Posts tagged ‘Martyrs Killed Under Communist Regimes in Eastern Europe’

Blessed Olympia Bida

Blessed Olympia BidaAlso known as

  • Olga
  • Olha
  • Ol’ha
  • Olimpia

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Greek Catholic. Joined the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. Worked in several towns as a catechist and novice director, and with the aged and sick. Taught and helped to raise several young women. Convent superior in Kheriv where the Communists worked against her. Arrested for her faith in 1951, and exiled to a forced labour camp in the Tomsk region of Siberia in Russia. In the camp she continued her duties as superior, and organised other exiled nuns into prayer and support groups. Martyr.

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Venerated

Beatified

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  • “Blessed Olympia Bida“. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 March 2019. Web. 8 May 2021. <>

Blessed Severian Baranyk

Blessed Severian BaranykAlso known as

  • Severiano Baranyk
  • Severijan Baranyk
  • Stepan Baranyk

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Greek Catholic. Entered the Krekhiv monastery of the Basilian Order of Saint Josaphat on 24 September 1904, and made his final vows on 21 September 1910. Ordained on 14 February 1915. Prior of the Basilian monastery in Drohobych in 1932. Arrested for his faith on 26 June 1941 by the NKVD. Never seen alive again by outsiders; a boy later testified he saw the tortured corpse of Father Severian, marked with a cross-shaped knife slash on his chest.

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  • late June 1941 by the Soviets at Drohobych, Ukrainian Galicia
  • his body has not been found
  • some evidence indicates the body was boiled and served as soup to prisoners

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Beatified

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Severian Baranyk“. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 March 2019. Web. 8 May 2021. <>

Blessed Mykola Tsehelskyi

Blessed Nicolao CehelskyjAlso known as

  • Mykola Cehelskyj
  • Nicholas Tsehelsky

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Greek Catholic. Studied theology at the university of Lviv, Ukraine, graduating in 1923. Married with two sons and two daughters. Ordained on 5 April 1925. Parish priest at Soroka, Hrymailivsk deanery, where he built the church. Pastor of the Archeparchy of Lviv for the Ukrainians. Intimidated, then threatened, then beaten by Soviet authorities after World War II. Arrested for his faith on 28 October 1946; sentenced to ten years imprisonment on 27 January 1947, he was sentenced to ten years the forced labour camps in Mordovia, Russia. Died in prison, one of the Martyrs Killed Under Communist Regimes in Eastern Europe.

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Mykola Tsehelskyi“. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 March 2019. Web. 8 May 2021. <>

Blessed Mykolai Charnetskyi

photograph of Blessed Mykolai Charnetskyi, photographer unknown, date unknown; swiped from the Yorkton RedemptoristsAlso known as

  • Mykola Carneckyj
  • Mykola Charnetsky
  • Nicholas Charnetsky
  • Nikolas Carneckyj

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Greek Catholic. Ordained on 2 October 1909. Received a doctorate in Dogmatic Theology in Rome, Italy. Entered the Redemptorist novitate at Zboysko in 1919, making his vows on 16 September 1920. Spiritual director and professor at the seminary in Stanislaviv (modern Ivano-Frankivsk), Ukraine. Appointed Apostolic Visitor to Ukrainian Catholics in Volyn and Polyssya by Pope Pius XI in 1926. Bishop on 2 February 1931.

Apostolic Exarch in Volyn and Pidlyashia during the Bolshevik occupation. Arrested for his faith on 11 April 1945 by the NKVD; sentenced to six years forced labour in Siberia. Worked in a blacksmith shop, ministered to other prisoners, and ruined his health. His six year sentence continued for eleven years, and after his release he lived under constant surveillance and irregular torture. One of the Martyrs Killed Under Communist Regimes in Eastern Europe.

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Venerated

Beatified

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Mykolai Charnetskyi“. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 March 2019. Web. 8 May 2021. <>

Blessed Levkadia Harasymiv

Blessed Levkadia HarasymivAlso known as

  • Levkadia Herasymiv
  • Leukadia…
  • Laurentia…
  • Lavrentia…
  • Lorenza…
  • Leucadia…

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Greek Catholic. Entered the Sisters of Saint Joseph in 1931, taking her vows in 1933. Arrested for her faith by the NKVD in 1951, and sent to Borislav (in the modern Czech Republic), then exiled to Tomsk, Siberia. She contracted tuberculosis, and was relocated to Kharsk, Siberia on 30 June 1952. One of the Martyrs Killed Under Communist Regimes in Eastern Europe.

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Beatified

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Levkadia Harasymiv“. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 January 2018. Web. 8 May 2021. <>

Blessed Ivan Sleziuk

Blessed Ivan SleziukAlso known as

  • Ivan Slezyuk
  • John Sleziuk

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Greek Catholic. Ordained in 1923. Co-adjutor bishop in April 1945. Arrested for his faith on 2 June 1945, and sentenced to ten years in the forced labour camps in Vorkuta, Russia; transferred in 1950 to Mordovia, Russia. Released on 15 November 1954, and returned to Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine. Arrested again for his faith in 1962; sentenced to five years in the forced labour camps. Released on 30 November 1968. Routinely and repeatedly interrogated by the KGB until his death.

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Venerated

Beatified

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Ivan Sleziuk“. CatholicSaints.Info. 13 November 2016. Web. 8 May 2021. <>

Blessed Yosafat Kotsylovskyi

Blessed Yosafat KotsylovskyiAlso known as

  • Josaphat Kocylovskyj
  • Josaphat Kotsylovsky

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Greek Catholic. Studied theology in Rome, graduating in 1907. Ordained on 9 October 1907. Vice-rector and professor of theology at the Stanislaviv, Ukraine seminary. Entered the Basilian novitiate on 2 October 1911. Bishop of Premeshyl, Poland on 23 September 1917. Imprisoned for his faith by Polish authorities in September 1945. Died in prison. One of the Martyrs Killed Under Communist Regimes in Eastern Europe.

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Beatified

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Yosafat Kotsylovskyi“. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 November 2016. Web. 8 May 2021. <>

Blessed Ivan Ziatyk

Blessed Ivan Ziatyk, date and photographer; swiped from the Yorkton RedemptoristsAlso known as

  • Ivano
  • John
  • Johannes

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Greek Catholic. Graduated high school in 1919, and obtained a degree in theology in 1923. Ordained in 1923. Taught catechism and theology, and served as prefect of students at the seminary at Peremysyl, Poland from 1925 to 1935. Joined the Redemptorists in 1935. Noted preacher when stationed at Lviv.

Prior of the monastery in Ternopil during the Nazi occupation. Vicar General of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church after his superiors were arrested or expelled. Arrested on 5 January 1950 for his faith, for preaching, and for being a Redemptorist. Held in Zolochiv prison, then exiled to Ozerlah, Irkhutsk, Russia. Tortured routinely, beaten severely, and eventually died in prison. One of the Martyrs Killed Under Communist Regimes in Eastern Europe.

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Ivan Ziatyk“. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 March 2019. Web. 8 May 2021. <>

Blessed Hryhorii Khomyshyn

Blessed Grzegorz ChomyszynAlso known as

  • Gregor Khomysyn
  • Gregory Chomyshyn
  • Gregory Khomyshyn
  • Grzegorz Chomyszyn
  • Hryhorij Khomyshyn
  • Hryhorij Khomysyn
  • Hryhory Khomyshyn
  • Hryhory Khomysyn

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Greek Catholic. Ordained on 18 November 1893. Studied theology at Vienna, Austria from 1894 to 1899. Rector of the seminary in Lviv, Ukraine in 1902. Bishop of Stanislaviv (modern Ivano-Frankivsk), Ukraine on 6 May 1904. Arrested for his faith in 1939 by the NKVD. Arrested again in April 1945; deported to Kiev, Ukraine. Died in prison. One of the Martyrs Killed Under Communist Regimes in Eastern Europe.

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Beatified

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Hryhorii Khomyshyn“. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 November 2016. Web. 8 May 2021. <>

Blessed Hryhorii Lakota

Blessed Hryhorii LakotaAlso known as

  • Gregor Lakota
  • Gregory Lakota
  • Hryhorij Lakota
  • Hryhory Lakota

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Greek Catholic. Studied theology at Lviv, Ukraine. Ordained in 1908 at Przemysl (in modern Poland). Doctor of theology at Vienna, Austria in 1911. Professor at the Ukrainian seminary at Przemysl in 1913. Rector of the seminary. Auxiliary bishop of Przemysl, Poland on 16 May 1926. Arrested for his faith on 9 June 1946; sentenced to ten years at Vorkuta, Russia. Died in prison. One of the Martyrs Killed Under Communist Regimes in Eastern Europe.

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Hryhorii Lakota“. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 February 2019. Web. 8 May 2021. <>