|The congregation of the Legionaries of Christ arrived to Hungary in 1996. Their work is focused mainly in the fields of education, youth and family pastoral work, and evangelization missions.|
Some Hungarian youth have entered the Legion of Christ or
consecrated their lives to God in the Regnum Christi Movement.
Others have given one or two years of their lives
as co-workers at the service of the Church according to
the Movement’s charism. So far, the Movement in Hungary has
three youth clubs and one school.
In 1990, a
Legionary priest, Father Eamon Kelly, traveled to Hungary and got
in touch with some Hungarian youth who were interested in
joining the novitiate of the Legion of Christ in Germany.
Up until October of 1996, two Legionaries, Father Michael Duffy,
LC and the then Brother John Simoneau, LC began to
work apostolically in Hungary, taking the first steps of foundation.
Thus, in March of 1997, apostolic activities began with
a youth mission in Gönc, followed by 30 humanitarian and
evangelization missions in Hungary, Slovakia, the Ukraine, and Romania.
The Regnum Christi members took on the organization of these
missions and of the first living Via Crucis in the
city of Budapest, which thereafter became a yearly tradition for
the faithful. In April of that year, Cardinal Paskai O.F.M.,
archbishop of Budapest, formally gave his approval and blessing to
the various apostolic activities of the Legionaries of Christ. Shortly
after in 1998, the congregation was registered in the diocese
From that date onward, the first youth
center was founded in Budapest to form youth and adolescents.
The congregation also took on the direction of the Szent
Benedek school in the Hungarian capital in the year 2001.
However, the first stable Legionary community was established only in
the following year. In the next three years, two new
ECYD clubs were founded in Budafok and Isaszeg and an
evangelization office was opened in Budapest to coordinate youth programs
in the country.
For more information, please contact:
John Simoneau, LC.
Krisztus Légiója Kongregáció
1061 Budapest, Liszt Ferenc
tér 2, I/2.