Libertyville, Illinois: Marytown (National Shrine of Saint Maximillian Kolbe)
A modern-day saint is revered here at Marytown: Saint Maximilian Kolbe. Pilgrims are welcome to venerate the relics of this Polish Conventual Franciscan priest, publisher, theologian and evangelist. His life of charity and heroic death in the Auschwitz death camp, where he gave up his life to save another prisoner, is commemorated in the Kolbe/Holocaust Exhibit.
Saint Maximilian Kolbe is considered the patron of journalists, families, prisoners, the pro-life movement, those afflicted with chemical dependency and eating disorders, and the media communications. We celebrate his Feast Day on August 14.
Be sure to read more about him on the Auschwitz page on our site.
On a visit to Marytown you may attend Mass, go to Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, confessions and much more. There is a retreat center located on 18 acres that makes for an excellent break from our fast-paced, media-saturated world.
Traveling to Marytown:
The Shrine is located 40 miles north of Chicago, Illinois, and 50 miles south of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and easily reached from either of these cities.
Address: 1600 West Park Avenue, Libertyville, Illinois 60048
GPS coordinates: 42° 16′ 44.6448” N, 87° 58′ 48.9216” W
Tel: +1 (847) 367-7800 Fax: +1 (847) 367-7831
e-mail: [email protected]
Click here for the official website of the National Shrine of Saint Maximilian Kolbe in Marytown.