Order of Basil of Caesarea

The order was brought to life by Basil of Caesarea who, after attracting hundreds of followers traded hermitage for the community. He established the basic rules of the order, which became a solid foundation of Eastern convents. Their presence in Hungary predates Steven I. Their downfall started with the growing popularity of the Roman church and climaxed during the Mongol invasion. The order was nenewed by Leo XIII. The first members of the order arrived to Máriapócs in the first half of the 18th century and started building the Basilica and monastery in 1731. They were responsible for serving the pilgrims and the people of the area. This role was taken over by priests and civilians, but the presence of the monks is essential in the overall impresson of the Shrine.

Sisters of Saint Basil of Caesarea

Saint Basil the Great (330-379) is the father of the monasticism, the sisters do live according to the principles of his liferules. They established a home for pilgrims and an orphanage in Máriapócs, and they also taught, made chasubles, worked for the youth and the society, organized religious retreats. Right now they maintain a care home for elder people, perform services of the church, and organize religious retreats likewise in Máriapócs. The Basilian Third-rate is the secular branch of the Order which is named by Saint Basil the Great. The main aim of the secular Order is to live in a religious community, mostly greek-catholic, which is maintained of the Saint Basil the Great Order. The members of the Third-rate daily pray on their own and in the community as well. They participate on the Holy Liturgies regularly, they confess monthy and receive the sacrament weekly. They endeavour to practise devoutly the helping love. All catholic baptismed person can be a member of this community, who aspires to the christian perfection by practising the virtues.