Blessed Mechislav Bagatkevich
Mechislav Bagatkevich was born in 1904. During occupation he worked as dean in Drysa and became famous for his ardent homilies and great mercy for the poor. He was arrested by Gestapo for his priestly service and in two months on March 4, 1942 was shot up in Berazvecha (Vitebsk region) together with other two priests: Vladislav Matskoviak and Stanislav Pyrtak. Before death he wrote in the letter to his relatives: "Don't cry, but rejoice that your son has passed the exam. I ask you but for a prayer. I heartily forgive all my enemies and would like to win heaven for them all".
Blessed Vladislav Matskoviak
Vladislav Matskoviak was born in 1913, worked as dean in the parish of Ikazn. For his faithful priestly service he was condemned to death by Gestapo. He was warned about the threat but decided to stay in the parish to serve the believers. Vladislav Matskoviak was arrested on December 3, 1941 and shot up on March 4, 1942 in Berazvecha (Vitebsk region). Before death he wrote to his bishop on the cover of the Office: "I am going to make sacrifice of my life. In three hours I will stand before the Lord. (…) I'm glad that God has chosen me, and most of all that He grants His grace and strength".
Blessed Stanislav Pyrtak
Stanislav Pyrtak was born in 1913, worked as priest vicar in the parish of Ikazn, where Vladislav Matskoviak was dean. He was also in danger of his life for priestly work. He was arrested when he came to the police to defend his dean. They both were shot up in Berazvecha (Vitebsk region) on March 4, 1942. Before death he wrote to his relatives: "Several hours are left till my death. The duty of a priest is to make this sacrifice for Christ. I die for my priestly service. Don't cry and don't be sad for my death. I impart you my priestly blessing. After three months of prison I rejoice that I am worth suffering and dying". The three priests condemned to death cried out together before being shot up: "Christ the King forever!".
Blessed Henrich Glabovich
Henrich Glabovich was born in 1904, professor of Theology of Stefan Batory's University in Vilnius. In 1936 he became dean of the parish in Troky. He was able to draw souls to God in all the circumstances and in every kind of work. Father Henrich was extraordinarily self-giving priest, charismatic spiritual director, apostle of Christian unity, friend of all those who searched the truth. By his service he influenced much on students of Vilnius and of the archdiocese. On May 3, 1941 he made an act of sacrificing his life to God for salvation of faith of the youth. For his priestly service Henrich Glabovich was shot up by Gestapo on November 9, 1941 in Barysau.
Blessed Joseph Achilles Puhala
Father Joseph Achilles Puhala was born in 1911.He worked as priest vicar in the church of the Mother of God of Angels in Grodno, then became dean in Piarshai. After the revolt in the neighbouring Ivianets Gestapo arrested many parishioners. When head of the German gendarmerie wanted to give the dean and his vicar (Father Carol German Stempen) the possibility to escape the courage Franciscans answered: "Pastors can't abandon their believers". They joined the arrested and were burnt down in a shed in the village of Baravikaushchyzna.
Blessed Carol German Stempen
Father Carol German Stempen was born in 1910, finished Papal Theological Faculty of St. Bonaventura in Rome and theological faculty of Jan Kazimir's University in Lwow (Ukraine). He was tormented together with his dean Father Joseph Achilles Puhala. Having the possibility to save his life, he couldn't leave his parishioners who were condemned to death.
Blessed Jury Kashyra
Jury Kashyra was born in 1904, apostle of the unity between Catholics and Orthodox. He was baptized in an Orthodox church, but at the age of 18 he became Catholic. Despite the danger he remained till the very end with his parishioners in Rositsa preparing them for death. He was burnt down on February 18, 1943 in Rositsa together with other people.
Blessed Anthony Lashchevich
Anthony Lashchevich was born in 1890. At the age of 47 he entered the Marian Order. Before that for almost 25 years he had performed his priestly duties in the Far East and had never come to his native country. He knew about German wreakful expedition to Rositsa but denied to escape. When being taken by Germans he calmed his sisters: "Be strong and pray". Together with other people he was burnt down in a shed in Rositsa on February 17, 1943 on the eve of Father Jury Kashyra's martyrdom.
Blessed s. Mary Marta of Jesus,
Kazimira Valovskaya was born in 1879 in Lublin. She entered the Congregation of sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Yazloutsy in 1900. After taking her monastic vows she wrote: "The only my longing before Jesus is to serve the Congregation till the very death". In August 1939 s. Marta became prioress in the convent in Slonim. During World War II she helped the Jews, the hungry, families of prisoners. At night on December 19, 1942 Hitlerites arrested Father Adam Stark (Jesuit, dean of the convent), s. Marta Valovskaya and s. Eva Naishevskaya (doctor). In the morning of December 19, after questioning and great torments they were led to the place of mass execution together with 600 more prisoners. One of Slonim's policemen suggested escaping to the sisters, but they refused. Witnesses said that the last Marta's words were: "Lord, forgive them for they don't know what they are doing".
Blessed s. Eva of Providence,
Bogumila Naishevskaya was born in 1885 in Asanishki. Servant f God Bp. Zigmund Lazinsky was her spiritual director. He taught that sanctity should be searched for at any place, at any time and in any social position. S. Eva tried to realize the principle all her life. After graduation from Medical Institute in Petersburg in 1919 she entered the Congregation of sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Later she worked as teacher and educator in the gymnasium in Yazloutsy and Slonim. She was also doctor at school and in the Congregation. S. Eva was able to see needs of any man and selflessly helped everybody. She died as a martyr on December 19, 1942 when she was taken by the Germans to the place of execution together with Father Stark and s. Marta Valovskaya. Hitlerites ordered them to undress themselves standing over a dug trench, then shot them up. Thus s. Eva's request addressed to God, written before her vows - about God's help in salvation of people through consecrated life and death as a martyr - has been heard.
Blessed Mariana Bernadskaya
Mariana Bernadskaya was born in 1888. God, His Law and love towards the family became for Mariana the values much more important than her own life. She sacrificed herself instead of her pregnant daughter-in-law. Kneeing before a German soldier she pleaded: "How can she go? I will go instead of her". The woman came back home and Mariana was shot up on July 13, 1943 in Navumavichi near Grodno. Waiting for death she had the only request - that she would be given the Rosary.