Saint Josaphat Kuntsevych was born in the Ukraine of Orthodox parents about the year 1580. Embracing the Catholic faith, he became a Basilian Monk. Ordained to the priesthood and chosen bishop of Polock, he worked faithfully for unity of the Church. Enemies plotted his death, and he was martyred in 1623.
Prayer Lord, fill your Church with the Spirit that gave Saint Josaphat Kuntsevych courage to lay down his life for his people. By his prayers may your Spirit make us strong and willing to offer our lives for our brothers and sisters. We ask that you grant this through Christ.AMEN.