Saint and Martyr of the Immaculate

1894 – 1941

A website dedicated to promoting the life, spirituality and teaching of St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe.

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Live the Kolbean Way of Life...

The Franciscans of the Immaculate live the Marian-Franciscan Charism after the recent example of St. Maximilian Kolbe.

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St. Maximilian Kolbe

Our Lady’s Fool

St Maximilian Kolbe Writing

Writings by Saint Maximilian

Read and study a selection of articles, conferences and letters written by “Our Lady’s fool”.

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Articles about St. Maximilian

Quality articles analyzing the life and spirituality of St. Maximilian Kolbe, helping us to live his ideal today.

St. Maximilian Kolbe Biography

Biography

Read a short, concise and beautiful biography explaining the life and spirituality of Saint Maximilian Kolbe.

Maximilian Kolbe Documentary

Documentary Video

Watch the new film on the life of Saint Maximilian Kolbe in High Definition. Produced by HM Television.

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“Deign to Tell Me Who You Are”

O Immaculate, Queen of Heaven and earth, I know I am unworthy to approach you, to fall on my knees before you with my face to the ground, but because I love you so much, I dare beg you to be good enough to deign to tell me who you are. For I wish to know you more and...
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Silence and Recollection

Conference 195 by St. Maximilian Kolbe given to the solemnly professed friars. Niepokalanów, Thursday, November 24, 1938. Notes taken by br. Caesarius Koperski Introduction Ave Maria! “The Spirit breathes when He wills,” St. Maximilian reminds us in the following...
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Transubstantiation into the Immaculate

What does it means to live in unlimited consecration to the Virgin Mary? Going beyond merely living in imitation of her, it means being transformed into her likeness. St. Maximilian employs the term “transubstantiation” to describe the effect of this transformation....
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St. Maximilian and the Two Crowns of Glory

In the now-famous vision of his youth, St. Maximilian was offered two crowns by Our Lady: the white crown of a life of heroic virtue, and the red crown of martyrdom. He was rewarded with these two crowns for a life totally spent for the Immaculate. By divine...
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St . Maximilian Kolbe and the Second Page

If the focus of the “First Page” of salvation history—to borrow the terminology of St. Maximilian M. Kolbe—culminated in the solemn definition of the truth of the Immaculate Conception, the “Second Page” is none other than an incorporation of this truth into the lives...
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Book Catalog

Browse through our selection of books on the life and spirituality of St. Maximilian Kolbe.

Video Gallery

Watch homilies on St. Maximilian Kolbe and the interview with a man who lived with our Saint.

Photo Gallery

Browse through a collection of some of the rarest high quality photos of Saint Maximilian Kolbe.

Consecration to the Immaculate

According to the method of Saint Maximilian Kolbe

“We may give ourselves to the Immaculate in various ways, and such self-oblation may be formulated in different words. In fact all that is required is even just an inner act of the will, for therein is contained the essence of our self- oblation to the Immaculate. For greater ease, however, there is a brief formula that contains the spirit of the Militia of the Immaculate…”

– St. Maximilian Kolbe (SK 1331)

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About Saint Maximilian Kolbe

“My children, love the Immaculate! Love Her and She will make you happy! Love Her and trust in Her without limits.”

Declared “The Patron Saint of Our Difficult Century” by Pope St. John Paul II, the Franciscans of the Immaculate have put together this small website for him who is truly the most faithful follower of our Holy Father St. Francis of Assisi. St. Maximilian Kolbe lived a life of heroic virtue doing battle with the enemies of the Church under the command of the Queen of the Universe, the Blessed Virgin Mary. He had “one freely chosen and beloved, fixed ideal … the Immaculate”, and would remind his spiritual children that only “for Her let us live, toil, suffer, and long to die.”

Saint Maximilian Kolbe lived a life in total union with the Immaculate Virgin, because he knew (and preached), that only “In the womb of the Immaculate the soul is reborn according to the likeness of Jesus Christ.” And that is what Maximilian Kolbe truly was… another Christ, in life and in death.

In this small website dedicated to St. Maximilian we hope to briefly outline the life he lived in total consecration to, and in union with, the Immaculate Virgin. A life which ultimately lead to the giving of his life for that of another, in perfect imitation of our Divine Savior.

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Our Ideal...

by St. Maximilian Kolbe

“Our aim, our ideal, is to draw everybody close to Mary Immaculate, to become more like her, to let her rule our hearts and our whole being, to let her live and operate in us and by means of us, to let her love God with our hearts so that we belong to her entirely, without holding back. This is our ideal and aim.
Yes, our ideal and our aim is to radiate Mary Immaculate in our environment, to draw souls to her, so that the hearts of our acquaintances may become open to her influence and thatshe may rule in the hearts of all, everywhere, regardless of race, nationality, or tongue, even in the hearts of all men of every generation until the end of the world.
Our objective also is to see Mary Immaculate’s life become always more deeply rooted in us from day to day, from hour to hour, from moment to moment, and that there be no limit in this.
It is our ideal and aim that her life develop in the souls of all men alike who live now and who will live in every future age.”

Do you feel called to live a religious life of unlimited concentration to the Immaculate in the spirit of St. Maximilian Kolbe?

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