New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Stephen of Hungary


First king and apostle of Hungary, confessor, born Gran in 975; died Stuhlweissenburg in 1038; son of Geza, prince of the Magyars. He was baptized, 986; married Gisela, sister of Emperor Saint Henry II; succeeded to the throne, 997; was crowned by Pope Sylvester II, 1001, and was granted the right to establish episcopal sees; founded a monastery at Jerusalem and hospices irl Rome, Ravenna, and Constantinople; gave his kingdom a Christian constitution and an ecclesiastical foundation by establishing 10 bishoprics. Patron of Hungary. His incorrupt right hand is in the national palladium. Feast, Roman Calendar, 2 September.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Stephen of Hungary”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 9 October 2012. Web. 24 July 2016. <>