The daughter of a saint, Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla, to visit Diocese of Fargo

by Mary Pat Jahner


Gianna Emanuela and Father Christensen outside Saint Gianna's Maternity Home, Warsaw, when Gianna visited in May of 2015. (submitted photo)

Dr. Gianna Emanuela, daughter of St. Gianna, has been traveling the United States for several years now, raising funds to restore the holy places of her parents, Saint Gianna Beretta Molla and Pietro Molla, in Ponte Nuovo, Italy.

Ponte Nuovo is a small village near the city of Magenta where St. Gianna, as wife and mother, lived with her husband, Pietro, and their children for six and a half years and where she died at the age of 39, sacrificing her own life for her unborn daughter, Gianna Emanuela.

Gianna Emanuela will be in the Dioceses of Fargo and Bismarck in April. The following events are planned:

April 17: La Bella Serata Gala – This event is a major fundraising evening for people from all over the country who are able to help substantially with the Ponte Nuovo restoration in Italy. We are blessed to welcome not only Gianna Emanuela, but also Raymond Cardinal Burke to this event at Sts. Anne and Joachim Church in Fargo. This gala is an adult only event, and formal attire is requested. Tickets are needed to attend; however, there are a limited number still available. Additional information may be found at

April 18: Gianna Emanuela will receive the Lumen Vitae award at the University of Mary in Bismarck and give the keynote address. Registration is encouraged at or contact Ed Konieczka at (701) 355-8102 or

April 21: Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. at St. Stanislaus in Warsaw. There will be an opportunity to meet Gianna Emanuela and hear her testimony. This is a family event; all are welcome to attend. April 21 is also Gianna Emanuela’s birthday! We encourage people to bring her a monetary gift for the restoration of the holy places of her parents and/or a spiritual gift.

For more information, contact Mary Pat Jahner at Saint Gianna’s Maternity Home at (701) 248-3077, Father Joseph Christensen, FMI at (701) 248-3020, or email