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Volume 11, No. 3, Fall 2003

Slovak Heritage Live

A quarterly newsletter published by Vladimir Linder

Fall issue was published in October and  mailed to 1200 recipients world wide. 

My long time friend Frater Gabriel
 being ordained by Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn 
at the Cathedral of St. Elizabeth in Košice

I sure hope that all of you had a great summer and those that visited Slovakia were able to connect with their long lost relatives. If you like you can write story for the newsletter. You can email it or snail mail it including pictures, which will be returned after scanning. It you are mailing your story it should be typewritten. As you are starting to read this fall issue I am in Slovakia again doing Genealogical research. If you need anything you can contact me by email at: [email protected] or you can call me on my cell: 011-421-907-297-508. I will return November 20th and publish the winter issue shortly after my arrival...

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I had enough airline points to get a free ticket again through my Visa account and I chose to fly with KLM Airlines.
I left Vancouver on Tuesday, June 17 and arrived in Amsterdam next day early in the morning. The flight was great as usual; the only thing I didn’t like was the long wait in Amsterdam for over six hours for my connecting flight to Vienna. So in the future I will try to avoid flying through Amsterdam. In Vienna I was picked by my friend Andrew Dula and soon we were on the way to Bratislava. In the evening I rested and next morning I arranged for my car pick up from ADVANTAGE CAR RENTAL. As usual everything went very smooth and I got Škoda Felicia, which I rented on previous occasion. Car is a plain Jane, but it is fine, considering the savings I enjoy as to oppose renting from a multi national car rental company franchise. I went to Liptovská Teplička where I will have a photo exhibit during their 8th year of Folklore Festival Under Káľová Hoľa. Saturday early morning I was on the way to Košice, where my Friend FRATER GABRIEL was going to be ordained Dominican Deacon in the Cathedral of St. Elizabeth by his Excellency Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christophe Schonborn. This was a very solemn and memorable occasion. Frater Gabriel has written a story about the Ordination ceremony. I returned to Liptovská Teplička in the afternoon and in the evening I went up the hill with my friends to participate in singing and dancing around fires on St. John’s day that was on Sunday. As the village church is blessed to St. John and he is the patron of the village, on Sunday there was an open-air service at the amphitheatre above the village, that I attended. Monday I went to Svit, visiting my friends from the folklore group JÁNOŠÍK and then I returned to Liptovská Teplička after buying some steaks at Poprad’s TESCO and I did pepper steaks on brandy, baked potatoes, fried mushrooms and steamed corn and we had a pretty good bottle of red wine with it...

Ordination is in itself a happy occasion. The one in Košice in the Cathedral of St. Elizabeth was in several ways extraordinary. Over 1000 believers from all over Slovakia, Dominicans from seven countries (Slovakia, Czech Republic, Italy, Germany, Austria, Hungary and Poland), representatives of Diocese clergy, reverend sisters Dominicans and other congregation nuns got together for this occasion. The most important guest was the ordinate, also a Dominican, Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn. 

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During almost two and half-hour liturgy in Latin language he ordained from the Dominican order three brothers to priests and eight to deacons. In the homily that was in German language and simultaneously translated to Slovak language, Father Cardinal emphasized the need of announcing God’s mercy as the fundamental element of pastoral activity of newly ordained. Other important guests attending the ceremony were Greek Catholic Bishop and Exarcha-Vladyka Milan Chautúr, assistant of magister of the Dominican order for Middle and Eastern Europe Rajmund Klepanec from Rome, Provincial of Czech province of Dominicans Alvarez Kobeda from Prague, provincial of Slovak province of Dominicans Konštanc Adam and many more. Choir of St. Cecilia who sung through parts of the service from J.S. Bach and W.A. Mozart, also assisted in deep spiritual experience of this occasion...

Mons. ThDr. Jozef Kapala, Holy Father’s prelate (1901-1985)
By: Mons, Doc. ThDr. ICLic. František Dlugoš, PhD

Mons. ThDr. Jozef Kapala was born May 24, 1901 in Wilmington, Dellaware, USA. His parents were from Orava. Father Anton Kapala, born in Trstená, mother Zuzana nee Priemazová from Zuberec, where they returned from USA when Jozef was a child. Father was a worker in Habovka’s wood mill. He passed away as 44 years old and the family remained in poverty. Talented boy with the help of good people started to go to school. He studied at primary school in Zuberec, Orava region. Jozef Kapala had three wishes from his youth, to become an altar boy, seminarian, and a priest. That is why after four years of studies ant Trstená Gymnasium, he left in 1917 to Nitra to study at small seminary. After the end of first world war he continued his studies at the seminary in Ružomberok. During the 1920/21 school year the Spiš’s seminarists-septimans and octavians were sent to small seminary in Banská Bystrica, where they were accepted with truly brotherly love. It was here where in 1921 he graduated and after the graduation he decided to study theology...

Folk-art industrial cooperative society Modra
Modra has been well known for its unique majolica pottering along with its wine production since the 14th century. All the majolica masterpieces are handmade developing the traditions of East Europe, especially the oldest potters called Habans. During the 17th century they developed their pottery to the one that has been known currently.
Some decades later Slovak national pottering integrated the Haban technique and developed a valued peculiar folk art form in itself.  

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A repertoire of decorations was gradually exceeded from the pictures of simple natural motives (flora, fauna) to more complicated expressions of rural daily routine (figures, architecture, tools, implements).
Modra as free royal city belonged to the most important and the largest cities in Slovakia during the 16th and 17th centuries. The crafts were well organized in guilds and highly developed. The guild of the potters in Modra was established in 1636. It was recorded in saved old documents. In 1828 there were 55 masters potters in Modra. Potters’ fraternity existed in Modra in 1870-1880. Utility ceramics ware, unsurpassed in quality and unique in decoration has been handmade for several centuries and still it is in demand on the market.
After quashing the guilds in 1872 particular workshops and craft partnerships came to existence. New rivals-earthenware, porcelain and iron products appeared at the end of the 18th century and brought decay of the pottering and its workshops.
The City Council established a ceramic-industrial training institution in Modra in 1883 to save the pottery craft. The training institution adopted some functions of the guild-its organization of the trainees, their work duties along with an organization of the production. It was quashed in 1888. Ceramic production continued in a rented workshop of a master Jozef Mičko and reached a high quality thank to journeymen who enriched the ceramics ware in decorations and shapes...

By James C. Gajniak: [email protected]  
Edited by:  Dorothy Loyd:
Of all the different musical styles, none stirs me more than the polka. For over sixty years, I have enjoyed the high energy, non-stop rhythm, and excitement of the polka, while watching dancers as they sway to and fro to the rollicking sounds. This article is not about the history of this music, but it’s about what the polka has meant to me.
It is because of my Slovak heritage that I am thankful for this music. Even now my father, Ignatius F. Gajniak, regularly listens to Dick Zavodny on the radio. My father’s twin brother, Aloysius Gajniak, tunes in to Eddie Blazonczak’s Versatones and Eddie Kurosa broadcast live from Chicago’s “Baby Doll Club.” My Uncle Al has collected hundreds of polka tapes-and has given some of them to me.
Looking back, I attribute my first interest in the polka to all four of my Slovak grandparents, and especially to my Aunt Anne Gajniak-Cook of Chicago and to my Uncle Joseph Mikel in Michigan...

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