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Welcome / Witamy!

Panna Maria, Texas is the oldest permanent Polish settlement in the United States.
 
Families from Silesia, Poland were invited by Fr. Leopold Moczygemba to settle this historic area in 1854. After a two-month journey, the Polish immigrants settled near the junction of the San Antonio River and Cibolo Creek where they celebrated their first Mass on December 24, 1854 under an oak tree. Their first church was built in 1855 next to the oak. Later, a more permanent structure was erected. The church was destroyed by lightning in 1875 and rebuilt in 1877. Many changes were made to the structure and a recent renovation revealed a full painted ceiling in the sanctuary. The painted ceiling has been meticulously restored and is available for visitors to view. This historic Catholic Church, Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary–Panna Maria, remains open and active to this day and sits peacefully next to the famed Oak Tree on FM 81.

Many historic buildings of the original community surround the church and are part of the Panna Maria Historic District.
 
The Panna Maria Historical Society was established in 1966 to ensure historical preservation and education. The story of Panna Maria and its Polish heritage is an important segment of Texas history. The town, today populated by many descendants of the founding families, remains true to faith, family and community.   

Information

Panna Maria Visitors' Center
Panna Maria Historical Society
Located in the Panna Maria Historic District on FM 81 in the historic Pilarczyk's Store building 
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thursdays
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday (3rd weekends only)
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday (3rd weekends only)
Call for tours and information (830) 780-4471
P.O. 52 Box, Panna Maria, TX 78144

Panna Maria Historic District
Established as a National Register of Historic Places site in 1976, the district encompasses 3,500 acres with 25 historic structures.

Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church
Located in the Panna Maria Historic District on FM 81
Open to visitors
Call for the schedule of services (830) 780-2748
13879 FM 81
Panna Maria, TX 78144
 
Polish Heritage Center at Panna Maria
Opening planned for 2018
Currently under construction on FM 81
www.polishheritagecenterpannamaria.org
Panna Maria Heritage Center Foundation
www.polishheritagecenterpannamaria.org
Fr. Leopold Moczgemba Foundation
www.flmfoundation.org
Panna Maria Historical Society
www.pannamariatexas.org
 
Panna Maria Hall
Event space reservations and information
www.pannamariahall.com

Snoga Store
Event space accommodates up to 40 guests
Call for reservations and information (830) 780-2294
 


Calendar of Events

Sunday, October 9, 2016
Annual Homecoming Turkey Dinner
Held every 2nd Sunday of October

This famed dinner is prepared by members of the community with the turkey cooked over wood fires throughout the night. This is a day of wonderful Panna Maria hospitality, highlighted by an auction, a raffle, bingo, tamale sale, and the famed dinner served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Panna Maria Hall.

Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church
Call for the schedule of services (830) 780-2748