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Orthodox Church in Czech lands and in Slovakia was restored after the Second World War, with the return of Czechs from Volyn region in USSR (nowadays Ukraine) to their homeland. Before the World War II, Tabor in South Bohemia was the only existing Orthodox parish, established by Saint Gorazd. According to testimonies of some the oldest members of our deanery, divine services in South Bohemian seat used to be attended by up to six hundred Orthodox faithful, and accompanied by chanting of a Ukrainian doctor.

In the years following the end of the Second Word War, the Church did not have sufficient number of priests for all vacant parishes, so many priests were travelling and serving in several towns. When having a single priest performing pastoral care in multiple parishes was no longer possible, those parishes simply became extinct. For years, Ceske Budejovice were under pastoral care of two priests from Tabor - father Holy, and after him by father Petricek. After father Petricek`s death, this parish also became extinct. During several decades without a priest and services, its registry books were lost (or destroyed).

The eighties and nineties of the twentieth century brought changes. Large number of young people experienced emerging interest in spiritual matters. They included many famous people, like singer Petr Muk (who, unfortunately, later tragically died), or hockey player Jaromir Jagr. Current archbishop Simeon wrote in his memoirs about visits to his brother in Ceske Budejovice, where some young people expressed their wish to restore church life in this city.

Exactly at the initiative of bishop Simeon and Cristopher, who, at that time, was the new bishop in Moravian eparchy, the priest Jan Baudis from Jihlava began visiting Ceske Budejovice once per month and serving Divine Liturgy, each time at a different location. Both bishop Cristopher and father Jan were very gifted for missionary work.

The next significant turning point in life of this deanery was the lease of the chapel of saint Vojtech for ten years, followed by obtaining proprietary rights over it, as a gift from the city of Ceske Budejovice. In 1993 the chapel was consecrated for divine services, and dedicated to All Saints of the Czech Lands. Afterwards, the deanery was established in neighboring Jindrichuv Hradec, and priest Jan Tymal performed divine services and Divine Liturgy alternating the locations during a month: twice in Jundrichuv Hradec, twice in Ceske Budejovice. After twenty years, with the arrival of a permanent priest, the full cycle of divine services has been restored. With continuous increase of faithful attending divine services, we are called to pray for and act towards having a larger temple for our religious needs.



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