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 Live a Positive Life

Our calendars are constantly full and while we’re reminding ourselves that we can’t get it all done, we desperately try to. We hurry to cross things off our to-do list and yet it keeps growing. Don’t let the everyday errands and work bog you down so much that you forget to enjoy life. Living a positive life reduces stress, reduces physical signs of stress and increases general happiness. Here are three ways to live a positive life:

Smile more—With our agendas full and a to-do list that never ends, it’s hard to remember to stop, smile and appreciate life. People like other people who smile. Smiling more helps you think more positively about life and also cheers up another person's day.

Think positively—Smiling helps trick your brain into thinking positively, but it’s hard to train your brain to think positively all the time. Every night before falling asleep, keep a journal of ten things you are grateful for. It could be a delicious meal or that you got a raise that day. Just remember to take time to appreciate life!

Be thoughtful—Create more positivity in your life by having genuine conversations. Ask people how their life is going and truly care. Remember specific conversation topics: that their mom might be in the hospital or their niece just graduated college. Follow up and show them that they matter.

  • 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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