The station, KMMK, is named after Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe (KMMK), a Conventual Franciscan.

The Christian Evangelization Outreach (CEO) presentation http://crceo.info/th_gallery/aug-10-2017-tony-sue-may/ was preceded by the four minute video below.  Fr. Kolbe was a prisoner at Auschwitz, Poland, in WWII.  He gave his life in place of a father of a family sentenced to die by starvation.  St. Maximilian died on August 14, 1941, his Feast Day.   Father Kolbe lived the Gospel message of, “Greater love has no one than this than to lay down one’s life for a friend” (JN 15:13).  Kolbe’s gestures of self-sacrifice throughout his imprisonment left a distinct impression on the Auschwitz concentration camp.  Life was changed for the better during his life and after his death at Auschwitz, in spite of that horrible place.



Four minute movie link on St. Maximillian Mary Kolbe. On This Day Saint Maximillian Kolbe (1).mp4


St Maximilian was a theologian who developed unique and wonderful teachings on Mary, whom he called “The Immaculata.”  He ran a printing press which promoted consecration to Mary as did his predecessor, St. Louis  de Montfort.  Fr. Kolbe, who lived from 1894 to 1941, had the advantage of the apparitions of Mary at Lourdes, France, as well as the Dogmatic declaration of Mary as the Immaculate Conception by Pope Pius IX on December 8, 1854, all after de Montfort’s time.  The teachings of the Church on Mary and related events allowed Kolbe to expand on de Montfort’s classic teaching. 

The Militia Immaculata, was formed by Kolbe and six other seminarians in Rome at the International College of the Conventual Franciscans (at that time the "St. Bonaventure" Pontifical Theological Faculty) on October 16, 1917, three days after the last apparition of Mary at Fatima, Portugal.  Because communication in that day was not what it is today, Kolbe never heard the Fatima message, but Kolbe’s teaching on Mary and the Fatima messages paralleled each other.

Kolbe’s printing press operation, located within City of the Immaculata (Niepokalanow), near Warsaw, Poland, issued a million Knights of the Immaculata magazines (Rycerz Niepokalanej) per month.  As many as 800 Franciscan friars and priests were part of the operation at that point which brought Mary to the masses.  All forms of media were used. Besides being the patron saint of amateur radio due to operating a radio station for three years, Saint Maximilian Kolbe is also a patron saint of media due to the printing press operation. 

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More on the Milita Immaculata.

100th Anniversary was on October 16, 2017.


The short movie below gives motivation for becoming involved in fighting the good fight (1 Tim 6:12).   The link below includes a movie clip of Maximilian Kolbe in his fight against the forces of evil in the world in his (and our) day. 

“How can the opponents of faith be so active, organized and enthusiastic.  And how sad it is to see that we Christians are so indifferent and divided.  On the other hand, why would I go against the stream.  What’s in it for me anyway? Shouldn’t I just stop for a moment? Should I just stand by and watch? Is crying and complaining all we can do?
No!  Everyone of us bears an obligation to resist this.  The stream leaves so many souls to destruction.  We must do something.”  See the movie below


The national Shrine to Maximilian Mary Kolbe is Marytown located in Libertyville, Illinois, just outside of Mundelein.  (Mundelein is the location  St. Mary of the Lakes Seminary, where many seminarians in the Archdiocese of Dubuque take their graduate school formation.)

The activities at the Shrine, which has 24 hours a day adoration can be experienced on the link below:


Prayer activities at the shrine


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Although the station is named after St. Maximilian Kolbe, in reading his newsletters, quotes and personal letters,
For him, life was consecration to The Immaculata.  And the Immaculata, the Blessed Virgin Mary, is bringing souls to her dearly beloved Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ.


KMMK is an apostolate, not a ministry, i.e., specifically Church-related.  Getting people to have devotion to Mary, The Immaculata, is an “apostolate within an apostolate” for KMMK.


Getting souls to Jesus
through Mary
is the goal of KMMK.

Hear about the radio station and its relationship to its Patron, St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe (the MMK of KMMK), in a CEO Talk Tony and Susan May gave at St. Patrick Parish Center on August 10, 2017.


Kolbe Quotes Link