ZLAMAL, OLDRICH (4 Apr. 1879-24 Mar. 1955), pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish and a leader in Bohemian affairs in both Cleveland and Czechoslovakia, was born in Kokory, Moravia, Czechoslovakia to Anthony and Antoinette Roussila Zlamal. He was educated at Olmutz and Prerov, and came to Cleveland to complete his studies at St. Mary Seminary. Bp. IGNATIUS HORSTMANN ordained him on 3 Nov. 1904. Zlamal's first assignment was as pastor of St. Wendelin Church (see ST. WENDELIN PARISH); during his pastorate he built a school and purchased property for expansion. In 1905 he organized the parish of SS. CYRIL & METHODIUS for SLOVAKS living in eastern LAKEWOOD. In 1908 he was transferred to Youngstown as pastor of SS. Cyril & Methodius Church. In 1915 succeeded the late Fr. STEPHAN FURDEK as pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, one of the largest Bohemian congregations in Cleveland. Fr. Zlamal was also very active in Czech affairs. In 1919 he went to Czechoslovakia at the request of the Natl. Catholic Ward Council, traveling for 6 months, lecturing on democracy and religious topics. In 1938, he organized a war relief committee for CZECHS. In recognition of his accomplishments, Fr. Zlamal was named a domestic prelate by the Vatican on 1 Dec. 1934 and given the title of monsignor. He was buried in CALVARY CEMETERY in Cleveland.

Archives, Diocese of Cleveland.

Zlamal, Oldrich. Povidka Meho Zivota (1954).

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