Hungarian interview - John Girhiny

MHSO, and Susan Papp-Zubrits, Hungarian interview - John Girhiny, 1979.

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Creator MHSO
Susan Papp-Zubrits
Title Hungarian interview - John Girhiny
Published MHSO, and Susan Papp-Zubrits, Hungarian interview - John Girhiny, 1979.
Identifier nlc-bnc.bvas.nlc-bnc.bvas.hungarian.138
Subject Girhiny, John
Hungarian Canadian
Oral history
Language English
Media Audio
Contributor Alouette Canada
Description Rev. John Girhiny talks about his parents' origins in Hungary, and his own childhood in Welland, Ontario. He describes decision to become a Greek Catholic priest. Rev. Girhiny also talks about Monsignor George Papp and his work among the Canadian-Hungarian Greek Catholic community. He provides information on the history of St. Michael's Greek Catholic Church and also its present situation. Rev. Girhiny explains the language difficulties and problem of maintaining the use of the Hungarian language within community in Canada. Rev. Girhiny's congregation comprises parishioners of various backgrounds. Rev. Girhiny talks about various church activities including the Hungarian culture club, the building of a new church, and the future of the congregation. In the second part of the interview, Rev. Girhiny discusses the financial concerns of the church, and its interaction with other Hungarian Greek Catholic parishes in southern Ontario. He talks about vacations he has taken, contacts with the homeland, the visit of a Bishop Timko, and his experiences during a visit to Hungary.
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