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Saint Gerard (Majella)

AKA: None

Born: April 23, 1725 in Muro Lucano, Basilicata, Kingdom of Naples (Italy)

Died: October 16, 1755 at Caposele, Italy of Tuberculosis

Venerated: Roman Catholic Church

Beatified: January 29, 1893 by Pope Leo XIII

Canonized: December 11, 1904 by Pope Pius X

Feast Day: October 16

Patronages: Childbirth; Children; Expectant Mothers; Falsely Accused People; Good Confessions; Lay Brothers; Motherhood; Pro-Life Movement; Unborn Children
Places: Muro, Italy; Basilicata, Italy

Saint Gerard was born at Muro, Italy, in 1726 and joined the Redemptorists at the age of twenty-three, becoming a professed lay brother in 1752.  He served as sacristan, gardener, porter, infirmarian, and tailor.  However, because of his great piety, extraordinary wisdom, and his gift of reading consciences, he was permitted to counsel communities of religious women.

This humble servant of God also had the faculties of levitation and bi-location associated with certain mystics.  His charity, obedience, and selfless service , as well as his ceaseless mortification for Christ, made him the perfect model of lay brothers.  He was afflicted with tuberculosis and died in 1755 at the age of twenty-nine.  He was canonized in 1904 by Pope Saint Pius X.

This great Saint is invoked as a patron of expectant mothers as a result of a miracle effected through his parents for a woman in labor.

Prayer:  God, by Your grace, Saint Gerard persevered in imitating Christ in His poverty and humility.  Through his intercession, grant that we may faithfully follow our vocation and reach that perfection which You held out to us in Your Son.  Amen.

 

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