Mykola Konrad

Blessed Mykola Konrad (Ukrainian: Микола Конрад) was a Ukrainian Greek Catholic priest who became a martyr in 1941.

BiographyEdit

Konrad was born on 16 May 1876 in the village of Strusiv in Ternopil Region.[1] He studied philosophy and theology in Rome, where he defended his dissertation and received his doctorate.[2] He was ordained a priest in 1899.[3] He taught for a time in high schools in Berezhany and Terebovlya. In 1929 he founded Obnova ("Renewal") the first communion of Ukrainian Catholic students,[4] and in 1930 he was asked by Metropolitan Andriy Sheptytsky to teach at the Lviv Theological Academy.[2] He was then appointed parish priest in the village of Stradch.[1]

On 26 June 1941 he was murdered along with Volodymyr Pryjma, in a forest near Stradch as they were returning from the house of a sick woman who had requested the sacrament of reconciliation.[1][2][3]

He was beatified by Pope John Paul II on 27 June 2001.[1]

InfluenceEdit

In an interview, Fr. Mykola Markevych said, "Doctor Konrad, a professor at the Academy, my catechist... O, he was a distinguished person. An ideal man. He was very involved with youth; he had a heart for youth- and for his people. He wanted us to be patriots, good and aware students. That was Father Konrad."[4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Biographies of twenty five Greek-Catholic Servants of God at the website of the Vatican
  2. ^ a b c 'Beatification of the Servants of God on June 27, 2001 Archived November 29, 2014, at the Wayback Machine at the website of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church
  3. ^ a b Alan Butler, Paul Burns. Butler's lives of the saints. Continuum International Publishing Group, 2005. p76
  4. ^ a b Church of the Martyrs: The New Saints of Ukraine. Lviv, Ukraine: St John's Monastery. 2002. p. 11. ISBN 966-561-345-6.