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Celebrate Innovator St. Maximilian Kolbe at His Feast Day Mass and Reception

St. Maximilian KolbeUSTMAX Center celebrates an innovator, entrepreneur and martyr with the second annual St. Maximilian Kolbe Feast Day Mass and Reception Aug. 14, at Sts. Simon and Jude-The Woodlands, starting at 11:30 a.m. This date marks the anniversary of the day Kolbe was martyred at a prisoner of war camp in Auschwitz, Poland. It was there that he volunteered to die in the place of another prisoner.

A Saint for Courage, Faith, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

In addition to being memorialized for his courage and faith, St. Maximilian Kolbe is remembered for how he responded to the spiritual needs of his time with innovation and entrepreneurship. As a friar in the 1920s, he founded a monthly magazine with practical teaching about the Catholic faith. “Knight of the Immaculata” grew to reach one million readers every month. More publications and innovative use of technology would follow.

St. Maximilian Kolbe and USTMAX

Commenting on the upcoming Mass and reception, USTMAX Center Senior Director Dr. Carla E. Alsandor said, “We derive inspiration from St. Maximilian Kolbe and embrace opportunities to remember and recognize him for his commitment to advancing the faith. His feast day is a perfect time to shine a light on his passion, determination and courage.”   

University of St. Thomas-Houston President Dr. Richard Ludwick will deliver closing remarks at the Mass to emphasize why it is so important to honor St. Maximilian Kolbe.

At the reception that follows, attendees will enjoy fellowship, food and beverages, and USTMAX swag prizes. Plus, all will have an opportunity to learn more about the St. Max-USTMAX connection.

Mass Celebrant and Pastor of Sts. Simon and Jude Parish, Fr. Pat Garrett ’09, said, “The innovative USTMAX is making college level classes in a Catholic environment accessible to our parishioners. Whether our parishioners are just beginning their college journey or seeking continuing education, USTMAX offers them college classes online or conveniently located at their Conroe campus. We are excited to host the St. Max Kolbe Feast Day Mass.”    

The UST community is warmly invited to join parishioners for the Mass and reception. Here is the RSVP link to assist planners.

USTMAX Center in downtown Conroe, Texas, is a micro-campus of the University of St. Thomas-Houston.