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Blessed Tarsykiya Matskiv (Ukrainian: Тарсикія Мацьків; 23 March 1919 - 17 July 1944) was a Ukrainian Greek Catholic nun and martyr.

Matskiv was born in Khodoriv, Lwów Voivodeship (now Lviv Oblast). She entered the Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate on 3 May 1938.[1] She took her first vows on 5 November 1940, and worked in her convent.[2] Even before the arrival of the Soviet Army to Lviv, she took vows before her spiritual director, Fr. Volodymyr Kovalyk (OSBM), that she would give up her life for the conversion of Russia and for the Catholic Church.[1][2]

On 17 July 1944 at around 8 a.m., a Russian soldier rang the convent door. When Matskiv answered the door she was shot without warning and died.[1][2] It was later said that she was shot simply "because she was a nun".[3]

She was beatified by Pope John Paul II on June 27, 2001.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Biographies of twenty five Greek-Catholic Servants of God at the website of the Vatican
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 'Beatification of the Servants of God on June 27, 2001 at the website of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church
  3. Alan Butler, Paul Burns. Butler's lives of the saints. Continuum International Publishing Group, 2005. p77
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