Blessed ОMELYAN KOVCH (August 20, 1884,
Tlumach — March 25, 1944)
Ukrainian Greek-Catholic priest murdered in Majdanek
concentration camp .
He was born in a peasant family in the town of
Tlumach in the Kosiv
region of Western
Ukraine , and was ordained in 1911 by Hryhorij
Chomyszyn after graduating from the Sts. Sergius and Bacchus College
in Rome. He served as a parish priest from 1921 to 1943 at the church
of St. Nicholas in the village of
Peremyshliany , and was the father
of six children.
In the spring of 1943 he was arrested by the
Gestapo for harboring
Jews , specifically for providing
Jews with more than 600 baptismal
certificates. On March 25, 1944 he was gassed at Majdanek
concentration camp near
On September 9, 1999, the Jewish Council of
Ukraine awarded him the
title of "Ukraine's righteous."
His beatification took place on July 27, 2001 in
Lviv , during the
Byzantine rite liturgy conducted by Pope
John Paul II
John Paul II .