Apostle of Consecration to Mary, Maksymilian Maria, Massimiliano Maria Kolbe, Maximilian Mary Kolbe, Rajmund Kolbe, Raymond Kolbe
Date of Birth:
January 8, 1894
Date of Death:
He was a strong advocate of human rights and freedom through the media in Japan, India and Poland.
Saint Maximilian Kolbe was known to have received a vision of the Virgin Mary during his First Holy Communion at the age of 12.
Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe OFM Conv (8 January 1894 – 14 August 1941) was a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar, who volunteered to die in place of a stranger in the Nazi German concentration camp of Auschwitz, located in German-occupied Poland during World War II.
He was canonized on 10 October 1982 by Pope John Paul II, and declared a martyr of charity. He is the patron saint of drug addicts, political prisoners, families, journalists, prisoners, and the pro-life movement. Pope John Paul II declared him "The Patron Saint of Our Difficult Century".
In Italian he is known as "San Massimiliano Maria Kolbe"; his given name in Polish is "Maksymilian", in French, "Maximilien".
Due to his efforts to promote Consecration and entrustment to Mary, he is known as the Apostle of Consecration to Mary.