Yesterday, I showed how to find the parish church for a town in Poland by using a gazetteer. Two other gazetteers that cover Galicia are the Skorowidz Miejscowości Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej (Index of Place Names of the Republic of Poland) and the Genealogical Gazetteer of Galicia by Brian J. Lenius. There are others.
To be honest, I didn’t need to consult a gazetteer to find out the parish for Nienadowa was in Dubiecko. My Uncle Joseph and his wife Helen had been there during Communist times and their son Joe sent me copies of some postcards on which the pastor of the Dubiecko parish had written some information. In the year 2000, I visited Dubiecko and Nienadowa with two friends of mine to see what I could find.
Upon arriving at the church just before noon, we found the church all locked up except for the foyer in the back of the church. We looked through the windows into the church and saw a History of the Church hanging on one wall.
Translated into English, the history reads as follows:
History of the Church
Piotr Kmita, governor of Lubelski, founded the first church in Dubiecko. Construction was completed about 1407 and the church was located in the place currently known as Castle Park. Kmita also funded and constructed the second church in Dubiecko named Holy Spirit. At the beginning of the 16th century Stanislaw Stadnicki of the Lutheran faith, took both Churches from the Catholic community. Andrzej Stadnicki, Stanislaw’s son, returned them 40 years later. Jerzy Krasicki demolished the churches and all buildings belonging to the church. Catholics practiced their religion in a small chapel located in the same place as the current church, which grew with time and served for 130 years until 1926. Father Harum Karakulski started to collect funds to build a new church. In 1934, Father Gornicki began construction of the new church. After he died, construction was continued by Father Pawlikiewich and Father Jedziniak, and stopped when walls reached half the height of the windows. From 1939-1948 construction was halted due to World War II. Construction was resumed and was finished four years later in 1952 by Father Kazimierz Lisowicz. On August 24, 1952, his Excellency F. Barda consecrated the new church and assigned the name Sacred Heart of Holy Mary and Holy Apostles Simon and Judas Thaddeus. The church is 49 meters long and 41 meters wide in the shape of a cross. The architect Tadeusz Pisiewicz from Lwow designed the Church. The interior painting was designed and executed by Prof. Stanislaw Jakubczyk from Krakow. Father J. Mucha designed the site of the altar in the church. His Excellency Bishop Ignacy Tokarczuk consecrated the 38 pipe Organ made by the Theodor Bochme Company. His Excellency Bishop St. Jakiel consecrated the new altar made of murmur and placed there relics of Saint Mary Goretti. Barbara Borkowska from the Art Academy of Krakow designed the altar and presbytery. Dr. Tyhcik, originally from Dubiecko and now Adjunct Professor with the Art Academy in Krakow, decorated the interior in collaboration with the art committee of Kuri Metropolitan in Krakow.
At noon, just as we were leaving, a nun arrived to ring the church bells and say the Angelus. She graciously let us into the church so we could take pictures and she spent some time telling us about the church. Unfortunately, none of us could speak Polish well enough to understand what she said, but I did get her description on video tape!
We walked out back to the rectory, but nobody answered the bell. Since a mass was scheduled at 4 PM that day, we decided to return at that time to see if the parish still held the historical registers of baptisms, marriages, and deaths.
Returning at 4 PM, we found the pastor of the church at the rectory. He brought out several volumes of the church registers, but he told us that many Americans ask to find their ancestors in the registers, but no one ever finds anything. Moreover, he said, some of the registers were missing and he didn’t know where they were. Nonetheless, he spent several hours with us, going through the registers, looking for documentation of my ancestors. In the time we were there, we found the record of the marriage of my great-grandfather Jakób Dańko to his second wife, Zofia Głowacz. My great-grandmother, Agnieszka Sowa, had died after a fall when she was picking cherries, and my great-grandfather needed some help raising all the children. The record of the Dańko-Głowacz Marriage shows that:
- Jakub Dańko and Zofia Głowacz were married on 3 September 1896
- Jakub was a Catholic, was 53 years old, and was a farmer
- Jakub was born in Nienadowa and he resided in house number 207 in Nienadowa
- Jakub was the son of Pawel Dańko and Zofia Szymańska
- Jakub was a widow and his first wife was Agnieszka Sowa
- Zofia Głowacz was Catholic, was 26 1/2 years old, and this was her first marriage
- Zofia was born in and resided in Nienadowa
- Zofia was the daughter of Jan Głowacz (a farmer) and Marianna Szymańska
- The witnesses to the marriage were Jakub Sowa (a farmer) and Marcin Pilch (a farmer)
- Banns of marriage were read on August 15, August 16, and August 23, 1896
- Reverend Tomasz Rapmowski officiated
The document was written in Latin and in the columnar style typical of Galicia.
Copyright © 2006 by Stephen J. Danko