Blessed Mykola Tsehelskyi – Feast Day – May 25

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Blessed Mykola Tsehelskyi, also known as Nicholas or Cehelskyj, was a Ukrainian Greek Catholic priest. He was born on December 17 1896 in Strusiv, Ternopil District, Ukraine and died as a martyr on May 25 1951 at the forced labour camp at Mordovia, Russia. We celebrate his feast day on May 25 every year in the Catholic Church.

Blessed Mykola Tsehelskyi
Blessed Mykola Tsehelskyi - Feast Day - May 25
Blessed Mykola Tsehelskyi – Feast Day – May 25
Date of Birth December 17 1896
Place of Birth Strusiv, Ternopil District, Ukraine
Profession Ukrainian Greek Catholic priest
Place of Work Ukraine
Date of Death May 25 1951
Place of Death Forced labour camp at Mordovia, Russia
Feast Day May 25
Beatification By Pope John Paul II on June 27 2001 in Ukraine
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Blessed Mykola Tsehelskyi Life History

Blessed Mykola Tsehelskyi was a Greek Catholic priest who studied theology at the University of Lviv, Ukraine and graduated in 1923. He was married with two sons and two daughters.

He was ordained on April 5 1925 and served as a parish priest at Soroka, Hrymailivsk deanery, where he built the church. He became a pastor of the Archeparchy of Lviv for the Ukrainians.

Because of being a Greek Catholic priest, Mykola Tsehelskyi was intimidated, then threatened, and then beaten by Soviet authorities after World War II.

He was arrested on October 28 1946 and on January 27 1947, he was sentenced to ten years imprisonment at the forced labour camps in Mordovia, Russia where he died while in prison. He is one of the Martyrs Killed Under Communist Regimes in Eastern Europe.

He was beatified by Pope John Paul II on June 27 2001 in Ukraine.

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