Our Athol Springs, NY high school ministry of St. Francis High School (SFHS), in conjunction with a few Buffalo – South Town parishes, will host “Maximilian: Saint of Auschwitz,” on Thursday, August 15, 2019 (the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary). Admission will be free.
Our Lady of the Angels Province friar and president of SFHS, Fr. Michael Sajda, OFM Conv. was approached by Fr. Bill Quinlivan (pastor of St. Martin of Tours and St. Thomas Aquinas) to see if SFHS would be available to be one of the sites for this production.
The Diocese of Buffalo is supportive and will provide some of the funding needed to put on the production. SFHS has also procured an additional sponsor.
July 17, 2019 Announcement from the Diocese of Buffalo:
From August 14, his feast day, through the 17 in four different locations comes a one-man play about the life of Saint Maximilian Kolbe. Premiered at the 1993 World Youth Day in Denver, the play continues to be performed to this day. It was signed by Francis Gajowniczek – the very man for whom Fr. Maximilian offered his life in Auschwitz!
“Saint Maximilian Kolbe has a powerful, yet cautionary, message for all of us – not to take the freedoms we cherish for granted, but rather to defend them with our lives.”
All Performances are free, but there will be a free will offering:
Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. at Canisius College’s Marie Maday Theater
Thursday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. at St. Francis High School’s Ormsby Theater Alumni Hall
Friday, Aug. 16, 7 p.m. at St. Gregory the Great Church
Saturday, Aug. 17, 7 p.m. ta Niagara University’s Leary Theater
The event is being held in response to New York State extending the look back period. It is the hope that this play will encourage the faithful and inspire them with hope.