The fast-growing Knights Templar International are preparing to open our newest Priory, in Budapest, the fine capital of Hungary! After consultations with our brethren in the country it has been decided to name it The Szent László Rendház – The Friary of Saint Ladislaus.
The opening of this physical base for our operations in this very important central European country marks a welcome new stage in our development. As we hope to be able to publicise further in the not too distant future, our work in Hungary is of international as well as local significance, so having an office, a place to meet and a modest base for our workers on the ground to rest their heads and break bread together, will be invaluable.
Below is a brief history of our patron in the Carpathian basin:
KING LADISLAS the First, son of Bela, King of Hungary, was born in 1041. At a time of turmoil in the young Hungarian state, popular demand compelled him, much against his own inclination, to ascend the throne, in 1080.
He restored the good laws and order which St. Stephen had established, and which seem to have been obliterated by the confusion of the times.
Chastity, meekness, gravity, charity, and piety were from his infancy the distinguishing parts of his character; avarice and ambition were his sovereign aversion, so perfectly had the maxims of the Gospel extinguished in him all propensity to those base passions.
His life in the palace was most austere; he was frugal and abstemious, but most generous to the Church and the poor.
He built and watched over a strict and impartial administration of justice, was generous and merciful to his enemies, and vigorous in the defence of his country and the Church.
He was preparing to command, as general-in-chief, the great expedition of the Christians against the Saracens for the recovery of the Holy Land, when God called him to Himself, on the 30th of July, 1095.
Ladislaus (also know as Laszlo or Lasislav) was canonized on 27 June 1192. Legends depict him as a pious knight-king, “the incarnation of the late-medieval Hungarian ideal of chivalry.” He is a popular saint in Hungary and neighbouring countries, where many churches are dedicated to him.
His is thus a very worthy name for our new Priory, and we hope and pray that our labours there will be fruitful. We thank all those brethren whose practical help and financial generosity have made this great stept forward possible.