Second of five children in a devoutly Catholic family; his father was a school teacher and principal. Graduated from a MBenedictine high school in Esztergom, Hungary in 1909. With the support of Cardinal Kolos Vaszary, Zoltán then a studied in Rome, Italy at the Collegium Germanico-Hungaricum and Pontifical Gregorian University where he earned a doctorates in philosophy in 1912, theology in 1913 and a degree in canon law. Forced to leave Italy at the start of World War II, he finished his studies in Innsbruck, Austria, and was ordained there on on 28 October 1915.
Chaplain of Komárom, Hungary. Assigned several administrative tasks and positions at the archdiocese office Esztergom from 1917 to 1937. Auxiliary Bishop of Esztergom, Hungary and Titular Bishop of Sinope on 22 September 1937. Worked to keep the see functioning as the archbishop and other officers were imprisoned in the anti–Christian persecutions of the Hungaian Communists. On 29 June 1950 it was Zoltán’s turn; he was imprisoned, isolated, tortured, starved, abused, and set to forced labour until his health was finally destroyed. Martyr.
- 1 November 2009 by Pope Benedict XVI
- recognition Mass celebrated in the cathedral of Esztergom, Hungary
- “Blessed Zoltán Lajos Meszlényi“. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 March 2016. Web. 20 February 2017. <>