Franciscans Honor Saint of Auschwitz with Relic Tour
Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of St. Maximilian Kolbe’s
martyrdom, Friars proclaim legacy of this modern saint.
To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the martyrdom of St. Maximilian Kolbe (a friar of our Order of Friars Minor Conventual who died in the World War II concentration camp in Auschwitz, Poland) our friars of Our Lady of the Angels Province have sponsored a pilgrimage of St. Maximilian’s relics (consisting of fragments of his beard). This is the largest tour of St. Maximilian Kolbe relics in the United States. It began on January 15, 2016 with an Opening Mass celebrated by our Minister Provincial, the Very Reverend Fr. James McCurry, OFM Conv., followed by veneration, held the Shrine of St. Anthony in Ellicott City, Maryland. The tour will include 38 ministry sites along the East Coast of the United States and Canada. The pilgrimage of St. Maximilian’s relics will return to our Ellicott City, MD ministry at the Shrine of St. Anthony for a concluding Closing Ceremony, on St. Maximilian’s feast day, August 14th.
The Baltimore – MD area was hit hard by Winter Storm Jonas majorly effecting the 1st parish (St. Casimir) stop of the Kolbe Relic Tour January 22-25, 2016. Last weekend’s tour stop sites of St. Wenceslaus and St. Ann were a huge success with many faithful in attendance. This week, our students of Archbishop Curley High School will have the relic on site for veneration and it will again be available to the general public as it is on location at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church, (February 5-12) before moving onto the next weekend to St. Clement Mary Hofbauer Church, (February 13-15).
While at St. Elizabeth of Hungary (Baltimore-MD), veneration opportunities are plentiful and all are encouraged to join the parishioners and Our Lady of the Angels Province friar, Fr. David Kashen, OFM Conv. throughout the week.
Saturday, February 6th: 4:00 p.m. Mass
Sunday, February 7th: 10:00 a.m. Mass
St. Elizabeth of Hungary, 2700 E. Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21224
Monday – Friday, February 8-12th: 8:00 a.m. Mass
Veneration, Prayer, Meditation, and Private Reflection until 2:00 p.m.
Friary Chapel, 2638 E. Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21224 (right across the street from church)
If you have any questions about veneration at this location, please call their parish office at (410) 675-8260.