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Area residents celebrate a 1913 migration of the faithful


Area residents celebrate a 1913 migration of the faithful
Among those celebrating with the community of White Deer are (front, center) the Most Rev. Patrick J. Zurek, bishop of the Amarillo diocese, and (far left) Monsignor Franciszek “Father Frank” Kurzaj of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Floresville and president of the Father Leopold Moczygemba Foundation. They were joined by 38 travelers from Floresville, La Vernia, Panna Maria, Gillett, Runge, Poland, and San Antonio.


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Over the Labor Day weekend, the Father Leopold Moczygemba Foundation made a chartered bus trip to attend the 100th anniversary of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in White Deer, Texas, in the Panhandle. The White Deer community and parish were established in 1913 by Polish families from South Texas, Bandera, and other locations who traveled to White Deer in the early 1900s to take advantage of job opportunities and land offered by a large ranching company.  . . .

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