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St. Maximilian Kolbe
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St. Maximilian Kolbe
 St. Maximilian Kolbe R.C. Parish
St. Francis of Assisi
 18 West Main Street
 Corfu, NY 14036
Parish Website

This August, our Parish of St. Maximilian Kolbe, will host a Forty Hours of Devotion, in honor of St. Maximilian Kolbe’s feast day, Aug. 14th. This will begin with Mass on Wednesday August 10th, at 7:00 PM. There will be continuous Adoration until Friday August 12th at 11:00 AM. Later on Friday, at 7:00 PM, Mass will be celebrated with a closing Benediction,with refreshments to follow. Also this year, during the 40 Hours of Devotion the statue of St. Maximilian Kolbe, (originally at home in St. Augustine’s of Depew, that will find it’s home in our EP Church); as well as the stained glass of St. Maximilian Kolbe, (that was donated by Jan & Franciszka Szafarski and their family, who paid for the window in its original location of Our Lady Help of Christians in Darien Center, that will be at home in our Corfu church) will be present. After the closing Mass on Fri. Aug 12th, the statue and stained glass will be placed in their appropriate sites, so they will be there for Aug. 14th. 
Stained glass depiction of Kolbe as prisoner in the Franciscan church of 
Szombathely, Hungary

Saint Maximilian Kolbe (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.

In  1941, Fr. Maximilian was arrested by the Nazis and sent to a concentration camp at Auschwitz. he was assigned to a work group with other priests and his dedication his faith and calm demeanor caused him the worst jobs and most beatings. Near the end of July, a group of ten men were chosen to be executed in exchange for one prisoner who had escaped. When Francis Gajowniczek, a young husband and father was chosen, he cried out in despair. Maximilian volunteered to take his place and after weeks of starvation, dehydration, and neglect, he was given an injection of carbonic acid. He died August 14, 1941 and was canonized by Pope John II in 1982 and declared a martyr of charity.

 John Jacoby in the leading role of St. Maximilian
 St. Maximilian Kolbe R.C. Parish
Holy Name of Mary
 8656 Church Street
 East Pembroke, NY 14056
Parish Website

by Kazimierz Braun
A Biographical Play on St. Maximilian Kolbe
In the leading role of St. Maximilian: John Jacoby
Director: Mark F. Tattenbaum
Music: Michael Zachowicz              Producer: Dina Szymanski
(716) 688-2624 *** kaz@buffalo.edu
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to visit 
Dr. Kazimierz Braun's website.
Statue and stained glass of St. Maximilian Kolbe at St. Maximilian Kolbe R.C. Church in 
Corfu, New York
Saint Maximilian Kolbe  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". The name itself means "greatest".
Due to his efforts to promote Consecration and entrustment to Mary, he is known as the Apostle of Consecration to Mary.
On 14 August 1941, after the death of 9 other prisoners and after surviving over 2 weeks in the starvation bunker of block 11, the Franciscan Maximilian Rajmund Kolbe was killed by a phenol injection by Hans Bock (prisoner No. 5) who was the block master (Blockältester) in the prisoner camp hospital.

Kolbe was deported to the Auschwitz camp on 28 May 1941. Two months later he gave his life for another prisoner - an unknown to him Franciszek Gajowniczek who was chosen as one of ten prisoners to die by starvation in reprisal for an escape of a prisoner. Kolbe volunteered to take his place. Gajowniczek survived the camp and died in 1995.

Father Maximilian Kolbe was beatified by Pope Paul VI in 1971 and canonized by Pope John Paul II on 10 October 1982 with Franciszek Gajowniczek in attendance.

In the picture: the camp death certificate of Maximilian Kolbe issued on 19 August 1941.

More about Maximilian Kolbe: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maximilian_Kolbe
14 sierpnia 1941 r., po śmierci 9 współwięźniów i przeżyciu ponad 2 tygodni w bunkrze głodowym bloku 11, franciszkanin, ojciec Maksymilian Rajmund Kolbe został uśmiercony zastrzykiem fenolu przez Hansa Bocka (więźnia nr 5), pełniącego wówczas funkcję starszego bloku (Blockältester) w więźniarskim szpitalu obozowym.

Kolbe został osadzony w Auschwitz 28 maja 1941 r. Dwa miesiące później ofiarował swoje życie za nieznanego mu Franciszka Gajowniczka, wyznaczonego jako jedna z dziesięciu osób na śmierć głodową w odwecie za ucieczkę jednego z więźniów. Kolbe na ochotnika zajął jego miejsce. Gajowniczek przeżył obóz i zmarł w 1995 r.

Maksymilian Kolbe został beatyfikowany przez papieża Pawła VI w 1971 r., jego kanonizacji dokonał papież Jan Paweł II 10 października 1982 r. w obecności Franciszka Gajowniczka.

Na zdjęciu: obozowy akt zgonu Maksymiliana Kolbe wystawiony 19 sierpnia 1941 r.

Więcej o postaci Maksymiliana Kolbe: http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maksymilian_Maria_Kolbe

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Franciscan Friar Maximilian Kolbe

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