Biography of Father Matvey Gudaitis

Born into a peasant family in Nendrin (Lithuania) in 1873. Graduated from Theological Seminary and was ordained in 1897. From 1912 he served at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary parish in Yalta; from 1913, he was the parish administrator. From 1919, when the Whites were in power in Crimea, he worked as secretary of the Lithuanian colony and later served at St. Klemens Church in Sevastopol. Also engaged in the distribution to priests and laity of material assistance received from abroad through the Polish Red Cross. He also received material assistance from Bishop Neveu, but he himself was all the while desperately poor, which is evident later in the investigatory documents where he is noted as “emaciated.” December 26, 1935 – arrested in a case against Catholic clergy and laity (Frison et al.). July 28, 1936 – presented with the indictment – which he did not sign. March 11-17, 1937 – a closed trial at which he was sentenced under Articles 58-4 and 58-11 of the Criminal Code of the RSFSR to ten years in corrective labor camps with loss of rights for five years [Special Collegium, Supreme Ct., Crimean ASSR]. Sent to a camp (at age sixty-four). Fate thereafter unknown. Source: Sokolovskyi, pp. 54-55
Variant Names:
Gudaitis, Matvey; Gudaĭtis, Matveĭ Matveevich
Nendrin (Lithuania); I︠A︡lta (Ukraine); Sevastopolʹ (Ukraine)
male; clergy and religious; fate unknown