Leopold Moczygemba

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Fr. Leopold Moczygemba OFM Conv
Fr. Leopold Moczygemba - founder of the first Polish-American parish in USA
Born Leopold Moczygemba
(1824-10-18)October 18, 1824
Płużnica Wielka, Upper Silesia
Died February 23, 1891(1891-02-23)
Dearborn, Michigan
Resting place Panna Maria, Texas
Citizenship Prussia
Occupation Roman Catholic priest
Employer OFM Conv
Known for Founding the first Polish-American Roman Catholic parish, Panna Maria, Texas.
Title Father

Leopold Moczygemba, OFM Conv (October 18, 1824 – February 23, 1891) was the founder of the first Polish-American parish in Panna Maria and Bandera, Texas.

He was born October 18, 1824 in Płużnica Wielka Upper Silesia. During his career, he was papal envoy to the United States and founder of the Polish SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Detroit. He also ministered to the ethnic Polish populations of the north-central United States.

Moczygemba was one of the founding members of the Polish-American Association



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