Patron of Media Communications

Saint Maximilian is the patron saint of media communications

At the height of its development, Niepokalanów produced ten separate periodicals (including Knight of the Immaculata, which had a press run of 1 million copies a month) and its own radio station and fire department. The friars used the most modern printing equipment and administrative techniques available including devices that they invented themselves. (One of their patents won first prize at two different trade fairs.) Saint Maximilian had plans to build an airstrip and train friars as pilots for better distribution of the magazines. In his words: “Every means, every latest invention in machinery or methods should be put into service in the task of sanctifying souls through the Immaculata.”

In 1930, St. Maximilian founded Mugenzai no Sono (“Garden of the Immaculate”) in Nagasaki, Japan. Within two months, he published the first Japanese language issue of the Knight (Seibo no Kishi).

In 1948, the Conventual Franciscan Friars founded America’s City of the Immaculate—Marytown. Presently located in Libertyville, IL.