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Hungary
 
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 of Budapest-Esztergom.

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:
Father John Simoneau, LC.
Krisztus Légiója Kongregáció
1061 Budapest, Liszt Ferenc tér 2, I/2.
Lc-hungary@legionaries.org
 
 
 

 


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