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2013. szeptember. 13. Vatamány Sándor

Asking for Help

Have you ever built a church? Not yet? Do you know this feeling? If not, come and join us! Let’s build a church together in Budaörs!

 

Who are Greek Catholics?

‘Greek Catholics’ in Hungary are Hungarian Byzantine-rite Catholics in full communion with Rome. (Magyar Katolikus Lexikon)

 

Their liturgy follows the Byzantine tradition (in contrast to the liturgy of the Roman Catholic majority, following the Roman tradition), but they are in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church.

 

Greek Catholics in Hungary

Hungarians, taking their land in the Carpathian Basin during the 9th century, had been acquainted with Eastern Christianity during their migrations. In 953, the Byzantine bishop, St. Hierotheos, was sent to Hungarians by the Patriarch of Constantinople to exerted his mission among them. Historical sources have revealed the existence of a metropolia, a Greek episcopal see, collecting several bishoprics in Hungary during the reign of King St. Stephen I. By the end of the reign of the Árpádian Dynasty, however, under the influence of the the East-West Schism, the number of Orthodox Christians was decreased in Hungary. During the following centuries, Orthodox Christianity here was predominantly adopted by settlers from the East and the South (Ruthenian, Romanian, Serbian minorities). During the 17th –18th c. a significant part of their church became united with Rome, accepting the Pope as its head, but conserving its sovereign order of liturgy and church discipline. Since then they have been called Greek Catholics in Hungary.

 

The Union of Ungvár (now Uzhhorod / Ужгород, in the Ukraine) took a century to come to fruiton. In 1771, a Greek Catholic Bishopric was founded in Munkács (now Mukachevo/Мукачевo in the Ukraine), because the status of the Orthodox bishopric there was debated. In 1912 a new diocesw was founded: the Hajdúdorog Diocese, involving 162 Hungarian vicarages from the dioceses Munkács, Eperjes (now Prešov, in Slovakia), Nagyvárad (now Oradea in Romania) and Gyulafehérvár-Fogaras (now Alba Iulia and Făgăraș in Romania). In 1930 the number of the members of the Hajdúdorog Diocese, stumped after of the Treaty of Trianon following World War I, totalled the 2,3% (201 000 people) of the population of Hungary (8.688. 000 people).

 

Greek Catholics at the suburbs of Budapest

Due to industrialization tendencies following World War II a lot of people—including many Greek Catholics--from the eastern regions of Hungary have moved to Budapest and its suburbs. Lacking Greek Catholic churches and communities at their new places of living, they soon became integrated into Roman Catholic communities, finding their new home there until the latest times.

 

In the beginning, Greek Catholics in Budapest and the suburbs had only two sovereign churches in the capital (at Rózsák tere and in Fő utca), while later they were allowed to celebrate their own rites in some Roman Catholic churches in other settlements, too.

 

It took almost fifty years that Greek Catholics in Budapest and the suburbs, continuously increasing in number, could form sovereign vicarages. Vicarages in Dunaújváros, Esztergom, Pomáz, Érd and Budaörs have been founded to minister Greek Catholics of major and surrounding minor settlements along the left bank of the Danube.

 

Greek Catholics in Budaörs

The Greek Catholic Vicarage of Budaörs was founded by Greek Catholic Bishop Fülöp Kocsis in Spring 2009. Greek Catholics of the following settlements also belong to the vicarage of Budaörs:

District XXII of Budapest (Budafok, Budatétény, Nagytétény), Alcsútdoboz, Biatorbágy, Bicske, Bodmér, Budajenő, Budakeszi, Budaörs, Csabdi, Csákvár, Etyek, Felcsút, Gánt, Herceghalom, Mány, Nagykovácsi, Óbarok, Páty, Perbál, Remeteszőlős, Szár, Tabajd, Telki, Tök, Újbarok, Vál, Vértesacsa, Vértesboglár, Zsámbék.

 

Of all these settlements it is only at Budaörs that Greek Catholics have a sovereign church building: a cemetery chapel (the so-called Csulits Chapel), lent to them until their new church is ready. Greek Catholics from the region are welcome at our regular liturgies in Budaörs.

 

Building a Church in Budaörs

As a sovereign vicarage in Budaörs, we have been longing for a church of our own, where we can celebrate ceremonies according to our ancient rite, and a community that could help us to grow up our children according to our religion. Out material means, however, do not allow us to build a church alone. Help is needed.

 

 

We live in minority. As Greek Catholics we live in minority in Europe, and we live in minority in Hungary. We need help.

 

In March 2013 church building works were started. The undercroft (meant to serve as a crypt in the future) is structurally complete. We are going on with the works as our material means will allow.

 

We are asking for your your help to support the building of our church.

 

Continuous information of the church building works can be found on our website (www.szentdemeter.hu).

 

Please send your donations to the following bank account:

 

Name: Budaörsi Görögkatolikus Egyházközség

Address: H-2040 Budaörs, Lévai u. 18.

IBAN number: HU13 1070 2332 4938 9601 5110 0005

Name of the bank: CIB Bank

Code Swift: CIBHHUHB

 

Thank you very much for your help in advance.

 

Vatamány Sándor

parókus

 

’Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver…’ (2 Cor, 9,7) 

 

Elérhetőségek

Szent Demeter Görögkatolikus Egyházközség

2040 Budaörs, Lévai u. 18. Térkép

Tel: 23/414-202

Email: parokus [dot] budaors [kukc] hotmail [dot] com

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