Saint Gianna Beretta Molla is the patron of Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation. She was selected early in the organization's history by Father Thomas Rosica, CSB, who saw in Saint Gianna a powerful role model for the Church and the world today. She clearly represents the Gospel of Life in an extraordinary way. At the time of her beatification in 1994, Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, then Archbishop of Milan described her as a “woman, doctor and lover of life.” Gianna Molla was canonized on May 16, 2004 by Pope John-Paul II - the last person to be canonized by Blessed John Paul II, who is the great inspiration in the founding of Salt and Light in Canada.
Born the tenth of thirteen children, four of whom would not make it to adulthood, Gianna saw life as a marvelous gift. She nurtured a strong faith and conviction in the necessity and effectiveness of prayer. She later earned degrees in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Pavia in 1949 and would go on to open a medical clinic in Mesero, Italy in 1950. She specialized in Pediatrics at the University of Milan in 1952 and eventually would give special attention to mothers, babies, the elderly and poor.
Like many saints, Gianna's story entails tragedy and heroic sacrifice. She provides to us a strong example of the values and virtues of Christ and his ultimate sacrifice for us. Against the advice of doctors, Gianna sacrificed her life to save her child's, fully aware that she could die if she gave birth to her baby. A few days before the baby was due, she said "If you must decide between me and the child, do not hesitate: choose the child - I insist on it. Save him".
Love is a Choice
Salt and Light Documentary on Saint Gianna Beretta
The official documentary of the life of St. Gianna Beretta Molla with excerpts of the Canonization ceremony on May 16, 2004. Includes interviews with Pietro Molla and their children. Recommended for families, schools, university chaplaincies, marriage preparation, and lay ministry programs.
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For our 15th anniversary Salt + Light Media, we have commissioned this beautiful, solid bronze statue of our patron saint, Gianna Beretta Molla (1922-1962). A limited number of the statues are available through our headquarters in Toronto for $500.00 (CAD) each. This is the only statue of St. Gianna that exists.
In 2010, Father Rosica commissioned an icon of St. Gianna to be written by Mr. Ted Harasti, a sacred artist (sculptor, muralist, and iconographer) based in Canada. The icon (pictured here to the right) was blessed and installed in the Holy Cross Chapel of our Salt and Light Broadcast Centre for the Feast of All Saints Day 2011. It is the first icon of St. Gianna and has the Molla family approval. The icon also features Gianna’s husband, Pietro, who died in 2010. Gianna is portrayed holding her daughter, Gianna Emauneula. Ted's original work is in the Greek Byzantine style.
For more information or to inquire on purchasing official replications and/or prints please contact:
50 Cluett Dr. Ajax, ON.
L1S 7C3 Canada
Telephone: (905) 427-1775
The Shrine of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla in Winnipeg
Archdiocese of Winnipeg, Manitoba
Dedicated on May 10, 2015
The first Canadian Shrine in honour of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla was blessed and inaugurated in St. Gianna's Roman Catholic Church in Winnipeg, Canada on May 10, 2015. The event was celebrated in the context of evening prayer by Archbishop Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg, and included the unveiling of a bronze statue of Saint Gianna by artist John Collier. The parish community was also blessed to have Saint Gianna’s daughter, Gianna Emanuela in attendance, who also addressed the assembly.