Sunday 15. December 2019
#170 - April 2014

 

In memoriam Gabor Tegyey sj

 

The former Director of the then OCIPE - Office catholique d’information et d’initiatives pour l’Europe –died at the age of 83.


We are sorry to inform you of the death of P. Gabor Tegyey SJ. After suffering a fall at his home on Friday February 21st, Gabor suffered a stroke and died suddenly in hospital in Ludwigshafen on 23rd February.

 

Gabor Tegyey was born on the 22nd December 1930 in Budapest and entered the Society on 14th August 1949. After his philosophy studies in Budapest and a period working at a Jesuit college in Vienna he studied Theology in Frankfurt am Main and in Lyon, from 1958-62 and was ordained on the 31st July 1961 in Munich. From 1958 onwards he was applied to the German province.

 

He did postgraduate studies in Political Sciences in Heidelberg and worked as a teacher and expert on educational questions in Mannheim and Ludwigshafen.

 

From 1977 to 1997 he was a member, and - from the mid 1980s - Director of the then OCIPE - Office catholique d’information et d’initiatives pour l’Europe ( in 2012, OCIPE in Brussels was restructured and renamed JESC, the Jesuit European Social Centre).  He was a correspondent for the KNA, the German Catholic News Agency, and as such had access to the press rooms of the EU, from which he gained a privileged perspective on the evolution of Europe. His perceptive view of the events of the 1980s, which were so significant for the European construction, inspired his colleagues, especially when he became editor of the journal European Vision (in French Objectif Europe) a post he occupied till 1997.

 

After leaving Brussels Gabor served as a hospital chaplain in the spa town of Bad Dürkheim in the Rhineland, where he lived simply in a small apartment till his final days, as a member of the Jesuit community of Ludwigshafen.

 

Two aspects of his long service of the Church at OCIPE are of special note.

 

In 1980 the Secretariat of COMECE (The Commission of Episcopal Conferences of the EU) was established in Brussels. Before this, OCIPE had been the principal source of information concerning EU issues for the bishops of Europe. Naturally this role then passed to COMECE, and Gabor Tegyey and his colleagues had the task of shaping a new less formal role for OCIPE, while developing the relationship with COMECE that continues today.

 

Secondly, in 1991 under Gabor’s leadership, offices of OCIPE were opened in Hungary (his native country) and in Warsaw, so as to ensure that OCIPE was representative of the ‘two lungs of Europe’.

 

We pray for the repose of his soul and are grateful for his long and distinguished contribution to the life of OCIPE, the Church and to a deeper understand of the European political scene.

 

May he rest in peace.

 

Frank Turner sj

JESC

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