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Monday, 15 July 2013

St Margaret's Budapest welcomes guests from the Conference of European Churches

On Sunday 7 July, St Margaret's Budapest welcomed many visitors to their Sunday Eucharist from the Conference of European Churches Assembly. The congregation met in a relatively new venue which they use once a month in the suburban Buda hills. On the other three Sundays, services are held at the chapel owned by the congregation in the centre of the city.

The service included 2 adult baptisms and 3 confirmations. The parish hosted a wonderful buffet lunch following the service.

Joining with me and the the priest-in-charge of St Margaret's, the Revd Dr Frank Hegedus, were the former priest-in-charge, the Revd Canon Dennis Moss. Visiting Anglican and Old Catholic clergy also concelebrated, including Bishop Christopher Hill (Guildford), Bishop Dirk Schoon (Old Catholic, Haarlem), and a dear and old friend, Bishop Julio Murray (Panama). Bishop Julio was the keynote speaker at the CEC Assembly and is the past President of the sister organisation the Latin American Council of Churches.

Bishop Julio and I forget how many years we have known each other (certainly from before we were ordained). I learned how to make a Martini from one of his predecessors, Bishop Lem Shirley!

St Margaret's has produced an ordinand Endre Kormos, who will begin his studies towards the priesthood at Mirfield Theological College this autumn. Endre was my chaplain for the service and is on the left in the picture below.

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