“The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for all that He, in His goodness, sends to us day after day”

– St. Gianna


Saturday, October 28, 2017


8:00 AM –Mass 
at St. Mary’s Chapel

St Paul Seminary
2260 Summit Ave St
Paul, MN 55105

Celebrant: Bishop Andrew Cozzens

8:45am – 11:30am – Continental Breakfast and Symposium

James B Woulfe Almuni Hall
Anderson Student Center
2115 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105


Take my Hand not my Life Symposium – Come and spend a morning with Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla (the daughter of St. Gianna) and local guests including Mother Maria Francis, LSP, Michael Degnan, Susan Windley-Daoust, and Dr. Tod Worner as they share their perspectives on living moments of grace at life’s end. Now, more than ever, Minnesotans need to be aware of the gospel approach to loving and caring for someone with a serious or terminal illness and understand what our faith demands versus what the culture tells us.

This Symposium is a fundraiser for the holy places where St. Gianna lived and died with her family in Magenta, Italy. The restoration project will restore the spousal home of St. Gianna and her husband Pietro; the chapel of Our Lady of Good Counsel; and the buildings adjacent to these properties for a “St. Gianna Beretta Molla International Center” of prayer, study and spirituality which will welcome pilgrims and be of service to the Universal Church.

Symposium Keynote Speaker


Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla is the daughter of our dear St. Gianna who our organization is named in honor of. Dr. Gianna practiced as a Geriatrician at the Geriatric Institute “Camilo Gulgi” in Abbiategrasso, Milan. In 2003, she left her profession to care for her father, Pietro, who has serious health problems until he died on April 3, 2010 at the age of almost 98. Since her father passed away she has dedicated her life to spreading the joy of her saint Mother’s life and I heard her say that it took her many years to understand God’s will for her mother. But now she recognizes that the Lord, in His infinite wisdom, “thought Mama could do a lot of good, not only for the family, but all around the world. I am a direct testimony of all the good her decision to save my life has caused. And I thank my saint Mom and beloved Dad for this gift of life.” Dr Gianna Emanuela will be sharing with us from her professional and personal experience the Unexpected Joy to be Found in Caring for Another.

Additional Speakers

Mother Maria Francis, LSP

Dr. Todd Worner

Susan Windley

Professor Michael Degnan

Event Sponsors

Gianna Homes Sursum Corda is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization that provides financial assistance to those who cannot otherwise afford Gianna’s services. Governed by a Board of Directors, this Foundation plays an essential role in raising the funds necessary to ensure that Gianna’s exceptional level of care is available to a broad spectrum of people from within our community regardless of their financial situation.

Schedule a Tour

Sursum Corda
4605 Fairhills Road East
Minnetonka, MN 55345
Phone 952-988-0953
Admissions 952-443-6113
Fax 952-988-6935

Gladys’ Place
10210 28th Avenue North
Plymouth, MN 55441
Phone 952-988-0953
Admissions 952-443-6113
Fax 763-710-4856

Administrative Office for Gianna Homes
Development Office
14451 Highway 7, Suite 223
Minnetonka, MN 55345
Phone 952-988-0953
Admissions 952-443-6113
Fax 952-303-3835