St. Maximilian Kolbe

(Saint and Martyr in the German death Camp of Auschwitz during World War II)


Feast day:  August 14

Patron Saint of:

drug addicts, prisoners, families, and the pro-life movement

Place of Birth:  Poland

Date of Birth: January 8, 1894

Death: August 14, 1941


St. Maximilian Kolbe was very active in promoting the Immaculate Virgin Mary and is known as the Apostle of Consecration to Mother Mary. Much of his life was strongly influenced by a vision he had of the Virgin Mary when he was 12.

“That night I asked the Mother of God what was to become of me. Then she came to me holding two crowns, one white, the other red. She asked me if I was willing to accept either of these crowns. The white one meant that I should persevere in purity, and the red that I should become a martyr. I said that I would accept them both.”


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