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Maximilian Kolbe was born in Poland on 8th January 1894.  Kolbe was a Franciscan Friar who was devoted to Mary, the mother of Jesus.  Kolbe was strongly influenced by Mary from 1906 when she appeared to him in a vision.  This is how he described that vision, “That night I asked the Mother of God what was to become of me. Then she came to me holding two crowns, one white, the other red. She asked me if I was willing to accept either of these crowns. The white one meant that I should persevere in purity, and the red that I should become a martyr. I said that I would accept them both.”

Kolbe was ordained a priest in 1918.


In 1941 the Nazis imprisoned Fr Maximilian in the Auschwitz death camp.  There he offered his life for another prisoner.  He was starved to death, and died on 14th August 1941.


Kolbe said, “The most deadly poison of our times is indifference. And this happens, although the praise of God should know no limits. Let us strive, therefore, to praise Him to the greatest extent of our powers.”
In 1982 Kolbe was canonised a saint by Pope John Paul II.


St Maximillian Kolbe’s Feast Day is 14th August.

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“Therefore learn as if to live forever; live as if to die tomorrow” (St Edmund of Abingdon)

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St Edmund's Catholic School is an academy, and part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership. The Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address: Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Edmund's Catholic School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.