Biography of Father Stanisƚaw Ejsmont

Born into a peasant family in Orshansk district, Mogilev province, on February 16, 1887. In 1904 he graduated from the high school [gymnasium] attached to St. Catherine Church in St. Petersburg; in 1909 he graduated from the Archdiocesan Seminary and in 1912, from the Catholic Theological Academy in St. Petersburg; ordained May 6, 1912, for the Archdiocese of Mogiliev. From May 1912 he was vicar of Holy Trinity parish in Minsk; in April 1915 (during the First World War) he was mobilized into the Army; became a chaplain in the Third Army. In February 1918, after demobilization, he became vicar of St. Stanislaus parish in Petrograd; from October he was also head of St. Casimir parish and then in March 1920 became its pastor. In May 1919, he headed a delegation of Petrograd Catholics who went to Moscow to demand the release of Metropolitan Archbishop Edward von Ropp. In April 1920 he was drawn into the investigation in the “Polish Affair” – he managed to go into hiding and was the subject of a search, but he was not arrested. In 1921 he traveled back and forth to serve parishes in Gatchina, Peterhof and Oranienbaum; in May 1922 he went to the Minsk parish. July 27, 1922 – after Fr. Stanisƚaw’s categorical refusal to hand over the valuables of St. Casimir Church to the authorities, the Petrograd Provincial Executive Committee demanded that the GPU arrest him. March 10, 1923 – arrested in Moscow in a case against Catholic clergy, in which Archbishop Jan Cieplak was the principal defendant. He was charged with “creation of a counter-revolutionary organization whose goal was protesting the enactment of the Decree on the Separation of the Church from the State.” March 21-26, 1923 – an open trial, at which Fr. Stanisƚaw was sentenced under Articles 40, 68, 69-1, 119 and 121 of the Criminal Code of the RSFSR to ten years in prison [Military Tribunal]. Sent to Lefortovo Prison. February 1, 1925 – transported to Poland as part of an exchange. July 16, 1926 – died in Warsaw. Sources: GARF, f. 8409, op. 1, d. 73, l. 194; Dzwonkowski, pp. 223-224; Shkarovskii, p. 246; Madała, p. 51
Variant Names:
Ejsmont, Stanisƚaw; Eĭsmont, Stanislav Frant︠s︡evich
Mahili︠o︡ŭ (Belarus); Saint Petersburg (Russia); Minsk (Belarus); Moscow (Russia)
male; clergy and religious; survived