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

The Power of Storytelling in Living a Full Life

The Power of Storytelling in Living a Full Life

For centuries, humans have used storytelling as a means of communication, connecting and relationship-building. We create our lives and the world around us through the stories we tell with each other, and what they mean to us.

Living a full and altruistic life is about more than just doing your best. It’s about sharing your best with others around you, and connecting with them through our inherent need to tell stories. Storytelling is powerful, and it has enormous benefits in store for you and those around you. Today we’re going to talk about how storytelling can impact your life.

What is storytelling?
This may seem like a simple question, but in today’s world of split-second infographics and 30-second videos, storytelling can actually be a difficult thing to define. Storytelling can be as simple as reading a book, to as complicated as creating your own elaborate tale. Storytelling is exactly as it sounds: it tells a story that has meaning, insight, value or even just good-natured humor. Storytelling has many different forms and uses, which we’re going to talk about next.

Where is storytelling useful?
Storytelling is useful for anything from putting your children to bed to selling a product or establishing a political campaign. Think of how much of our lives are told through stories: movies, books, commercials, music, friendships, family, even social media is full of different stories people share on their pages. Storytelling is useful in virtually every avenue of our lives, and builds up a life rich with connections and relationships.

How does storytelling build understanding?
Storytelling builds understanding because it promotes connections between various people and cultures. Through storytelling, we learn compassion, empathy, tolerance and respect. We feel connected to the protagonist of the story because we see his or her point of view. Once this is established, we start to understand their feelings, thoughts or emotions, and how society may impact them differently. This is why storytelling from different perspectives is so powerful and necessary. When we see and tell stories of other people from other situations, we link together across cultures and share in our mutual experiences.

How does storytelling impact intelligence?
Telling and listening to stories benefits our mental and emotional intelligence in a variety of ways. Mentally, the connection between storytelling and literacy has been well established. Our vocabulary, comprehension, sequencing skills, memory and creativity all grow when we tell stories. It can also significantly improve our listening and focus skills by tuning into specific details. Finally, storytelling stretches our imagination, encouraging us to delve into different ways of thinking.

Storytelling also improves our emotional intelligence by teaching us how to experience different emotions. We can personally learn about fear, heroism, love, hate, compassion, sorrow, grief and joy all from one story. For those struggling to express or understand their own emotions, storytelling within their own lives—journaling, blogging, video recording, etc.—can help process through these challenges.

In living an altruistic life, storytelling is powerful in learning about those in need and how best to help them. When we tell our own stories and listen to those around us, we unconsciously create connections and build more meaningful lives. Try telling your story this week, and see how your life is benefitted.

  • 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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