The feast day of St. Gerard Sagredo is celebrated on September 24. He is a martyr and patron saint of Hungary.
St. Gerard was born in Venice in 980. He went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land but his ship landed at Istria. He became the educator of the prince and played a role in the conversion of Hungary to Christianity.
St. Gerard became the first Bishop of Csanad in 1030. After the death of the King, St. Stephen, he refused to serve the new King. Persecution against Christians became common.
St. Gerard was martyred on September 24, 1046. Legend states he was placed in a wooden barrel hauled to the hilltop and rolled down what is now named Gillert Hill. At the bottom he was beaten to death.
St. Gerard Sagredo was canonized in 1083.
“It is in loving the cross that one discovers his heart.”
Quote of St. Bernadette; Feast Day April 16
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