photograph from Centennial:  St. Ann’s Catholic Church Kosciuszko, Texas 1898-1998
• Second photograph from Diamond Jubilee book, Archdiocese of San Antonio 1874 – 1949, page 75
• Died on January 20, 1993; buried in Kosciusko, Texas

Reverend Alton Alois Rudolph  1932 – 1997
• Son of Richard G. Rudolph and Agatha Euphrasina Henke
• Born on March 20, 1932, in Karnes City, Texas
• Ordained on March 17, 1956
• Photograph from the centennial book, Archdiocese of San Antonio  1874 – 1974, page 274
• Married after 26 years in the priesthood
• Died on January 12, 1997; buried in Fashing, Texas

Reverend Mark Scheffler, C.Ss.R.
• Son of Edmund Lawrence Scheffler and Doris Evelyn Bennett
• Ordained on June 20, 1970
• Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, popularly known as Redemptorists
• Latin: Congregatio Sanctissimi Redemptoris – C.Ss.R.

Reverend Monsignor Victor G. Schmidtzinsky 1915-2005
• Son of Adolph Schmidtzinsky and Augusta Jenschke
• Born on January 27, 1915, in Fredericksburg, Texas
• First photograph from Priest Forever: History of St. John’s Seminary, San Antonio, Texas 1915-1965, page 84
• Second photograph from Diamond Jubilee book, Archdiocese of San Antonio 1874 – 1949, page 263
• Third photograph from the centennial book Archdiocese of San Antonio 1874-1974, page 275
• Anniversary cards courtesy of Bishop Emeritus John W. Yanta
• Died on February 25, 2005, in San Antonio, Texas; buried in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Fredericksburg, Texas

Father Lawrence Swierc/Swartz, O.C.S.O. 1907-2005
• Son of  Joseph Swierc and Salomea Kyrish
• Born Thomas Joseph Swierc on April 30, 1907, in Falls City, Texas
• Ordained a priest on February 24, 1934
• Changed his surname from Swierc to Swartz in 1963
• Spent 79 years in monastic life as a Trappist monk, longer than anyone else in the USA
• Photograph from Monastery of the Holy Spirit News, October 2005, page 5
• Died on September 26, 2005, at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Monastery in Conyers, Georgia

Reverend Monsignor Emil James Wesselsky
• Son of  Emil John Wesselsky and Paulina Agnes Klos
• Born in Shiner, Texas
• Grandson of Anton Wesselsky who was born in Lautsch, Austria-Silesia
• Ordained on March 17, 1956, at San Fernando Cathedral

Bishop John Walter Yanta
• Son of John Andrew Yanta and Mary Magdalen Pollok
• Born in Runge, Texas
• Ordained a priest on March 17, 1956
• Ordained a bishop on December 30, 1994
• Installed as Seventh Bishop of Amarillo on March 17, 1997

 

Priests Born in Present-day Poland Who Have Ministered in Texas

Reverend Adolf/Adolph Sixtus Bakanowski 1840-1916
• Born on March  28, 1840, in Mohylówka, Uszyca County, Podole Region
• Son of Anthony and Olympia Bakanowski
• Ordained in May of 1863, in Kamieniec Diocese, Russian Poland
• Photograph from Institute of Texan Cultures at UTSA, 068-1240.  Loaned by John F. Dziuk Family
• Vicar-General of Polish Missions in Texas from 1866-1870
• Died on May 22, 1916, in Krakow, Poland

Reverend Vincent Barzynski, C.R. 1838-1899
• Born on September 20, 1838, in Sulislawice, Sandomir
• Son of Joseph Barzynski and Mary Sroczynska
• Ordained on October 27,1861, in Wyswiecony
• Pastoral work in Diocese of San Antonio, Texas, from 1866-1874
• Portrait from brochure of  Sanktuarium Matki Boskiej Sulislawskiej
• Died on May 2, 1899, in Chicago; buried in Niles, Illinois

Reverend Ludwig (Louis) Dombrowski 1844 – 1912
• Born on December 26, 1844, in Gustynia
• Ordained on September 21, 1867
• Photograph from St. Michael’s Catholic Church 1866 – 1966 Centennial, 39th page
• Died on August 9, 1912; buried in St. Michael Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas

Reverend Canon Stanislaw Fiuk, Phd
• Son of Joseph Fiuk and Janina Jurak
• Born in Puszno, Poland
• Ordained on June 2, 1990, in Lublin, Poland

Very Reverend Canon Bernard Marceli Goebel  1905-2001
• Born on January 16, 1905, in Brusy
• Son of Jozef Goebel and Marcjanna Knopik
• Ordained on December 21, 1929, in Brusy, Poland
• Imprisoned in Dachau Concentration Camp for five years
• In 1951, began pastoral work in the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Texas
• Photograph from the centennial book Archdiocese of San Antonio  1874-1974, page 268
• Died on June 24, 2001; buried in Panna Maria, Texas
• Click here to see photo of grave marker

Reverend Peter Kolton 1910-1981
• Born on June 29, 1910, in Zalosce
• Ordained on December 16, 1958, in Rome, Italy
• In 1966, to commemorate the millennium of Christianity in Poland, built a museum and shrine to Our Lady of Czestochowa at 138 Beethoven Street in San Antonio, Texas
• Photograph from the centennial book, Archdiocese of San Antonio 1874-1974, page 270
• Died on April 26, 1981

Reverend Ernest Joseph Kostorz 1877-1969
• Born on January 11, 1877, in Silesia
• Son of Leopold Kostorz and Maria Stephany
• Ordained on June 1, 1902, in Winnipeg, Canada
• Died on April 9, 1969, in San Antonio, Texas
• Buried in St. Anthony of Padua Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas

Reverend Monsignor Franciszek (Frank) Kurzaj
• Born in Slawiecice, Silesia, Poland
• Son of Jerzy Kurzaj and Elzbieta Struzyna
• Ordained on May 16, 1976, in Opole, Poland

Reverend Leopold Moczygemba 1824 – 1891
• Born on October 18, 1824, in Pluznica Wielka, Silesia
• Son of Leopold Moczygemba and Ewa Krawietz
• Ordained on July 25, 1847, in Pesaro, Italy
• Photograph from Polish American Crusaders Museum, San Antonio, Texas. ITC 070-0009.
• Died on February 23, 1891, in Dearborn, Michigan
• Buried in Mount Elliot Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan
• Reinterment on October 13, 1974, Panna Maria, Texas

Reverend Paul Aloysius Mosler, O.M.I. 1879-1954
• Born on April 16, 1879, in Urbanowice, Silesia
• Son of John Mosler and Josefa Chrobok
• Ordained on May 14, 1905, in Huenfeld, Germany
• Honorary title:  “Apostle of West Texas”
• Died on September 30, 1954, in San Antonio, Texas
• Buried in Oblate Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas

Reverend Stanislaus Przyborowski 1872 – 1957
• Born on July 6, 1872, in Poland
• Ordained on November 20, 1897, in Victoria, Texas
• Photograph from The First Polish Colonies of America in Texas, page 134
• Celebrated the Golden Jubilee of his ordination in 1947
• Died on September 12, 1957; buried in Cestohowa, Texas

Reverend Sigmund Wojciechowski  1915 – 1986
• Born on March 12, 1915, in Inowroclaw, District of Poznan, Poland
• Ordained on June 28, 1942, in Mogila, District of Kraków, Poland
• Arrested by the Gestapo on January 5, 1944, and confined to prison and concentration camps until liberation on April 15, 1945
• Became a citizen of the United States on November 23, 1954
• Incardinated as a priest of the Archdiocese of San Antonio on April 5, 1966
• Photograph from the centennial book, Archdiocese of San Antonio 1874 – 1974, page 277
• Died on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1986; buried in Kosciusko, Texas

Reverend Emanuel Joseph  Wróbel 1866 – 1920
• Born on December 25, 1866, in Błotnica Strzelecka, Silesia
• Son of Johann Wróbel and Marianna Moczigemba
• Ordained on June 22, 1890, in Grand Rapids, Michigan
• Pastoral work in Meyersville, Texas, 1907-1909
• First photograph, No. 080-0131, UTSA Special Collections – Institute of Texan Cultures
Photograph courtesy of:  Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph R. San Miguel
• Second photograph from Our Polish Pioneers by John A. Joyce
• Died on February 11, 1920, in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana
• Buried in Resurrection Mausoleum of the Catholic Cemetery, Adams Township, Allen County, Indiana

Reverend Felix Zwiardowski  1840 – 1895
• Born on December 29, 1840, in Bialystok
• Ordained on April 20, 1867, in Panna Maria, Texas; Congregation of the Resurrection
• Appointed Superior of the Polish Missions in Texas on July 15, 1870
• Photograph from St. Michael’s Catholic Church 1866- 1966 Centennial, 37th page
• Died on August 31, 1895; buried in Panna Maria, Texas