SAINT MAXIMILIAN KOLBE
St. Maximilian Kolbe (1894-
Feast Day: August 14
Patron Saint of: Addicts and Drug addiction
St. Maximilan Kolbe’s life bears witness to the power of love in the face of evil. He died a martyr, Number 16670 in Auschwitz, exchanging his life for another. The man whose life he saved was present at his canonization.
A Polish Franciscan, Maximilian was fascinated as a young priest by the new technologies of communication. In addition to print publications he ran a radio station and had plans for a Catholic film studio. He went to Japan and developed a method of setting type for a new alphabet.
We would never have heard of this saint had it not been for his manner of death. Naked, abused, skeletal -
SAINT HEDWIG CHURCH
1905 ST. HEDWIG PARISH, LAKEWOOD
THE FIRST POLISH-
During Father Konwinski's pastorate, St. Hedwig Parish, like many other Polish parishes in the Cleveland Diocese, experienced a degree of internal conflict. In February 1925, the community split over the election of the parish council. Two years later, the tensions rose again, when four councilmen resigned over a dispute regarding control of daily parish affairs. While it teemed with internal dissent, the parish continued to grow, building a new combination church/school (1927) and welcoming teachers from the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis (1927).
On April 18, 1929, Father Stanley Sobienowski replaced Father Konwinski. Dissent continued in the parish, leading Father Sobienowski to write to Bishor Schrembs in May 1932, suggesting that he might be more useful to the Diocese at another parish. Father Sobienowski left St. Hedwig Parish on July 26, 1933, leaving the parish to the temporary care of the Franciscan Fathers. On March 3, 1934, the parish welcomed its next pastor, Father Joseph C. Rutkowski. During Father Rutkowski's pastorate, the parish purchased a four-
Under the direction of its next pastor, Father Bruno Ejchost, St. Hedwig Parish continued to develop, purchasing a two-