Biography of Father Antoni Jarmoƚowicz

Born into a peasant family in Videlitsy, Orsha district, Mogiliev province, in 1897. Graduated from the Archdiocesan Seminary in Petrograd and was ordained in 1917 for the Archdiocese of Mogiliev. From 1919 he served as vicar of a parish in Minsk. In the spring of 1919 he was arrested as a hostage, but released after a prisoner exchange with Poland. In January 1921 he was again arrested, but soon released. From 1921 he was administrator of a parish in Shilov; from 1925 – pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Velikiye Luki and Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Novosokolniki; he later served in the parish in Nevel, Vitebsk deanery, and also tended parishes in Sebezh and Novgorod. Officials at the Polish consulate in Leningrad spoke of him as a priest who was “zealous and ready for any sacrifice.” Arrested in 1932. October 29, 1933 – sentenced under Articles 58-6 and 58-11 of the Criminal Code of the RSFSR to ten years in corrective labor camp [OGPU Collegium]. Sent to Solovetsky Special Purpose Camp; transferred in 1934 to Belbaltlag (Kuzema Station on the Kirov Railroad), where he was arrested again in 1937. October 9, 1937 – sentenced to death [Special Troika, NKVD, Leningrad oblast]. November 3, 1937 – shot, in Sandormokh, outside Medvezhegorsk. Sources: Archive of the Directorate, FSB, Arkhangelsk oblast; GARF, f. 8406, op. 2, d. 1675; Dzwonkowski, p. 263; Sandormokh Memorial Cemetery, p. 124; Osipova (1996), p. 218; Protocols of Sessions of Special Troika, NKVD, Leningrad oblast; Reznikova, p. 23; Shkarovskii, p. 248; Madała, pp. 69-70
Variant Names:
Jarmoƚowicz, Antoni; I︠A︡rmolovich, Anton Ivanovich
Mahili︠o︡ŭ (Belarus); Saint Petersburg (Russia); Minsk (Belarus); Velikie Luki (Russia); Novosokolniki (Russia); Nevelʹ (Russia); Velikiĭ Novgorod (Russia); Solovetski Island (Russia); White Sea-Baltic Canal (Russia); Sandormokh (Russia)
male; clergy and religious; executed