Biography of Father Witold Iwicki

Description:
Born into a family of the nobility in Vilnius on May 10, 1884. Graduated from the Catholic Seminary and Theological Academy in St. Petersburg and was ordained in 1907 for the Archdiocese of Mogiliev. From June through October 1918 he served at the parish of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and in the Maltese chapel in Petrograd; from October 1918 he was pastor of St. Stanislaus parish. September 20, 1920 – arrested in Petrograd; charged with “counter-revolutionary activity and espionage on behalf of Poland.” October 14, 1920 – sentenced to confinement in a prison camp until the end of the Civil War [Special Department, All-Russian Extraordinary Commission]. At the beginning of 1921 he was released from prison due to illness. He exited the USSR as part of a prisoner exchange with Poland. From 1921 he was vicar of the parish in Niehniewicze, Nowogródok deanery; from 1926, after the erection of the Diocese of Pinsk, he became Vicar General for Bishop Zygmunt Łoziński, dean of Pinsk, and a theology professor at the Pinsk Diocesan Seminary. From 1933 he was the Diocesan Visitator of Religious Education, a synodal judge, pastor of the Church of the Exaltation of the Cross, and the dean of Brest; from 1939 he filled the duties of an official of the diocesan court; from 1940 he was once again Vicar General. He remained in Pinsk during the Soviet and German occupations. He helped Jews, poor families, and political prisoners. In 1943, after an attack of Polish partisans on the prison and release of political prisoners, he was arrested by the Gestapo as a hostage. January 22, 1943 – shot, in Janów Poleski. He could have saved himself, but he voluntarily accepted a martyr’s death. Source: Archive of Directorate, FSB, St.Petersburg and Leningrad oblast; Osipova (1996), p. 171; Shkarovskii, pp. 225-226; Dzwonkowski, pp. 254-255; Madała, p. 65
Variant Names:
Ivit︠s︡kiĭ, Vitol'd Bronislavovich; Iwicki, Witold
Dates:
1884-1943
Locations:
Vilnius (Lithuania); Saint Petersburg (Russia); Pinsk (Belarus); Ivanava (Belarus)
Subjects:
male; clergy and religious; executed