Faces of faith: Laszlo S. Pandy-Szekeres.
Pandy immigrated to Canada in 1950. He worked on a Saskatchewan dairy farm and then as an attendant in a mental institution in Hamilton, Ontario. From 1953 to 1956, he studied at Knox College, Toronto, and was student minister of the Hungarian congregation in Brantford, Ontario. He was called and ordained by Calvin Church in Delhi, Ontario, where he ministered until his retirement in 1978. He also served in synodical and presbytery positions and on various General Assembly committees. Pandy was also active in his community as president of the Delhi Rotary Club, member of the Ontario Council on Multiculturalism, president of the Delhi Chamber of Commerce and president of the Multicultural Association of Norfolk.
Laszlo Pandy and his wife, Piroska Rakossy, a chemist and high school teacher, have three sons -- one is a missionary in Ukraine and two are elders in The Presbyterian Church in Canada -- and one daughter, a church school teacher in the United Church.
What is your earliest memory of church life?
In elementary church school, I had to go to an unheated church every morning with my class
What is your favourite hymn?
The 90th Psalm (Geneva)
What musical piece has most inspired you?
Kodaly's Dances from Galanta
What is your favourite biblical book, and why?
The Gospel of John -- it is simply radiant!
What book (other than the Bible) has most influenced you?
The collection of the complete poems of Endre Ady
Where do you find inspiration to sustain your faith?
The many wonders that have happened to me and in my life
If you could invite anyone (past or present) to a dinner party, whom would you invite?
What is your biggest regret?
Not taking time to learn English fluently
What is your greatest joy in life?
My incredibly supportive wife
What do you find most irritating about The Presbyterian Church in Canada?
The lack of leadership and leaders
What one change in the church would make it substantially better?
If the presbyteries could learn "to remember"
How can we save the human race?
By providing a healthy environment for it to be put back into
If you could live a second time, who would you like to be?
Write your own epitaph
He was here to serve
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