Our school is named for Saint Gerard Majella, a physically weak but spiritually strong person.
Gerard Majella was born in1726 in Muro Locano, a little town in southern Italy not far from Naples. His mother's statement, that "My child's only happiness was to be in church on his knees before the Blessed Sacrament," was supported by the fact that by the time he was ten, Gerard was receiving Communion every other day. When his father died, Gerard was obliged to quit school and become a tailor's apprentice. At the age of nineteen, through the money he earned by setting up his own tailoring business, Gerard supported his mother and three sisters. Moreover, he gave two thirds of his earnings to the poor and paid for masses for the souls in purgatory. He spent long hours in prayer each night.
Gerard's mission was to serve as community tailor, as companion to the fathers on their journeys and as beggar for the house. Despite the suffering caused by the tuberculosis which he had contracted, he insisted on begging for the Redemptorists and because he could perceive people's feelings, he was often called upon to help sinners reconcile themselves to God. He had unusual powers of levitation and bilocation. However, it was because of his acts of charity and goodness that he was later canonized.
He died at the young age of twenty-nine, on October 16th, 1755. We celebrate his fest day on this day.