• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    圣福若瑟神父

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐
    St. Arnold Janssen


  • St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    Mk 16:15

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation.
    Mk 16:15

  • Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    1 Cor 12:4

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    Jn 1:14

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Col 3:16

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    圣杨生•爱诺德神父

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí
    若 1:14

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    1 Kor 12:4

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu

Monday, 27 February 2017 12:53

New book points to past & future of Slovak community

Slovak community book 350A new book on Sydney’s Slovak Catholic community tells not only the history of the community and their road towards acquiring their own church, but also stands as an encouragement for future generations, its author says.

The book, entitled ‘Memory of the faithful and believers’ also outlines the long and warm relationship between the Slovak community and the Divine Word Missionaries who have served as chaplains over several decades.

It was launched by SVD Provincial, Fr Henry Adler SVD, who, along with Fr Emil Kralik SVD, has been chaplain to the community in recent years.

The book’s author, Ivan Hupka, says his work looks both back into history and forward to the generations to come.

“It is a monograph mostly about the cultural and religious advance of the Sydney Slovaks and their road to acquire and own their own church,” he says.

“Their striving proved to be successful in the year 1982 (with the purchase of the Church of Sts Cyril and Methodius). Until then, from about the year 1950, they were forced to hire churches.”

Ivan, who arrived in Australia in 1968, says it is important to share the history of the community with newcomers and to encourage parents to attend Sunday Mass together with their children and to take part in the community’s social life with them. The children’s dance group, Stonozka, is an example of such community life.

Ivan Hupka 350 cropped“Books such as ours are not written for ourselves,” he says. “They are dedicated to our descendants. I am of the opinion that it is a duty for contemporaries to stand up on the hill of piled experiences and describe the values and achievements of our predecessors for present and future followers.”

Among its pages, the book outlines the relationship between the Slovak community and the Divine Word Missionaries, which dates back to the late 1960s and 1970s and continues today. SVD Slovak Chaplains to the community have included Fathers Jan Kraasnansky, Jan Kovac, Emil Cernaj, Victor Stevko, and Emil Kralik.

Ivan recalls that one of the first masses of Sydney’s Slovak community took place at the SVD’s Marsfield community where there was an atmosphere of “kindness, wellbeing, patience and understanding of a lost homeland”.

“That is why the Slovak Catholic Community think of the Divine Word Missionaries in Marsfield as their spiritual home,” he says.

In launching the book, Fr Henry said he had read it with a degree of pride, as on page after page he read of the Slovak Divine Word Missionaries who had served the community.

Slovak dancers at book launch 350 cropped“But for me, the book shows clearly that the existence and prosperity of this community does not depend on the priest – it never does – but you, members of the community, together with the priest,” he said.

“I have no doubt that existence and continuity of the many blessings of this community, like Stonozka and other cultural activities, will depend on the commitment of the community to its original vision and mission, and that unity of faith and tradition.

“I would therefore like to ask you all to continue to write the history of this community by committing yourself to be part of it like the founders of this community did.”