Helping Hungary's Roma Community
Since 2010, Divine Word Missionaries has ministered to the Roma (gypsy) community in Köröm, Hungary. Some of the social problems that affect them: poor housing, unemployment, and lack of integration into mainstream Hungarian society.
The goal of the Divine Word Missionaries gypsy mission there is to make the Roma people feel acceptance, love and forgiveness at the church, says Father Chavvakula Lourduraju, SVD of India, leader of the congregation.
In November 2017, Fr. Lourduraju was awarded as the Prima Primissima of BAZ county in Hungary for his valuable services among the Roma community in the fields of social, cultural and educational programs.
Fr. Lourduraju has served in Hungary for 12 years and is Justice and Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Coordinator there. For four of those years, he has focused on community building, providing skills training, pastoral care and personality development programs for the Roma community.
In Hungary, this particular mission work among the Roma - who are often viewed and treated as outcasts wherever they live - is a perfect example of "putting the last first."
For more information about our work among Hungary's Roma community, please read the following article, "Sharing Their Joy and Their Suffering: The Roma Community in Hungary," from the Spring 2014 edition of our magazine: http://bit.ly/2eHX2gQ