Franciszek Gajowniczek
Franciszek Gajowniczek, 1971


My name is Kate Mims and I am the new Director of Holy Name Passionist Retreat Center.

Part of my new role will be communication. This ‘blog’ will be my avenue to share some thoughts and prayers, some insights and some history of the Retreat Center.

Today is the memorial of Saint Maximillian Kolbe.  He is a Saint and Martyr that was killed in the notorious concentration camp in Auschwitz giving his life for another. That ‘another’ is Franciszek Gajowniczek.  Gajowniczek was eventually liberated from the concentration camp and claimed that “so long as he … has breath in his lungs, he would consider it his duty to tell people about the heroic act of love by Maximilian Kolbe.”  I have always been struck by the beauty of this statement.

St. Paul of the Cross teaches us that praying with the passion, gives “a drop of remedy to the world.”  Imagine the remedy if we all proclaimed Christ Crucified, “so long as we had breath in our lungs.”

Next time you are at the retreat center, shopping for a gift from the gift shop, praying in the chapel, attending a meeting or enjoying a day of reflection, please stop in and introduce yourself, I look forward to meeting you!

Tune in on Tuesdays! “May the Passion of Christ, be always in your heart”

Kate Mims

“A single act of love Makes the soul return to life” – Maximilian Kolbe

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