It all started 25 years ago in Deva, by giving lunch and dinner to children who were starving – this is how the Orphanage was brought to life upon the ruins of the communist Romanian dictatorship. This is when Csaba Böjte, a Franciscan friar was transferred to Deva. First, they took in an 8-month-old baby girl who was left at the train station. Since then, they have provided religious education, food and accommodation to more than six thousand children in either of the orphanages that have grown into a network over the years. Originally, Csaba Böjte trained to become car mechanic. The death of his father, who was a poet, turned his life around. He applied to join the Franciscans in secret and was ordained 1989. Friar Csaba says: “we were all born to this world with task to be carried out, and it is important that we make the most of our talent and our values.”

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