Gianna Beretta Molla, the Pro-Life Saint

With simplicity and equilibrium, she harmonized the demands of mother, wife, doctor and her passion for life.

In September 1961 toward the end of the second month of pregnancy, she was touched by suffering and the mystery of pain; she had developed a fibroma in her uterus. Before the required surgical operation, and conscious of the risk that her continued pregnancy brought, she pleaded with the surgeon to save the life of the child she was carrying, and entrusted herself to prayer and Providence. The life was saved, for which she thanked the Lord.

"If you must decide between me and the child, do not hesitate: choose the child - I insist on it. Save him."

On the morning of April 21, 1962, Gianna Emanuela was born. Despite all efforts and treatments to save both of them, on the morning of April 28, amid unspeakable pain and after repeated exclamations of "Jesus, I love you! Jesus, I love you!," the mother died at the age of 39.

St. Gianna was canonized by the Catholic Church in 2004.

Feast Day

The Feast Day of St. Gianna is celebrated on April 28, so we can remember what her life stood for. Burning with a deep love for Jesus, she dedicated her life to the sanctity of marriage, family and all human life. She is a "Modern Day Saint," a person who kept the Gospel as the core of her being despite the demands of marriage, children and career.  During her canonization on May 16, 2004, she was proclaimed by St. John Paul II as "Mother of a Family".

Let us keep her tradition of praying a Novena in honor of the Feast Day of our patroness. View a St. Gianna Molla Prayer Card below.