History of KEFE
The Association of Catholic University and
College Students (KEFE) were formed in 1990, when a handful
of young catholic students in Szeged, a university city in
Hungary, touched by the wind of change in Eastern Europe decided
to take action on this side. KEFE were the first association
of the like. The history of KEFE has always been tied close
to its local groups: whenever a strong local group emerged,
the association started to flourish. Our members have taken
part in the international Catholic youth life for long as
well. After some years of decline, about a year ago, the new
board of KEFE decided on a revival. Since then we have been
working on strenghtening the association and its links to
Hungarian Catholic youth and our international partners.
Aims of KEFE
Our essential aim is to srenghten Catholic
intellectual life and to develop an open attitude in Catholic
young intellectuals towards the society. Moreover, we would
like to represent Catholic youth life in the secondary school
and especially on the higher education level with regards
to the specific lifestyle of the target group. We would like
to show that following Jesus does not imply disadvantages
int he life of a young person, ont he contrary: it makes it
better. Ont he other hand we would like to make it natural
for non-Christians that there are people in their environment
who are Christians.
The three main characteristic features
of KEFE are: quality, openness and political independency.
Our local groups organise plenty of activities freely
in their cities on a local level. Our nation-wide, permanent
acti- vities are:
- National Catholic Student Festival: a festival which has
been carried out annually since 1992.
- Meeting of students in theology and religion: Annual conference
- Unitas Cup: Student Olympia bet- ween the universities,
first held in 2004.
- Theology-Days: Scientific conference on questions of theology
- Study Session: Annual conference on a certain question of
the society from a Catholic point of view.
- University Pastoral Conference: In 1995 KEFE initiated this
conference and have been taking part in organi- zing it since
- Leader Training: This session starts in September and consists
of eight weekends of trtaining and a summer camp. Its aim
is to train people capable of managing the local groups of
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