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

New Year Means The Time is Now

It can seem like New Year’s resolutions are made just to be broken. And sure, you always had good intentions. But about midway through January, it seems like you always forget about your resolution. Or maybe you even turn your back and act like the resolution never existed. But just yesterday, you said you’d achieve your goals tomorrow. Or maybe last month, you said next month. Or even last year, you said next year. Well guess what? Tomorrow’s coming and the New Year is on its way. It’s time to make your big idea a reality. So stop dreaming, and start doing. Here’s how.

Make it Count
You still have time before the New Year to perfect your plans. Giving back is one of the best feelings around, so why not make a plan that can somehow help others? Think about some of the talents that you possess, and some of the things that you’re passionate about. If you need to enlist the help of someone else, the beginning phases of your plans are the time to ask for it. After you’ve evaluated what you’re good at, you’ll know what you can do best and what you might need to work on. Then, it’s time to put your plans into action.

Seek Motivation
Often times, making a plan isn’t the problem. But keeping it and making it happen is another story. And it can be easy to slack off if you don’t let anyone in on your resolutions. Find somebody that you trust to tell them about your plans. Since someone else knows, you should feel obligated to keep up on your goals. They can check in with you and make sure that you’re on track to helping others and making your ideas count.

Set Deadlines
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and although your goals might not be as lofty as building an entire city, that doesn’t make them any less important. And just like you’ve set your goals, you need to set a timeline to complete them. Start out with small deadlines, such as making an outline of your plans. Then it’s time to start thinking bigger. Try to assess realistic deadlines so that you don’t have to break them in the future. The more deadlines you set and achieve, the better you’ll feel about your resolution.

  • Area Catholic choirs will perform Advent and Christmas songs of the season in the beautiful setting of St. Thomas Aquinas Church (the Newman Center) on the campus of UNL. Visit our calendar of event page for more information and to print out a ticket order form.

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