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A collection of photographs and documents relating to Kudritz.

Following up a recent inquiry about Miklos Kahles, Stasa Cvetkovic, a researcher with Synergia in Novi Sad, kindly looked up the following information. (Synergia is a well-regarded researcher with numerous recommendations from Donauschawben descendants. They can be reached at www.synergia.rs)

 

Following is a translation of an entry, in Hungarian, about Father Kahles, from Stasa Cvetktovic.

Entry about Ft. Kahles Miklos was written in Hungarian language. I will give the German and Serbian or Romanian) names of the villages next to the Hungarian name, in brackets. -- Stasa

KAHLES MIKLOS (LAT/GER: Nicholas, Nicolaus): Born in Nakofalva (Nakodorf, Nakovo) on 01 April 1889. He was ordained a priest in Temesvar (GER: Temeschburg, ROM: Timisoara) on 29 June 1912.

Served as chaplain in: Temesgyarmat (GER: Jahrmarkt, ROM: Giarmata) Németszentpéter (GER: Deutschsanktpeter, ROM: Sanpetru German), Gyertyamos (GER: Gertianosch, ROM: Carpinis) in 1914, chaplain in 1915, in 1918 chaplain in Karolyfalva (GER: Karlsdorf, SER: Banatski Karlovac), church administrator in Fehertemplom (GER: Weisskirschen, SER: Bela Crkva) in 1919, chaplain in Ecska (GER: Etschka SER: E?ka) in 1920, parish priest in Zsigmondfalva (GER: Sigmundsfeld, Sigmundsdorf SER: Luki?evo, Martinica) in 1922, chaplain in Versec (GER: Werschetz SER: Vršac) in 1927, parish priest assistant in Csozstelek (GER: Tschesterek, Neuhatzfeld SER: ?estereg) in 1930, parish administrator in Hetteny (GER: Hettin, Tomsdorf, SER: Hetin) in 1931, Kudric (GER: Kudritz SER: Gudurica) in 1933, Sandorhaza (GER: Alexanderhausen ROM: Sandra) in 1936, he was suspended in 1939, was chaplain in Boka (GER: Boka SER: Boka) and definitively suspended in 1942

Place of his last service was Boka.

Renovation of the Kudritz Church

by William Milleker, Chicago

The Catholic Church in Kudritz, (Gudurica) Banat, Serbia was built in 1787 in an all German Village. Since 1944 it suffered under neglect and abandonment, but managed to remain in existence. The parishioners could not prevent the gradual deterioiration till Father Mihai Gherghei appeared in the Village and took the responsibility for the community and the restoration of the church. He motivated the parishioners to tackle the necessary preventive maintenance. He also started regular church services.

Father Mihai has the support of the Bishop of Werschetz (Versac) and promise from the regional government for the planned restoration of the church. Details have been established to rebuild the roof and to restore the interior of the church. Finanical support has from from Austria, Germany, and the USA.

The last year has shown some real progress by wiring the church for electricity and starting work on the roof to eliminate further water damage to the structure. The completed work on the rectory created meeting rooms and a chapel that now houses the original Stations of the Cross. The latest addition has been the museum room that displays the sacred items that have survived.

This success story is a happy event in contrast to churches in many villages that have been destroyed. I am very supportive of this effort that restores a monument of the past, because I believe somebody will ask about the history of the church and its origin.

Photos by Roy Shiflet

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