St. Gianna Beretta Molla

A Saint for Life

Born: October 4, 1922
Died: April 28, 1962

April 28 is the Feast of St. Gianna Beretta Molla, a mother and doctor who gave her life for her unborn child in 1962. She was canonized in 2004 and is a modern day example of our Lord’s words, “Greater love than this nobody has, than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

In June 2013, Fr. Frank, Janet Morana and Teresa Tomeo travelled to Magenta, Mesero and Milan, Italy to visit the family of St. Gianna Molla and to see the places where she lived, worked and prayed.

Priests for Life and Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla
Fr. Frank and Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla, the child for whom St. Gianna sacrificed her life, in the Basilica of St. Martino in Magenta where St. Gianna was baptized and married.
Priests for Life and Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla
Teresa Tomeo, Fr. Frank, Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla and Janet Morana under the banner that hung at the Vatican during the canonizaiton of St. Gianna.

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Priests for Life and Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla
The daughter of St. Gianna Molla,  Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla, the child for whom St. Gianna sacrificed her life, visited the Priests for Life Staten Island office in July of 2011 and enshrined a photo and relic of her mother.

Left to right: Fr. Frank Pavone, Dr. Molla, Dr. Thomas McKenna, founder of the St. Gianna Physicians Guild; Fr. Victor Salomón and Fr. Denis Wilde, OSA, Assoicate Director.

Click here for photos and other articles relating to her visit.

We encourage you to learn more about the life of St. Gianna by going to the following links on our site:

Novena prayer to St. Gianna

Homily from Fr. Frank Pavone on St. Gianna's Feastday: April 28, 2020

Sacrifices of Faith: The Pro-Life Legacies of St. Gianna and Jessica Hanna by Fr. David Begany, SSJ

A Pro-life Saint: Saint Gianna Molla by Joseph W. Cunningham

Saint Gianna's Life: A Celebration of Motherhood by Joseph W. Cunningham

Love Leads to Life by Fr. Frank Pavone

St Gianna (Beretta) Molla by Patrick O'Donnell

This feast is also a good opportunity to educate people that abortion is never necessary to “save the life of the mother.”  Read a medical testimony to this fact.

You can also consult for more information, and for referrals to pro-life doctors, particularly for cases of medically complicated pregnancies.


Books and Video on the Life of St. Gianna Beretta Molla

A Modern Day Hero of Divine Love
Author: Thomas J. McKenna
ISBN: 978-0-9816314-0-0

Saint Gianna Beretta Molla: The Gift of Life (Children's book)
Author: Susan Helen Wallace, FSP
ISBN: 9780819871824

Love is a Choice: Life of St. Gianna Molla (DVD)
Director: Thomas Rosica

Saint Gianna Molla: Wife, Mother, Doctor
Author: Pietro Molla, Elio Guerriero
Ignatius Press
ISBN: 978-0898708875

Love Letters to My Husband 
Author: Gianna Beretta Molla 
Pauline Books and Media
ISBN: 978-0819844934

Saint Gianna Beretta Molla: A Woman’s Life
Author: Giuliana Pelucchi
Publisher: Pauline Books & Media
ISBN: 978-0819830999

Gianna: The Love Letters of a Saint (Pamphlet)
Author: Paolo LaFolla
101 Foundation
ISBN: 978-1890137502

Miracles Still Happen
Author: Jim Buffler

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