Son of chiefs
But for Vaik, Christianity was more than part of the window-dressing of civilization. He cared for the poor, provided hospices for pilgrims, established monasteries, and cultivated piety in his personal and family life.
As the end of his life drew near, sickness and violent political intrigue afflicted him, but nothing could overwhelm his devotion to Christ and to his people, nor would Vaik’s people ever forget his shining example: a holy man who established a nation.
Born with the name of Vaik as son of a chief, baptized with the name of Christ’s first martyr and later crowned as first King of Hungary, St. Stephen died on August 15, 1038.