author/Jean-Francois Vivier


Written for young adults, this graphic novel tells the story of St. Maximilian Kolbe and his extraordinary life of sacrifice. From his childhood, Maximilian ardently desired to share his devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. This desire eventually led him across the world, from Poland to Rome and from India to Japan. Like the great saints he admired, including St. Paul Miki and St. Catherine Labouré, Maximilian Kolbe was a true witness to the unfailing love of Mary and to the joy of self-sacrifice, even in the hopeless hunger bunker of Auschwitz. His courage and faith will inspire readers to entrust themselves totally to the will of God in all things.

It's July 1941 in the Auschwitz concentration camp in German-occupied Poland. Franciscan priest Maximilian Kolbe steps forward. "Let me take this man's place," he says, thereby volunteering to die in the place of a stranger who had just been condemned to death by his Nazi captors. By means of this singular deed, Fr. Kolbe laid down his life for a complete stranger. Those who know little of Fr. Kolbe may dismiss this as an impulsive act, soon regretted. On the contrary his voluntary sacrifice of his life was, in fact, the crowning achievement of nearly forty years of Christian love, devotion, and even martyrdom that he had freely and deliberately agreed to accept when he was only twelve years old. In the decades leading up to his self-sacrifice in Auschwitz, Fr. Kolbe became a monk; earned a doctorate in Rome; taught seminarians in college; established what soon became a thriving religious order (the Militia Immaculatae); founded a popular religious magazine, a monastery (where, before his arrest, he hid thousands of Jews from the Nazis), a religious radio station, and a wartime hospital; and even created and served as publisher of the largest religious newspaper in Europe, whose many issues opposed Nazi evil and were circulated to readers throughout the Continent. Fr. Kolbe also traveled with a few companions to Nagasaki, where he set up a monastery to serve the Japanese people.

Binding: Paperback  52pp.
Pub Date: May 21, 2020
ISBN: 1644130807    EAN: 9781644130803