(Saint) King (September 2) (11th century) The Apostle and first Christian King of Hungary. On the death of his father Geysa (A.D. 977), he succeeded him as Voivoda of the Hungarians and proved himself an able and strenuous rider. Victorious in many wars, he was zealous not only for the temporal good of his people (to whom he gave an excellent Code of Laws) but above all for their conversion from the worship of idols to the Christian religion. In this he was so successful that Pope Sylvester II bestowed on him the title of “Apostolic King” – a title retained by his successors. He founded many Bishoprics and thoroughly organised the Church and State of Hungary, which country he dedicated to Our Blessed Lady. He died August 15, A.D. 1038, and was at once acclaimed as a Saint.
- Monks of Ramsgate. “Stephen”. , 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 August 2016. Web. 24 April 2017. <>