Order of Premontre, Premonstratensians, Norbertines, and White Canons

R. D. Gilbert Mihalyi, O. Praem.

Birth: January 26, 1920

Death: December 12, 2011

House: St. Norbert Abbey

Our brother Gilbert Mihalyi was born in Hungary in 1920 and was vested at Csorna Abbey in 1938.  He professed solemn vows in 1943 and was ordained to the presbyterate in Rome that same year.  Gilbert received a licentiate in theology from the Jesuit Theological School in 1944 and a doctorate in Sacred Theology from the University of Budapest in 1947.

Gilbert immigrated to the United States in 1956 and taught at St. Norbert College.  In 1958 he became an assistant at St. Joe’s in Madison while studying at the University.  In the fall of 1960 he continued with graduate studies in international politics at Georgetown University in Washington D.C., from where he received a Master’s Degree in Political Science. In 1965 the Hungarian Society of Cleveland Ohio bestowed on him the Arpad Golden Medal.  

Gilbert was on the faculty at the college from 1961 until 1966 and from then until 1971 was assigned to Daylesford Priory.  During 1971 until 1974 he was pastor of St. Mary Victories in St. Louis while studying at St. Louis University for an MA in Latin American History.  Under Abbot Tremel, Gilbert made a formal transitus to St. Norbert Abbey in 1973. From 1974 until 1984 he was pastor of St. Stephen, King of Hungary in Chicago.

During his lifetime, Gilbert was a research scholar and prolific writer, especially on the continuing relevance of Cardinal Minszenti’s quest for human and national rights, the struggle between freedom and slavery in Communist held countries and John Paul II, the Pope from behind the Iron Curtain.  He was a regular contributor to the Youngstown Franciscans’ weekly publication on American/Hungarian Catholics and to the Austrian Hungarian Jesuits’ quarterly spiritual review.

Gilbert retired to Gödöllö Abbey in Hungary in 1991 and died there on this day 2011 at the age of 91.

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