Meet St. Maximilian Kolbe, a Conventual Franciscan

A pilgrimage of the relics of St. Maximilian Kolbe will be stopping at Holy Cross soon

You've heard Fr. Andy mention St. Maximilian Kolbe during prayers at Mass. Soon, you will have a chance to learn more about him and to experience the pilgrimage of his relics which will be making a stop at Holy Cross on March 5-6. The pilgrimage of his relics to Fanciscan Conventual churches throughout the U.S. celebrates the 75th anniversary of the martyrdom of St. Maximilian Kolbe. Read about the First-Class Relics of St. Maximilian Kolbe at the Pastoral Center for English Speakers at the Roman Catholic Parish of St Charles Boromeo in Wroclaw, Poland, where the Relics of St. Maximilian Kolbe are reserved, along with relics of other St. Francis of Assisi and other saints

Fr. Maximilian KolbeA Polish Conventual Franciscan friar, St. Maximilian demonstrated heroic charity by giving his life in place of a fellow prisoner - a man with a family who was about to be executed at the World War II concentration camp in Auschwitz, Poland where both were held captive. 

St. John Paul II declared St. Maximilian Kolbe the "patron saint of our difficult century" and a Martyr of Charity. He is the patron saint of prisoners, journalists, families, the pro-life movement and the chemically addicted. View a video and read more about his life at Catholic Online and about Bishop Burbidge's invitation to pray for those with chemical addiction.

This pilgrimage is sponsored by the Franciscan Friars Conventual of the Our Lady of the Angels Province, in concert with Kolbean institutes and Franciscans worldwide. Additional stops for this pilgrimage of the relics of St. Maximilian Kolbe are at:

  • Blessed Sacrament in Burlington (February 27-29)
  • UNC at Chapel Hill (March 7-9)
  • St. Julia at Siler City (Mar. 11-13)
  • Our Lady of Mercy in Winston-Salem (March. 15-18). 

Watch for details in our bulletin and our enewsletter in the coming weeks about the display of the relics of St. Maximilian Kolbe at Holy Cross Church.

Veneration of relics of the saints is one of the devotions by which we extend the liturgy into our daily lives.

"While the liturgy is "the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed" and "the font from which all her power flows," it is not possible for us to fill up all of our day with participation in the liturgy. The Council pointed out that the spiritual life "is not limited solely to participation in the liturgy. . . . according to the teaching of the apostle, [the Christian] must pray without ceasing." Popular devotional practices play a crucial role in helping to foster this ceaseless prayer. The faithful have always used a variety of practices as a means of permeating everyday life with prayer to God. Examples include pilgrimages, novenas, processions and celebrations in honor of Mary and the other saints, the rosary, the Angelus, the Stations of the Cross, the veneration of relics, and the use of sacramentals. Properly used, popular devotional practices do not replace the liturgical life of the Church; rather, they extend it into daily life." - from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Tags: Holy Cross, Pilgrimage, St. Maximilian Kolbe

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