Diocese of Pécs
Institutions, religious life, and culture
King Saint Stephen founded the Diocese of Pécs on 23 August 1009. The Diocese currently incorporates two state administrative units, the counties of Tolna and Baranya. Nine deaconates and their parishes are located in the two counties, as well as other institutions owned or maintained by the Diocese: kindergartens, schools, and care homes. Besides pastoral care and spiritual guidance, the Diocese considers it a mission to provide training and religious education to children and the youth. The Theological College of Pécs is responsible for religious higher education. Institutions belonging to the Diocese are the Pécs Parish Archives, the Episcopal Court of Pécs, and the Catholic Caritas Foundation of the Diocese of Pécs, the latter rendering systematic assistance to the needy in the Diocese. In accordance with Jeremiah’s vision, the activities of the Diocese are determined by hope, looking to the future with a trust in revival, proclaiming the joy of the Christian faith: “For I know the plans I have for you … to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).
The Bishopric of Pécs welcomes all who seek beauty, the relics of historical epochs, the wonders of old times, and who would like to spend a relaxing and invigorating time in the awe-inspiring centre of a town of such profound history. »
The Bishopric of Pécs welcomes all who seek beauty, the relics of historical epochs, the wonders of old times, and who would like to spend a relaxing and invigorating time in the awe-inspiring centre of a town of such profound history. The central church of the Bishopric was erected in the 11th century. Its tower offers an outstanding view of the town. In the Episcopal Palace we can get a glimpse of the episcopal offices that have evolved in style over the centuries. In its Mediterranean garden, a secret underground tunnel is a source of many a surprise. The Mosque is one of the most prominent symbols of the main square downtown; with its 23-metre-high dome, it is the largest still standing Ottoman monument of our country. The diocesan exhibitions display the millennial relics of the Bishopric as eternal values, enabling visitors to become familiar with a historical inheritance as well as spiritual and material wealth that reflect the richness of the Divine Wisdom of the one Who is the centre of the Church’s faith and life.