Shrine of St. Gerard Majella
The Santuario di San Gerardo Maiella sits on a hill in Valle del Sele, Irprinia. The serene temple blends seamlessly into the uncontaminated natural surroundings, emanating a mystical charm; here, time appears to stand still and, immersed in the absolute silence, visitors feel at peace and at one with nature.
St. Alfonso Maria de Liguori climbed this hill to worship the Virgin Mary, and was so captivated by the place that he founded a Redemptionist community there. Brother Gerardo Majella arrived in 1754. He had visited the shrine at the age of 7, while on pilgrimage with his mother, and had been greatly moved by the statue of Our Lady.
Each year, approximately one million pilgrims still travel to the Materdomini basilica to pray at the tomb of this saint who emulated Christ’s suffering. This charismatic figure captured the hearts of his followers and his miracles reflect his religious journey and the all-encompassing light of God.
The atmosphere in the corridor alongside the basilica is powerful. Visitors are immersed in the story of the saint and his miracles. The walls are dedicated to depictions of believers cured through his intervention, and votive offerings that represent his acts of healing.
Universally known as the patron saint of children and expectant mothers, St. Gerard has performed various miracles on sick children and provides comfort to mothers during pregnancy.
The “Room of the bows” is especially popular. This spectacular, powerful and emotional area of the shrine is brimming with photographs and blue and pink bows left, over time, by mothers wishing to acknowledge mercies received. Filled with echoes of the joy and sadness of countless mothers, this place exudes a universal sense of emotion.
From January to July: weekday: 9,00 – 18,00; holiday: 8,00 – 18,00
From August to September: weekday 9,00 – 19,00; holiday: 8,00 – 19,00
October: weekday 9,00 – 18,00; holiday: 8,00 – 19,00
From November to December: weekday: 9,00 – 18,00; holiday: 8,00 – 18,00
Reference: Don Davide Perdonò
Santuario di San Gerardo Maiella
Via Santuario Materdomini, 27 – 83040 Materdomini AV