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Today is the feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe, patron saint of ham radio

I don’t often blatantly repost old blog material. However, last week I had a conversation with some colleagues about my visit to Auschwitz in 2006, and it made me think about the following post I published three years ago today:

I’ve been reminded that today, August 14, is the feast day of St. Maximilian Kolbe.

St. Maximilian Kolbe is probably best known for having given up his life to take the place of a fellow prisoner at Auschwitz, where he was martyred on this day in 1941.

Perhaps less well known is that, prior to his arrest, he was an active ham radio operator with the call sign of SP3RN. Today he is a patron saint of amateur radio.

St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe (Source unknown)

St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe (Source unknown)

Since my wife and I are both amateur radio licensees, and since I took my call sign as a name for this blog, I think it’s right to take this time and place to honor him.

St. Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us!