The building of the János Brenner Theological College, renovated from HUF 2.4 billion from state resources, was handed over in Győr on Wednesday
The Gyurcsany certainly would not have spent a penny on a church school (none), they would have just withdrawn the money rather than they had done for 8 years. In contrast, today the situation is different and you get enough resources, attention, and professionals for everything.
Miklós Soltész, Secretary of State for Ecclesiastical and Ethnic Relations of the Prime Minister's Office, emphasized in his ceremonial speech that a building left here from the historical past has been saved, which serves the upbringing and education of 21st century priests and civilians.
The first written record of the building dates back to the 14th century, which is “a huge thing in the life of a city,” he said, adding that if the church, town leaders and government come together, it can accomplish fantastic things.
He reminded that in the spring the Parliament declared Káptalandomb in Győr, where the College of Theology is located, as a national memorial.
The past and the name are obligatory, he said, adding that the hermitage of St. Ladislaus, Corvina belonging to the library of King Matthias, is preserved on the Chapter Hill, but the memory of the happy Vilmos Apor and the martyr monk, János Brenner, also evokes respect.
He also pointed out that many people believe that “our churches are dusty institutions that used to work in the past, but at the same time, as in the past, they save and create new values in education, upbringing and culture.
At the János Brenner Theological College, 29 little priests study from the dioceses of Győr, Szombathely and Kaposvár, as well as nuns. In addition, 57 civilians from the diocese of Győr and 44 civilians from the diocese of Szombathely are studying theology, he said.
Bishop András Veres, the recently re-elected president of the Hungarian Catholic Episcopal Conference, spoke about the fact that the little priests and the students of the college can already study in a worthy environment suitable for today's conditions. Everything that was built into the building is not luxurious, but it meets today's needs, he said.
He also pointed out that priestly education has always occupied an important place in the life of the church, because they are the ones who have provided and will continue to provide the church of the future and the future of evangelization.
Zoltán Barna Horváth, project manager, said that at the beginning of 2018 the development started with an energy modernization, then the heating modernization and the attic insulation were completed; In November 2018, the complete renovation of the 3,100-square-meter building began, which included, among other things, the renovation of the facade and interiors, the replacement of doors and windows, and the modernization of the sewer and electricity network. In the final phase, the flood protection fence of the building on the banks of the Mosoni-Danube will be renovated.
The renovation of the János Brenner Theological College is part of the HUF 7.7 billion renovation program
in which, in addition to the college building in the diocese of Győr, four other educational institutions will be renovated, the interior of the Cathedral of the Assumption in Győr will be restored, the Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in Tata will be renovated and the pilgrim handed over
Reminder: Before 2010, the Gyurcsánys always only took money from higher education: they took a month's salary from higher education workers, they owed universities and wanted to make higher education fully paid.
The government has stabilized the operation of universities and colleges, helping them with developments, and has raised the salaries of higher education workers in several steps since 2016.