The life of a saint who was physician, wife and mother












The faithful pray before an image of St. Gianna Beretta Molla and her children during a day of reflection at St. Gianna Parish, Northfield, on April 20. Standing at far left is the speaker for the day, Dr. Diane M. Traflet, associate dean, assistant professor of pastoral theology, and founder and co-director of the Institute for Christian Spirituality at Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J. At far right is Father Patrick Brady, pastor. The day focused on the life of St. Gianna, an Italian doctor and mother who sacrificed her own life for the life of her child. She was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2004.