Biography of Father Raphael Loran

Born in 1872 in Karlsruhe, Odessa province. Graduated from the seminary and was ordained in 1898. From 1913 he served at St. Michael the Archangel parish in Baden; later he became pastor of the Church of the Assumption parish in Selz outside Nikolayev. November 1934 – arrested in a case against Catholics (Tauberger et al.). April 28, 1935 – at an open trial, Father Raphael was sentenced under Articles 54-4 and 54-7 of the Criminal Code of the Ukrainian SSR to ten years in corrective labor camp [Special Collegium, Odessa Dist. Ct.]. May 29, 1935 – camp sentence was commuted to ten years’ exile to Kazakhstan [Supreme Ct., UkrSSR]. Sent to Talgar, outside Alma Ata, where he died in 1948 at the age of seventy-six (exact date of death unknown). There is information that from his exile Father Raphael sent his parishioners letters with instructions and admonitions. Source: Assumptionist Archives, Rome 2ER 66, p. 35; Archive of the Center for Legal and Statisical Information (TsPSIP), Karaganda oblast; Dzwonkowski, pp. 325-326; Madała, p. 97; Investigatory Matter 95215, Central Archive, FSB, Russian Federation; Investigatory Matter 1733; Archive of TsGAOO (Ukraine); Sokolovskyi, p. 119; Schnurr, pp. 353-354
Variant Names:
Loran, Rafail Mikhailovich; Loran, Raphael
Stepove (Mykolaïvsʹka oblastʹ, Ukraine); Silʹt︠s︡e (Zakarpatsʹka Oblastʹ, Ukraine); Talgar (Alma-Atinskai︠a︡ oblastʹ, Kazakhstan)
male; clergy and religious; survived