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Memorial on June 28

​​​​​​​The four Redemptorist Martyrs of the Ukraine are Bishop Nicholas Charnetskyi (1884-1959), Bishop Vasyl Velychkovsky (1903-1973), Father Zenon Kovalyk (1903-1941), and Father Ivan Ziatyk (1899-1952) (see image on left, clockwise from top left). Please click on names highlighted for descriptions on the live of the individual Blessed. The four Redemptorists were among twenty-five Ukrainian martyrs beatified during the papal visit to Lviv in 2001. (Reference: "Sacramentary and Lectionary Supplement, The Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer", 2007.)

  • Memorial at Lunch-time Mass (12.15pm) on 28 June, Church of The Risen Christ, Toa Payoh Central, Singapore;
  • Mass Readings: 1st Reading: 2 Timothy 2:8-13; 3:10-12; Responsorial Psalm: Ps 124; Gospel: Matthew 10:17-22.; For Readings, click here.
  • Solemnity, Liturgical colour: Red​.

​​Bl. Charnetskyi & Companions, memorial

Bishop Nicholas Charnetskyi was arrested by the Soviet Secret Police and spent 11 years in various prison camps where he ministered to other prisoners. When his health was broken, he was released and sent back to the city of Lviv where he died soon after.

Bishop Basil Vsevolod Velychkovsky was sentenced to death for refusing to renounce his faith. His sentence was then commuted to ten years in a Siberian gulag. After being secretly consecrated a bishop in a Moscow hotel room, he was again arrested and sentenced to severe punishment in a psychiatric hospital. Upon his release, he went to Canada where he died in Winnipeg, one year later.

Father Zenon Kovalyk was arrested in a church while preaching a sermon in honor of the Immaculate Conception. In 1941 he was martyred by the Communists in a mock crucifixion.

Father Ivan Ziatyk was arrested by the Communists in 1950 and subjected to two years of torture and interrogation. He was sentenced to a Siberian labor camp and on Good Friday, 1951, he was clubbed with sticks, soaked in water, and left unconscious outside in the Siberian cold. He soon died of this treatment.

(Above from "Blessed Bishop Nicholas Charnetsky, C.Ss.R. and Companions : Modern Martyrs of the Ukrainian Catholic Church" by Sianchuk, John [ editor ], reproduced from AbeBooks.com)