Saint Josaphat

SAINT JOSAPHAT, ARCHBISHOP AND MARTYR

(1584-1623)

Josaphat was the first member of an Eastern Christian Church in union  with the Roman Catholic Church, but with its own rite, to be canonized in Rome, in 1687.  He was a member of the Greek-Ruthenian Rite. He was a native of Poland who served as a Basilian monk and was ordained before being named archbishop of Polotsk in Lithuania in 1617.  He worked very hard towards bringing his church into union with the Catholic Church.  His enemies shot him to death during a mob uprising.