Petr Esterka was born on 14 November 1935 in Dolní Bojanovice near Hodonín. He attended the Episcopal Grammar School in Brno, where he experienced Operation K in April 1950 - the violent destruction of male monastic orders. He managed to complete his secondary education after several attempts, at an eleven-year school in Hodonín in 1956. He worked as a career at Lignum; he was interrogated by State Security for his opinions and convictions.
Many religions use beads to keep track of prayers. Our Rosary, a circle of beads, is like a garland offered to Mary because we pray a prayer on each bead. This well-loved prayer has its roots in the 150 psalms. People who couldn’t read began praying 150 Hail Marys instead, the equivalent of three of our modern rosaries covering the original three sets of mysteries.
I cordially greet you all from Velehrad in California. After a long waiting period for a work permit, I arrived on Thursday, January 30th. So I’m finally here with you, and I’m looking forward to meeting you personally. If you are unable to attend our common services, please call, and [...]
Three parishes in Fullerton work together with community groups and city leaders to find concrete solutions to homelessness. For the past two-plus years up until early this July, Fr. Kriz had been allowing some 30 homeless people to spend the night in the church parking lot, which has caused some [...]
We have great news for you today. On September 10, Bishop Peter Esterka received a letter from Bishop Maly that a priest who is available was found and has many years of experience with expatriate parishes abroad.
You can read the original article at the Los Angeles Times website. Father Kriz is our hosting priest who serves our Czech community in his spare time and actively participates in our events. “I have seen the possibility that I could lose my job here,” Kriz said. “I’m thinking [...]
Let us introduce you to Fr.Zdenek Kriz, a member of the Servite order, who is currently pastor of St Philip Benizi Parish in Fullerton. He speaks Czech as well as English and Spanish, and has agreed to say some of our Czech Masses, beginning in November at the Polish Center, [...]
The Feast of the Annunciation In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David.
The 2018 Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14, for Latin-rite Catholics with Easter Sunday on April 1. Lent is a favourable season for opening the doors to all those in need and recognizing in them the face of Christ."-- Pope Francis During Lent, we are asked to devote [...]
Agnes had no children of her own but was certainly life-giving for all who knew her. Agnes was the daughter of Queen Constance and King Ottokar I of Bohemia. She was betrothed to the Duke of Silesia, who died three years later. As she grew up, she decided she wanted [...]