The final chapter of the 110th anniversary celebration
of St. Stephen’s Church in Passaic, NJ (see the
July-August issue) was the visit of Dr. Áder János,
President of the Hungarian Republic. He came to the
United States for the United Nations General Assembly
conference, and took time to meet with different
His visit started out with a High Mass celebrated by Fr.
László Vas, Pastor of St. Stephen’s church.
Participating were the Hungarian knights of Malta; the
newly appointed New York Consul General, Kumin Ferenc;
and the Boy Scouts who led the procession into the
Afterwards, the Hungarian schools from the Tri-state
(NY, NJ, CT) area presented their respective schools in
the Mindszenty Hall. Since time was of the essence, each
school had only a few minutes to tell its story. Yet
some of the schools actually put on a little show.
Dr. Áder thanked all the participants for the
interesting presentations. He also expressed his
appreciation to the parents for their dedicated effort
in bringing the children to the Hungarian school,
sometimes from a great distance. He mentioned having
wondered beforehand what ties Hungarians together? And
he came to the conclusion that it is the Hungarian word,
our language. He used a quotation from Tamási Áron, a
Hungarian author from Transylvania: „A magyarságot
nemzetté a magyar szó tette.” (The Hungarian word made
the Hungarians to be a nation.)
Finally, the different Hungarian churches and
organizations were presented by their leaders. They, as
well as the Boy Scouts play a great part in helping the
children become interested in Hungarian culture.
A folk dance by the Csürdöngölő Folk Ensemble from New
Brunswick, NJ was the closing number of the festivities.
People could converse with the President in the little
time left before he had to leave for the airport.
Zsuzsa Lengyel is President of Magyar Studies of America
and Associate Webmaster of Magyar News Online.