St. Maximilian Kolbe
Maximilian Mary Kolbe, born on 8 January 1894 in Poland, became a
Conventual Franciscan and in 1918 was ordained a priest in Rome. Out
of deep filial devotion to Mary, he established the sodality called
the Militia of Mary Immaculate and promoted its growth in Poland and
other parts of the world. As a missionary in Japan, he labored under
the patronage of the Immaculate Virgin to spread the Christian
faith. He returned to Poland and during World War II was imprisoned
and suffered great hardship in the concentration camp at Auschwitz.
His life of dedication was crowned by his supreme sacrifice of
charity on 14 August 1941, when he offered up his own life in place
of another prisoner.
From the Liturgy of the Hours. August 14th