Biography of Father Wƚadysƚaw Czegis

Born into a peasant family in Rakany, Novo-Aleksandrov district, Kovno province, on August 13, 1888. Graduated from the Archdiocesan Catholic Seminary in St. Petersburg and was ordained January 8, 1912. From March 1912 he was vicar of the parish in Lutsin; from 1915, he was in Aglona; from August 1916 he was vicar of St. Casimir parish in Petrograd. In September 1918 he was arrested. December 24 – sentencd to a year and a half in prison, which was commuted to a large fine [Petrograd People’s Regional Court]. In 1919 he was arrested on charges of “speculation and illegal possession of a weapon”; in December he was sentenced to a large fine [Narva People’s Court]. From December 1919 he was pastor of the parish in Gatchina; from 1921 he also tended parishes in Yamburg [nka Kingisepp] and Pskov, and later in Volosovo and Dvinsk; from 1923, Ligovo and Kronstadt; from 1924, Novinka; from 1925 he tended the communities in Novaya Ladoga, Chudovo, Novgorod, Malaya Vishera, and Staraya Russa. In March 1923 he became pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus church in Petrograd, and in 1927, pastor of St. Catherine Church in Leningrad. August 15, 1931 – arrested on charges of “anti-Soviet agitation, organization of illegal Catholic societies and distribution of counter-revolutionary literature.” March 7, 1932 – sentenced to ten years in corrective labor camp [OGPU Collegium]. Sent to Visherlag (Krasnovishersk, Ural oblast). September 26, 1933 – transported to Moscow and then released to Lithuania as part of a prisoner exchange. From 1935 he served in Meshkutsian. Fate thereafter unknown. Sources: Archive of the Directorate, FSB, St. Petersburg and Leningrad oblast; Dzwonkowski, p. 201; Osipova (1996), p. 210; Shkarovskii, pp. 244-245
Variant Names:
Czegis, Wƚadysƚaw; Chegis, Vlasdislav Antonovich
Kaunas (Lithuania); Saint Petersburg (Russia); Pskov (Russia); Moscow (Russia); Lithuania
male; clergy and religious; fate unknown