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St Stephen Church cornerstone at St Elizabeth of Hungary Church

St Stephen Church Cornerstone Dedication
St Elizabeth of Hungary Church
9016 Buckeye Rd. Cleveland
August 20, 2020

Cleveland's newest Hungarian monument to St. Stephen, the first King of Hungary, is a cornerstone saved from the recently demolished St. Stephen Hungarian Church in McKeesport, Pennsylvania (1900-2020). The cornerstone was brought to the historic St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church at 9016 Buckeye Road in Cleveland Ohio which was established on December 11, 1892, the date of the first Mass. The cornerstone was laid on June 4, 1893.

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The Church and the United Hungarian Societies (UHS) of Cleveland hosted an outdoor dedication of the monument in the Church's courtyard.

 Dr. Endre Szentkiralyi

Dr. Endre Szentkiralyi served as MC


The theme of the dedication ceremony was "Honoring our past by remembering St. Stephen's Catholic Church of McKeesport."

America's first Hungarian Roman Catholic churches in order of cornerstone-laying date:

  • St. Elizabeth's Church - Cleveland, OH. June 4, 1893
  • St Mary's Church - Throop, PA. July 21, 1895
  • St. Stephen's Church - East Toledo, OH. Dedication August 20, 1899
  • St. Stephen's Church - Bridgeport, CT. November 30, 1899
  • St. Stephen's Church - McKeesport, PA. September 8, 1900
Dr. Endre Szentkiralyi, president of the UHS, served as Master of Ceremonies. He welcomed the crowd and led the national anthem.

National Anthem

National Anthem


He then introduced Rev. Richard Bona who blessed the cornerstone.

Rev. Richard Bona

Rev. Richard Bona


Reverend Bona spoke in Hungarian.

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Rev. Richard Bona

Rev. Richard Bona




Next, Endre introduced UHS recording secretary Nicholas Boros who was instrumental in saving the monument. Mr. Boros spoke in Hungarian.

Nicholas Boros

Nicholas Boros




Near the end of his remarks, Nicholas Boros spoke in English.



United Hungarian Societies (UHS) of Cleveland Vice President Judy Gyorky recited a poem in Hungarian about St. Stephen, the first King of Hungary.

Judy Gyorky

Judy Gyorky




Dr. Endre Szentkiralyi then introduced Consul General Dr. Zita Bencsik from Chicago.

Dr. Zita Bencsik speaking

Dr. Zita Bencsik


This was followed by the Himnusz, Hungarian anthem, and the conclusion of the program.



Enjoy these other images from the dedication.

Cornerstone before unveiling

Cornerstone before unveiling


Unveiling the cornerstone

Unveiling the cornerstone - Joe Knapic and Rev. Richard Bona. Joe made the trip from McKeesport PA. He grew up in St. Stephen parish.


St Stephen cornerstone - front view

St Stephen cornerstone - front view


St Stephen cornerstone - side view

St Stephen cornerstone - side view


St Stephen cornerstone - side view

St Stephen cornerstone - side view


Zita Bencsik and Judy Gyorky

Zita Bencsik and Judy Gyorky


Nicholas Boros and Zsolt Molnar

Nicholas Boros and Zsolt Molnar


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