Servant of God mother Catherine (Abrikosova) 1883-1936
Anna Ivanovna Abrikosova was born on the December 23, 1883 at Moscow. In 1903 she was graduated from Girton College of Cambridge University, returned to Russia, and married Vladimir Vladimirovich Abrikosov. She was received into the Catholic Church on 20th December 1908, at Paris. In 1911 she was received into the Third Order novitiate of the Order of St. Dominic. In 1917 she founded and then led the community of Sisters of the Third Order of the Order of St. Dominic (of the Byzantine rite). In 1923 she was arrested together with the Sisters of her community and later sentenced to imprisonment for 10 years. In 1932 she was released because of the state of her health (she had breast cancer). In 1933 she was arrested again and sentenced to prison camp for 8 years. She died on 23rd June 1936, in the hospital in Butyrka prison at Moscow, and her body was cremated on 27th June 1936. The memory of her martyr's death has been kept by many of the faithful in Russia and abroad, specifically among several groups of Third Order Dominicans.
“Anna Ivanovna bore her harsh lot as a captive under Soviet Regime with the indescribable peace and meekness of her profoundly religious soul. She was subjected to enormous deprivation… however no one heard from her any complaint or bemoaning her fate… She asked... that you be informed that she considers herself fortunate that she was able to endure so much for Christ, for the good of the Church. And if the Lord God were to deign once again to place this cross upon her she is always ready to bear it upon her shoulders. She never regrets anything, and she is always happy that she is a Catholic, and she finds joy in recalling what has been tο her lot in the Catholic faith.” “In her cell she prayed much, and she had the Sacred Scriptures…”
From the letters of Theophile Skalsky, the co-prisoner of mother Catherine.
The prayer for the beatification of the Servant of God mother Catherine (Abrikosova)
O God Almighty, Your Son suffered on the Cross and died for the salvation of people.
Imitating Him, Your Servant mother Catherine (Abrikosova) loved You from the bottom of her heart, served You faithfully during the persecutions and devoted her life to the Church Make her famous in the assembly of Your blessed, so that the example of her faithfulness and love would shine before the whole world. I pray to You through her intercession, hear my request………………………………..through Christ our Lord. Amen.
The prayer has to be used in private, as well as in public, out of the Holy Mass.
+ Archbishop Thaddeus Kondrusiewich, St. Petersburg 05.04.2004
Postulator asks to inform about the graces received through the mediation of the Servant of God.
Address: Fr. Bronislav Chaplicki, 1st Krasnoarmyskaya, D. 11, 198005, St. Petersburg, Russia