Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Gerardo Maiella. la Sua Storia E Il Nostro Tempo. Atti del Convegno Di Studi per Il 250° Anniversario Della Morte del Santo E per Il Centenario Della Canonizzazione, Materdomini 21-21 Giugno 2005

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Gerardo Maiella. la Sua Storia E Il Nostro Tempo. Atti del Convegno Di Studi per Il 250° Anniversario Della Morte del Santo E per Il Centenario Della Canonizzazione, Materdomini 21-21 Giugno 2005

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Gerardo Maiella. La sua storia e il nostro tempo. Atti del convegno di studi per il 250° anniversario della morte del Santo e per il Centenario della Canonizzazione, Materdomini 21-21 giugno 2005. Edited by Angelomichele De Spirito and Alfonso V. Amarante. (Materdomini [AV]: Editrice San Gerardo. 2006. Pp. 271. euro15,00 paperback.)

This volume collects essays presented at a symposium held in 2005 in Materdomini, near Avellino (in Campania, southern Italy), at the sanctuary dedicated to Saint Gerardo Maiella. The symposium celebrated anniversaries both of Maiella's death and of his canonization. Maiella (1726-1755) was an early member of the Redemptorists, the congregation of priests dedicated especially to internal evangelizing missions founded by Saint Alfonso de' Liguori (1696-1787). Maiella joined the Redemptorists as a lay brother in 1749, the year when the papacy recognized the congregation as a new order, and professed in the order in 1752. He assisted in various mission activities in Campania and Basilicata (his birth region), and died young. Popular fame as a saint surrounded Maiella already in his last years, and various miracles and prodigies were attributed to him early on. His penitential life, and his enthusiasm for the religious life, for the Crucifix, and for the Madonna, also marked the young Redemptorist both in his lifetime and in popular memory after his death. He was declared venerable in 1847, beatified in 1893, and canonized in 1904. He is still quite popular in southern Italy (his much-visited sanctuary in Materdomini publishes a journal and maintains a bilingual web site), as well as in the Americas; he is a patron of women in childbirth.

Maiella is an interesting figure: He was of humble birth and was apprenticed as a tailor. …

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