November 12 – Four years in Stalin’s concentration camp

November 10, 2016

Blessed Hryhorij Lakota

Blessed Hryhorii Lakota

Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church auxiliary bishop who suffered religious persecution and was martyred by the Soviet Government.

Hryhorij Lakota was born 31 January 1893 in Holodivka, Lviv Oblast. He was appointed auxiliary bishop of Przemyśl on 16 May 1926. On 9 June 1946, he was arrested and sentenced to ten years imprisonment, as part of Joseph Stalin’s suppression of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic church. He was martyred at the Abez labour camp, near Vorkuta on 12 November 1950.

Hryhorij Lakota was beatified by Pope John Paul II on 27 June 2001 in Ukraine.

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