B bábi, Tibor

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Békés, Gellért O.S.B. (Gerard) (József Burzer) (Budapest, 3 January 1915 - Austria, 29 July 1999) – Monk, theologian. He was educated at the Budapest High School of the Benedictine Order. He joined the Order in 1932 and received a new name. He studied Theology at the St. Anselm College in Rome, was ordained on 1st September 1938. He received his Doctor of Theology Degree in 1940, and he was posted to the Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma, Hungary in 1940, where he taught and performed pastoral duties. He organized the Actio Catholica and the youth associations of KALOT (Katolikus Legények Országos TestületeNational Organization of Catholic Young Men), and KALÁSZ (Katolikus, Lányok SzövetségeAlliance of Catholic Girls). As a priest of the International Red Cross he rescued Jews and refugees in 1944-1945. After World War II he helped Hungarian refugees. He became involved in ecumenical theology following the Second Vatican Council (1962 - 1965). From 1946 to 1992 he taught at the universities of St. Anselm and St. Gregory in Rome. In 1957 he was appointed vicarius archiabbatis in externis-prior of the Hungarian Benedictines abroad and remained in this capacity until 1991. In 1994 he became worldwide praeses-abbot (abbot president) of all Hungarian Benedictines. He retired to Pannonhalma in 1992, but continued teaching there at the Theological Academy and at the Kalazantium Theological Academy. A few highlights of his many literary and spiritual achievements are translation of the New Testament with Patrik Dalos in 1951, primarily for the use of refugees, and edited the Catholic Review (Katolikus Szemle) in Rome from 1959. He provided spiritual leadership to the Pax Romana movement, wrote articles in the New Horizon (Új Látóhatár), Our Life (Életünk), and in Hungarian newspapers worldwide. He was pastor of the Catholic Hungarian Intelligentsia Movement (Katolikus Magyar Értelmiségi Mozgalom, KMEM), and his book of poems is entitled My Fate Is God (Sorsom az Isten). He rests in the Chapel of the Blessed Mother (Boldogasszony Kápolna) of the Pannonhalma Abbey. An Ecumenical Institute bears his name. – B: 1064, T: 7103, 7677.→Catholic Church in Hungary; Religious Orders; Pax Romana.

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