A new book on St Gerard Majella has been published by Redemptorist priest Fr Brendan McConvery.
The book was launched at St Joseph’s Redemptorist Church Dundalk and is called: St Gerard Majella, Rediscovering a Saint.
Fr McConvery is from Belfast and served as Dean of the Faculty of Theology at Maynooth.
He is archivist for the Irish Redemptorists.
His interest in St Gerard began in his teens when he read a book on the saint and now sixty years later he has set out to ‘make Gerard more than a kind of holy rescue remedy’.
Fr McConvery has managed in this book to describe simply and eloquently the life of this much loved saint, a saint who is seen not so much as a rescuer, but more of an example of humility, kindness and love.
His novena at St Joseph’s every October is testimony to this devotion and admiration. This is a saint who has been adopted by the people of Dundalk.
As Fr McConvery says in the introduction to his book, “the annual novena in Dundalk attracts 10,000 people a day in the nine days leading up to the feast of St Gerard.”
This new book is a wonderful introduction to the life of the saint and is beautifully illustrated with photographs and paintings of the saint’s life and the places in southern Italy where he spent his life.
The illustrations are the work of Redemptorist priest Fr David McNamara and the whole body of work has been carefully produced by the staff of Redemptorist Communications. It recreates the world in which St Gerard lived almost 300 years ago.
The chapters cover his short difficult life and gives a sense of why this man was so highly regarded by almost everyone.
The book is available from the reception office at St Joseph’s. Price: €7.