Blessed Józef Puchala

Blessed Józef PuchalaAlso known as

  • Achilles Puchala
  • Brother Achilles
  • Father Achilles



Baptized on the day of his birth. Entered the minor seminary in Lviv (in modern Ukraine) in 1924. Franciscan Friar Minor Conventual, taking the name Achilles, and making his solemn vows on 22 May 1932. Priest, ordained on 5 July 1936. Served in the Franciscan convents in Grodno and Iwieniec in Poland. In early 1940 he moved into parish ministry in Pierszaje, Poland to help with a shortage of priests who had been arrested or fled ahead of arrest by the Gestapo during the Nazi occupation and persecutions of World War II. Arrested, tortured and eventually murdered by the Gestapo. Martyr.



  • 19 July 1943 in a barn outside Borovikovshchina (a.k.a. Borowikowszczyzna), Minskaya voblasts’, Belarus
  • the barn was then set on fire
  • remains later retrieved by local Catholics and buried in the parish church in Pierszaje, Poland



Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Józef Puchala“. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 July 2016. Web. 23 October 2016. <>