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He was born in a peasant family in the village of Tlumach in the Kosiv region of Western Ukraine, and was ordained in 1911 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.
On September 9, 1999, the Jewish Council of Ukraine awarded him the title of "Ukraine's righteous".