Friday, August 14, 2009

Feast of Saint Maximilian Kolbe

Icon of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, at Saint Stanislaus Kostka Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Saint Maximilian Kolbe was martyred on August 14th 1941 by lethal injection after being denied food and water for three weeks at the Auschwitz concentration camp.

His heroic death is matched by his life: he was a Franciscan, a missionary to Japan, published a large-circulation magazine and operated a radio station, and tirelessly promoted Mary Immaculate. In his youth, he designed and sought to patent a space craft.

His remarkable biography can be found here and here.


  1. The icon pictured here comes from Saint Stanislaus Kostka Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, and is seen in the book "Catholic St. Louis: A Pictorial History".

    Sadly, that church is now in schism, which led to a number of excommunications. I had some trepidation over the inclusion of this church in the book, although it is quite historic and beautiful. However, several people told me that its presence in the book may serve to heal the wounds. Virgin Mary most Immaculate, pray for us.

  2. Mark no trepidation needed....we are supposed to pray for the return of those who have drifted away not hold them in comtempt.....I am no expert and no example but I think you are on the correct path.....