Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Obituary for an Apostle of the Divine Office

It was not so long ago that I mentioned some online editions of the Divine Office and the very first which I highlighted (and which have found particularly useful myself) was divinumofficium.com.

Sadly, the founder of that particular site, Laszlo Kiss, recently and suddenly died -- though, thankfully, his work will be continued through the efforts of others.

The following was written at my request for NLM readers. Please offer your prayers for the repose of his soul and for the consolation of his family.

Obituary for Mr. Laszlo Kiss

Mr. Laszlo Kiss, longtime resident of Forrest Lake, Illinois, died suddenly at his home on Monday, 11 July 2011, shortly after returning from a walk with his wife Marta. He was three days shy of his 73rd birthday.

Mr. Kiss was born in Budapest, Hungary, on 14 July 1938, and married Marta Noske on 31 January 1968. He worked in Budapest as a computer engineer until emigrating to the States in 1982. In 1983, he developed “Image,” one of the first computer-controlled manufacturing systems in the world (still in use to this day). He retired in 2000, and, among other things, selflessly devoted hundreds of hours to creating the website divinumofficium.com, which provides free access to many different versions of the Divine Office (or “breviary”), the traditional daily prayer book of the Roman Catholic Church.

His funeral was held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Volo, Illinois, on the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (16 July).

Mr. Kiss is survived by three brothers in Hungary, and in the States by his loving wife Marta (of forty-three years), their two sons Zoltan and Chaba, and their two grandchildren Sophie and Ryan.

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