St Maximilian


St Maximilian is a martyr of the Christian Church from the third century. There is an early, precious, almost unembellished account of the martyrdom of St. Maximilian in modern-day Algeria.
He was brought before the proconsul Dion and Maximilian refused enlistment in the Roman army. He said that “I cannot serve, I cannot do evil. I am a Christian.” Dion replied, “You must serve or die.” Maximilian then said “I will never serve. You can cut off my head, but I will not be a soldier of this world, for I am a soldier of Christ. My army is the army of God, and I cannot fight for this world. I tell you I am a Christian.” St Maximilian was 21 years old when he gladly offered his life to God. His father went home from the execution site joyful, thanking God that he had been able to offer heaven such a gift.


About Author

Fr Anthony is a priest of the Congregation of St Michael the Archangel, and is currently the Director of Identity and Mission at the Australian Catholic University.