Biography of Father Jan Worsƚaw

Born into a peasant family in Keselevitsy, Pridruisk county, Vitebsk province in 1885. Graduated from St. Petersburg Seminary and was ordained in 1909. From 1911 he served in Vologda, where he was arrested in 1919 and sentenced to death [Revolutionary Tribunal]. After protests of the Orthodox workers of Vologda factories, he was released on his own recognizance. From 1922 he also tended parishes in Arkhangelsk and Vyatka. In the autumn of 1924 he moved to Leningrad for medical treatment and later served as pastor of the churches of the Sacred Heart of Mary and Sacred Heart of Jesus. From 1925 he was pastor of a parish in Pskov; in 1926 he returned to Vologda where he was again arrested at the end of the 1920s and banished to Siberia for three years. In 1935 he was released from exile and went to Luga, where he became pastor of St. Nicholas Church. September 9, 1937 – arrested and transported to Leningrad for further investigation. September 28, 1937 – sentenced to death under Articles 58-6, -10 and -11 of the Criminal Code of the RSFSR [Special Board, Directorate, NKVD, Leningrad oblast]. October 6, 1937 – shot; buried in Levashovo Field outside Leningrad. Sources: Archive of Directorate, FSB, St. Petersburg and Leningrad oblast; Osipova (1996), p. 160; Shkarovskii, p. 220; Dzwonkowski, pp. 552-553; Madała, p. 171
Variant Names:
Worsƚaw, Jan; Vorslav, I︠A︡n
Vitsebsk (Belarus); Saint Petersburg (Russia); Vologda (Russia); Arkhangelʹsk (Russia); Pskov (Russia); Siberia (Russia); Luga (Leningradskai︠a︡ oblastʹ, Russia)
male; clergy and religious; executed