New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Josaphat Kuncevyc

detail from an illustration of Blessed Jehoshaphat Kuntcevich; 1665, artist unknown; from the book 'Life and Martyrdom of the Blessed Jehoshaphat Kuntsevych", Rome, Italy; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Martyr, Archbishop of Polotsk, born Volodymyr, Lithuania, 1580; died Vitebsk, Russia, 1623. Of noble Ruthenian stock, he was educated in his native town. He entered the Basilian monastery of the Trinity at Vilna, was ordained priest, 1609, and subsequently became superior in several monasteries, Bishop of Vitebsk (1617), and Archbishop of Polotsk (1618). He prayed constantly for the extinction of the Eastern Schism; and labored zealously for the union between Rome and the Greco-Slavic Church in Russia and Poland, and the political rights of the Ruthenian clergy. He was martyred in 1623. Emblems: crown, chalice, winged deacon. Relics at Polotsk. Feast, Roman Calendar, 14 November.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Josaphat Kuncevyc”. People of the Faith. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 November 2010. Web. 16 January 2019. <>