St Maximilian Kolbe - Year 6
St Maximilian was born Raymond Kolbe in Poland, in the 8 of January 1894 and died on the 14 of August 1941. At a young age he contracted tuberculosis. Although he recovered, he remained frail all his life. He was sent to study in Rome and became a priest in 1918. In 1941, the Nazis imprisoned Father Maximilian in the Auschwitz death camp. He offered his life for another prisoner (a young husband and father) and was condemned to death. He was the last to die, enduring two weeks of starvation, thirst and neglect. This is why St Maximilian Kolbe is the patron saint of families and prisoners. His feast day is August 14th.