I don’t feel qualified to impart any great message. I am grateful to God that I can live in a society that is diverse
Václav Konzal was born on 13 December 1931 in Prague. In 1941 he enrolled at the boarding school established at Redemptorist monastery on Holy Mountain near Příbram. In 1950-1952 he was interned in „centralisation“ monasteries and forced labour camps around Křivoklát, he then worked in construction. In 1953 he graduated from grammar school and was accepted to study Russian and Georgian at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague. From 1960 to 1970 he worked as a documentarian, in 1970 he took up the position of researcher at the Slavic Institute of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences. As members of the Prague Translators Group, he, Bonaventura Bouš, and Jiří Máša adapted most of the currently used Catholic liturgical texts into Czech. He is a recognised philologist, Byzantologist, and paleoslavist, the author of numerous translations, studies, and encyclopaedia entries. He was a secret Scout, and he participated in the activities of the underground Catholic Church. He was awarded the Rudolf Medek Prize.