He was born in Szentgotthárd to parents Ferenc and Irén Merkli, and grew up in Szakonyfalu. He attended Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. After his ordination, he served the Deanyer of Szentgotthárd in the parish of Felsőszölnök and Apátistvánfalva, and was known for celebrating bilingual (Hungarian-Prekmurian) mass.
Merkli lives in Vasszécseny.
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