Martyrs & Witness of Faith
3/30/2002
Catholic Newmartyrs of Russia Program



"Catholic Newmartyrs of Russia" is a program of Catholic Church in Russia, approved on January the 30th, 2002, by the Bishops Conference of Russia. The aim of the Program is to work on preparation for beatification process of the catholic martyrs of XXth century in Russia. The task fot the first stage is to gather the information about candidates, their life and death, private devotion to them on the part of the faithful everywhere in the world. This information would be presented to the competent church authorities, on whom the beginning of the official beatification process depends.
During all the stages of the Program work the voluntary help and support of the faithful are fundamentally important. Their prayer cannot be overestimated, and their cooperation in the work for gathering necessery information is of urgent importance.

The XXth century brought much suffering to the Church in Russia and the rest of the former Soviet Union. Many Christians, among them many Catholics, underwent persecution and death for the faith. Many of them gave the Church and the entire world a shining witness of the Gospel Truth and a model of genuine faithfulness to God, even before the face of death itself. There can be no doubt that their example of heroic faith has a great importance for all the Church, particularly under the conditions of today.

The task before the program at this stage is to establish the possible candidates for beatification, to gather the documents which have survived, and information and testimonials about their lives and deaths, as well as the facts about private devotion to them on the part of the faithful both in Russia and other countries. The additional task is to spread more information about the candidates. Prelate Bronislaw Czaplicki has been appointed program coordinator.


Candidates Proposed for Beatification

Here is presented the list of candidates proposed for beatification among Russian Catholic Newmartyrs. During the further program progress the proposition of additional candidates is possible.


Mother Catherine Abrikosova

Anna Ivanovna Abrikosova was born on the 23rd of December 1882 in Moscow, into a family of the merchants. In 1903 she graduated from Girton College of Cambridge University, returned to Russia, and married Vladimir Vladimirovich Abrikosov. She was received into the Catholic Church on the 20th of December 1908, in Paris. In 1913 she was received into the third- order novitiate of the Order of St. Dominic...

Fr. Epiphany Akulov

Igor Aleksandrovich Akulov was born in the village of Novo-Nikitskoye in Tver Province in Russia, into a family of Orthodox peasants. In 1918 he graduated from the regular high school. After 1920 he was a postulant at the Alexander Nevsky Monastery, and he studied at the Petrograd Theological Institute. He was tonsured as a monk with the name Epiphany on the 2nd of July 1921. After he met Blessed Leonid Feodorov he joined the Catholic Church...

Fr. Constantine Budkiewicz

Constantine-Romuald Iulianovich Budkiewicz was born on the 19th of June in 1867, in Zubry, Dvina Province. He finished seminary and Theological Academy in St. Petersburg. He was ordained a priest in 1893. He was a Doctor of Theology. He was vicar and teacher of religion in Pskov and from 1896 teacher of religion in the boys- and girls- lycees in Vilna. From 1903 he served at the parish of St. Catherine in St. Petersburg, and after 1905 he was pastor...

Fr. Frantiszek Budrys

Frantiszek Ignatievich Budrys was born on the 14th of October 1882. He completed the Seminary in St. Petersburg and in 1907 he was ordained a priest. After 1907 he was rector of the church and teacher of religion in Tomsk, after 1924, administrator of the parish in Tobolsk and chaplain in Tiumen...

Fr. Pavel Chomicz

Pavel Semeonovich Chomicz was born on the 17th of October 1893 in Volkovysk in Grodno Province. He finished the Seminary and Theological Academy in St. Petersburg. He was ordained in 1916. He served in parishes in Petrograd and the surrounding district. After 1920 he was the parish priest in Pskov, and after 1923 of the parish of St. Casimir in Leningrad...

Fr. Antony Czerwinski

Anton Karlovich Czerwinski was born on the 8th of October, 1881, in the town of Bilgoraj in Lublin province, Poland. As a child he moved with his parents to the Crimea. He completed the minor seminary and theological studies in Saratov, and the Theological Academy in St. Petersburg, with the degree of masters in theology. He was ordained a priest on the 2nd of April, 1905...

Fr. Potapy Emelianov

Peter Andreevich Emelianov was born in 1884 in Ufa Province, to a family of Old Believer peasants who later became Orthodox. As a young man he was tonsured as a monk, taking the name Potapy. He was ordained a priest in 1911. From March of 1917 he was parish priest in the village of Nizhnaya Bogdanovka in the Lugansk area of Ukraine. In 1918, together with the members of his parish he entered the Catholic Church...

Sr. Rosa of the Heart of Mary (Jentkiewicz)

Galina Fadeevna Jentkievicz was born in 1896 in Vitebsk province, into a family of Polish origin. She completed upper-level courses of instruction for women. She was professed as a nun in the Community of Third Order Dominican Sisters led by Mother Catherine Abrikosov. She took as her religious name Sr. Rosa of the Heart of Mary...

Camilla Nikolaevna Kruczelnicka

Camilla Nikolaevna Kruszelnicka was born in 1892 in Baranovichi. She finished the lycee and studied at the university in Moscow. While she was living in Moscow she kept in contact with the prioress of the community of Dominican tertiaries, Mother Catherine Abrikosova...

Bishop Antony Malecki

Antony Iosifovich Malecki was born on St. Petersburg on the 17th of April 1861. He completed studies at the St. Petersburg Seminary. He was ordained a priest in 1884. In 1896 he organized a boys- shelter, and the first Polish lycee. He was arrested in March of 1923 and sentenced to three years of confinement. In January of 1926 he returned to Leningrad...

Bishop Edward Profittlich

Edward-Gottlieb Marcusovich Profittlich was born on the 11th of September 1890, in the village of Birrensdorf, near Colbenz in Germany, into a peasant family. He finished high school in Linz and studied at the seminary in Trier, but did not graduate. On the 11th of April he joined the Jesuit Order in Heerenberg...

Fr. Stanislaus Szulminski

Stanislaus Szulminski was born in 1894 in Odessa, Ukraine. He studied at the Seminary in Zhitomir, and in 1923 he finished the Seminary in Lutsk, in Poland. In 1928 he joined the Pallotine Order. He became professor of theology at the Lutsk Seminary, and for the Congregation of Pallotines at Orszarow, near Warsaw...

Fr. Jan Trojgo

Jan Janovich Trojgo was born on the 12th of December, 1881, in the village of Progalino in Grodno Province, into a peasant family. He finished the Seminary and Theological Academy in St. Petersburg, with a masters degree in theology. He was ordained a priest in 1906. He served at Mogilyov, and after that was professor at the seminary in St. Petersburg...

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