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ThDr. Ján Ďurica SJ, PhD.

Dr Ján Ďurica with Mayor Horník and opera sopranist Adriana Kučerová

Born on the 30th July 1943 in Hriňová, Ďurica is a prominent Slovak theologian, head of the Department of Pastoral Theology, Liturgics, and Canonical Law at the Faculty of Theology of the Trnava University. In 1966, he received a master’s degree from the Faculty of Roman Catholic Cyrillo-Methodian Theology at the Comenius University in Bratislava. In 1992, upon finishing his studies at the Papal Faculty of Theology in Warsaw, he also acquired a licentiate in theology (ThLic.) and later also a doctorate in theology at the Faculty of Theology of the Trnava University, During the years of the communist regime he was active in the underground Church and persecuted.

On the 26th October 2013 he received an honorary citizenship of the town of Hriňová for his lifework as a priest and scholar.