Saint’s daughter will meet with Green Bay pilgrims

By The Compass | January 14, 2015

Gianna Emanuela Molla will address local pilgrims in Philadelphia

ALLOUEZ — The Compass is sponsoring a bus pilgrimage to Philadelphia for the eighth World Meeting of Families next September. The meeting’s theme is “Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”1437cns-philly_logo.jpgweb2

Through the work of St. Gianna Molla Guild of Northeast Wisconsin and Bishop David Ricken, St. Gianna’s daughter, Gianna Emanuela Molla, has accepted a special invitation to privately speak to the group in Philadelphia.

St. Gianna was canonized in 2004 by Pope John Paul II for having put her unborn child’s life before her own. In 1962, when she was pregnant with her fourth child, doctors discovered a large ovarian tumor that required surgery.

Although surgical procedures at the time called for removal of her entire uterus, Gianna Molla, 39, insisted surgeons only remove what was necessary and allow her baby to live.

When she died of an infection — a week after giving birth to Gianna Emanuela — the Italian saint left behind not only her newborn, but her husband, Pietro, and three other children. During the private meeting, Gianna will offer a testimony about her mother on Sept. 23.

The pilgrimage will depart Green Bay by bus on Tuesday, Sept. 22, and return Sunday, Sept. 27. Cost is $1,650.

Bishop Ricken will be taking an active part in the six-day pilgrimage that includes many opportunities to hear speakers presenting at the World Meeting of Families conference as well as visiting major attractions and spiritual sites in Philadelphia and attending Mass with Pope Francis.

For more information on The Compass pilgrimage, contact Amy Kawula at [email protected], or call (920) 272-8212.

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