Gipsy Pastoration in the Carpathian Basin

Blessed Ceferino IstituteIn the spirit of “increasing the social sensitivity of clerical and civilian experts” as it is intended in the title, to raise the awareness of the results achieved in the field of psychological care of disadvantaged and poor groups in society, to make good practices known to the participants, to encourage the reception and cooperative capacities of church communities through staff members of existing institutions.

Short description:

The project Gipsy Pastoration in the Carpathian Basin was launched in 2017, and was awarded to the Blessed Ceferino Institute through EFOP-5.2.2-17 Transnational cooperation. As a result, we are launching training courses for clerical and civilian experts, aiming at teaching the theological and pastoral basic principles of gypsy mission, presenting the results in this field, providing methodological and pastoral practices and visiting the premises primarily important in the gipsy pastoral activity. It is also an encouragement for priests, monks, catechists and parish co-workers to use these pastoral practices and methods as widely as possible.

With the help of our cooperating partners –Roman Catholic Diocese of Munkács, Roman Catholic Archbishopric and Caritas of Gyulafehérvár, Archdiocese of Košice – we try to involve experts also from abroad.

Over the 24 months of the project we have been organising meetings, trainings and conferences on several premises. The Gipsy Pastoral Manual and a methodological compendium will be compiled from the training material, which might help people joining our work.

In this project:

Our key topics:

  1. Church documents;
  2. Ethnography;
  3. Pastoral care –evangelisation- missionary spirit;
  4. Mixed, or two separate communities within the church community – sensitisation in both directions (prejudices and fears) ;
  5. Identity;
  6. Defence of faith –superstitions, sects
  7. Holiness doctrine: Sacrament service, customs;
  8. Educations: catching-up, public education, higher education;
  9. Community Houses and Study halls;

10.  Job creation;

11.  Cooperation: within the Church, with civil and municipal organisations;

12.  Difficulties (donations, burnout)

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