11 February 2010

Gerard visits Gerard

In 1996 the Dutch writer Gerard Reve (1923-2006) made a pilgrimage to the popular Redemptorist shrine of Saint Gerard Majella in Wittem, the Netherlands.

As Gerard Reve was raised in a communist family it is not likely he was actually named after the saint. However, in the 1960s the controversial writer converted to Catholicism and became a fervent practicer of the faith. Not unlike his namesake Gerard Majella he had a strong devotion for the Virgin Mary, who featured in many of his works.

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