The Gianna Center of Philadelphia, located one mile from Planned Parenthood Facility in Norristown, hosted its inaugural gala at the historic Union League of Philadelphia.
300 were in attendance from different pro-life groups, parishes, college clubs, and even faithful prayer vigil participants.
Barbara Rose, nurse practitioner and mover and shaker of the organization, found it fitting that the event was held on the feast of St. John Paul the Great. He is “our patron” just as much as St. Gianna because of his boldness in building a culture of life through his example.
The event this year honored the Knights of Columbus, Missionaries of Charity in Norristown, Love and Fidelity Network, and Liz Parrish of the Friends of Fertility Network.
In addition to the first of many recipients of the organization, Barbara Rose and her colleagues acknowledged the future members of the medical field that represented many local medical schools and colleges.
Joe Gale, Commissioner of Montgomery County, asked those in attendance to get involved in three ways. One is spiritually by attending prayer vigils, hosting holy hours, and even praying for abortion to end. The second way to get involved is through education. The best way is by teaching students about chastity and how it can stop abortion at its root. The final way is to get involved with the life issue is by politics.
Some representatives of the organizations honored took the time to thank everyone for coming and their support. One speaker was Micheal O’Connor, the Supreme Secretary of the Knights of Columbus. He came representing the order comprised of nearly 2 million men worldwide since 1882. He shared how the Knights have been instrumental in building the culture of life, especially with their ultrasound program, which began in 2009. Since its inception, they had more than a 1000 life-saving machines installed at pregnancy centers across the United States. Their 1000th ultrasound machine installed in Manassa, VA. For more information about the program, visit here.
The Knights of Columbus’s commitment made the establishment of the pro-life center possible.
It was a night to remember for all. The members of the Gianna Center of Philadelphia ask for your help in providing health care that is in line with Catholic Church teaching and cultivates healthy fertility and relationships. To find out how you can get involved, visit their site here.