The Balldale Majellan Group was founded in 1974 to respond to religious, social and emotional needs of young mothers in the Balldale District.
The members are no longer ‘young mothers’ but grandmothers and they still enjoy meeting and supporting each other through the inevitable stresses and strains of the years.
The 40th Anniversary celebrations were well planned and executed on October 30th – the date was chosen for the convenience of members and because it is close to the feast of St Gerard Majella (16th) who is patron saint of Majellan Groups worldwide.
BACKGROUND: ST GERARD MAJELLA – PATRON OF AWAITING MOTHERS
As a young man Gerard Majella, living in his native town in southern Italy, heard about a new Order of missionaries – the Redemptorist Fathers. He decided to join them, but was refused entry. However, on account of his insistence and obvious dedication to his faith, he was accepted and became a Brother in that Congregation. He had a special concern for poor families and sought many ways to help them. He led a holy life and, even during his lifetime miracles were attributed to his prayers – especially regarding the health and well-being of expectant mothers.
DEDICATION TO MEMBERS PAST AND PRESENT
This page of our website is dedicated to all members past and present of the Balldale Majellan Group. It includes the History of the Group as recorded in their 20th Anniversary publication: The Balldale Majellan Group 1974-1994 which includes summary accounts of their activities and a very practical down-to-earth selection of the young mothers’ favourite recipes. Click the following links to read the Anniversary booklet and access the recipes:
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MAJELLAN BEYOND 40 YEARS
… And the Balldale Majellan Group has now passed beyond its 40th anniversary.
May the blessings continue to flow for all members and their families as the years roll on!
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