Saint Maximilian Kolbe OFM Conv. was a Polish Conventual Franciscan Friar who volunteered to die in place of a stranger in the German death camp of Auschwitz. Kolbe was canonized in 1982 by St. Pope John Paul II who declared Saint Maximilian Kolbe to be a Martyr of Charity. He is considered the patron saint of families, journalists, prisoners, drug-addicts, and the pro-life movement.
The Kolbe/Holocaust exhibit at the Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe at Marytown in Libertyville, Illinois, is found in the basement, placing us in the darkness of this history. The exhibit shows the heroic sacrifice by Franciscan St. Maximilian Kolbe as one among millions of stories of people imprisoned and killed under the Nazi regime during WWII. Join Friar Benedict La Volpe for a brief introduction to the exhibit.
You may know his name, but do you really know St. Maximilian Kolbe? In this series, the 20th-century Conventual Franciscan saint introduces himself and his message in a contemporary voice.