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John B.  Pastorak, Czech Heritage Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0088

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of Pastorak's sermons, the majority general pulpit sermons dating from 1920 to 1973, along with sermons for special occasions such as weddings, funerals, first communion, and Thanksgiving Day sermons. The 1926 and 1935 sermons are occasionally written in Slovak, though most of them are written in English. The vast majority of them are typed, with handwritten notes on the sides. On the title page, Pastorak wrote the date when he first preached his sermon, and then added the dates when he re-used it, often 2 or 4 years later. In his sermons, Pastorak talks about different historical and contemporary topics, concerning the situation of Catholic Church in Mexico, the persecution of Jews throughout history, Prohibition, the Great Depression, the importance of music and theatre, and about general themes, such as love, happiness, joy, sin, death, poverty, and hypocrisy. Often, Pastorak used contemporary news to explain his ideas and he attached newspaper clippings to his sermons.


  • 1911-1973



17.00 Boxes

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