|Blessed Pavel Gojdič|
Bishop Pavel Peter Gojdič
July 17, 1888|
July 17, 1960 (aged 72)|
|Venerated in||Catholic Church|
|Beatified||4 November 2001 by Pope John Paul II|
Pavol Gojdič, also known as Pavel Peter Gojdič or Peter Gojdič (July 17, 1888 — July 17, 1960), was a Basilian monk and the bishop of the Greek Catholic Eparchy of Prešov martyred by the communist regime in Czechoslovakia.
On April 28, 1950, the Communist state outlawed the Greek Catholic Church and Bishop Pavol was incarcerated. In January 1951 he was convicted on trumped-up charges of treason. Abused in multiple prisons, he remained faithful, praying and saying Mass in secret. He was eventually given the offer to be released on the condition that he assume the position of the patriarch of the Czechoslovak Orthodox Church. He rejected the offer as an infidelity to the Pope and the faithful. He continued to be inprisoned and to suffer mistreatment, dying in a prison hospital on his birthday in 1960.