Saint Ladislaus

Sarah Lewis highlights the importance of religion and the bonds built between people of different communities united under common faith.

St. Ladislaus church has been a long standing site of communal experience for many Hungarian immigrants, their descendents in New Brunswick, and the surrounding areas. Located at 40 Plum Street, the church recently celebrated its anniversary in October of this year, marking 110 years since it was chartered in 1904 (construction was completed in 1906). This anniversary also marks the year that the church will be joining the Holy Family Parish, consisting of additional churches such as Sacred Heart and St. Joseph.

Over the years the church has been led by 19 pastors, 18 of them being native Hungarians. New Brunswick has received large numbers of Hungarian immigrants since 1880, with influxes during the early 1900s, World War II, and around the Hungarian Revolution in 1956.

Currently there are over 300 families that belong to St. Ladislaus. Many members have found themselves a part of the community from a young age, due to many Hungarian families that stayed in the area for multiple generations. Joining the Holy Family Parish allows these churches to serve different ethnic groups which have moved away over the past several years in order to unite the New Brunswick community.




The outpour of support was wonderful, just from being in the community, from being connected to people, just from the activities that I had been involved in and around the community, my seminary community was wonderful to me. They were all part of my feeling, and it was beautiful." –Martisha Dwyer