St. Gianna: Martyr of Maternal Love

“You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139: 13-14)

St. Gianna Beretta Molla was born in Magenta (near Milan), Italy on October 4, 1922. She was the tenth of thirteen children. Her parents were fervent Catholics and devoted to St. Francis of Assisi. They raised her with great love for the poor, sick, and lonely. When she was only five-years-old, St. Gianna received her First Holy Communion.

From her earliest…

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