A Missionary Among Byzantine Catholics.
Another change in the personnel of the community at Svata Hora occurred on August 2nd, 1918. Fr. Trcka was transferred to Brno. It was a great loss because the community was losing a zealous worker, who was loved greatly. This is substantiated by the words of the chronicler: a kind, zealous, always joyous confrere and sturdy worker was leaving. According to his own testimony, he had already learned in Brno in March 1919, from his Prague Provincial Fr. Frantisek Mezirka, that he was chosen to work among the Byzantine Catholics. Although the course of the preparation for this mission did not go smoothly, as Polish-Ukrainian war was raging, everything ended well. According to the proposal of the General Consultant Fr. Hudecek, Fr. Trcka as well as Fr. Nekula did not become members of Belgian Province, but remained members of Prague Province. He recalled those happy moments of the preparation: I had received a letter from Fr. Provincial in March 1919 during Lent. I opened it and read: 'The Most Reverend Fr. General has appointed you and Fr. Stanislav Nekula as missionaries in Halic for Byzantine Catholics. You will depart as soon as the circumstances will allow it. My congratulations' and so on. Praise and thanks be to the Lord God! Permission of the Superiors for me to be able to join the Belgian confreres working among Byzantine Catholics is here! An old wish and a warm desire, the fulfilment of which I prayed for frequently and warmly during my theological studies, to be so lucky as to, at some time, celebrate the Mass in the Eastern Rite and to offer my abilities for the Unity, began to come true.