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Blessed Joseph Gérard
Born(1831-03-12)March 12, 1831, Bouxières-aux-Chênes, France
DiedMay 29, 1914(1914-05-29) (aged 83), Roma, Lesotho
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Beatified September 15, 1988, Maseru by John Paul II
Feast May 29

Blessed Joseph Gérard, OMI (March 12, 1831 – May 29, 1914)[1] was a French Catholic missionary.

Gérard mostly worked among the Basotho people of modern-day Lesotho and the Free State province of South Africa.

Gérard was beatified by Pope John Paul II on September 15, 1988.[2] His feast day is on May 29.


  1. "Father Joseph Gerard, the Apostle of Basotho". Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Southern Africa. Retrieved 10 November 2016. 
  2. "Beatification of father Joseph Gerard". Libreria Editrice Vaticana. 15 September 1988. Retrieved 10 November 2016.