NEW HAVEN — Archbishop Leonard P. Blair officiated at the enshrinement of an image and second-class relic of St. Gianna Beretta Molla on Oct. 7 at the St. Gianna Pregnancy Resource Center, located at 180 Sherman Ave.
“Saint Gianna inspires us by her example … to bear witness to her life,” Archbishop Blair told a gathering of donors, supporters, board members and the children’s choir from St. Mary Parish. St. Gianna (1922-1962) was a physician, mother and wife who gave her life in order to save the baby in her womb. She was canonized on May 16, 2004 by St. John Paul II. Her feast day is April 28.
According to executive director Carolyn Falcigno, the center has served about 150 clients since it relocated from Whitney Avenue last February, and it averages about seven clients a week.
Held on the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, the ceremony came a day after President Donald Trump overturned an abortion and contraceptives mandate put in place by President Obama. The law now exempts employers from the federal requirement to provide insurance coverage for contraception in their health insurance plans if it conflicts with their religious or moral beliefs.
The center offers maternity and baby supplies and adoption information, as well as free assistance in obtaining housing, emergency food and transportation; financial and legal aid; and referrals for pregnancy care, prenatal care and post-abortion programs and support.
It also provides a mobile ultrasound unit to the city that is made possible by the Knights of Columbus Holy Family Council 8882 and the Challenge & Conquest boys & girls clubs. For information call 203-624-BABY (2229).