stefan nahalkaConference on the occasion of the 100th birth anniversary of the Roman Catholic priest, philosopher and theologian, an important exile writer and activist Msgr. ThDr. Štefan Náhalka will take place on Monday, November 7 at Catholic University in Ružomberok.


Msgr. Náhalka was born in 1916. In 1942, he was ordained a priest in Rome. In 1946 he became secretary to bishop Jan Vojtassak. Náhalka was among the first priests to experience the persecution of the Church in Slovakia at the hands of the Communist regime in 1950. Sought by the secret police Msgr. Náhalka escaped from Slovakia to Rome in 1953. He was among the founders of the new spiritual center of the Slovak nation in the Eternal City, the Slovak Institute of SS. Cyril and Methodius, now known as the Pontifical Slovak College of SS. Cyril and Methodius. He served as the Institute’s first rector from 1961 to 1973. He died unexpectedly at the age of 58 in 1975 in Rome. In 2014  the body of Msgr. Náhalka was interred in his native village of Liptovska Teplicka, Slovakia.