Blessed Josafat Kocylovskyj

blessed-josafat-kocylovskyj-nov-171 Blessed Josafat Kocylovskyj

Pakosivka (Poland), March 3, 1876 – Capaivca, Kiev, November 17, 1947

Roman Martyrology: In the city of Capaivca the territory of Ukraine in Kiev, blessed Kocylovskyj Josaphat, bishop of Przemysl and martyr who, during the oppression of their homeland under an atheist regime, made his soul to God to be faithful disciples of Christ.

Blessed Josafat was born on March 3. 1876 in the village of Pakosivka (Poland), completed his theological studies in Rome and on October 9, 1907 he was ordained a priest.

He became vice-chancellor and professor of theology at the seminary of Stanislaviv currently Ivano-Frankivsk. On October 2, 1911 entered the Basilian where issued monastic vows, taking the name of Josafat, September 23, 1917 he was ordained bishop dell’Eparchia of Peremysl. In September 1945 he was arrested for the first time by the Communist authorities in Poland, but later released in 1946.

On February 11, 1946 thedeportation of Ukrainians living in Poland was ordered; Josafat Kocylovskyj was arrested a second time, imprisoned and deported to Kiev in Ukraine, where he became seriously ill with pneumonia. Later, he was transferred to the Capaivca labor camps (Kiev region), where he underwent continuous pressure to move to the Russian Orthodox Church. He died in the same camp as a result of cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 71 years, on November 17, 1947.

He was beatified On June 27, 2001, in Lvov (Lviv) by Pope John Paul II during his apostolic pilgrimage in Ukraine, along with 24 other Ukrainian martyrs who were victims of communist persecution occurred from 1935 to 1973.

SOURCE: Santi e Beati

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