A Home Like No Other

One of the sites I was most looking forward to visiting on my trip was St. Gianna’s Maternity Home, tucked away in the northeastern corner of North Dakota, not far from the Red River.

Opened in the early 2000s in a one-time school convent and school building, the home is designed to provide a safe, faith-filled home for at-risk mothers. Women of all ages can come to the home before childbirth and remain there with their child or children for up to two years afterward.

Mary Pat Jahner and her staff look to provide safe shelter, food, clothing, education and counseling, addressing the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of women in crisis pregnancies and beyond. Their dedication to their mission, “One Baby, One Mother, One Family” at a Time,” was truly inspiring.

Their work is aided by the Third Order Franciscans of the Mary Immaculate, Father Joseph Christensen and Brother Nicholas, who provide spiritual guidance, and much more, from their home in the friary just across the street.

I want to thank all for welcoming me to their home.

The Cathedral of the Plains, directly across the street from St. Gianna’s.
The home
The shrine to St. Gianna
Mass at the home with Father Joseph.

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