Gerard Maiella, C.SS.R.
Wonder-Worker,Ornament and Glory of the Redemptorist Order,
Powerful Protector of the Mother and her Unborn Child
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Gerard Maiella was born in Muro, Lucano,Italy on April 6,
1726; he died of tuberculosis on October 16,1755 at the age of 29.
Gerard’s father, Domenico, who was a tailor, his mother, Benedetta,
and three older sisters were an ordinary, hard-working, pious family.
Gerard Maiella joined the Redemptorists (Congregation of
the Most Holy Redeemer) at the age of 23 and became a professed
Lay Brother in 1752. On July 16th, the Feast of Our Lady of
Mt. Carmel, Brother Gerard took his vows of POVERTY,CHASTITY
and OBEDIENCE and the oath of PERSEVERANCE UNTIL
DEATH. Two months later, Brother Gerard made his Fifth Vow -
“To do always that which was pleasing to God.” He was always with
the children, the sick, the poor and converted many sinners to
Repentance, and whenever Obedience demanded his presence Gerard
was there to “do the Will of God.” He would say, “I wish only what God
wants” and his last request before he died at the Congregation’s House
in Materdomini, Italy, was that a small white placard be tacked to his
door with the inscription “Here the Will of God is done, as God Wills,
and as long as God Wills.” (This placard on St. Gerard’s room at
Materdomini can still be seen today.)
A Lay Brother,he takes the same Vows as all Redemptorist
Priests - POVERTY, CHASTITY and OBEDIENCE. Today, in the
Constitutions of the Lay Brothers of the Congregation, St. Gerard
Maiella is named their Patron and Model. (Reference- “The Story
of St. Gerard Maiella,C.SS.R. by James J. Galvin, C.SS.R.”)
Brother Gerard had such great piety, extraordinary wisdom
and a gift of reading consciences. He was a humble Servant of God.
His three great devotions were the Blessed Sacrament, Our Lady,
and The Crucifix. His life was filled with ecstasies and wonderful
miraculous works of God. Impossible things happened because of him
and his great Faith and special Favor with God.
Because of the many Miracles performed through Brother
Gerard’s intercession, he was Beatified in 1893, and on December 11,
1904, Pope Pius X proclaimed his Solemn Canonization at St. Peter’s
in Rome. “Brother Gerard of Muro and Materdomini was now Saint
Gerard of Heaven and the whole world.”
The Servant of God, Mary Grace Bellotti
Born November 9, 1882 in Laurenzana, Italy and died
November 10, 1927 in Union City, New Jersey. It was in Union City,
New Jersey that she received her inspiration to work out her Apostolate
to save souls for God. Because of her great Faith and Love of God,
she helped the sick, the poor, the sinner to return to God. Mary Grace
Bellotti’s spiritual gifts of Mercy spread far and wide, and many people
sought her aid for spiritual guidance and comfort, and she would
always lead them to St. Gerard Maiella, her Patron Saint.
Many Spiritual Favors were granted from God because of this
great love that existed between St. Gerard Maiella and Mary Grace
Bellotti. The St. Gerard Maiella Society, in Memoriam Mary Grace
Bellotti received the Imprimatur from Thomas A. Boland, S.T.D.,
Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey on February 18, 1967 on the Prayer
to the Most Holy Trinity, and is the Promoter of the Canonization
Cause of the Servant of God, Mary Grace Bellotti.
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Under St. Gerard Maiella’s Banner as our Patron, we pray to
St.Gerard for the Canonization Cause of the Servant of God ,Mary Grace Bellotti.
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MAY GOD’S WILL BE DONE!
October 16, Feast Day of St. Gerard Maiella.
November 10th, Anniversary Day of Mary Grace Bellotti
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