Christian Roma College Network Expresses Thanks for the Past Ten Years

Although the Coronavirus has rewritten the jubilee program of the organization, a limited number of colleges were able to get together at the service for the Protection of the Theotokos Greek Catholic Church on 19 April 2021. Zoltán Balog, Reformed Bishop of the Danube Region, Ministerial President of the RCH Synod, preached the Word.

In 2011, the Christian Roma Colleges Network was established in cooperation between four historic churches - Evangelical, Roman Catholic, Greek Catholic and Reformed. Today, it brings together twelve institutions, including the Wáli István Reformed Roma College in Debrecen and the Reformed Roma College in Budapest.


Fotó: MTI/Zsolt Czeglédi

Roma colleges provide substantial scholarships, dormitory accommodation, language tuition, high-quality vocational training, mentoring and pastoral care for disadvantaged Roma and non-Roma students who apply.

Only a few people were able to attend the ecumenical service for the launch of the network at the Theotokos Greek Catholic Church in Debrecen, but hundreds of people were able to follow the event online thanks to live streaming.

Tamás Fabiny, President-Bishop of the Evangelical Church of Hungary, gave a welcome speech, Márton Lovász, pastor of the István Wáli Reformed Gypsy College, read from the verses Acts 4:13-22, based on which Zoltán Balog preached the Word of God. It was Zoltán Balog who, on behalf of the Hungarian Government, made the work of the MRE a matter of concern from the very beginning, first as State Secretary for Social Inclusion and later as Minister of Human Resources.


Fotó: MTI/Zsolt Czeglédi

At the end of the service, László Papp, Mayor of Debrecen, thanked the city for hosting the event, and Katalin Langerné Victor, Deputy State Secretary for Social Inclusion, drew attention to the high level of state support for institutions that have long been funded by the European Union.