Biography of Father Iosif Wierzbicki

Born August 14, 1887. Finished St. Petersburg Seminary and was ordained in 1914. From 1916 he was vicar of the parish and high school religion teacher in Orsha; from 1917 he served at a parish in Tambov and later also tended the parish in Penza; from 1924, administrator of the parish in Voronezh and also tended nearby parishes that had been left without priests. In February 1935 he was arrested in a case against Catholic clergy and laity and sent for further investigation to Voronezh Prison. November 16-19 – closed trial; Father Iosif sentenced to eight years in corrective labor camps [Special Collegium, Voronezh Dist. Ct.]. In March 1936 he was sent to a sector of Belbaltlag at Medvezhya Gora Station on the Kirov Railroad; in 1937 he was transferred to Karlag. According to some sources he was mentioned on a list of Catholic priests in mid-1941, under the spelling Verbitsky. Fate thereafter unknown. Source: GARF, f. 8406, op. 2, d. 746; Dzwonkowski, pp. 514-515; Osipova (1996), p. 158; Madała, p. 167; Ott
Variant Names:
Wierzbicki, Iosif; Verzhbitskiĭ, Iosif; Verbitsky, Iosif
Saint Petersburg (Russia); Orsha (Belarus); Tambov (Russia); Penza (Russia); Voronezh (Russia); Kirov (Kirovskai︠a︡ oblastʹ, Russia)
male; clergy and religious; fate unknown