02 Sep 2013

Beatification of Mons. Vladimir Ghika – Statue carved by DemiArt

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Vladimir Ghika, born on December 25, 1873, was a diplomat and essayist, who became a priest after converting from Romanian Orthodoxy to Roman Catholicism. Ghika was licensed in philosophy and also became a doctorate in theology. He dedicated his life to charity, and founded the first Catholic charity work in Romania by opening the first free clinic and ambulance service in Bucharest.

After being arrested by the communist regime, Vladimir Ghika spent two years in prison, being constantly tortured and beaten – unfortunately he died there on May 16, 1954 due to injuries caused by being mistreated.

The Archdiocese of Bucharest proposed Monsignor Vladimir Ghika for beatification, and on March 27, 2013 Pope Francis declared Ghika a martyr. The beatification itself took place in August 31, 2013, in Bucharest.

DemiArt had the honor to create the statue of Mons. Vladimir Ghika, and below you can have a look at how Demeter József brought to life a masterpiece through wood carving.

History in pictures of carving the statue of Mons. Vladimir Ghika: