Hryhorij Lakota

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Blessed Hryhorij Lakota
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Born Holodivka, Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria, Austria-Hungary
Died 12 November 1950, Abez labour camp, near Vorkuta
Martyred by USSR
Means of martyrdom gulag
Venerated in Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church
Beatified 27 June 2001, the Ukraine, by Pope John Paul II
Hryhorij Lakota after arrest by NKVD 1946

The Blessed Hryhorij Lakota, also known as Gregor Lakota (Hryhorij being the Ukrainian spelling for Gregor) was a Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church auxiliary bishop who suffered religious persecution and was martyred by the Soviet Government.

Hryhorij Lakota was born 31 January 1893 in Holodivka, in Austrian Galicia. He was appointed auxiliary bishop of Przemyśl on 16 May 1926. On 9 June 1946, he was arrested by the NKVD and sentenced to ten years imprisonment, as part of Joseph Stalin's suppression of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic (Uniate) church.[1] He was martyred at the Abez labour camp, near Vorkuta on 12 November 1950.

Lakota and another Ukrainian Catholic Bishop, Josyf Slipyj, became the inspiration for the character of Kiril Pavlovich Lakota in the novel The Shoes of the Fisherman.

Hryhorij Lakota was beatified by Pope John Paul II on 27 June 2001 in the Ukraine.[2]


  1. ^ Dunn, Dennis J. (October 1973). "Stalinism and the Catholic Church during the Era of World War II". Catholic Historical Review. American Catholic Historical Association. 59 (3): 404–428. ISSN 0008-8080. 
  2. ^ "Beatifications during the Pastoral Visit of His Holiness John Paul II in the Ukraine (23-27 June 2001)"