Son of Peter and Anastasia Gowdel who were pious Orthodox Christians. Gabriel was noted for his piety and prayer from a very early age. He was a murder victim, and was considered a martyr. His attacker buried the body in a wooded area near the village where stray dogs guarded it until it was discovered by the villagers nine days after the crime; the body was incorrupt.
During an epidemic in 1720, children were buried near him, their families considering the ground around a martyr to be especially hallowed. His body was accidentally exhumed, and found to be incorrupt. There were many miraculous cures after the incident, and the end of the epidemic followed soon after.
- murdered on 11 April 1690
- body transferred to the church at Zwierki, Poland
- the church burned in 1746 – Gabriel’s hand was burned, but healed
- relics translated to Saint Nicola’s Cathedral, Bialystok in 1922
- “Saint Gabriel Gowdel“. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 April 2015. Web. 30 August 2016. <>