Blessed Vasyl Vsevolod Velychkovskyi

photograph of Blessed Vasyl Vsevolod Velychkovskyi, date, location and photographer unknownAlso known as

  • Basil Velychkovsky
  • Vasyl Velyckovskyj
  • Vasyl Velychkovsky



Son of catechists Volodymyr and Anne Theodorowych Velychkovsky. Greek Catholic. Entered the seminary in Lviv, Ukraine in 1920. Ordained on 9 October 1925. Teacher and missionary in the Volyn region of Ukraine. Prior of the monastery at Ternopil, Ukraine in 1942. Arrested for his faith at Ternopil in 1945, condemned to death, and sent to Kiev, Ukraine where his sentence was changed to ten years in a forced labour camp. There he ministered to other prisoners.

His sentence served, he returned to Lviv in 1955. Bishop of the “clandestine” Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer. Archbishop in 1963. Arrested again for his faith, and for listening to Vatican Radio, in 1969. Sentenced to three years in the camps, where, between torture sessions, he ministered to other prisoners. When his health failed, he was released. Travelled to Rome, Italy and then to Winnipeg, Canada. Confessor of the faith.





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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Vasyl Vsevolod Velychkovskyi“. CatholicSaints.Info. 31 August 2021. Web. 24 October 2021. <>