Biography of Father Vladislav Zavalniuk

Born in Murafa, Ukraine. Fr. Antoni Chomicki prepared him for ordination. He tried, unsuccessfully, for a long time to enroll in Riga Seminary. Ordained in 1974 and sent to serve in Moldavia. There he re-established more than a dozen active Catholic communities – for which the authorities expelled him from Moldavia. He tried to get permission to minister in Kazakhstan, and then later, in Krasnoyarsk kray. Everywhere he was subjected to arrests and oppression. Thanks to the efforts of the Bishop of Riga, Julians Vaivods, he received permission to serve in the parish in Varaklani, but without the right of pastoral activity. In Varakliani he was attacked and viciously beaten – later even his mother was beaten. After the authorities refused to conduct an investigation into the attack and beatings, he declared a hunger strike. He ended the strike only at the request of Bishop Kazimirs Dulbinskis, who came to him from exile. When Fr. Vladislav arrived in Daugavpils for treatment, he was locked up in a psychiatric hospital (and the doctor who released him from the psychiatric hospital was subsequently fired from his post). Until the 1990s he was constantly subjected to threats of violence and death threats. From the beginning of the 1990s he served in Minsk, where, thanks to his efforts, the cathedral and the Church of Sts. Simon and Helena were restored; he became the pastor at Sts. Simon and Helena Church. [Translator’s Note: A position he still held as of April 2, 2013.]. Source: Polacy na Lotwie, p. 289
Variant Names:
Zavalniuk, Vladislav; Zaval'ni︠u︡k, Vladislav
Murafa (Vinnyt︠s︡ʹka oblastʹ, Ukraine); Rīga (Latvia); Moldavia; Kazakhstan; Krasnoi︠a︡rskiĭ kraĭ (Russia); Varakl̦āni (Latvia); Daugavpils (Latvia); Minsk (Belarus)
male; clergy and religious; survived