Invitation to the Dedication of the Hungarian Chapel

Publicated on: June 29, 2015

Ambassador Szemerkényi's invitation to the dedication of the Hungarian Chapel at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.

Dear Members of the Hungarian American Community:

I am pleased to write to you as the new Hungarian Ambassador to the United States, a post which I have been honored to fill for nearly half a year. During this time I have had the pleasure of visiting many Hungarian-American communities, where I have greeted old friends and have made new ones. These encounters have strengthened my long-held conviction that all of us share an important mission: to preserve our wonderful Hungarian culture in the United States. We can only be successful to pass our rich cultural heritage to our children if we work together effectively. Let me assure you that you can always count on the support of Hungary as well as me in this endeavor.

It gives me great pleasure to tell you now that after ten years of committed work, including generous financial support from many Hungarian-Americans, the Hungarian Catholic Church, and the participation of the Government of Hungary, a new Hungarian cultural treasure has been created in Washington, DC.

Please join us for a special celebration 
The Dedication of the Hungarian Chapel
at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

On Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 2 p.m.
400 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, DC 20017

The Chapel will be consecrated by His Eminence Cardinal Péter Erdő, Archbishop of Esztergom and His Eminence Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington. The event will also be attended by Dr.László Kövér, Speaker of the Hungarian National Assembly as well as Miklós Soltész, State Secretary in charge of Church relations as our special guests from Hungary. Following the mass and the dedication ceremony, you are also cordially invited to a celebratory Hungarian feast and picnic.

I invite and urge all Hungarian Americans regardless of religious affiliation to participate in what will certainly be an inspiring and memorable event.

Let’s share in the joy and let’s make this new Chapel in Washington a true Hungarian place of pilgrimage!

I hope to meet you personally and welcome you among our guests,

with warmest regards,

Dr. Réka Szemerkényi

Ambassador of Hungary to the U.S.

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