Relics of Auschwitz victim St Maximilian in Wexford
The relics of St Maximillian were at the Franciscan Friary in Wexford yesterday (October 3) as part of a visit to Ireland to mark the 75th anniversary of his martyrdom in Auschwitz in 1941.
St Maximilian, a Conventual Franciscan friar, demonstrated heroic charity by giving his life in place of fellow prisoner Franek Gajowniczek who was about to be executed.
In 1982, Pope St John Paul II declared St Maximilian Kolbe the 'patron saint of our difficult century' and a martyr of charity.
To commemorate the anniversary of his death, the Franciscan Conventual friars of the Our Lady of the Angels Province, in concert with Kolbean Institutes and the Conventual Franciscans worldwide, are sponsoring a pilgrimage of St Maximilian's relics.
Canonised by Pope John Paul II on October 10, 1982, St Maximillian is the patron saint of drug addicts, political prisoners, families, journalists, prisoners, and the pro-life movement.