Jan Bircak's book on Slovak Bishop Gojdic
- Hello S-W members,
Rcvd the msg below from my cousin Richard M.
Kopchik. I recently visited him in Philly, he told me
about a Professor,Jan Bircak in Presov writing a book
about Slovak Bishop Gojdic
In the communications with Jan, he said that he is
finishing up writing a biography of Bishop Pavol
Bishop Gojdic officiated the Greek Catholic community
of eastern Slovakia for 30 or 40 years (I think from
the 40's to the 70's or beyond) and was declared
"blessed" by Pope John Paul.
Anyway, Jan says that he is having difficulty in
securing all the necessary funds to get the book
published and was asking if we (anyone related to his
family or interested in the works of the Bishop and
the Greek Catholic church of Slovakia) were interested
in supporting him in this endeavor.
I know there are many worthy causes to send funds
to Slovakia. This "seems" to me like one that S-W
members "may" want to HELP ???
Fred G Kovalyak
Richard Kopchik wrote:
Subject: Jan Bircak's book on Bishop Gojdic
> In going over my "to do" lists I found(http://www.vatican.va/news_services/liturgy/saints/ns_lit_doc_20011104_beat-gojdic_en.html)
> that I had not yet sent you the information on the
> book that Jan Bircak is doing on Bishop Gojdic.
> Below are two items taken from e-mail notes from Bob
> The first is about the book and the second
> is about sending money to Jan in Slovakia. Jan
> Bircak is one of my European "Shema" (Sima) cousins.
> He is a retired Professor of Physics at the
> University of Presov. He lives in an apartment in
> Presov and has a cabin in Circ. Since he retired he
> and his wife Viera spend more time at their cabin.
> Jan is not very fluent in English, Bob communicates
> with him in Slovak.
> Regards, Richard
> In the communications with Jan, he said that he
> is finishing up writing a biography of Bishop Pavol
> Bishop Gojdic officiated the Greek Catholicinterested in supporting him in this endeavor.
> community of eastern Slovakia for 30 or 40 years(I
> think from the 40's to the 70's or beyond) and was
> declared "blessed" by Pope John Paul.
> Anyway, Jan says that he is having difficulty in
>securing all the necessary funds to get the book
>published and was asking if we(anyone related to his
>family or interested in the works of the Bishop and
>the Greek Catholic church of Slovakia) were
> I believe he said that donors would be recognized(Viera).
>in the introduction of the book.
> After checking around about how to do this (send
> money), it seems that an electronic transfer
> of money via Western Union might be possible. Don't
> take this as any form of pressure. I just promised
> Jan that I would make the appeal in his behalf.
> We managed to send 200 dollars to Jan Bircak
> last week. We used Western Union and it seemed to
> work pretty well. The cost to us was $22. We
> simply used the Western Union desk at a local super
> market. You could do the same, unless you know of
> a preferable way.
> When we filled out the form to send the money, we
>also introduced a question (The Western Union forms
>provide for this) which was the name of Jan's wife
> The surprising thing to me was how littlethe money. As I recall, all they asked for was the
>information the form requires for the receiver of
name of the receiver and the country and city name.
But the system seems to work.
Anyway, if you need some more information,
> here are the particulars on Jan:__________________________________
> Address: Prof. Jan Bircak
> Phone no.: 421-51-7747810
> Bajkalska 19
> email: bircak@...
> 08001 Presov
> Slovak Republic
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