St. Maximilian Kolbe Ceramic Plaque
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[1894-1941], priest and martyr. At ten, he had a vision of Our Lady offering him a choice of two crowns, one white (for purity), one red (for martyrdom). He chose both. At sixteen, he entered the Conventual Franciscan Friars. He founded a religious movement, the Knights of the Immaculate. He started a radio station & published magazines and daily newspapers. He harbored 1,500 Jews in his community. Arrested by the Nazis, he was sent to Auschwitz, where he offered to take the place of a man condemned to death by starvation. After two weeks he was injected with Phenol and died. He is patron of political prisoners & of those suffering drug addiction. His feast is August 14.