Biography of Father Vladimir Klöpfer

Born into a family of the nobility in Vyborg on January 15, 1875. Graduated from the Orthodox Seminary and Theological Academy in St. Petersburg and was ordained in 1910. From 1910 he was a religion teacher at the Horticultural and Agricultural School. In 1913 he was sent to do penance at the Kiev Pecherski Monastery for his “sympathy toward Catholicism.” In 1924, under the tutelage of Fr. Jan Lawrecki, he was accepted into the Catholic Church as a priest of the Eastern Rite. From 1925 he served in Brahiƚów [Brailov], outside Winnica [Vinnystia]; from February 1926 he was vicar of the parish in Sharovka, outside Kherson; from August 1926, vicar of St. Nicholas parish in Kherson. November 13, 1929 – wrote a letter appealing to the head of one of the schools, in which he expressed a protest “against methods of dragging children into the Pioneer organization and a group of young atheists.” In February 1930 he was arrested on charges of “receiving money from Apostolic Administrator Augustine Baumtrog,” but soon released [possibly unpon signing agreement for "voluntary collaboration." In the materials of the investigatory files there are statements of accused persons that priests of the Odessa deanery seriously feared him, suspecting him of working for the GPU.] From 1930 he served in parishes in Nikolayev and Brailov, and later at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Odessa, where he was arrested on August 27, 1935, as a “participant in a counter-revolutionary organization.” February 21, 1936 – sentenced under Articles 54-4(2) and 54-11 of the Criminal Code of the Ukrainian SSR to seven years in corrective labor camp, commuted to banishment, in accordance with Article 33 [Special Collegium, Odessa Dist. Ct.]. May 4, 1936 – died in Odessa Prison. Sources: Archive of the Directorate of Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs, Odessa oblast; Dzwonkowski, pp. 290-291; Osipova (1996), p. 175; Investigatory Matter 95215, Central Archive, FSB, Russian Federation; Parafiial'na gazeta, 1995, no. 42,p. 4; Sokolovskyi, p. 94
Variant Names:
Klöpfer, Vladimir; Klepfer, Vladimir Vladimirovich
Vyborg (Russia); Saint Petersburg (Russia); Kiev (Ukraine); Brailiv (Ukraine); Vinnyt︠s︡i︠a︡ (Ukraine); Khersonsʹka oblastʹ (Ukraine); Mykolaïv (Mykolaïvsʹka oblastʹ, Ukraine); Brailiv (Ukraine); Odesa (Ukraine)
male; clergy and religious; died in prison