Little Sisters of the Poor Celebrate Mother’s Day
with the Society of St. Gianna Beretta Molla
The Little Sisters of the Poor hosted a special Mother’s Day celebration with Mass followed by a presentation by the Society of St. Gianna Beretta Molla on Saturday, May 3 in the chapel of Holy Family Residence, 2500 Adams Ave., Scranton. St. Gianna is revered by the Catholic Church as a patron saint for mothers, physicians, and unborn children as well as a powerful intercessor for couples experiencing infertility.
Following the Mass Mr. Robert White, president of the Society of St. Gianna Beretta Molla, presented a plaque featuring a photo and prayer of St. Gianna to Sister Maureen, lsp marking the society’s visit to Holy Family Residence. The event also included a presentation about the miracles attributed to St. Gianna’s intercession after her death as well as her earthly commitment to being a doctor, wife, and mother as well as her refusal to abort her fourth child despite knowing that continuing with the pregnancy could result in her own death which did occur in 1962 at age 39. Attendees also had an opportunity to venerate St. Gianna’s relics.
The Little Sisters, who have been serving the elderly poor in Northeastern Pennsylvania since 1908, work closely with staff, volunteers, and benefactors in creating a family spirit for the Residents entrusted to their care. They welcome the elderly who have limited funds and provide for their needs so they can live their last years in an atmosphere of respect, dignity, and love.
Sister Maureen, lsp, accepts a plaque on behalf of Holy Family Residence from Mr. Robert White and Mr. John Petrick of the Society of St. Gianna Beretta Molla, Warminster, Pa., at the Little Sisters of the Poor’s recent Mother’s Day Celebration.