Ukrainian Redemptorist Martyrs

Feast: June 28

We live in a time where people claim martyrdom for their many causes, sometimes for their beliefs and even their religious beliefs. But martyrdom is not about the martyrs. It is not about them having an eternity of bliss, nor is it about them getting press for their causes. Martyrdom is about what a full life given for the genuine good of others might finally cost.

A Christian martyr is a witness not to a Christian cause or even the Christian faith. A Christian martyr is a witness to a person who lives with human beings and who is the source of our own personhood, our integrity and our ability to love and forgive. A Christian martyr is witness to the Risen One who said of himself, “Love one another as I have loved you”.

Sometimes witnessing to Christ and his love among us will literally cost us our lives. Most often it will not. Traditionally, we have given a pre-eminence to those whose witness to Christ and his love did actually cost them their lives. And that is why from among so many Redemptorists who lived witnessing to the most Holy Redeemer, we single out with joy the following five men whom we honour and imitate.

Blessed Methodius Domink Trcka, C.Ss.R. 1866-1959

  • Birth 1886
  • Profession 1904
  • Priestly ordination 1910
  • Imprisonment 1950
  • Death 1959
  • Beatification  2001

Blessed Mykola (Nicholas) Carneckyj, C.Ss.R. 1884-1959

  • Birth 1884
  • Priestly ordination 1909
  • Profession 1913
  • Episcopal ordination 1931
  • Imprisonment 1945
  • Death 1959
  • Beatification  2001

Blessed Zynovij Kovalyk, C.Ss.R. 1903-1941

  • Birth 1903
  • Profession 1926
  • Priestly ordination 1932
  • Imprisonment 1940
  • Death 1941
  • Beatification  2001

Blessed Ivan Ziatyk, C.Ss.R. 1899-1952

  • Birth 1899
  • Priestly ordination 1923
  • Profession 1935
  • Imprisonment 1950
  • Death 1952
  • Beatification  2001

Blessed Vsevolod Velyckovskj, C.Ss.R. 1903-1973   

  • Birth 1903
  • Profession 1925
  • Priestly ordination 1925
  • Episcopal appointment 1959, Episcopal consecration, 1963
  • Imprisonment 1945
  • Death 1973
  • Beatification  2001
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