Biography of Father Michael Still

Born into a peasant family in Probuzhdeniye, outside Mariupol, in 1893. Prior to 1914 he was the organist for the parish in Sofievka; in 1914 he was called up for military service. After he was demobilized in 1917 he worked as a school teacher in Mariupol region. From 1918 he was again the organist in Crimean parishes. Graduated from Saratov Seminary (which had been relocated to Odessa) and was ordained in 1925. Served in parishes in Fritzkoye, Brabander [Kazitskoye] and Urbach. February 2, 1930 –arrested in a case against German Catholic clergy and laity. June 6, 1931 – sentenced under Articles 58-10 and 58-11 of the Criminal Code of the RSFSR to three years in corrective labor camp [OGPU Collegium]. Sent to Yaroslavl Political Isolator. Fate thereafter unknown. Sources: Dzwonkowski, pp. 454-455; Osipova (1996), p. 213; Investigatory Matter 95215, Central Archive, FSB, Russian Federation; Schnurr, p. 375
Variant Names:
Still, Michael; Shtil', Mikhail Mikhaĭlovich
Marianopolʹ (Ukraine); Sofievka (Moldova); Marianopolʹ (Ukraine); Odesa (Ukraine); Kazitskoye (Russia); I︠A︡roslavskai︠a︡ oblastʹ (Russia)
male; clergy and religious; fate unknown