SUMMARY OF THE
Volume 12, No. 3, Fall 2004
A quarterly newsletter
published by Vladimir Linder
Fall issue was published in
November 2004 and it was mailed to 1200 recipients world wide.
5th bridge across the
river Danube will be opened in 2005
FROM THE EDITOR
First of all I would like to
thank to everybody that renewed their subscription on time, then the late
payers that renewed and most of all to our generous donors. As I promised
we have deleted all subscribers with expired subscriptions in 199 and
prior to the next issue we are deleting all expirees from 2000.
USA DONATIONS since the last
issue: HORECKY Bob,
Aurora, CO, $25.00; UZIK Jan, Hollywood, FL, $5.00; DAYTEL Edward G.,
Holyoke, MA, $10.00. TOTAL USA DONATIONS US$ 40.00
There were no Canadian donations.
The subscriptions have somehow started arriving at slower pace and
I don’t know what to do. Your suggestions and contributions whether
financial or in articles are welcome. If I may suggest something if you
would please settle your accounts for the unpaid years that you have been
receiving the Slovak Heritage Live free and pay your subscriptions early,
It would make the publishing much easier and I wouldn’t have to advance
finance every issue.
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our web sites I am not very impressed with the service at www.onehost.com,
as their servers are down quite often and there is virtually no service
provided. I have learned a valuable lesson, never to put all my eggs again
in the same basket and in early spring I will move the sites to three or
four different providers. Chances are they won’t be all down at the same
time. This company is probably the least expensive and offers unlimited
memory size, but it reflects in their poor service or better said no
service at all most of the time.
THE MAIL BAG
Enclosed is a check for $25.00 fro my renewal of the Slovak Heritage Live
Keep up the good work.
to Slovakia 2 years ago with the Slovak Catholic Sokol. I took my grand
daughter. This was her first visit. We went to the village of Plavnica
where my mother came from and Sarah’s great grandmother. As my mother
was the only one who came to USA, the rest of my relatives are still
there. They had a feast for us in each home. We had a great time. Also
stopped in Prague where I also have a cousin. Sarah knew Luboš
because we had him here for 3 months several years ago. As age is creeping
up on me I hope I can still make one more visit.
best to you, Kindly
Irene m. Sinanis
406 Erwin St, Trumbull, CT
My name is Bob Dominiak. In March of 2003 you prepared and ancestral video
of Orlov, Slovakia for me. The video was excellent and I was so happy that
my father in law was able to see the video of where his ancestors lived
before he passed away.
About a month ago, I sent you an e-mail asking you if you could prepare an
ancestral video of Habovka, Slovakia for me? I was wondering if you
received the e-mail and if you can still make the video during your next
is located in the Orava district near Tatra Mountains. It is just to the
north of Zuberec and east of Tvrdošín.
Habovka is the village that my grandmother and her relatives are from. The
names of my ancestors are as follows: Fulak, Bebej, Pavlov, Hruboš
let me know if you can still make the video of Habovka during your next
trip. If you can’t, then please let me know if you can make the video
during a subsequent visit.
for your help,
2759 Friar Dr. Parma OH 44134
I am thinking of you and I must send you thanks. I am traveling to
Slovakia for the first time this September. You had videotaped my
ancestral villages several years ago. I am so happy to have them. In the
video you talked with my cousin. I never did make contact with her and she
has since died. But I have her on the video. I hope to meet more cousins
there that I have been in contact with by mail.
So I must say thanks to you for the work you did in videotaping villages
of Margecany, Jaklovce, Hlinné
and Jastrabie nad Topľou.. I will meet at long last with my
Ontko cousins in Slovakia.
MY SUMMER 2004
left Vancouver on June 9 of course on Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt and
then on to Vienna. My friends Milan and Nórika Štefánik came to pick me
up. The weather in Vienna was great and soon we were at the Austria-Slovak
border. Now, to go through their borders if you are a citizen of
Slovakia, you don’t need your passport any more. Your Slovak identity
card is good enough. This was also my first trip to Slovakia since it
became a member of the European Union; they joined with other countries on
May 01, 2004. I remembered my youth when I lived in Bratislava and that
time to go to Austria was just a dream. I was 18 when I went to Austria
for the first time in my life. That was a big deal then to be allowed to
travel to the west. I remember we always used to go with friends for walk
up to, then ruins of Bratislava’s castle and look behind the river
Danube over the forest into Austria and thought, maybe one day we will go
there. For most of our lives that we lived in then Czechoslovakia it was
just a dream. My dream became a reality with my first trip to the west in
1968. I had just US$10.00 with me, and managed to stay abroad for three
months and I hitchhiked through Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein,
Italy, San Marino, Sicily, Monte Carlo, France, and Germany before
returning home in September after Russian led invasion on August 21, 1968.
During my travels I visited Venice, San Marino, Calabria, Syracuse in
Sicily, Pompeii, Rome, Pisa, Monte Carlo, Paris, Reims and Vienna. Then in
1969 I left for good and didn’t return until 1987. I always get very
sentimental when I think about those years.
my arrival in Bratislava, I went to pick up my car at ADVANTAGE CAR
RENTALS. As usual, everything was ready and I was off in no time. In
the evening as it is customary every Tuesday I met my friends for a beer.
These are my friends from my youth and we know each other for over 45
years and they still meet for a beer once a week from the previous every
evening many years ago. The funny thing is that I show up there more often
then some of my friends that still live in Bratislava. Next morning I went
for a haircut, as the cost including a heavy tip is only 75.00 Sk and that
is little bit over US$2.00. Great deal for a good haircut. Second task
during my first day was to get the press pass for the inauguration of the
third SLOVAK PRESIDENT JUDr. IVAN GAŠPAROVIČ on June 15. I
prearranged it through Internet and met Mrs. Bianchi from the media office
and I was the first journalist to receive the press pass. This will
be my third inauguration as I did photograph Michal Kováč and
Rudolf Schuster on their inaugurations. Sunday June 13, I went to the
ordination to priesthood of my long time
FRATER GABRIEL in Košice. On this day the Archbishop of Košice MONS.
ALOJZ TKÁČ ordained six Dominican brothers into the priesthood
in the Cathedral of St. Elizabeth. Fantastic reception followed the
ordination at the Dominican Monastery. Later on in the afternoon I went to
Prešov and visited my friends and then early evening I returned to
Book on Slovaks in Canada
SLOVAKS IN CANADA
THROUGH THEIR OWN EYES
dream becomes a reality is the best way I can describe the new book
in Canada through their own eyes” that was published by the Slovak
Canadian Cultural and Heritage Centre in Toronto, Canada earlier this year. It took 10 years to go from a
“dream” to being published in Slovakia this past January. It covers
the 120-year history of Slovaks in Canada, from those first emigrants that
arrived in 1880s until today; and provides insights across the social,
economic, political, and their religious activities, as well as
contributions by Slovaks in the Arts and Sports. It’s a large glossy
paged high quality book, containing over 600 photos, illustrations and
graphics, donated by the Slovak Canadian community, depicting the history
of over 5 generations of Slovak Canadians. The book is bilingual, unique
in today’s world, in being both Slovak and English. In this way, it can
be appreciated in both the English-speaking world, as well as with Slovaks
no matter where they live throughout the world.
did this book become reality? The book Slovaks
in Canada through their own eyes is a companion to the 2002-2004 Slovaks
in Canada Exhibit that originally opened in Bratislava, Slovakia in
2002. The exhibit was given by Slovaks from Canada who presented their
unique culture back to Slovaks in Slovakia for the first time in the last
120 years! This exhibit has been expanded and this year a version of it is
being shown in the Slovak communities in Vojvodina, Serbia (Former
Yugoslavia). The Exhibit has been seen, to date, by close to 15,000 people
in the two countries. It is our plan to take the over 200 + panels of the
exhibit traveling to the Slovak Communities in the USA at some point...
DID THE WEDDING LOOK COUPLE OF CENTURIES AGO
belongs to the most important break through in the life of a person. With
this article I would like you to get familiar with the “time before the
wedding” in Banská Bystrica during 17 to 19 century.
Long time ago the wedding wasn’t just a narrow family occasion but
it happened with participation of all people in the village or town that
were exhibiting mutual relief, expressing their opinion, evaluate and were
also witnesses to legally binding wedding.
Important role in choosing a matrimonial partner played the
ethnicity, confessional homogeneity of both partners and social,
economical or social position of the family.
First preliminary finding (Pytačky) agreement between two families
was performed under strict supervision of parents. The public showing of
the agreement about the wedding between the two persons was engagement.
The act of engagement was very celebratory, followed by a feast and that
was also the proof of the wedding agreement. From the days gone by it was
customary to invite many people to the wedding and that was also a show of
prestige and representation. Town councilors with their guidelines for
weddings Polizzei-Ordnung in 1723 did determined exactly, how many people
can participate at the engagement ceremony and also determined the amount
of guests at the wedding. Wealthier families could invite apart from
guests from Banská Bystrica, 42 persons, 18 men, 18 women and 6 girls.
Less influential families could invite 6 men, 6 women, and 2 girls...
Mary C. Sigmund from Solon, OH,
if the Blessed Mother has appeared to anyone in Turzovka and if any shrine
or church was built there?
Yes Turzovka exactly Živčáková
mountain is the place of revelation of Blessed Mother.
Healing springs and shrine (chapel) of the Virgin Mary, Queen of Peace
were built here from April to October 1993 with the way of the Cross-from
village Korňa. The pilgrim place Živčáková was consecrated on
October 17th, 1993. These places are annually visited by thousands of
pilgrims from all over the world. Pilgrimages are performed mostly in
April, August, and October.
I offer you another incredible interest places near Živčáková
Mountain. On the territory of Korňa community, there is a natural
sight, the Korňa oil spring. There is a natural flow of light crude
oil on the surface, which is a European rarity.
Another interesting Kysuce rarity is located near village Klokočov
Kornica, north from Živčáková mountain there are unusual finding
sites of stone balls, largest of them with diameter reaching 2,6 meters,
inspirited the imagination not only of Kysuce locals and mystery hunters,
but also of serious scientists. It is assumed that they were created by
natural forces in the sea bed, but up till now it is a secret how nature
could model such formations? Stone pit at Klokočov has been
proclaimed a nature reserve other similar mysterious sites are situated
only in faraway exotic lands (Brazil, New Zealand and Costa Rica).
is our Kysuce heritage live.
Sincerely, Pavel Sojka,
Vysoká nad Kysucou,
ST. JAMES CHURCH IN LEVOČA
Mons. Prof. ThDr. ICDr.
PaedDr. František Dlugoš
PhD. and Jaroslav Jiroušek
2004 by: LUBAFOTOPRESS
is a book about the second largest Gothic Roman Catholic Church in
Slovakia after the Dome of St. Elizabeth in Košice.
The Church of St. James was built as a parish church of a free royal town
Levoča and it has been providing a place for daily masses to
worshipers for over 700 years.
It tells us the history of the church’s construction dating back to its
beginnings in 1330 and about the famous wood carver Master Paul from Levoča.
He is also the author of the masterpiece highest Gothic alter in the world
measuring 18.62 meters of 56 feet and width of 6.27 meters or 19 feet. The
book has pictures of all the altars including many details. Many frescoes
of the church are presented as well.
book has 96 pages and 115 color pictures. The dimensions of the book are 9
1/2 x 12 1/2 inches. This
is a hard cover book of high quality in Slovak, ENGLISH, Polish, and
book is available now US$ 99.95 and shipping and handling US$5.95
TOTAL PRICE US$105.90
mail personal check to:
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HISTORY OF THE CHURCH
PRESENT TIME 1914-2000
Ks. Prof. Dr. hab. Boleslav Kumor
Mons. Prof. ThDr. ICDr. PaedDr. František
Published by: The society of priest seminary of Bishop Ján
Spišská Kapitula 12
053 04 Spišské Podhradie
book is in SLOVAK and it has five chapters
Apostolate chair and its
here we learn agout activities of the Holy See between those years such as
international enlargement of college of Cardinals and the Curia of Rome,
Apostolate chair in the period of the two world wars, about the Holy
Fathers of the second Council of Vatican and the Concordate policy of
to live and internal development of church, talks about the
development of Church’s theology, Second council of Vatican and Bishops
Synods, councils reforms in Slovakia, Religious life of the church,
Diocese and rites believes, Social and Charitable activities of the
Church, Religious education and mass communications, beginning and
development of ecumenical movement.
The church in the middle of nations of earth gives us inside into
the church in Romanesque states of Western Europe and other countries of
Europe, Catholic Church in countries behind iron curtain, Catholic Church
in Czech lands and Slovakia in the twentieth century, Catholic Church in
North, Central and South America, from missions to young churches in
Africa, Asia, Australia and Oceans.
Eastern Church 1914-2000, talks about orthodox eastern rite church
and Russian, Prechalcedonian Church, history of martyrs in communist’s
states, churches with Apostolate chair apart from Europe.
Lutheran and Old Catholic church and church
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