Relics of St. Gianna Beretta Molla will visit the Wichita area Friday through Sunday, March 31-April 2.
St. Gianna, an Italian pediatrician, was canonized in 2004. She is known for putting the life of her fourth child ahead of her own during a difficult pregnancy.
A few days before the child was due, St. Gianna told her husband, “If you must decide between me and the child, do not hesitate, choose the child. “I insist on it,” she said. “Save the baby.”
She entered the hospital on Good Friday in 1962. The following day, Gianna Emanuela, was born by Caesarean section. A few hours later, St. Gianna began to experience severe pain due to septic peritonitis and died a week later, on April 28. Until her last breath, St. Gianna repeated, “Jesus, I love You! Jesus, I love You!”
Gianna Emanuela, is today a physician in Italy.
Here is a schedule of the relics’ visit for public veneration:
Friday, March 31
• 4 to 5 p.m., St. Gianna Clinic, 2135 N. Ridge Road, suite 400, Wichita
• Church of the Holy Spirit, Goddard. Confessions from 6 to 6:20 p.m.; Mass at 6:30 p.m.; and Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. Introduction and veneration of relics after the Stations.
Saturday, April 1
• Mass, talk, and veneration begins at 9:30 a.m. at Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Wichita. Talk by Robert White, president of the St. Gianna Society.
• Mass, presentation, and veneration begins at 5 p.m. at St. James Parish in Augusta
Sunday, April 2
Veneration after 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses at St. James Parish in Augusta.
The relics’ visit is sponsored by St. James Parish, the diocesan offices of Faith Formation, Respect Life and Social Justice and Marriage and Family Life.