St. Vievis St. St. Anne's Church


During the time of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Vievis was a manor, but it is not known when it was founded. The first surviving inventory of the manor is 1777-12-17. The inventory notes that near Vievis there is an old dilapidated church, empty, without paintings and other cult equipment, with broken doors. When and who built it, there is no real knowledge. It will probably have appeared at the manor in the 15th century. pab. or 16th c. pr. About 1600 one of the Oginskis built a church for Unites in Vievis and a monastery. The church in 1794. burned. 1796 built new as well as wooden. (= 1810-05-16 By order of the Synod, the monastery was closed and the land and its peasants were assigned to the Orthodox secular parish. The priests were paid 80 rb annual salary; 300 rubles in 1812. The church, which had been hijacked by the Russians, was burnt down by the French in 1812. The services were moved to the Strėvininkai Catholic Church, which was later moved to Aukštadvaris, and around 1842 a new church was built in Gabrielis Oginskis built a new church for Catholics in Vievis in 1816. The church was completely repaired by the townspeople and Father J. Mincevičius between 1911 and 1931. The beautiful, high brick church was built of white brick.

There was an old chapel in Vievis cemetery, who does not know whose year it was built. Next to the grave, in the garden, stood an old rectory, which, according to people's stories, in 1812. Napoleon spent the night. Residents of Vievis area are Lithuanians; however, the landlords were bent and tried their best to bend the Lithuanians. Perhaps everyone would have bent, if not persistent Lithuanians (J. Milančius, M. Grybauskas and others). 1905 A Lithuanian priest was brought from Vilnius to Vievis, who, while visiting the people of the parish, also distributed Lithuanian writings. The pastor of Vievis did not like it very much, Fr. To Verpuchowski. The conflict over Lithuanian and Polish services in Vievis Church lasted a long time. In the church, services were held in Polish for two consecutive Sundays and during all annual holidays. Lithuanian services were held only every third Sunday. Lithuanians felt offended. Local officials and other citizens approached the pastor J. Mincevičius to introduce this Lithuanian service with the Poles in half, ie on equal terms. But the pastor didn’t even want to talk about it. Only Polish was spoken in the rectory, and the regular guests of the pastor J. Mincevičius were various bypassed landowners interested in holding Polish services in the church. Without agreeing with the pastor on Lithuanian services, people turned to the bishop, and when he did not help anyone, they turned to the head of Vievis. After the census, it became clear that the majority of Lithuanians in Vievis were. A request to increase the number of Lithuanian services was submitted to the bishop with the above-mentioned lists. Based on it, the bishop introduced services two Sundays in a row and all annual holidays in Lithuanian, and left Polish services every third Sunday. The pastor J. Mincevičius was dissatisfied, angered about it with the bishop, but the new order was not revoked. The church continued to be improved. It is a neo-baroque church with elements of classicism, a Latin cross plan, a basilica with two-storey facade towers. Vievis Church is decorated with three cultural monuments: two easel paintings “Marija Rožančinė”, “St. Cecilia ”and the sculpture The Crucified.
In the cemetery of the church buried Fr. J. Mincevičius and vicarage P. Budrauskas, Č. Kavaliauskas and Fr. altarista R. Šalčiūnas.


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