Biography of Monsignor Stanisƚaw Przyrembel

Born into a family of the nobility on August 12, 1867, in Velki, Mazovets district, Lomzhinsk province. He finished school in Revel (Tallinn) in 1886; graduated from St. Petersburg Theological Seminary and completed a master’s degree in theology in 1889 at St. Petersburg Theological Academy. Ordained in 1893 for the Archdiocese of Mogiliev. From 1893 he was a prefect in Dvinsk; from 1896, professor at St. Petersburg Theological Seminary; from 1899, an inspector at the seminary. From 1904 he was pastor of St. John Church in Tsarskoye Selo; in 1915 he was distinguished with the title honorable canon and awarded a gold pectoral cross. Given the title monsignor in 1923 and was the administrator and Vicar General of Mogiliev Archdiocese (see in Leningrad); from 1927 he was secretary of the Apostolic Administration. From October 1926 through 1927 he taught history and Polish at the underground seminary in Leningrad; from 1927 he served at St. Stanislaus Church. October 10, 1929 – arrested on charges of “illegal contact with Polish diplomatic representatives, conveying espionage information to them, leading an underground seminary, and systematic religious instruction of children.” September 13, 1930 – sentenced under Articles 58-6, -10 and -12 of the Criminal Code of the RSFSR to ten years in corrective labor camps [Special Troika, OGPU Collegium]. Sent to Solovetsky Special Purpose Camp where he arrived on October 6. In 1931 he was transferred to Anzer Island, where, on July 5, 1932, he was arrested in a case against Catholic clergy charged with “creating an anti-Soviet group that was carrying out anti-Soviet agitation, secretly celebrating liturgy and religious rituals and had established illegal contact with a free person for transmitting abroad information of an espionage nature about the situation of Catholics in the USSR.” July 9, 1932 – investigators petitioned concerning the need to “hold him separate from everyone else.” In September 1932 he was transported to Butyrka Prison in Moscow; September 15 – released and sent to Poland in a prisoner exchange. May 24, 1934 – died in Warsaw. Sources: Archive of the Directorate, FSB, St. Petersburg and Leningrad oblast; GARF, f. 8406, op. 2, d. 4044; Dzwonkowski (1998), pp. 399-400; Madaƚa, pp. 128-129; Osipova (1996), p. 191; Investigatory Matter 547540, Central Archive, FSB, Russian Federation; Shkarovskii, p. 234
Variant Names:
Przyrembel, Stanisƚaw; Przhirembel', Stanislav Bronislavovich
Wysokie Mazowieckie (Poland); Tallinn (Estonia); Saint Petersburg (Russia); Mohyliv-Podilʹsʹkyĭ (Ukraine); Anzerski Island (Russia); Moscow (Russia)
male; clergy and religious; died in prison