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584. Documents of the Armenian Catholic Parish of Frumoasa PDF Print E-mail


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The Armenian parish of Frumoasa was established last. According to Gyula Merza, 1768 saw a terrible famine Moldova, caused by the Turkish–Russian wars, which led to the emigration of some 400 Orthodox Armenians, who ended up having to settle in Frumoasa, where they established an independent Armenian Company.[1]

They were united by Elisabethopolis archdeacon János Karácsonyi, commissioned by Bishop Antal Bajtay. At the outset, they celebrated mass in a wooden chapel; the current Armenian Catholic church was erected between 1763 and 1785 and consecrated in 1785 to the Holy Trinity. The Armenian-rite parish of Frumoasa belonged under the jurisdiction of the Armenian archdeacon–parson of Elisabethopolis; since then, it has been rendered under the archdeaconry district of Upper Ciuc.[2]

According to the schemata of 1882, the Armenian Catholic parish of Frumoasa had a population of 202.[3]

The Armenian Catholic church of Frumoasa was repainted for the renovation of 1925/26, its two side altars were replaced, new windows were installed, and new statues were commissioned to decorate it.[4]

The decrepit parsonage and cantor-sexton’s dwelling were purchased in 1995 by the Csibész Foundation. The parsonage was renovated and turned into a children’s home by the Franciscan nuns of Mallersdorf in 1997, which has been operative ever since.[5]

The local Armenian school existed until 1890, before it merged into the Hungarian state school. On an optional basis, Armenian writing and reading were still taught in the Hungarian school, for which the Armenian textbooks were provided by the Mechitarists in Elisabethopolis.

The parish of Frumoasa currently has one member; its modest archives were incorporated into the Armenian Catholic Collective Archive of Armenopolis on 9 September 2010; its cataloguing took place on 21 October 2010. The condition of the documentary stock was adequate; the documents had not been subject to biological or chemical damage.

584/a. Registers of births, marriages, and deaths


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The registers of the Armenian Catholic parish in Frumoasa from between 1770 and 1950 were nationalized as six volumes in the 1950s—these matrices are now accessible in the Harghita County Branch of the Romanian State Archive in Miercurea Ciuc (Csíkszereda).

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a. volume. Register of baptisms 1931–1955

b. volume. Register of marriages 1932–1950

c. volume. Register of deaths 1931–1959

584/b. Parish documents


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  1. box. 1760–1761, 1768, 1778, 1780, 1785–1792, 1794–1796, 1799, 1801–1810, 1814–1815, 1820, 1822, 1824, 1826–1831, 1833–1841, 1844–1847, 1849–1853, 1855, 1858–1863, 1865–1866, 1869, 1873–1878, 1880–1881, 1885–1902, 1904–1909
  2. box. 1911–1927, 1947–1951, 1959–1977



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a. volume. Register-book 1891–1919

b. volume. Register-book 1919–1928

c. volume. Register-book 1935–1937

d. volume. Register-book 1946–1950

584/c. Economic documents


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· budgets, closing accounts, inventories, rental contracts 1964–1980

· reports (relations) 1933–1934

  1. box. Family reports (family tree) (1750)–1988

584/d. Thematically arranged volumes


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a. volume. Protocol of episcopal decrees 1781–1822

b. volume. Protocol of episcopal decrees 1823–1853

c. volume. Protocol of episcopal decrees 1865–1926

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a. volume. Records of the Armenian company 1764–1786

b. volume. Records of the Armenian company (accounts) 1791–1814

c. volume. Records of the Armenian company 1816–1846

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a. volume. Records of the meetings of the church council 1888–1924

b. volume. Records of the meetings of the church council 1924–1981

c. volume. Historia domus 1860–1973

d. volume. Records of the Trinity Aid Society 1927–1944[6]

584/e. Thematically arranged documents

18th century–1977

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    • Latin and Hungarian-language prints 18.–20th century
    • Armenian-language manuscripts, prints 18th–19th century
    • history of the Armenian Catholic parish of Frumoasa first half of the 20th century
    • archival inventory 1873–1977
    • mixed correspondence 1914–1954
    • documents concerning canonical status 1948–1951
    • rules of the Trinity Aid Society 1942–1943

[1] Merza, Gyula: op. cit. 1913. 6.

[2] Fáraó, Simon: op. cit. 47–48.; A gyulafehérvári főegyházmegye történelmi sematizmusa a 2000. jubileumi és millenniumi évben. Gyulafehérvár, 2000. 232.

[3] Sematizmus. 1882. .

[4] Bogos, Mária: A szépvízi örmény közösség. Budapest, 1997.

[5] Sematizmus. 2010. 439.

[6] For more details on the Trinity Aid Society of Frumoasa, see Bogos, Mária: op. cit.