Archbishop Frantisek Vanak of Moravia in Czechoslovakia will lead a service at 7 p.m. tomorrow at St. Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church in East Baltimore.
Vanak is touring the United States to thank the American people for their support of the democratic uprising in Eastern Europe and to help raise money for Catholic seminaries in Czechoslovakia, says Richard Lidinsky, a church member who led the efforts to bring the archbishop to St. Wenceslaus.
"When [Czech president] Vaclav Havel was in the U.S. recently, my son and I attended a reception at the Czech embassy in Washington. We met a Czech clergyman and struck up a friendship with him. He happened to be the escort for Archbishop Vanak on his American tour. So we arranged to have him visit our church, where a lot of the members are of Eastern European descent," says Lidinsky, who is deputy comptroller for the city.