A Scattering of Seeds: The Creation of Canada
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Lajos Nagy

The story of Lajos Nagy is one of faith. Lured by an immigration pamphlet written by a romantic but questionable Hungarian nobleman, Lajos emigrated to Canada with his parents as a young man. They arrived near what is now Esterhazy, Saskatchewan in 1889 and became part of the first Hungarian Colony in North America. Lajos Nagy was committed to his farm, his seventeen children, and his Catholic faith. Fluent in English and Hungarian, Lajos quickly became a community leader. Part of that role led him to work tirelessly to preserve his faith in a Catholic education for his children and the building of a magnificent stone cathedral on the prairies. While his many children, grand-children and great-grandchildren have scattered across the country, the Kaposvar Church still stands as a silent witness to the bravery and faith of Lajos Nagy and the Hungarian pioneers.

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