The John Paul II Life Center is honored to announce that Austin Diocese Bishop Joe Vásquez and St. Gianna Physician Guild President Thomas McKenna will conduct an enshrinement of a St. Gianna relic at The Vitae Clinic on April 16.
St. Gianna Beretta Molla was an Italian physician who was canonized a saint by Pope John Paul II in 2004 – just 42 years after her death. During her life, St. Gianna established a reputation for her dedication to her faith, family and patients. She died in 1962 at the age of 39 after sacrificing her life for her unborn daughter. Present at her canonization were her husband and three of her children. Since 2004, she’s been recognized as a modern-day patron saint for physicians and health care professionals.
The St. Gianna Physician’s Guild aims to unite and encourage Catholic physicians and health care professionals to promote and defend Catholic principles in their practices. They also seek to use the influence and expertise of the medical profession to clarify and support sound ethics and morality in the practice of medicine.
The April 16 event will include an enshrinement and blessing by Bishop Vásquez, a brief presentation about the life of St. Gianna and breakfast. The program is designed for physicians and health care professionals and will be held from 8-9:30 a.m. at the Vitae Clinic (1600 W. 38th Street, Suite 115).
Reservations are required and may be made by contacting the executive director of The JPII Life Center, Kimberly Speirs, at 512-407-2900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.