Members of St. Emeric Church welcomed Fr. Csaba Böjte OFM brother of the Franciscan Order to their parish feast day celebrations on Sunday, November 5, 2017. Fr. Böjte, from Transylvania, was invited by St. Emeric parish administrator Fr András Mezei, for the celebration and for the fifth anniversary of the church’s reopening. The church was filled by nearly 350 worshipers for the 11 a.m. mass. The Cleveland Hungarian scouts and members of the Hungarian Scout Folk Ensemble, dressed in authentic costumes of Romania’s Szekler region, were also in large attendance to greet Brother Csaba.
After mass there was time for everyone to personally meet and greet Fr. Böjte at the celebratory dinner held in the church hall. More than 300 guests enjoyed a stuffed half-chicken dinner, a dance performance by the folk ensemble, and most importantly a talk by Fr. Böjte of his work with the homeless and foster children in the Transylvanian town of Déva where he has many orphanages. Thank you Brother Csaba for visiting Cleveland on the occasion of St. Emeric’s feast day, for honoring us with your presence, and for enriching our spiritual well-being.