The Skateboarding Priest

45-year-old Hungarian Roman Catholic priest Reverend Zoltan Lendvai has a unique way to connect with young people: he teaches scripture on a skateboard!

Lendvai says he follows the ways of Saint John Bosco, an Italian priest and educator in the 19th century who dedicated his life to improving the lot of poor youngsters and used games as part of their education.

"Many times I have felt that this is the way I can bring many people a bit closer to Jesus," he told Reuters.

He learned the skills of skateboarding at the age of 14 at school but it was only later, when he served as a priest in the town of Kormend in northwest Hungary, that he realized the impact his skill could have on youngsters.

And that's no ordinary skateboard:

His first board bore the papal coat of arms and he has since given away at least six to his young parishioners.

News story at Reuters | Video clip at The Presurfer: Link


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Zoltan...that's gotta be the coolest name ever! I almost want to go to his church, just so I can say, "Reverend Zoltaaaaaaaaaaannnnn...whassuuuuuuup?!"
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I think we all know how this ends...from the classic PBF comic which is no longer on the main site apparently

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