The Hungarian community of the Washington Metropolitan Area, because of its proximity to the Capital, holds a historically significant position in Hungarian immigration for its ability to represent Hungary’s interests. We can follow growing political and cultural activities since the mid-19th century, when Lajos Kossuth lobbied for Hungary’s independence. The expanding number of Catholic Hungarians in the region created a spiritual need to practice religion in their native language. Monthly masses have been held regularly and continuously in Washington, D.C. since the early 1950s. Initially, the Piarist fathers served the spiritual need of their fellow immigrants. Cardinal Mindszenty’s historical visit in 1974 marked an important milestone in the life of the Community. Following major political changes in Hungary, in the 1990s several bishops, including Cardinal Paskai and Cardinal Erdő honored our community with their visits. In the spirit of ecumenism, the Saint Stephen of Hungary Catholic Community built a mutually respectful and cooperative relationship with the local Hungarian Reformed congregation. In August, 2015 a Hungarian National Chapel was consecrated at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, where our monthly masses are held. This much anticipated new milestone presents a new spiritual home to Hungarian Catholics in the region as well as all over the world.
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