Saint of the day

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Date 14 August

The Saint of the Day presents a daily calendar of Saints remembered by the Church. The pages feature the stories of the great witnesses of Christian life through the centuries, lighting our way on our journey of faith.

St. Maximilian M. Kolbe, priest of the Order of the Friars Minor Conventual and Martyr

St. Maximilian M. Kolbe, 1936

This Polish Conventual Franciscan, whose feast day is August 14, was a missionary in Japan before returning to a Poland ravaged by war. Imprisoned at Auschwitz in 1941, he offered to take the place of a fellow prisoner condemned to death. John Paul II canonized him as a “martyr of charity.”  

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St. Eusebius, Roman, Founder of the homonymous church on the Esquilino