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

How to Run for a Cause

As the sweltering summer heat winds down kids go back to school, jeans and jackets replace shorts and sundresses, and the beautiful fall months bring many marathons.

Thinking of trying your hand—or feet, rather—at a half or full marathon? Consider doing it for a cause. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a great runner (or even a good runner) to accomplish something great by running for a cause.

Here’s how you can go about it.

First thing’s first: pick your cause. Find something you’ve been personally affected by—whether it’s personally, through a family member, close friend, neighbor or elementary school best friend. The possibilities are endless. Find someone you’d love support or honor and get to training.

Next, time to decide how you’d like to honor them.

Will you be running to honor their memory? Raise awareness for the illness or disease at a themed race? Raise funds for a friend or family member’s medical expense fund? All options are feasible—pick the one that suits you.

You can raise funds individually, or donate your efforts to a charity that supports a cause you love.

Now, ahem, raise those funds.

Telling people you are running a marathon or half marathon has some shock value in and of itself. Now, tell them that you’re running it for someone, and you’ve got a nice fundraising pitch. Be prepared to tell them why you’re running, when the race is, and how they can get involved.

If asking people for money isn’t your specialty (and, really, it’s not for everyone), no worries. There are plenty of other ways to raise funds: host a bake sale, set up a website telling your story and asking for donations, recycle, set up a charity golf tournament, send around a collection at your office, put together a battle of the bands or mini music festival using your talented friends, have a cheese and wine night, and so on.

Brainstorm a few ideas with a group of friends and family and see if they’re willing to help—assuming they love helping great causes, their answers will be “yes!”

  • 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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