Fun Facts and News


Annual Fall Picnic 2019


GenealogyTancuj & Jerry


Polish Dinner ~ Dr. Tom Check


Bratislava Boys’ Choir Concert


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Bishop Viliam Judak and Msgr. Martin Stofko

While visiting at the University of Scranton, Bishop Viliam Judak, Bishop of Nitra Slovakia, and Msgr. Martin Stofka toured The Murgaš Room at King’s College. Their trip was arranged by the President of St. Elizabeth University in Bratislava, Slovakia, one of the two Universities that exchange students with the University of Scranton. They were greeted by the Board of the Directors of the Slovak Heritage Society of NEPA. Michael Stretanski explained all the artifacts in the room and Magdalen Benish presented gifts from the society and the Murgaš video to them.

The Bishop and Msgr. later visited the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Dallas where Father Murgaš is buried.

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Ms. Anna Hudock, 2019 Fraternalist of the Year, FCSLA

Anna Hudock received the 2019 Fraternalist of the Year from FCSLA. This award is an honor presented to recognize an individual within their organization who, through example and accomplishment, provide outstanding volunteer service to his or her FCSLA branch, church and community during the past year. Anna is a member of Senior Branch 172 and treasury of the Magdalen I. Iskra district.

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Parish Volunteer of the Year

Ms. Anna M. Hudock, Recording Secretary of SHSNEPA was chosen Parish Volunteer of the Year at St. André Bessette Parish.  She is the chairperson of the Parish Social Justice Council, sings in the choir, serves as a Lector and Extraordinary Minister of Communion, visits the hospitalized and the homebound, is an active member of the parish also serving on several committees, and she can relate the history anything in the North End of Wilkes-Barre

Anna is the Treasurer of the Magdalen I Iskra District of the FCSLA and a number of other fraternals and social committees throughout the Wilkes-Barre area but still finds time to be involved with her family, especially her beloved nieces and nephews.

Congratulations, Anna Hudock


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Authentic Polish Dinner enjoyed by Magdalen Benish & Michael Stretanski

Magdalen Benish and Michael Stretanski (Slovak Heritage Society of NEPA official chef), two of our board members, were recently invited to a special dinner held at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre. Pa

A small gathering of 20 individuals enjoyed an authentic “Polish Dinner” prepared by Chef Jacek Wierzbicki from Poland.  The meal consisted of a variety of pirohy, salmon, holupki, roasted pumpkin and strawberry puffs. It was an excellent meal.

After the dinner, they met with Chef Jacek and exchanged cooking ideas. It was a pleasure to speak with him.

Our thanks to King’s College for a superb meal and the opportunity to meet Chef Wierzbicki.


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Still Smiling After All These Years


"When Dr. Thomas M. Check took time from his dental practice to travel to Jamaica in 1965 to provide dental care to children with needs at a home conducted by the Religious Sisters of Mercy, he could not know that in March 2014 he would be making his 50th such trip. That is because the need is still there."


A superb article on Dr. Check written by Lou Baldwin and published for the Philadelphia Dioceses on February 4, 2014 can be found at:




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Tancuj and Jerry

A call was placed to Jerry Gibel, the Society’s New Orleans connection, to interview Tancuj, the new addition to Metarie, Louisiana. However, she was not taking any phone calls so Jerry gave the interview.

Tancuj the Cuvač was born in Pribilina, Slovakia on August 19, 2006.

Arrangements were then made for her departure to the United States. She had a complete physical and the required inoculations. She was then issued a passport by the Slovak Government, and was issued a visa for the United States.

She then flew from Kosice to Prague and then to Frankfurt. She overnighted in Frankfurt and then took a direct flight to Houston, Texas. Jerry's neighbors had some business to attend to in Houston, and took him along to pick up Tancuj.  They returned to Metarie in an oversized pick up, even though she was expecting a limo.

She completed Obedience School with honors, although she still has a tendency to obey commands with slight Slovak modifications. She understands both English and Slovak. She does not care for sloppy weather, and doesn't like to get her paws all muddy.



Mommy Otka


This row:

9 siblings ...

Dinner time!

For further information about Cuvač dogs see Slovensky Cuvač-Tchouvatch Dog Club of America with Elisabeth Pisula,

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Slovak (Rusyn) Genealogy & Translations


If any one would like help with tracing their Slovak genealogy or with Slovak translations, contact Susan Prostinakova at