OUR SAINT & OUR SCHOOL
THE KOLBE STORY
Raymond Kolbe was born in Poland on January 8, 1894. When he was nine years old, Mary appeared to Raymond and offered him two crowns: a red crown symbolizing martyrdom, and a white crown symbolizing purity.
Young Raymond accepted both crowns. Kolbe joined the Conventual Franciscan Friars in 1907.
Kolbe had a particular devotion to Mary.
He founded the community at Niepokalanow.
Father Kolbe was arrested and sent to Auschwitz.
When a prisoner from his block escaped, 10 prisoners were to be killed as punishment.
One man, Franciszek Gajowniczek, begged to be spared as he had a wife and child.
Father Kolbe stepped forward and took his place.
He was killed two weeks later with an injection of carbolic acid.
SCHOOL LOGO + MOTTO
BÓG MIESZKA POŚRÓD NAS (POLISH)
GOD LIVES AMONG US (ENGLISH TRANSLATION)
Father Kolbe wrote these words to his mother in his final letter to her.
He was canonized on October 10, 1982.
Franciszek Gajowniczek was present at the ceremony.
CHOICE NOT CHANCE DETERMINES DESTINY
Our school motto reminds us that, like Father Kolbe, the choices we make determine our destinies.
Our school crest tells the story of St. Maximilian Kolbe. May it serve as an inspiration to each of us on a daily basis.