St Maximilian Kolbe, we pray for your intercession

Introduce me to Mary, the Immaculata, Mother of God.
She prayed for Jesus in a Jerusalem jail.
She prayed for you in a Nazi prison camp.

Ask her to comfort me
always and may she teach me always to be good.

If I am lonely, may she say, “God is here.”
If I feel hate, may she say, “God is love.”
If I am tempted, may she say, “God is pure.”
If I sin, may she say, “God is mercy.”
If I am in darkness, may she say, “God is light.”
If I am unjustly condemned, may she say, “God is truth.”
If I have pain in soul or body, may she say, “God is peace.”
If I lose hope, may she say: “God is with you all days, and so am I.”

St Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us.


Important Liturgical Dates and Feasts in August

August 6The Feast of the Transfiguration
August 9St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)
August 11St Clare of Assisi Feast Day
August 12International Youth Day
August 14St Maximilian Kolbe Feast Day Sunday this year, no formal Feast *
August 15Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
August 22The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
August 27St Monica Feast Day

Hello everyone,

St Maximilian Kolbe’s Feast Day falls on August 14th every year which is the eve of the Feast of the Assumption. St Maximilian died on this day in Auschwitz, and it is a beautiful coincidence that his Feast Day is the day before Our Lady’s as he was so devoted to her all his life, or is it a coincidence?

  • His Feast Day falls on Sunday this year which is always trumped by the celebration of Sunday Mass. As you know, our college will be celebrating our Feast Day this year on September 9th.

I have included an article from Franciscan Media for a quick reminder about our wonderful College Patron.

Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe’s Story

“I don’t know what’s going to become of you!” How many parents have said that? Maximilian Mary Kolbe’s reaction was, “I prayed very hard to Our Lady to tell me what would happen to me. She appeared, holding in her hands two crowns, one white, one red. She asked if I would like to have them—one was for purity, the other for martyrdom. I said, ‘I choose both.’ She smiled and disappeared.” After that he was not the same.

He entered the minor seminary of the Conventual Franciscans in Lviv, Ukraine, near his birthplace, and at 16 became a novice. Though Maximilian later achieved doctorates in philosophy and theology, he was deeply interested in science, even drawing plans for rocket ships.

Ordained at 24, Maximilian saw religious indifference as the deadliest poison of the day. His mission was to combat it. He had already founded the Militia of the Immaculata, whose aim was to fight evil with the witness of the good life, prayer, work, and suffering. He dreamed of and then founded Knight of the Immaculata, a religious magazine under Mary’s protection to preach the Good News to all nations. For the work of publication, he established a “City of the Immaculata”—Niepokalanow—which housed 700 of his Franciscan brothers. He later founded another one in Nagasaki, Japan. Both the Militia and the magazine ultimately reached the one-million mark in members and subscribers. His love of God was daily filtered through devotion to Mary.

In 1939, the Nazi panzers overran Poland with deadly speed. Niepokalanow was severely bombed. Kolbe and his friars were arrested, then released in less than three months, on the feast of the Immaculate Conception.

In 1941, Fr. Kolbe was arrested again. The Nazis’ purpose was to liquidate the select ones, the leaders. The end came quickly, three months later in Auschwitz, after terrible beatings and humiliations.

A prisoner had escaped. The commandant announced that 10 men would die. He relished walking along the ranks. “This one. That one.”

As they were being marched away to the starvation bunkers, Number 16670 dared to step from the line.

“I would like to take that man’s place. He has a wife and children.”
“Who are you?”
“A priest.”

No name, no mention of fame. Silence. The commandant, dumbfounded, perhaps with a fleeting thought of history, kicked Sergeant Francis Gajowniczek out of line and ordered Fr. Kolbe to go with the nine. In the “block of death” they were ordered to strip naked, and their slow starvation began in darkness. But there was no screaming—the prisoners sang. By the eve of the Assumption, four were left alive. The jailer came to finish Kolbe off as he sat in a corner praying. He lifted his fleshless arm to receive the bite of the hypodermic needle. It was filled with carbolic acid. They burned his body with all the others. Fr. Kolbe was beatified in 1971 and canonized in 1982.


Father Kolbe’s death was not a sudden, last-minute act of heroism. His whole life had been a preparation. His holiness was a limitless, passionate desire to convert the whole world to God. And his beloved Immaculata was his inspiration.

Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe is a Patron Saint of:

Recovery from drug addiction

I hope and pray that everyone in our community can continue to learn from the great witness of this modern-day Saint, Maximilian Kolbe. He truly lived a life of faith, courage and compassion and we are reminded daily to do the same.

Take care and may God continue to bless you and your families.

Caith Malone
Director of Faith and Community

Food Relief Agencies in our Local Area

We are very conscious that people may be experiencing financial hardship at this time. Please reach out to the College if we can be of any assistance. You are not alone.

There are many local agencies that can help with food parcels and vouchers for food.

Please see the information listed below:

Welfare Assistance Line | Free Call: 1800 305 330 (Victoria only)

St Vincent de Paul Society volunteers are committed to providing people with access to the resources and support they need to overcome personal hardship. Our

service is run entirely by volunteers and funded through the generosity of donations from our local community.

If you require assistance, please phone our Welfare Assistance Line on Free Call 1800 305 330 Monday to Friday, 10:00am - 3:00pm, except for public holidays

This service is free and confidential.

Food Bank

Click here to view a list of all local Food Relief Agencies

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