Fr Leo John Suchy

Male 1841 - 1894  (53 years)


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  • Name Leo John Suchy 
    Prefix Fr 
    Born 20 Jul 1841  Hrachovteinitz, Horsovsky Tyn, Czech Republic Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Horsin Tyn
      possibly is Horsovsky Tyn, okes Domazlice
    Gender Male 
    Ordained 1867  Prague, Czech Republic Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Migration 17 Jun 1873  Czech Republic Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Immigration 17 Jun 1873  PORT, New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Ancestry.com
      New York Passenger Lists 1820-1957
      Name: Lee Suchy
      Arrival Date: 17 Jun 1873
      Birth Year: abt 1838
      Age: 35
      Gender: Male
      Place of Origin: Bohemia,Austria
      Port of Departure: Bremen, Germany
      Destination: United States of America
      Port of Arrival: New York
      Port Arrival State: New York
      Port Arrival Country: United States
      Ship Name: Koln

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      Surname: SUCHY - from Leo Baca's Czech immigration passenger lists
      First Name: Leo
      Age: 35
      Departure Country: Bohemia
      Ship: Koln
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      Arrival Date: 17 June 1873
      Arrival Port: New York
      Volume: 5
    Occupation 1874  La Crosse, La Crosse County, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Priest 
    • Ordained in 1867 in Prague
      The first pastor of St Wenceslaus Church, founded in 1874, was a Franciscan priest from Prague in Bohemia, Father Leo John Suchy.
    Occupation 1875  CHURCH Saint John de Nepomuc Catholic Church, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Priest 
    • From book The Catholic Church In Wisconsin
      page 343
      St. John De Nepomuc's Church, Milwaukee.
      Rev. Leo Suchy, 1875 to 1885.

      The Czech Community of Milwaukee 1848-1998 Dejiny Cechu V Milwaukee
      by Anton Daniel Acker
      p. Appendix C
      Pastors of the St. John de Nepomuc Congregation on the Northside
      1875-1885 Rev. Leo Suchy, born Horsovsky Tyn
    1880 US Census 15 Jun 1880  196 Fourth Street, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Roll: 1437; Family History Film: 1255437; Page: 320B; Enumeration District: 118; .
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      Leo. John Suchy
    Occupation 1883  CHURCH Saint Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Priest 
    • The Czech Community of Milwaukee 1848-1998 Dejiny Cechu V Milwaukee
      by Anton Daniel Acker
      p. Appendix C
      Pastors of the St. Wenceslaus Congregation on the Southside
      1883-1894 Rev. Leo Suchy, born Horsovsky Tyn

      From book The Catholic Church In Wisconsin
      page 769
      St. Wenceslas Church, La Crosse, Wis.
      This parish was founded in the year 1873, by the Rev. Leo Suchy, O. S. F., who was a native of Hrachovteinitz, Bohemia, where he was born July 20, 1841. He was ordained to the priesthood at Prague, Bohemia, in 1867, removing to this county soon after. Having organized the parish, he remained as its pastor until September, 1875, when he transferred to St. John's Congregation at Milwaukee, where he died in 1894.
      page 1048 and 1049
      SUCHY, O. S. F., the Rev. P. Leo, was born in Horsin Tyn, Bohemia, July 20, 1841. He acquired his education for the priesthood in the University of Prague and was ordained in 1867. He then joined the Franciscan Order, and was professor of German in Prague one year, subsequent to which he spent a considerable period in missionary work throughout Moravia. Father Suchy came to America in 1873, where he immediately began to labor among the Bohemian congregational in the Diocese of La Crosse. While engaged in the work he was entrusted with the organization of St. Wenceslaus' congregation at La Crosse, over which he maintained spiritual direction until 1875. He then associated himself with the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, where he was apppointed director of St. John Nepomucene's congregation at Milwaukee, of which he remained in charge until 1883. During this pastorate he was successsful in making numerous improvements to the church property, among other things building the present excellent school house. In 1883 he was commissioned by Archbishop Heiss to organize the Bohemian congregation of St. Wenceslaus on the south side of the city, where he erected a church, school and parsonage. He also performed the duties as chaplain of the Central Society of the Bohemian Fraternities in America for a number of years. During the latter portion of his life he made an extended trip to Carlsbad in hopes of regaining his health, which was then in a badly shattered condition. The effort, however, proved futile, for soon after his return, although apparently much improved, he quickly failed, dying October 20, 1894.

      From book The Catholic Church In Wisconsin
      page 357
      St. Wenceslaus Church, Milwaukee.
      With the aid of the departed Rev. Leo John Suchy, pastor of the St. John's Nep. Church, a piece of land was purchased by the Catholic Bohemians living on the extreme south side of Milwaukee in 1883. The spot is particularly well chosen, being in an exceptionally pleasnat neighborhood, on the corner of Scott street and Ninth avenue. On this spot a building was soon erected, the first story being arranged for a school and Sisters' dwelling, the second for the church, while the basement was used as a hall by the different societies to which the members of the congregation belonged. Lateer, it is intended to use the entire building as a school and Sisters' residence. The church was dedicated December 16, 1883, by the Very Rev. Monsignor Batz, several priests attending the ceremonies, and the Very Rev. William Coka preaching the sermon. The trustees of the parish at that time were: Messrs. J. Paulu, Mat Smrz, J. Krofta, Mat Kocourek, and Frank Slivka. In 1884 the parish numbered one hundred and sixteen families, and the school, which opened on January 2 of the same year, had an attendance of ninety-five pupils, who were placed under the direction of Sisters of Notre Dame. Of this young but enterprising parish the Rev. Leo Suchy, who belongs to this pastor, who shunning no hardships and ignoring all obstacles, labored with untiring energy for the welfare of his countrymen. That he succeeded is as plainly to be seen in the material evidences which he has left behind, as in the love and reverence with which his memory is preserved by the members of the congregation. Father Suchy took special pride in the growth and progress of the school, which even to the last proved a source of undiminished pleasure. In dying, this loving pastor gave one last evidence of his affection in leaving all that he had of earthly goods fot eh strengthening and upbuilding of the parish for which he had already done so much.

      Father suchy was born in Bohemia July 20, 1841. He was educated by the venerable Benedictine Fathers in the first Bohemian Convent erected by St. Adalbert in 993. Completing his theological studies at the Gymnasium of Prague, he was ordained in 1867, and there labored as a successful pulpit orator in the Bohemian and German languages. In 1873 he came to America, and having spent two years in La Crosse, where he built a church, Father Suchy came to Milwaukee, where he remained until his death, October 20, 1894. The successor of this lamented priest was the Rev. Charles Wotypka, a theological student in Louvaine, Belguim. Although working in the parish but a short time - less than a year - he was active, and left many traces of success. On January 20, 1996, the Rev. Father Machan became spiritual director of the parish. He was born in Moravia April 15, 1865, receiving his education in the schools and institutions of his native city. He was ordained in Brunn by the Rt. Rev. Dr. Francis Bauer. He at once became active in Prague, Bohemia, as catechisht and pulpit orator, continuing in the work until July 4, 1895, when he came to New York. After a short stay there he went to Texas, where the Rt. Reb. Bishop of Galveston appointed him pastor of Granger, Williamson County. He also attended the Mission of Corn Hill, some sixteen miles distant. Ill-health prevailing, he was compelled to move North, where he was appointed to his present pastorate by the Most Rev. Archibishop Katzer.

      The parish of St. Wenceslaus now consists of one hundred and fifty families, and the schools, under the direction of Sisters M. Anezka and M. Napomuka, has an attendance of one hundred and forty pupils. The societies represented in the parish are: St. Wenceslaus' Benevolent Society, F. Safranek, treasurer; Knights of St. Wenceslaus, J. Rotsedl, president, F. Cerny. commander, Ant. Filip, secretary, M. Krofta, treasurer; Bohemian Catholic Singing Society, Joseph Smrz, president, Jos. Kocourek, secretary, F. Ambroz, treasurer; Ladies' Sodality of the Holy Rosary, Mrs. Jos. Strake, president, Mrs. Husek, secretary, Cath. Slivka, treasurer; Ladies' Sodality of the Blessed Virgin, Mrs. E. Krizek, president, M. Flicek, secretary, A. Friedl, treasurer; Young Ladies' Sodality of St. Agnes, Miss M. Cisler, president, Ann Straka, secretary, M. Uchytil, treasurer; Altar Boys' Society, J. Kappel, president, J. Heller, secretary, and J. Benes, treasurer.
    Naturalization 27 Jun 1892  Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ancestry.com
      U S Naturalization Record Indexes 1791-1992
      Name: Leo J Suchy
      Birth Date: 1841
      Birth Place: Austria
      Age at event: 51
      Court District: Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa
      Year of Arrival: 1873
      Date of Action: 27 Jun 1892

      Note: Certificate 3383, Volume 6, Page 153; arrived June 1873 in New York
    Travel 22 Sep 1892  New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
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      New York Passenger Lists 1820-1957
      Name: Leo John Suchy
      Arrival Date: 22 Sep 1892
      Birth Year: abt 1835
      Age: 57
      Gender: Male
      Place of Origin: United States of America
      Port of Departure: Rotterdam
      Port of Arrival: New York, New York
      Ship Name: Spaarndam

      Note: originally immigrated in 1873.
    Custom ID SAINT WENCESLAUS CHURCH Priest 
    Died 20 Oct 1894  Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 31 Dec 1894  CEMETERY Saint Adalberts Cemetery, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • /Section: Priest, Row 4, Grave 1
      Cemeteries.org -
      Name: Leo, Rev. Suchy
      Date of Burial: 12/31/1894
      Marital Status: Unknown
      Last Address:
      Cemetery: Saint Adalbert Cemetery
      Location: Section: Priest
      Row: 4
      Grave: 1

    Person ID I9937  Czech
    Last Modified 4 Sep 2016 

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    Link to Google MapsOrdained - 1867 - Prague, Czech Republic Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMigration - 17 Jun 1873 - Czech Republic Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 17 Jun 1873 - PORT, New York, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Priest - 1874 - La Crosse, La Crosse County, Wisconsin, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Priest - 1875 - CHURCH Saint John de Nepomuc Catholic Church, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1880 US Census - 15 Jun 1880 - 196 Fourth Street, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Priest - 1883 - CHURCH Saint Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNaturalization - 27 Jun 1892 - Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsTravel - 22 Sep 1892 - New York, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Oct 1894 - Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 31 Dec 1894 - CEMETERY Saint Adalberts Cemetery, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA Link to Google Earth
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    1. [S177] PORT IMMIGRATION Castle Garden, New York, USA.

    2. [S118] CHURCH Saint John de Nepomuc Catholic Church, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA.

    3. [S354] CENSUS USA 1880.

    4. [S113] CHURCH Saint Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA.

    5. [S14] CEMETERY Saint Adalbert Cemetery, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA.