Today is the Feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe, Auschwitz Prisoner #16670. I have not been on pilgrimage to Poland yet, but I have prayed at two important places from his life. Be sure to put these Churches (located between the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps) on your list for your next pilgrimage to Rome: St. Maximilian Kolbe was ordained a priest on April 28, 1918 at Sant'Andrea della Valle in Rome. The following day he celebrated his first Mass at Sant’Andrea della Fratte at the Altar of the Madonna del Miracolo. (This Altar is an approved Marian apparition site where the Immaculata appeared in 1842 to a 28-year-old French Jew named Alphonse Ratisbonne who was visiting Rome. When Mary appeared to him, Alphonse experienced an instant conversion and then went on to become a Jesuit priest.) Here’s a pilgrimage travel tip: As you plan your pilgrimage around your favorite Saints, look beyond the places where they were born and died. St. Maximilian Kolbe’s yes to the priesthood was a significant yes on his path to holiness which led to his final yes to martyrdom. St. Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us!