Biography of Father Wiktor Pietkiewicz

Born into a family of the nobility in Revel [Tallin], Estonia, on January 30, 1870. Graduated from the Catholic Seminary in St. Petersburg and was ordained in 1893. From 1897 he was vicar of St. Stanislaus Church in St. Petersburg; from 1897 he was a chaplain in the Tsar’s Army. In 1904, with his financial gift and the donation of Stanisƚawa Ptaszicka the chapel of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was built in Terioki (now Zelenogorsk); and in 1908, a chapel in Ligovo, outside St. Petersburg – and when it was transformed into the Church of Our Lady of Częstochówa, he became its pastor. In November 1917, during the October Revolution, he went into hiding. From November 1919 he was also the pastor of the Church of Sts. Peter and Paul in Kronstadt; later he became administrator of the parish in Vyborg. From 1920 he resided in Kiev. Father Teofil Skalski, Apostolic Administrator of Zhytomyr Diocese, sent Fr. Wiktor to serve in the parishes in Buchki and Gorbulevo, where Fr. Wiktor served without registration. In 1922 he was arrested and sentenced to one year in prison. In 1924, after his release, he adopted Polish citizenship and left on an exchange with Poland. He was accepted into Wƚocƚawek's Diocese; from 1925 he served in the parish in Lubomin; from 1928, in Wistka; from 1935, in Świnica; from 1938, in Mokoszin, and was there at the time of the German occupation. October 24, 1939, Fr. Wiktor was arrested by the Gestapo. During the night of October 30/November 1, 1939, he was shot in Piotrków Kujawski; his body was buried in a field. April 10, 1945 – the parishioners reburied his body in the local cemetery. Source: Shkarovskii, p. 233; Dzwonkowski, p. 393; Madała, p. 124
Variant Names:
Pietkiewicz, Wiktor; Petkevich, Viktor Frantsevich
Tallinn (Estonia); Saint Petersburg (Russia); Zelenogorsk (Russia); Ligovskiĭ prospekt (Saint Petersburg, Russia); Vyborg (Russia); Kiev (Ukraine); Mokoszyn (Poland); Piotrków Kujawski (Poland)
male; clergy and religious; executed