By Christina Hermoso
Catholics will mark tomorrow the Feast of Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe, the revered founder of the Militia of the Immaculata (Army of Mary) and the patron of journalists, families, prisoners, and pro-life advocates.
A commemorative mass followed by a procession will be held at the St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe Parish in Kaligayahan, Novaliches, Quezon City, in celebration of the feast of the popular saint.
In his native Poland, hundreds of pilgrims and devotees traditionally gather on his feast day at his major shrine, the Basilica of the Immaculate Mediatrix of Grace to offer special prayers.
St. Maximilian was known as the “Apostle of Consecration to Mary” and a martyr of charity. Ordained priest in 1918, he founded the Militia of the Immaculata in 1917 to work for the conversion of sinners and the enemies of the Catholic Church through the intercession of the Blessed Mother. His main apostolate was to help spread devotion to the Virgin Mary.
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