Thanks for the information from the Handbook, I had
forgotten all about the book.
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Sent: Sunday, July 02, 2000 12:34
Subject: [TexasCzechs] Czech Catholic
I thought you might be interested in this
information about the Catholic
priest that you were inquiring
about. This information was found at the
Let me know if I can help in any other way.
Heinrich Family History
research of the Heinrich family and many other German, Czech,
& Moravian families.
CHROM_IK, JOSEF (1845-1910). Reverend
Joseph Chrom_ik, Czech Catholic
priest and missionary to Texas, was born in
_ep_íne, near Olomouc, Moravia,
to Martin and Marianna Pitschová Chrom_ik.
After attending seminary school
in Olomouc and graduating in 1866, he was
ordained on July 5, 1869, and made
assistant pastor at Lichnov, Moravia, on
August 15, 1869. In 1872 he was
administrator of a parish in Zenklebeu
Stramberka, near Noveho Ji_ína.
Answering a plea of Bishop Claude Dubuis,qv
bishop of Galveston, Father
Chrom_ik was assigned to America, using a
prepaid ticket that was sent by
the people of Fayetteville. He sailed to
Cuba and New Orleans, and arrived
in early December 1872 at Galveston,
where no one greeted him. He made his
way to Ellinger, where the
townspeople took him in and, not knowing
immediately who he was, gave him
food, clothing, a feather bed, and a
pillow. On December 25, 1872, he
arrived at Fayetteville and celebrated his
first Mass on that Christmas
Day. He reestablished St. John's Parish and
built the Chrom_ik School in
1875, after receiving a certificate to teach.
He taught for fifteen
Father Chrom_ik was a linguist, and his knowledge of several
enabled him to represent many nationalities as a community
Because of the difficulty many Czechs had in obtaining life
eastern companies, Chrom_ik suggested establishing an
fraternal group to serve Czech Catholics. On March 24 and 25,
Katolická Jednota Texaská (Czech Catholic Union of Texas) was
Chrom_ik was chaplain of the group from 1890 to 1894, 1896 to
1898, and 1901
to 1910; he was also made director and counselor for life.
In 1994 local
Catholic lodges still carried his name. Father Chrom_ik was a
ecclesiastical judge (for the clergy in ecclesiastical cases). His
trips by buggy or horseback to surrounding communities, including
Bluff, Round Top, Granger, Dubina, and Warrenton, occasionally
treacherous weather, led him to request that passable roads and
between communities be built.
Letters to his homeland encouraged
countrymen to come to the new land, which
he described as a new free world.
He sponsored many families in their
journey to Texas, and on July 1878 he
became a American citizen. In 1894 he
returned to his homeland to celebrate
the twentyfifth anniversary of his
ordination. A celebration was held
with many young children carrying flowers
honoring him. He returned with
priests for new parishes. In 1894 he recorded
218 family names in the area
surrounding Fayetteville. In 1994 a large
number of those surnames still
On July 14, 1909, Chrom_ik celebrated forty years of priesthood.
Peter Houst came to assist him. Chrom_ik died on April 7, 1910, and
buried in the Catholic Cemetery in Fayetteville. On October 19, 1932,
bronze statue of Father Chrom_ik was erected; it was moved southwest of
John's Parish in 1969, where it stood in 1994. Children referred to him
their "Tati_ek," meaning "dear loving father." A Texas historical marker
planned to be dedicated in September 1995, and plans were in progress
reenactment of his arrival at the church in December
BIBLIOGRAPHY: The Czech Texans (San Antonio: University of Texas
of Texan Cultures, 1972). Estelle Hudson and Henry R. Maresh,
of the Southwest (Dallas: South-West, 1934). Frank Lotto,
Her History and Her People (Schulenburg, Texas: Sticker
Steam Press, 1902;
rpt., Austin: University of Texas Press, 1981). Marker
Historical Commission, Austin. Leonie Rummel Weyand and
Houston Wade, An
Early History of Fayette County (La Grange, Texas: La
Grange Journal, 1936).
Carol Jurajda Kitchen
From: Veronica Camarillo [mailto:a1a2@...]
Friday, June 30, 2000 9:40 PM
[TexasCzechs] Re: Little help please
Chromcik married my great-grandparents: Joseph Simicek & Rozina
in 1884. This record was in the St John's Church, Ellinger, TX.
married my great-grandmother and her second husband John
Spalek on August
10, 1891, according to the marriage license J.
Chromcik was pastor of
Good luck in your search,
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Steve Alvarez"
> Hi guys and gals
Joe Chromcheck in Fayetteville. I know he was a pastor of a
church in 1881
because he married a Pavlicek to a Wecheta.
> What church was he
a pastor of ?
> Thanks in advance
> Zaruba, Lastovica,
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