| Bishop Ivo had received an invite from the Archbishop
of Salzburg. Austrians were eager to hear the preachers of the Dominicans.
The Archbishop was to meet them in Freisach, a city on their route, and
then escort them to Salzburg. Hyacinth received the news with great joy but
also with foreboding. This would mean a delay of a week or more to their
destination. It was now time to pray and ask for Divine Guidance.
When they arrived in the city the Archbishop and all its inhabitants
greeted them warmly. Itinerant preachers were new to them. They had
cloistered Benedictines in monasteries, canons in the Cathedral who
dispensed the sacraments and recited the Divine Office, but none who daily
traveled among the people to instruct, preach and nurture their fragile faith.
Herman preached daily in the crowded city square. The friars remained in
the city for several months. More than 50 young men desired to become
novices. The Archbishop provided a large building to be used as a
monastery. Hyacinth and the others now took their leave designating
Herman the Prior of the monastery and novices. Hyacinth blessed Herman
and again told him to trust, pray and always keep himself open to God’s will.
The news of the friars preceded them on their journey. The Bishop
of Prague sent a request for Hyacinth to send preachers. Again they were
warmly greeted. Ceslaus, who also spoke the language, was appointed to the
task of teaching the Bohemians. Ceslaus knew that he probably would never
see Hyacinth or his be-loved Poland again.