Biography of Father Antoni Racewicz

Born in 1872 in Lithuania. Graduated from the Archdiocesan Seminary in St. Petersburg and was ordained in 1897 for the Archdiocese of Mogiliev. From 1897 he served in Bolovsk [aka Balvi], Vitebsk deanery; from 1901 he was vicar of the parish in Marienhausen; from 1908, in Liksna; from 1910 he was administrator of the parish in Riebini [Latvia]; from 1912, in Bykhov; from 1914 he was pastor of St. Casimir Church in Petrograd; from 1915, pastor of St. Catherine Church and simultaneously tended the parish in Vyritsa. April 30, 1919 – after Polish troops occupied Vilnius, he was arrested as a hostage along with Metropolitan Archbishop Edward Ropp, but released ten days later. April 13, 1920 – again arrested, in Vyritsa; released two months later. In 1923 he departed for Lithuania where he became a vicar in 1926 and then later the pastor in one of the parishes. He died sometime after 1939 (exact date and place of death unknown). Source: Archive of the Directorate, FSB, St. Petersburg and Leningrad oblast; Dzwonkowski, p. 403; Shkarovskii, p. 235
Variant Names:
Racewicz, Antoni; Rat︠s︡evich-Rochis, Antoniĭ Antonovich
Lithuania; Saint Petersburg (Russia); Mahili︠o︡ŭ (Belarus); Vyrit︠s︡a (Russia)
male; clergy and religious; survived