St. Gerard of Csanad

Sep 24

Patron Saint of Hungary

Gerard was a Venetian, born in the beginning of the eleventh century.

At a young age, he consecrated himself to God and dedicated his life to fighting for Christ.

He joined the Benedictine monastery of San Giorgio Maggiore at Venice.

Not long after, he began a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, and was passing through Hungary when King Stephen – the future St. Stephen – asked him to remain and tutor his son.

Finding the people of Hungary likewise in need of evangelization, Gerard decided to stay and preach.

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