Saint Gerard Majella, C.Ss.R.
Born 1726; Died: 1755; Professed: 1752; Canonized: 1904
Gerard Majella was born on April 6, 1726 in Muro, Italy. He was the son of a tailor who died when Gerard was 12, leaving the family in poverty. Gerard tried to join the Capuchin order but was denied because of his ill health. He was later accepted as a Redemptorist lay brother serving his congregation as a gardener and a tailor.
He is a saint whose intercession is requested for children (and unborn children in particular); childbirth; mothers (and expectant mothers in particular); motherhood; falsely accused people; good confessions; and lay brothers.
He was a man of great depth, insight, prayer and kindness. Unfortunately his health was never good. He died on October 16, 1755 at 29 years of age. Gerard was beatified on January 29, 1893 by Pope Leo XIII, and canonized on December 11, 1904 by Pope Saint Pius X. He was featured on an Italian 45-euro postage stamp in May 2005. His feast day is October 16.