Welcome to St. Gianna Women's Homes

We assist women and their families fleeing domestic violence or who are being coerced into having an abortion. Each family is provided a safe and secure environment to deal with the trauma caused by the abuse, become self-sufficient and learn to develop healthy relationships in the future.

  • Who is St. Gianna?
    Who is St. Gianna?

    St. Gianna Beretta Molla was a modern-day physician and mother who sacrificed her life to save her unborn baby. In 1961, Gianna and her husband Pietro were expecting their fourth child. During her fourth pregnancy, Gianna developed a fibrous tumor on her uterus. Wanting to save the life of her unborn baby at all costs, she chose a more risky procedure, the removal of the fibroma. After the operation, complications continued throughout her pregnancy. Gianna was quite clear about her wishes, expressing to her family, “This time it will be a difficult delivery, and they may have to save one or the other -- I want them to save my baby.” On April 21, 1962, Good Friday of that year, Gianna went to the hospital, where her fourth child, Gianna Emanuela, was successfully delivered via Caesarean section. However, Gianna continued to have severe pain, and died of septic peritonitis one week after the birth. Gianna was beatified by Pope John Paul II on April 24, 1994, and canonized as a saint on May 16, 2004. Her husband Pietro and their last child, Gianna, were present at the canonization ceremony. She is the patron saint of mothers and families.

Our Impact

  • Women Helped Last Year

    35

  • Children Helped Last Year

    44

  • Nights of Housing Last Year

    17992

  • Babies Saved From Abortion Since Opening

    34

Meditation and How It Can Improve Your Life

We’ve all heard of meditation before. The technique is deep mental reflection used for relaxation, heightened energy and developed well-being. Meditation has existed for centuries, but just recently have researchers begun to truly understand the benefits it can give us.

What used to be considered a strange and unreliable exercise has now grown in popularity to impact all of society; Oprah, NFL players, even the U.S. Marine Corps have tried it.

Truth is, meditation is powerful. If you’re still unsure whether or not the practice is worth looking into, check out these top ways meditation can help improve your life.

Mental Merit

  • Decreased levels of anxiety.
  • Improved processing of information.
  • Preserved brain matter during the aging process.
  • Heightened concentration ability.
  • Stronger memory retention and recall.
  • Better problem solving and decision making abilities.
  • Increased clarity and peace of mind.

Physical Fitness

  • Strengthened immune system.
  • Lowered blood pressure.
  • Heightened energy level through an inner source of energy.
  • Decreased tension-related pains, such as headaches, muscle and joint problems.
  • Improved breathing and heart rates.
  • Slowed aging process.
  • Lessened premenstrual and menopausal pain.

Emotional Excellence

  • Increased serotonin production for improved mood.
  • Expanded levels of optimism and awareness.
  • Improved emotional steadiness and harmony.
  • Enhanced self-esteem and self-acceptance.
  • Decreased levels of depression.
  • Heightened resilience against pain and adversity.
  • Prevented self-destructive emotional activities, such as eating or smoking.

When it comes to meditation, these benefits are only the tip of the iceberg. The practice has been shown to drastically improve quality of life, and studies have just begun to research it.

Try it out for yourself by taking a short time each day in the morning or evening to practice deep breathing, quiet mental activity and self-reflection. Let your thoughts go without having to react to them. Once meditation becomes a part of your daily routine, you’ll see its benefits become a regular part of your life.

So next time you’re feeling stressed out, physically exhausted or emotionally deprived, try meditating for a little while. You may be surprised at just how great you’ll feel.

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