Biography of Father Juozanas Gustas, SDB

A Salesian priest. Professor at Oxford and Milan universities. Studied Sanskrit at Delhi University, where he socialized with Ragindranath Tagore. From 1918 to 1940 he was pastor of a parish in Saldutishkis; remained ther after the annexation of Lithuania to the USSR and during the German occupation. In 1944 (?), after the return of the Red Army and establishment of Soviet rule, Fr. Juozanas was arrested and sentenced to ten years in corrective labor camp. Sent to Siblag; released in 1956 and returned to Lithuania. In 1957 he voluntarily went to Krasnoyarsk for pastoral work among exiled Lithuanians. In 1958 he was secretly murdered on orders of the authorities (exact date of death unknown). Buried in Krasnoyarsk Cemetery. Source: Den’ skorbi…; Lietuvos aidas (1998), No 30; list compiled by R. Dzwonkowski
Variant Names:
Gustas, Juozanas; Gustas, I︠U︡ozas (I︠U︡ozenas)
Oxford (England); Milan (Italy); Delhi (India); Saldutishkis (Lithuania); Krasnoi︠a︡rsk (Russia)
male; clergy and religious; executed