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  2. 2. Maximilian Kolbe was born in Poland on January 8, 1894 in the city of Zdunska Wola, which was then occupied by Russia. He was baptized with the name of Raymund in the parish church.
  3. 3. He was the second son of Julius Kolbe (of German origin) and Maria Dabrowska (of Polish origin). He had four brothers: Francis, Joseph, Walenty (who lived one year) and Andrew (who lived to four year old). His parents moved to Pabianice (Poland) for work reasons.
  4. 4. His mother tells – “We had a small altar hidden between two wardrobes, before which he often knelt without being noticed and prayed while crying. In general, his behavior was superior to his age, always recollected and serious”
  5. 5. Once after being correced by his mother, he said: "Mom, when you scolded me, I asked Our Lady to tell me what would become of me. I begged her again in church. Then the Virgin appeared to me, holding two crowns: one white and the other red. She looked at me fondly and asked if I wanted those two crowns. The white one meant that I would be always pure and the red one that I would be a martyr. I answered that I accepted them ... [both]. Then the Virgin looked at me lovingly and disappeared.
  6. 6. He entered the Franciscan seminary when he was 13 years old, in the Polish city of Lvov, which in turn was occupied by Austria
  7. 7. He entered the Seminary of the Franciscan Fathers together with Francis, his older brother. It was in the seminary that he adopted the new name Maximilian in stead of Raymond.
  8. 8. Kolbe was sent to Rome in 1912, where he attended the Pontifical Gregorian University. There he received his doctorate in philosophy in 1915.
  9. 9. He was very devoted to the Immaculate Conception. He thought that the Church should be militant in its collaboration with divine Grace in order to promote the Catholic faith. Moved by this devotion and conviction, he founded in 1917 a movement called “the Militia of the Inmaculate" whose members consecrated themselves to the blessed Virgin Mary and would fight by all morally valid means, for the construction of the Kingdom of God throughout the world.
  10. 10. He finished his studies in Rome and in 1918 he was ordained a priest.
  11. 11. He continued his studies at the Pontifical University of Saint Buenaventure in Rome, where he did a doctorate in theology between 1919 and 1922
  12. 12. From his stay in Rome he was strongly impressed by the public Masonic demonstrations. The Catholic Church and the Pope were harshly attacked.
  13. 13. From 1919 to 1922 he taught at the Krakow seminary. He suffered from tuberculosis. From 1922 to 1926 he ran a religious publishing house in Grodno
  14. 14. He started the publication of the monthly magazine "Knight of the Immaculate", aimed at promoting knowledge, love and service to the Virgin Mary and the task of converting souls for Christ. With a circulation of 500 copies in 1922, in 1939 it would reach close to a million copies. Blessing of their first printing press
  15. 15. In 1929 he founded the first "City of the Immaculate" in the Franciscan convent of Niepokalanów 40 kilometers from Warsaw, which in time would become a city consecrated to the Virgin.
  16. 16. It was dedicated to "conquer the whole world, all souls, for Christ, for Immaculate Mary, using all lawful means, and all technological discoveries, especially in the field of communications."
  17. 17. In 1928, Kolbe gathered the friars and told them: "We have received all this from the people, it is not ours, so we have to make sure that it is not destroyed." Soon they got down to work and organized a fire brigade.
  18. 18. In 1929 a youth seminary was founded here. It was soon blessed with such a wealth of vocations that it became the largest monastery of the time and one of the most numerous in the entire history of the Church
  19. 19. In 1930 he arrived as a missionary in Shanghai, China, but did not achieve much success there.
  20. 20. In 1931, after the Pope requested missionaries, he volunteered and traveled to Japan where he founded a new city of the Immaculate Conception ("Mugenzai No Sono") and published the magazine "Caballero of the Immaculate "in Japanese ("Seibo No Kishi").
  21. 21. In mid-1932 Kolbe left Japan and went to Malabar, India, where he founded another monastery.
  22. 22. In 1933 he returned to Poland for a general chapter of the order in Krakow. Afterwards he returned to Japan.
  23. 23. In 1936 he returned to Poland as director of Niepokalanów, the City of the Immaculate, and a daily newspaper, the "Little Daily" ("Mały Dziennik"). He had begun to publish this in agreement with a political group, the National Radical Camp (Obóz Narodowo Radykalny). This publication reached a circulation of 137,000 daily, and almost double, 225,000, on weekends.
  24. 24. In 1938 the City of the Immaculate began its own radio station
  25. 25. After the German invasion of Poland, Kolbe was one of the friars who remained in the monastery, where he organized a temporary hospital
  26. 26. He refused to join the list of German people (volksliste), which would have given him the same rights as German citizens, because he was of German origin.
  27. 27. He and other friars provided refuge for people from Greater Poland, including 2,000 Jews whom he hid from German persecution in the monastery of the City of the Immaculate. With the Nazi occupation, they welcomed thousands of displaced people from Poznań, they sheltered and assisted them spiritually.
  28. 28. In February 1939 the Gestapo arrested him and interned him in the concentration camps of Amtlitz and Ostrzeszów
  29. 29. When released, he got permission to continue publishing religious works, but with significantly less circulation. He also published several works critical of Nazi Germany.
  30. 30. He was arrested again in February 1941 and sent to Pawiak prison, to be later transferred to the Auschwitz concentration camp, where despite the terrible living conditions he continued his ministry.
  31. 31. He always showed generosity and concern for others, and fought to uphold the dignity of his companions
  32. 32. HIS LAST LETTER TO HIS MOTHER “Dear mother, towards the end of May I arrived together with a train convoy at the Auschwitz concentration camp. As for me, all is well, dear mother. You can be calm for me and for my health, because the good Lord is everywhere and thinks with great love in everyone and in everything. You better not write to me before I send you another letter because I don't know how long I'll be here. With kind regards and kisses, Raimundo Kolbe ».
  33. 33. a prisoner from the same section at Auschwitz where Maximilian was, escaped.
  34. 34. Among the chosen men was Sergeant Franciszek Gajowniczek, married with children, Polish like Maximilian, in retaliation, the camp commander ordered ten prisoners to be chosen at random and executed
  35. 35. Maximilian, who was not among the ten chosen prisoners, offered to die in his place. «I am a Polish Catholic priest, I am already old. I would like to take the place of that man who has a wife and children. "
  36. 36. The camp commander accepted the exchange, and Maximilian was condemned to starve along with the other nine prisoners.
  37. 37. Even in prison and in the hunger cell, he celebrated Holy Mass every day when he could, giving Communion to other prisoners: the bread given to the prisoners was unleavened , used many times for the Eucharist; guards who sympathized with him brought him the wine.
  38. 38. Ten days after his confinment and finding him still alive, the Nazis administer a lethal injection on August 14, 1941.
  39. 39. Kolbe had said - «To suffer, to work and to die as knights, not with a normal death but, for example, by a bullet in the head, sealing our love for the Immaculate, like a true knight spilling our own blood to the last drop, to hasten the conquest of the whole world for Her. I don't know anything more sublime »
  40. 40. On October 17, 1973, Paul VI beatified him and on October 10, 1982 John Paul II canonized him as a Martyr of Charity.
  41. 41. Currently there are still alive works inspired by him, such as: the religious institutes of the Franciscan friars of the Immaculate Conception, the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, as well as other movements consecrated to the Immaculate Conception.
  42. 42. In August 1945, at the end of World War II, the city of Nagasaki, where Kolbe had one of his printing presses, was destroyed by the atomic bomb. All the workers later died; the printing press was unscathed.
  43. 43. "Grant me, Immaculate Virgin, that I can praise you with all my work and with my personal sacrifice. Grant me to contribute to exalting you more and more. Make me worthy of praising you, oh Immaculate Virgin."
  44. 44. Images of Father Kolbe
  45. 45. Fr. Kolbe, devoted to Mary Immaculate
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