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Maximilian Kolbe

Kolbe Times is a Christian media ministry that offers print and online content in the areas of spirituality, the arts and social justice. As a forum to both inspire and challenge, Kolbe Times celebrates the beauty, rich history and living culture of the Christian faith, while also seeking to build bridges of understanding and cooperation with people of other backgrounds and traditions.

Kolbe Times was founded in 2010 by a small group of Third Order Franciscans committed to living out the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi, focused on compassion and community. Our goal is to give voice to the arts and social action as a catalyst for transformation, with a vision of spiritual renewal and joy. Our hope is to create a meeting place that sparks collaborative action, where artists and social innovators from many faith traditions can share their ideas.

Maximilian Kolbe (1894-1941) is the patron saint of journalists. A Polish Franciscan priest, he shared his faith and spoke out on behalf of the oppressed through the use of the modern media of his time. He and his fellow Franciscans also provided shelter for refugees and Jews in their friary at the beginning of WWII. Fr. Kolbe was later arrested and imprisoned in Auschwitz where, in July 1941, he volunteered to die in the place of another man. Locked in a cell with other condemned prisoners abandoned to die a slow death of starvation, he led the men in song and prayer. Maximilian Kolbe was canonized by Pope John Paul II on October 10, 1982 in the presence of the man whose life was spared due to his sacrifice.

Maximilian Kolbe’s faith, courage and use of communications media to promote God’s love are the inspiration that shapes Kolbe Times.  We are a non-profit ministry – each issue is a “labour of love” put together by volunteers.  Donations are very welcome to help us offset the costs that we incur in the publication of each issue. Your support will allow us to continue to bring Good News into the world. Cheques should be made out to Franciscan and Friends and mailed to:

Kolbe Times
807 – 21 Ave. N.W.
Calgary, Alberta
Canada  T2M 1K5

We will happily mail you a tax receipt, along with our heartfelt thanks!

 

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