After graduating from the Czuczor Gergely Benedictine High School, in 1974 he started to study at the seminary in Győr, and then at the Central Seminary in Budapest. He was ordained a priest in 1979. Later he earned a doctorate in theology and studied dogmatic theology in Rome. In 1988, he was appointed as the vice-rector of the Pontifical Hungarian Ecclesiastical Institute; later he also served as rector of the Institute. From 1992, he served as the secretary of the Hungarian Catholic Bishops' Conference for five years. The same year he was appointed the Titular Archbishop of Eminentiana and the Auxiliary Bishop of Esztergom. His episcopal ordination was performed by the Pope himself. He also served as the consultant of the Episcopal Congregation, moreover, he was the member of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People and the Pontifical Council for Culture. He was appointed the Archbishop of Eger by Pope Benedict XVI.

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