S.S. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church

Through the efforts of fellow immigrant Joseph
Russek, many Czech families came to this area of
Milam County in the 1880s. The first Catholic Mass
in the Maraksville settlement was conducted by a
visiting priest in the Kaspar Kubecka home in
1883, and later services were held in other homes.
In 1889 the Kubecka family donated land for a
Catholic school and church, and the community
began raising funds to erect a building. A wooden
church structure was completed in 1904 and
dedicated in 1905. Named for the patron saints of
the Moravian immigrants, the congregation was
served by the Rev. K. Kacer. Worship services were
conducted in Latin, German, and Czech for many
years. The congregation has been associated with
parishes in Cyclone and Cameron over the years,
and additional church facilities have been built
and adapted for various purposes, including a
school, rectory, and parish hall. Two burial
grounds, known as the Old Marak Catholic Cemetery
and the New Catholic Cemetery, were established on
land donated by church members. The church has
been the social center of the community since its
founding, and the annual parish picnic has become
a popular event in Milam County.
Milam County Historical Commission
Milam County, Texas
Milam County Historical Commission - Milam County, TX
Statue of Ben Milam at Milam County, TX Courthouse
Old Junior High School Building, Rockdale, TX
Milam County Courthouse - Cameron, TX
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S.S. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Cemetery
From Cameron: 6.5 miles north on FM 2269
Erected 1991
S.S. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church Historical Marker, Marak, Milam, TX
S.S. Cyril & Methodius
Catholic Church
Sts. Cyril & Methodius Cemetery Association
Marak, TX

This land was the generous gift of
Mr & Mrs John Gurecky Sr.
Mr & Mrs John Gurecky Jr.

The fence and care was the generous gift of
Rev. K. Kacer
Miss Teresa Picha

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