The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 50, July 1946 - April, 1947 Page: 240
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
body. About 70 per cent are Roman Catholics, 25 per cent
Protestants, and the remainder liberals or freethinkers, "with-
out confession." There are 252 Czech communities, and in these
communities there are 101 Catholic churches and 61
churches, congregations, and missions of the Evangelical Unity
of the Czech Moravian Brethern. The Hus Memorial School,
Temple, Texas, belongs to the Unity. St. Ludmila Academy,
Shiner, Texas, belongs to the Czech Catholics. The Southwest
Bohemian Presbytery has nine churches and four congregations.
The Freethinkers have a state charter; the supreme lodge is in
Houston, and there are four other local lodges.
In January, 1942, Dr. Jan Masaryk, minister of foreign af-
fairs of Czechoslovakia, made an official visit to Texas, visiting
the larger Czech communities and most of the cities and uni-
versities. Masaryk was not surprised at the progress of the
Czechs in Texas. He was only too familiar with their inherent
ability to make homes for themselves in a new land, and he was
both proud and gratified with their progress and their contribu-
tions to the agricultural, industrial, professional, and social life
Of all European peoples the Czechs admittedly are the, best
fitted for democratic government. No nation has ever been so
quick to readjust itself after a comparable ordeal of despotism.
The Czech easily orients himself in Texas because its atmos-
phere of freedom is the ideal of all true patriots. Texas has
been good to the Czechs, and the Czechs are a part of Texas'
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 50, July 1946 - April, 1947, periodical, 1947; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101117/m1/285/: accessed April 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.