Polish Roman Catholic Parishes in the Archdiocese of San Antonio

The Archdiocese of San Antonio consists of Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Gillespie, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Kinney, LaSalle (north of the Neuces River), Maverick, McMullen (north of the Neuces River), Medina, Real, Uvalde, ValVerde, Wilson and Zavala Counties in Texas.

Panna Maria, Texas was the first permanent Polish settlement in America. Like Rev. Leopold Moczygemba who was instrumental in establishing Polish settlements, many of his countrymen were from Upper Silesia near Strzelce Opolskie, POLAND. Within the Archdiocese, Częstochowa (now Cestohowa, TX) and Kosciusko are the other Polish sounding settlements. In San Antonio, the parish of St. Michael was established by Poles. Prior to its founding, Polish San Antonians attened San Fernando parish. The original St. Michael site was razed in the 1960s but a new church was built at the current location. While the church in the community of St. Hedwig, TX was not listed as a Polish parish, they had a significant presence there.

The map plots the locations of Polish Roman Catholic Churches in the Archdiocese of San Antonio. Given addresses were usually of the rectory and not the church building itself. The map shows their current locations. The Polish Catholic churches were identified based primarily on The Polish-American Parish published in 1963 by the Orchard Lake Schools, Henry P. Mucha, editor.