October is Czech Heritage Month, and celebrations of Czech culture are taking place throughout Texas. This year also marks the 1150th anniversary of the arrival of Sts. Cyril and Methodius to the Great Moravian Empire (which included the Czech Republic). The Church in the Czech Republic is honoring the contributions of these saints throughout the year.
Cyril and Methodius were brothers who brought Catholicism to the Slavic countries at the end of the ninth century. They worked to translate the Bible and created the Glagolitic alphabet. The alphabet eventually developed into Cyrillic and brought the Slavic peoples closer to both Greco-Byzantine culture and Christianity. For their work, Cyril and Methodius have been proclaimed as patrons of Europe by Pope John Paul II.
To learn more about Saints Cyril and Methodius and about Czech culture in Texas, visit the new display in the Doherty Lobby. Special thanks to Rev. Paul Chovanec for coordinating the exhibit. Visit the Czech Heritage Society of Texas’ website for more resources.