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Hungarian Catholic Mission

The Hungarian Catholic Mission is a non-profit organization, Headquartered in Portola Valley, California.

Since 1974, our mission focus remains Faith, Culture and Charity. We have provided help to thousands of Hungarians of all faiths to ensure the homeless, the sick and the needy are given a chance to succeed. Our Mission supports orphanages, battered women shelters, families of disaster victims and scholarships for Hungarian children. Even today, most Hungarians living in the mother country and its border countries live well below the poverty line.

Your generous contributions continue to make a difference; one child, one person and one family at a time. I have listed our five charitable programs. Please take a look and if you decide to donate, please select the project that best fits your needs. All of our contributors have the ability to make either a confidential or a public contribution. Just select your donation project and fill out the credit card information through our secure (https) portal. You will have the ability to make either a one time, monthly, quarterly or semi-annual contribution. Our non-profit organization is tax deductible. Please let us know when donating if you would like a tax deduction form.

Please review the following links to learn more about our foundations.

With your generous contribution, you can make a difference.


Deva Foundation

Founded by Franciscan Monks by the leadership of Chaba Bojte. The Deva Foundation provides clothing, housing, food, shelter and a Christian based education to thousands of orphaned or homeless children in Transylvania, Romania. Internationally recognized, the Deva Foundation has made a direct impact on improving the quality of lives of Hungarians.

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Deva Foundation Deva Foundation

Goal: $300000
Achieved: $148764

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Battered Women in Budapest, Hungary

In 2012, we will attempt to open our doors for the first time and provide 1-2 apartments in downtown Budapest that will be used by women and families of domestic abuse. Funds attained will be used to provide a safe housing environment for women and their children in Budapest, Hungary. We provide short term lodging for up to one year and provide all food, shelter, and job training. Our goal is to add two apartments per year. In a city of 2.5M residents, your contributions will allow us to quickly expand our women shelters. Help us grow our Battered Women Shelter in Budapest, Hungary.

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Battered Women Battered Women

Goal: $50000
Achieved: $5065

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Disaster Relief

In 2011, Hungary was routinely plagued by floods along the Tisza River and there tributaries. Thousands have been left homeless and scores of others killed. Working with government, aid agencies and local churches, we directly distribute money to the families affected. This year we were able to help 12 families. Your donation will allow homes to be rebuilt, and families to start over. In 2012, our Hungarian Flood Victim fund will add money to purchase farm equipment to displaced Hungarian farmers.

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Disaster Relief Disaster Relief

Goal: $50000
Achieved: $2925

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Education Scholarships for Hungarian Children

Approximately 3,000,000 Hungarians live in Transylvania that is now a part of Romania. Our foundation will provide funding for Hungarian and Romanians to improve cultural diversity, dignity, and respect programs. Funding will also go to fund textbooks for elementary aged students. Our goal is to also fund up to four (4) Hungarian high school students per year to attend our Catholic High School at Woodside Priory, located in Portola Valley, California. Funding includes tuition, food and lodging. Two students will come from Hungary and 2 students will be selected from Transylvania, Romania.

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Education Scholarships Education Scholarships

Goal: $100000
Achieved: $42710

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Hungarian Ministry Abroad

Catholics throughout the world are feeling the increased shortage of ordained priests to serve their dioceses. There are approximately 31 Hungarian Priests/Parishes in the United States serving the religious needs of 975,000 Hungarian Catholics. That is a priest to parishioner ration of 1: 31,451. In most Catholic dioceses in Hungary, the ratio is 1 priest to an average of 3,000 parishioners. Our goal is to help fund part of the seminary costs in Budapest, Hungary. We are currently working with the Bishop in developing a joint internship program, whereby young Hungarian priests can do a 3-5 year pastoral fellowship in any of our 31 Hungarian parishes in the United States. By establishing these bonds, both the American and Hungarian Catholic communities will work closer together in keeping our faith, culture and charity alive. The average age of our Hungarian priests in the United States is 74 years old. Without a strategic change, our Hungarian Catholic identity will be gone forever within 10 years. Make a difference today.

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Hungarian Ministry Abroad Hungarian Ministry Abroad

Goal: $50000
Achieved: $27886

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The Ildiko Zentai Foundation

The foundation was established by the Zentai Family to preserve the memory of Ildikó with an initial donation of $10,000. A large part of her life in the last years were dedicated to the preservation of Hungarian culture, education, and alleviating poverty in California and in Hungary.

This foundation functions under the non-profit Hungarian Catholic Mission in the San Francisco Bay Area. Everyone is eligible to apply for funding from the Foundation, without regard to religious preference, for their work in the preservation and advancement of Hungarian cultural traditions, to support educational needs, and to help alleviate poverty in Hungary, Transylvania, and California.

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Ildiko Zentai Foundation Ildiko Zentai Foundation

Goal: $50000
Achieved: $17590

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General Fund

The Hungarian Catholic Mission is constant striving towards improving the Hungarian identity though faith culture and charity. We are working towards helping out with donations for Battered Women in Hungary, Disaster Relief, Deva Foundations, Supporting Hungarian Ministry Abroad, and Education Scholarships for Hungarian Children. In order to do this we need to maintain our own organization.

Fortunately, most of the overhead costs for our administrative facilities are covered by Woodside Priory. However, we do require funding to maintain the mission.

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Hungarian Ministry Abroad Hungarian Ministry Abroad

Goal: $50000
Achieved: $14200

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