Religious Persecution under Communism: Exhibition on the life of Bishop Áron Márton
DATE: Monday, November 7, 2016
LOCATION: The Catholic University of America, Happel Room in Caldwell Hall
The life of Bishop Áron Márton is the story of one man’s absolute commitment to the Church and its mission of salvation. Since childhood, Márton dreamt of being a priest, a dream finally realized when he was ordained in 1939. During the Second World War, when his diocese was divided between Romania and Hungary, the Bishop chose to remain with his fellow Hungarians in Romanian territory. In 1949, when presented with an agreement that would have given the Church over to the atheistic state, Bishop Márton refused to sign. For this courageous act, Bishop Márton was incarcerated, either in prison or under house arrest, until his death on September 29, 1980. This exhibition of eight posters commemorates Bishop Áron Márton’s undying faithfulness to his and his fellow Hungarians’ religion, even unto death.
Dr. Réka Földváryné Kiss, Hungarian Committee of National Remembrance
Mr. András Fejérdy, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Dr. Arpad von Klimo, Catholic University of America
Dr. Murray Bessette, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation