St Gerard Majella Healing Oil (Patron for Pregnancy)
St Gerard Patron Pregnancy(Italian: Gerardo Maiella; 6 April 1726 – 16 October 1755) was an Italian lay brother of the Congregation of the Redeemer, better known as the Redemptorists, who is honored as a saint by the Catholic Church.
His intercession is sought for children, unborn children, women in childbirth, mothers, expectant mothers, motherhood, the falsely accused, good confessions, lay brothers and Muro Lucano, Italy.
Majella was born in Muro Lucano on 6 April 1726, the youngest of five children.
He was frail, and his parents had him baptized the day he was born.
He was the son of Domenico Maiella, a tailor who died when Gerard was twelve, leaving the family in poverty. His mother, Benedetta Galella, then sent him to her brother so that he could teach Gerard to sew and follow in his father’s footsteps.
However, the foreman was abusive. The boy kept silent, but his uncle soon found out and the man who taught him resigned from the job.
After four years of apprenticeship, he took a job as a servant to work for the local Bishop of Lacedonia.
Upon the bishop’s death, Gerard returned to his trade, working first as a journeyman and then on his own account.
He divided his earnings between his mother and the poor and in offerings for the souls in Purgatory.