Ferenc Visky – A Short Biography

Ferenc Visky (July 1, 1918 – October 5, 2005) was a minister in the Hungarian Reformed Church in Transylvania and a leader of evangelical revival in Romania who spent several years in prison under the Communist rule of that country.

Ferenc Visky (the native form of the name is Visky Ferenc; this page uses the western name order) was born in Egri (Satu Mare county), which at that time was part of Hungary, becoming part of Romania in 1920.

In 1936, he finished secondary school in Satu Mare, and fled across the border into Hungary with his best friend, the poet Sándor Gellért, to study theology at Debrecen University. While still a university student, he came into contact with the Reformed renewal movement associated with the CE (Christian Endeavor) Bethany Association under the direction of Dr. Aladár Szabó. Continue reading “Ferenc Visky – A Short Biography”

A Ferenc Visky Rememberence

Feri bácsi preaching – how could one forget?

Rev. Ferenc Visly is one of the happiest things that ever happened to my life. When I was invited for the time, by his daughters Lidia and Maria Magdalnena,  to visit them in the village of Paleu, near Oradea, I did not know what to expect. After we met, we could never part ways. I have befriended his children and our paths have met many times afterwards.

I already knew the stories of his seven years in communist prisons, where he met Wurmbrand, and the deportation of his wife and seven small children in Baragan. But meeting the real people was a totally different matter.

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Julieta – Despre Gulagul romanesc, altfel

Afişul spectacolului de la Naţionalul ieşean

Andras Visky – Julieta. Un dialog despre iubire

La începutul acestui an anunţam premiera la Teatrul Naţional din Iaşi a piesei dramaturgului transilvănean Andras Visky, fiul regretatului pastor reformat Ferenc Visky. Este vorba de o piesă cu un singur actor, al cărei personaj, Julieta, al cărei model este mama autorului (Julia Visky) meditează asupra experienţei personale în timpul deportarii, împreunpă cu cei şapte copii, în lunca Dunării, în timpul detenţiei soţului ei, preotul reformat Ferenc Visky, acuzat pe nedrept de comunişti de complot împotriva orânduirii de stat, în realitate plîtind pentru rolul său de lider al mişcării pietiste reformate numită Betania. Continue reading “Julieta – Despre Gulagul romanesc, altfel”