It is important to raise a family on Christian principles so they are accepting of others
Ing. Karel Faber was born July 10, 1935 in Prague in a Catholic family. As a teenager he joined the church choir in Vyšehrad. The choir was basically a Catholic community, but in the 1950s it was not possible for such a community to exist publicly. Karel befriended Helena Uhrová from the choir, and she later became his wife. After a tragic accident when one of the members of their community drowned, they were all investigated by the police and they were penalized: most of them received prosecutor’s warning. At that time, Karel Faber was preparing to take his final examinations at the Faculty of Forestry of the Czech Technical University, and in spite of this incident, he was eventually allowed to complete his studies. After his military service he received a job placement in southern Bohemia and he and his wife Helena moved there. They raised their two children there and they continued to be outspoken about their faith. They organized Catholic meetings in their family, and their home served as a place where catechism, theology studies and other activities were held. They maintained frequent contacts with priests Ota Mádr, Josef Zvěřina, Josef Kopecký or Jiří Reinsberger. Their life was often disturbed by interrogations by the Stb Security Police or by other authorities. The family faced constant pressure and attempts to intimidate them, for example by threatening to punish their children. The Faber family did not succumb to these threats. After November 1989 ing. Karel Faber became the director of the State Forests of South Bohemia and he also completed his studies of theology and became a deacon in the České Budějovice diocese.