Tuesday, May 3, 2016
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

WCN Site Search


Preview the Paper Preview the Paper

Preview this week's Paper
A limited number of pages are displayed in this preview.
Preview this Week’s Issue ›
Subscribe Today ›

Lost & Found

Lost: Border Collie, black and white male, one eye, microchipped, C.R. 319/F.M. 775 area. 210-382-2167.
*Includes FREE photo online! mywcn.com/lostandfound

VideoReward! Trooper, gray and white male cat is missing from C.R. 429, Stockdale, he might have been accidentally transported off, missing since 11/13/2015. Call 512-629-2005.
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

Experienced A/C service tech, must have driver license and clean driving record. Call 830-393-4700.
Sears Hometown Store in Floresville, Texas is hiring warehouse/delivery driver and full-time sales associates. Applicants must be self-motivated, with great customer service and sales experience. Management skills and bilingual a plus. Qualified applicants may apply in person at 2301 10th St., Floresville. No calls please.
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›
You’ve been granted free access to this subscribers only article.

South Texas Living


Texas tourists find family ties; Trip to Poland offers history, entertainment


Texas tourists find family ties; Trip to Poland offers history, entertainment
The Cloth Hall in Krakow offers excellent shopping for the visitors.


E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story
Elaine Mazurek Stephens
Special to the Wilson County News
September 12, 2012
7,260 views
Post a comment

This is the second of two articles, based on a trip this summer for a group of tourists from Texas to Poland. In part I, the group, traveling with the Father Leopold Moczygemba Foundation, left Texas for Berlin, Germany, then through eastern Germany via bus to Silesia. After visits to a number of historical sites with links to the Poles who settled parts of Texas and a visit to a 400-year-old brewery where they were able to sample the wares, the tourists find more treats in store.

The trip enjoyment grew when several of the Silesian-Texans had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of meeting their distant relatives. In villages such as Wilanowa, close to Nysa, and Boronow, several of the travelers met for the first time their Polish families of Korzekwas, Wiatreks, and Banduchs. Similar discoveries occurred in Grodzisko for the Polloks and at Pluznica Wielka for the Feluxes, Moczygembas, Janyseks, and Jarzombeks. In Ujazd, a Mazurek family welcomed a Mazurek Texan. In Rozmierz, the Urbanczyk, Ploch, and Ciomperlik travelers met distant family, and in Zebowice, the Jendrusch and Lyssy Texans met descendants of their own ancestors who stayed in Poland during the 19th-century migrations.

It was moving to witness the introductions, such as when the Korzekwas from Texas met for the first time the Korzekwas from Silesia, and when the Ciomperliks from Texas were introduced to their Silesian relatives, unknown until now. For many, the discoveries were the unexpected and unforgettable high points of the trip.

In the village of Pluznica, the birthplace of Father Leopold Moczygemba, who led the 1850s Silesia-to-Texas migration, the travelers were greeted with flowers and blessings inside the small village church where the pastor, Father Stanisław Bober, is celebrating his 50-year anniversary of priestly ordination. Many Silesian Texans can trace their ancestry to this village.

The stay in Slawiecice included visiting the local church and a 60th birthday party for Father Frank’s brother, Gerard, who still lives there. The party was on the grounds of the new Hotel Hugo, with 200 friends. Sunday brought a concert of classical music and songs in St. Katarzyna Church, the parish in Slawiecice where Father Frank grew up and where his family still worships.

Throughout Silesia the group was surprised by short visits to village cemeteries, which look like botanical gardens, where they found familiar surnames on well-tended grave gardens. Flowers were also bright in the outdoor Muzeum Wsi Opolskiej, which replicates an 1850s Silesian village.

The final hotel stay was in legend-filled Krakow. On the way there, the group stopped in Wadowice, the birthplace of Pope John Paul II, pausing for moments in the town square as a memorial siren sounded a solemn reminder of the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, setting the tone for the next stop, in Oswiecim, at the former Auschwitz Concentration Camp.

In Krakow, a tight-security tour of the once-war-torn and now majestic Wawel Castle preceded shopping inside the Cloth Hall in the main square, where many small shops line the historic building. Back on the bus, the travelers were soon at Lagiewniki to visit the Basilica of the Divine Mercy, ending the day with a visit to the underground salt mine in Wieliczka where vast rooms, glowing salt sculptures, and endless tunnels captivate visitors.

The last meal of Polish food was prepared at a nearby restaurant where a special guest, the vice consul of the American Consulate in Krakow, addressed and welcomed the group.

Concluding the evening and days of discovering Silesia, the travelers shared their impressions and experiences of the trip, which included sincere words of thanks and gratitude for the discoveries and memories which will continue to connect families, countries, and hearts.

Another trip is being planned for June 25 through July 8, 2013. Those interested travelers may call Father Frank at 210-733-7152.

For more information about the Father Leopold Moczygemba Foundation, visit www.FLMFoundation.org and www.SilesianTexans.com.

Elaine Mazurek Stephens is of Polish descent. She is a La Vernia resident, member of the Greater La Vernia Chamber of Commerce, and the president of the La Vernia Historical Association.
 

Your Opinions and Comments


Be the first to comment on this story!


You must be logged in to post a comment.




Not a subscriber?
Subscriber, but no password?
Forgot password?

South Texas Living Archives


Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Hear John Muir music at San Antonio Missions (April 27, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Judy Bolton Mysteries (April 27, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Kendra Scott Trunk Show in Poth (April 27, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Merle Haggard tribute to highlight Opry (April 27, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Mother’s Day Bake Sale (April 27, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Musical Club hosts a Bealls style show (April 27, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. See ‘Shenandoah’ at Night in Ol’ La Vernia (April 27, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Suspected bank bandits charged (April 27, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Sängerfest brings German choral feast to Floresville (April 27, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Theatre Arts students plan variety show (April 27, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Treat Mom to a play May 8 (April 27, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. America needs old-fashioned values (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Boy Scouts will mark 105 years April 24 in Floresville (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Cowboy Breakfast will benefit families in need (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Dance to the ‘Countrymen’ April 24 in Geronimo (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Davy Crockett lunchbox (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Enjoy Parish Festival May 1 (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Gospel Music Association plans convention (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Historian’s archives secure the past for the future (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Jazz Festival to feature Grammy winner (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Lions seek vendors for upcoming Car Show (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Paper Clover Campaign continues (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Road Runners group run April 23 (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. See Johnny Rodriguez at Texas Theatre (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Shop books and more at Falls City library (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Annual Cowboy Breakfast set for April 23 (April 13, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Cutting the cord on sugar (April 13, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Free Grafting Seminar (April 13, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Free movie night at El Mesias (April 13, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Hanging out at Hangar 9 (April 13, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Match Safe (April 13, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Play Texas Hold ’em to help children (April 13, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Powerful illustration takes top prize (April 13, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Register your ride for the Lions Club Car Show (April 13, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Saddle up for Poth’s Ride to Remember (April 13, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. St. Hedwig church feast is April 24 (April 13, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Suspects taken to jail in Floresville (April 13, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Aggie Muster is April 21 (April 6, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Beauty hides work to save historic county courthouse (April 6, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Blue Bonnet Club supports SISD Hope Day (April 6, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Bluebonnet Festival of Texas is April 9-10 (April 6, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Celebrate the Burton Cotton Gin Festival (April 6, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Enjoy free jazz concert in Kerrville (April 6, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Find out the many uses of native plants (April 6, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. First Baptist to host Bible Conference (April 6, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. It’s not just complaining (It’s about justice) (April 6, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. It’s Swing Dance time in Seguin (April 6, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Jump-start SA party at Fiesta Fiesta (April 6, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. OLPH plans tour, wine tasting fund-raiser (April 6, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Pilgrim Opry set for April 9 (April 6, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Playhouse 2000 features ‘forgotten’ Mark Twain play (April 6, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Ruby Glass (April 6, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Service Through Music benefit (April 6, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Shoot skeet, play washers for ACTS (April 6, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Witness ‘The Gospel Side of Elvis’ (April 6, 2016)
WCN Photo Contest HHF
WWII Clippings HHF
Coupon Q&A HHF-right
coupon home-rght
East Central Driving SchoolHeavenly Touch homeVoncille Bielefeld homeAllstate & McBride RealtyTriple R DC Experts

  Copyright © 2007-2016 Wilson County News. All rights reserved. Web development by Drewa Designs.