St. John of Vilna Biography
St. John of Vilna Biography, Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Beatification Date, Canonization Date
|Date of Birth||unknown|
|Country of Birth||Lithuania of Europe|
|Matrimony/Holy Orders||Saints who were Priests|
|Place of Work||Lithuania|
|Date of Death||1342|
|Place of Death||Vilna, Lithuania|
|Feast Day||April 14|
|Beatification||Beatified by N/A|
|Canonization||Canonized by Patriarch Alexius of Kiow|
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Saint John was an official of the Vilnius court to the great lighthouse Algirdas of Lithuania (1345-77). He was secretly baptized and named John. Saint John refused when the Great Prince would force him to eat meat on an abstinence day and for this, he was subjected to torture. In prison together with his brothers preached and the prison was transformed into a Christian school. The frightened pagan priests demanded that the brothers be executed, but they did not fear death.
He was crucified on a tree on December 13, 1342, at Vilna, Lithuania and initially buried in Holy Trinity Russian-Greek Church at Vilna.