The Southern Cross : May 2012
The Southern Cross Page 18 May 2012 www.thesoutherncross.org.au | news The 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Regnum Marianum Catholic Hungarian community in Adelaide was celebrated on Palm Sunday. The first Hungarian Catholic celebration in Adelaide was held at St Francis Xavier Cathedral on August 20, 1950 which is when Hungarians remember the first Christian king, Saint Stephen (István). Later that year Father Dr Fazekas László arrived from Europe and under his leadership the Regnum Marianum community was formed on February 24, 1952 and subsequently was registered under the current name, the Regnum Marianum Catholic Hungarian Welfare Association Inc. Since then several priests have led this community in prayer and given it the opportunity to celebrate Mass in Hungarian. The Celebrant on Palm Sunday was the visiting Bishop Dr Cserháti Ferenc from Hungary, who has taken on the role of being the shepherd of the Hungarian Catholics living outside of Hungary. Following the Mass a 60th anniversary ribbon was presented to the Bishop by foundation member Révész Erzsébet and a young member of the congregation, to place on the "flag of love". The celebration continued with a lunch provided by volunteers. The 60th anniversary cake was presented by Révész István and Révész Erzsébet. Several speeches were made during the celebrations, thanking all for their efforts and loving attitudes towards the parish priest Father Horváth László and each other. Bishop Ferenc also attended a special celebration at the Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians, Patroness of Australia at Marian Valley, Canungra, Queensland. The Bishop blessed the chapel built by the Hungarian community in honour of Blessed Eusebius (Boldog Özséb), the Hungarian founder of Pauline Fathers. The Shrine was established by Pauline Fathers from Poland. Each year, tens of thousands of pilgrims visit Marian Valley to participate in Masses, Eucharistic Processions, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Stations of the Cross, the Rosary, devotions, days of reflection, spiritual retreats and reception of the sacraments. Many of the processions are linked with particular nationalities which have erected shrines at Marian Valley. Hungarian celebration SPECIAL VISITOR: Bishop Ferenc (centre) with members of the Hungarian Catholic community at the 60th anniversary celebration.