Redemptorist, Baclaran, Philippines
Social Mission - St. Gerard Family Life Center
The St. Gerard Family Life Center of the shrine responds to cases of abortion, marital infidelity and problems, homosexuality, pre-marital sex, drug addiction, sexual abuse and the like through counseling. Many times these cases were brought out inside the confessional and was referred to the Center. The center has trained and professional volunteer counselors. The St. Gerard Family Life Center has professionals and trained peer counselors who give counseling on matters affecting the family, especially responsible parenthood and pro-life issues. Babies abandoned by their mothers in the church have been given for adoption through appropriate agencies. Some of the adoptions have turned out remarkably well.
This Center is named after the Redemptorist St. Gerard Majella who is popularly known as "the saint of mothers." Some people who have no children pray to St. Gerard or try to procure a relic of the saint. Many couples who have not conceived for many years have testified that after they asked the intercession of St. Gerard they were blessed by the gift of a child.