The John and Alois Morkovsky Collection

This collection is made up of the home movies of  Alois and John  Morkovsky, brothers who both served in the Catholic Church.  Alois, the oldest of ten was born in 1899 in Sweet Home, TX; John was born in 1909 in Praha, TX.  Their father, Professor Alois Morkovsky was a Moravian immigrant, their mother Marie Raska was the daughter of Moravians.  Throughtout their lives they remained immersed in Czech and Slavic culture, participating in heritage societies and performing preistly duties in the Czech language.

The Morkovskys' vocation took them all over Texas; both men attended St. John's Seminary in San Antonio. John continued his eduation in Rome, where he was ordained to the priesthood in 1933.  After returning to Texas in 1936, he served as assistant pastor at St. Michael’s Church in Weimar (1936 – 1939), pastor of St. Leo’s Church in San Antonio (1945 – 1954), at which time he was also superintendent of schools for the Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio (1943 – 1956.)  From 1958 to 1963, John served as Bishop of Amarillo; in 1963 he was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Galveston – Houston and ascended to Bishop in 1975.  He died in 1990 and is entombed at the Holy Cross Cemetery Mausoleum in Houston.

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The John and Alois Morkovsky Collection, no. 9 - El Campo Society, 1972
Home movie footage of an El Campo Society event celebrating Czech culture and heritage
The John and Alois Morkovsky Collection, no. 5 - Texas High School Rodeo, 1975
Home movie scenes of a Texas High School Rodeo State Championship
The John and Alois Morkovsky Collection, no. 8 - Hostyn Centennial and Church Dedication
Home movie footage of two Catholic celebrations in Hostyn, Texas, the oldest Czech settlement in Texas
The John and Alois Morkovsky Collection, no. 7 - Installation and Civic Reception, Bishop Morko...
Home movie footage of the installation of John Morkovsky as Bishop of Amarillo
The John and Alois Morkovsky Collection, no. 19 - The Second Vatican Council, 1964
Crowds of clergy and laity gather in St. Peter's Square during the Second Vatican Council
The John and Alois Morkovsky Collection, no. 24 - Vacation School
Home movie scenes of school children posing, waving, and crossing themselves for the camera
The John and Alois Morkovsky Collection, no. 23 - School Kids
Home movie scenes of school children posing for the camera
The John and Alois Morkovsky Collection, no. 4 - Construction of St. Leo's Church, 1952
Home movie footage of the construction of St. Leo’s church in San Antonio
The John and Alois Morkovsky Collection, no. 25 - Treasure Ball and Pageant
Home movie footage of the coronation ceremony during the annual Mardi Gras Treasure Ball and Pageant in G...
The John and Alois Morkovsky Collection, no. 3 - St. Leo's First Communion and 8th Grade Picnic...
Home movie scenes of the children of St. Leo’s church in procession after receiving their first communion
The John and Alois Morkovsky Collection, no. 6 - Blessing of Shrimp Fleet, Seabrook, 1974
Home movie footage of Bishop John Morkovsky in Seabrook, giving the 1974 Blessing of the Fleet
The John and Alois Morkovsky Collection, no. 26 - Texas Conference of Churches (1977)
Home movie footage of an ecumenical assembly in Austin
The John and Alois Morkovsky Collection, no. 2 - St. Leo's Laymen's Retreat
Home movie scenes of a men’s retreat for the parishioners of St. Leo’s church in San Antonio
The John and Alois Morkovsky Collection, no. 22 - Monsignor Alois Morkovsky's 50th Anniversary,...
Home movie scenes of the 50th anniversary of Monsignor Alois Morkovsky's ordination to the priesthood
The John and Alois Morkovsky Collection, no. 21 - Father Kolar's Lenten Day of Recollection, 19
Home movie scenes of parishioners leaving church after attending Father Kolar's Lenten Day of Recollection
The John and Alois Morkovsky Collection, no. 18 - Battle of Flowers Parade
This home movie from the Morkovsky collection captures scenes from a Battle of Flowers Parade, on...
The John and Alois Morkovsky Collection, no. 20 - Fringes of the Vatican II Council, 1964
Home movie footage of site-seeing done in Europe during the Second Vatican Council in Rome, 1964
The John and Alois Morkovsky Collection, no. 17 - Construction of St. Gregory Church and School...
Home movie footage of the construction of St. Gregory's Catholic Church and School in San Antonio, dedica...
The John and Alois Morkovsky Collection, no. 16 - San Antonio Diamond Jubilee, 1949
Home movie footage of the Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio's Diamond Jubilee celebrations
The John and Alois Morkovsky Collection, no. 15 - Texas Folklife Festival, 1977
Home movie footage from the 1977 Texas Folklife Festival at HemisFair Park
The John and Alois Morkovsky Collection, no. 11 - St. Laurence Boy Scouts, 1958
Home movie footage of Bishop Morkovsky and the St. Laurence Boy Scouts on a camping trip
The John and Alois Morkovsky Collection, no. 14 - Texas Folklife Festival, 1977
Home movie footage from the 1977 Texas Folklife Festival at HemisFair Park
The John and Alois Morkovsky Collection, no. 10 - Tule Canyon and Soap Box Derby
Home movie scenes of rock formations of Tule Canyon, waterskiing under a stormy sky, and a soap box derby
The John and Alois Morkovsky Collection, no. 12 - Easter at St. Leo's Church
Home movie scenes of Easter Sunday at St. Leo's Church in San Antonio
The John and Alois Morkovsky Collection, no. 13 - St. Joe's Picnic at Canyon, 1956
Home movie footage of a class picnic in Palo Duro Canyon
The John and Alois Morkovsky Collection, no. 1 - Tour through Archdiocese of San Antonio
Home movie footage of Catholic churches and schools throughout the Archdiocese of San Antonio in the 1950s