FIRES in Hungary

1996
The Christian Family Movement CFM/MÉCS starts in Hungary.

1998
CFM Hungary National Couple Balazs and Krisztina Ménesi meet Fr. Gabriel Calvo, Founder of Marriage Encounter, Marriage Retorno and FIRES, and his colleague Fr. Donnon Murray OFM at the 11th General Assembly of ICCFM (International Confederation of Christian Family Movements). The Ménesi couple ask for, and receive, the consent of Msgr. László Bíró, Bishop for the Family, of the Hungarian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, to introduce Fr. Gabriel Calvo’s original programmes in Hungary.

1999
With the consent of the Author, the first Original Marriage Encounter is presented by Fr. Donnon Murray OFM in Hungary.

PE2000
Hungarian National Couple and a presenting priest attend the 25th Anniversary of FIRES in Rome.
The second Original Marriage Encounter and the first Sons and Daughters Encounter are presented by Fr. Donnon Murray OFM.
Msgr. László Bíró first meets Fr. Gabriel Calvo at the 3rd European Congress of ICCFM, Prague.

2001
The first Marriage Retorno and Priest Encounter are presented by Fr. Donnon Murray OFM. Among the participants of the Priest Encounter are Msgr. László Bíró and Msgr. Antal Majnek OFM, Bishop for the Family, of the Ukrainian Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

2002
FIRES Engaged Encounter, Self Encounter and Family Communication Workshop are presented for the first time in Hungary by Fr. Donnon Murray OFM.

2003
FIRES Sons and Daughters Retorno and Marriage Re-Encounter are presented for the first time in Hungary by Fr. Donnon Murray OFM.
Hungarian organizer couples and presenting priests meet with Fr. Gabriel Calvo in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Sons and Daughters Encounter and Original Marriage Encounter start in the Hungarian speaking part of the Ukraine.

donnon_murray2004
FIRES Family Encounter is presented for the first time in Hungary by Fr. Donnon Murray OFM.
Engaged Encounter and Sons and Daughters Retorno start in the Hungarian speaking part of the Ukraine.

2005
Self Encounter starts in the Hungarian speaking part of the Ukraine.

Introduced by Fr. Donnon Murray and experienced by Hungarian priests, the programmes by Fr Gabriel Calvo have been organized regularly by CFM/FIRES Hungary. Several priests and couples are involved in this service. Bishop László Bíró presents Priest Encounters for priests every second year.

The FIRES programmes, offered within and outside of CFM/MÉCS, greatly contribute to the spiritual enrichment of CFM/MÉCS as well as to the increasing number of its member families, especially young married couples.

The Encounter programmes presented in Hungary since 1999 have enriched the lives of several thousand people and couples all over the country.

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