Saint Spotlight Saint Gerard Majella

1725 - 1755
Feast Day 16 October

Part two of our four part series Gerard achieves his goal

Who except God can give you peace? - St Gerard

The Second instalment in our series. St Gerard Majella is the patron of Majellan Media. For each one of us his life is a sharp reminder that we all possess great talents and nobody is 'useless'.  He was once labelled as 'useless' and was always in poor health. However, St Gerard had two great talents: He had tremendous love for God which he expressed in long hours of prayer and he had an enormously generous heart. In his six short years as a Redemptorist Brother these gifts flourished amazingly to bring miracles of peace and healing to many.  We encourage you to read his life story in this 4 part series.

Saint Gerard Achieves his Goal

Saint Gerard struggled to be taken seriously. His ambition was to join a religious order because of his commitment to God.

His understanding of community and the challenges families faced inspired his desire to help those around him who were destitute and suffering. St Gerard was also committed to prayer from an early age.

On one occasion St Gerard went to the local market to buy some fish. However, after meeting a hungry person at the market he gave the fish away. He believed that person was more needy and deserving.

He was only 23 years of age when he met the missionaries doing community work in his local area. At that time, the priest who led the Capuchin mission was not convinced St Gerard would be a suitable candidate because of his frail condition. St Gerard twice tried to join the Capuchins but was refused each time.

St Gerard would not be denied though and his wish to join an order finally came to fruition when in 1749 he was accepted into the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer or the Redemptorists founded by St Alphonsus Liguori. The order was founded in 1732 at Scala near Naples.

The missionary order was, and still to this day, dedicated to ‘preaching the word of God to the poor’.

St Gerard had long wanted to serve God the best way he could and as such his dream was now fulfilled.

(continued next week)

Annual St Gerard feast day blessing of families will be live streamed again.

Families can watch on Youtube live at 6:00pm Monday 16 October Eastern Sandard Time.