Fazokas Adalbert OP pappá szentelésének 70. évfordulója 70th Anniversary of priestly ordination of Fr Adalbert Fazokas OP Született/born: 1920. április 20-án Kisszőllősön, Magyarországon Szülei: Fazokas Géza, Kisszőllős, MÁV vasúti alkalmazott, római katolikus, Horvát Eleonóra, Kisszőllős, római katolikus Beöltözött 1938. augusztus 28-án a premontrei szerzetesrendben He received the habit of the Premonstratensian Order on the 28th of August 1938. Ünnepélyes fogadalmat tett: 1943. szeptember 8-án He professed his solemn vows on the 8th September 1943 Pappá szentelése: Kassa, 1944. április 11. His ordination was in Kassa/Kosice, th on the 11 April 1944 Kassa, Premontrei Templom Szentháromság Templom Holy Trinity Church in Kassa/Kosice Fazokas Adalbert atya újmisés mondata: „Mert abban, amiben Ő maga szenvedett és megkísértetett, meg tudja segíteni azokat is, akik kísértést szenvednek.” (Zsid 2,18) His motto on the prayer card issued for his first Mass: „Because he himself was tested through what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.” (Hebrews 2,18) Kassai Szent Erzsébet Székesegyház St Elizabeth of Hungary Cathedral in Kassa St Elizabeth of Hungary Cathedral in Kassa He joined the Dominican Order in 1945 and was professed on 21 st September 1946 Papként tanult Rómában az Angelicumon. Father Adalbertus FAZOKAS, was enrolled in the Faculty of THEOLOGY at our University of Angelicum in Rome for the academic year 1947-1948 and 1948-1949. He duly fulfilled all the academic requirements, and in June, 1952 he publicly defended his doctoral Thesis entitled : De definitione Baptismi elaborata a S.Thoma usu "Auctoritatis Dionysii", and obtained the grade CUM LAUDE =WITH HONOURS. P.s.: Father Fazokas was a classmate of Karol Wojtyla. Fr. Glenn Morris, O.P. Secretary General His own doctoral thesis (Rome, 1952) represented in itself a clear advance in Thomistic research regarding the theology of the grace of baptism in relation to entry and membership of the Church. A section of the thesis was published in the journal "Angelicum" in 1954. A particularly notable feature of that thesis was his analysis of St Thomas' use of the definition of baptism discerned by Ps. Dionysius, the Eastern, Neo-Platonic "mystical" Church Father, to show the physicality in the sacrament of baptism, and therefore of the whole Christian life. He came to Australia in 1954 and was assigned to lecture in Philosophy at the Dominican Studium in Melbourne. He continued to lecture in Philosophy at Camberwell until the Studium moved to Canberra in 1967 and after lectured in Canberra until the late 1960s. He was an expert in the philosophical writings of St Thomas Aquinas and lectured in many branches of philosophy in the Dominican House of Studies from 1954 to the early 1970s and a brief return later in the 1970s for one term. He also taught much dogmatic theology in courses based on St Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologiae. Fr Adalbert also taught theology both in the House of Studies, in the Marist Fathers' Seminary at Hunters Hill Sydney, in the Aquinas Academy run by the Marist Fathers in Sydney, and less formally, to Hungarian groups in Geelong VIC and in Sydney. In the second part of his life he worked as a chaplain to the Hungarian communities, mainly in Sydney, but also in Canberra and Melbourne. One highlight of his life was the visit of Cardinal Mindszenty to Australia in 1974, when the 83-year-old man was invited by the Hungarians of Australia. The long trip was too much for him, and upon his return to Vienna, he died on May 6, 1975. Fr Adalbert proudly had a photo of himself taken with the Cardinal. Cardinal Mindszenty`s visit to Australia in 1974 Fr Adalbert Fazokas and Cardinal Mindszenty at the airport of Sydney Hungarian Mass with Cardinal Mindszenty His pastoral ministry in different areas Keresztelő / Baptism Blessing of a marriage He retired in the early 2000s and took up residence in St Elizabeth’s Home, Dean Park NSW Visit of Dominican brothers at St Elizabeth Home We praise God for his work in the life of Fr Adalbert. We give thanks that he is with us today and welcome all of our guests at his anniversary.