Servant of God Fr. Potapy Emelianov 1884—1936
Peter Andrejevich Emelianov was born in 1884 in Ufa Province in a family of Orthodox peasants. As a young man he was tonsured as a monk and took the name of Potapy. He was ordained as Orthodox priest. Since the March of 1917 he was the parish priest in the village of Nizhnaya Bogdanovka near Lugansk in Ukraine. In 1918, together with the members of his parish he joined the Catholic Church. He was frequently prosecuted during the civil war. In 1927 he was arrested and sentenced to prison camp for 10 years. He served his sentence in the camp of Solovki. On 4th August 1936 he was liberated from the camp. He died on August 14th of the same year at the station Nadvojtsy in Karelia. The site of his grave is unknown. In some communities of Russian Catholics of the Eastern rite the opinion about his sanctity was kept. The faithful offer up the prayers through his mediation.
In any case Fr. Potapy was a firm and courageous confessor of the Catholic Faith. In 1932 during the interrogation he said: "The time which I have spent in captivity has not shaken up my religious convictions, I have rather become an even more convinced Catholic. And no one can be able to sway me from this." During the time of his imprisonment in the camp he always showed charity to others, and eased their sufferings.
The photograph of adult Fr. Potapy has not been found yet. The drawing is made by his photograph at the youthful age.
The prayer for the beatification of the Servant of God Fr. Potapy Emelianov
O God Almighty, Your Son suffered on the Cross and died for the salvation of people.
Imitating Him, Your Servant Fr. Potapy Emelianov loved You from the bottom of his heart, served You faithfully during the persecutions and devoted his life to the Church Make him known in the assembly of Your blessed, so that the example of his faithfulness and love would shine before the whole world. I pray to You through his 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.