Below is the newsletter from the Gianna Center of Philadelphia along with pictures of the many events they’ve had this year. This center is an important part of our pro-life work and just as with all our pregnancy help centers, they too need our support, both financially and spiritually. Please read about their year and view their many pictures, and if you can, please make a donation to help them keep their doors open. Information is posted below for donations.
Our Opening Day in the New Office
Over 50 friends, patients and supporters joined Bishop John McIntyre and Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale for an office blessing and open house on April 26. Anne Nolte, Executive Director of the National Gianna Center in New York City also came down for the day. The Knights of Columbus Holy Family Council #3327 presented a check for $5,000 they had raised for the Gianna Center at an event in Bridgeport in March.
Exam rooms in the new office have been dedicated to John and Harriet Stanton, and to the Knights of Columbus in recognition of their extraordinary support. Earlier this spring, regional councils of the Knights generously donated the cost of an ultrasound machine for the Gianna Center through a matching grant program from the Supreme Council’s Culture of Life Fund. The Stantons are long-time bastions of the Philadelphia pro-life community whose commitment has extended to the establishment of this center for women’s reproductive health.
Our Outreach to Student Health Care Professionals
In September, Dr. Larrauri traveled to Misericordia University, at the request of Dr. Chris Carr, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies. She was asked to speak about health risks to a woman’s fertility from contraceptives. On Oct 7, Dr. Larrauri and Barbara Rose were invited to speak to Temple Medical Students. Later that same month, they spoke at Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, NJ.
Our Outreach to Women with Low Incomes
Since its opening, the Gianna Center has been providing services to low income women in the Greater Philadelphia area. Twice this year, we hosted “Free Clinic Days.” These are times that the office is open to anyone without insurance for general gynecologic examinations and in-office screenings. As the Gianna Center is located near Norristown, there has been outreach to the Hispanic community though St.Patrick’s church ministry and the Missionary Sisters of Charity. The generous gift of the ultrasound from the Knignts of Columbus has proven to be an invaluable tool for diagnosing patients and has assisted Dr. Larrauri in providing care to women who might otherwise had more serious outcomes in their first trimester of pregnancy.
Our NaPro Babies!
NaPro Babies is our affectionate term for children whose mothers benefited from the protocols of NaProTechnology during their pregnancies. Many thanks to the moms who graciously shared pictures of their precious ones for all of us to enjoy! *
*Pictures posted with permission
Our Participation in the 38th Annual AAFCP Meeting
The Gianna Center of Philadelphia was front and center during the 38th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals (AAFCP). Pro-life women’s health professionals from all over the country and all over the world, gathered in Blue Bell, at the Normandy Farm Hotel and Conference Center this summer. Participants of the Annual Meeting came to our evening open house on July 19 th. Esteemed guests included Susan Hiilgers, wife of Dr. Thomas W. Hilgers and one of the cofounders of the Creighton Model FertilityCare System, Dr. Joseph Stanford, NaProTechnology researcher and professor at the University of Utah Dept. Family and Preventive Medicine and Dr. Jean Golden Teavald, former preseident of the AAFCP and medical director of Morning Star Family Health in Clinton NJ.
Our First Gala at the Union League
Thanks to all of you who came out to support the Gianna Center of Philadelphia on Oct 22 for the first Annual Gala. Your enthusiasm for the Culture of Life that is growing in our city is contagious, and is its own encouragement for soldiers in the battle like the Knights of Columbus, the Missionary Sisters of Charity, the Love and Fidelity Network, and FertilityCare Practitioner Liz Parrish, RN. Your generosity helps us to realize the promise of their work by enabling us to provide authentically Catholic, pro-life health care to the women and families of our community.
On the Front Lines!
The Gianna Center of Philadelphia is transforming the culture by changing lives. By supporting chastity; educating couples to understand their own fertility; empowering women with pro-life family planning options; restoring the fertility of women struggling to conceive; providing information and support to women facing crisis pregnancies; and training the next generation of pro-life healthcare providers, our medical team transforms pro-life ideals into real life choices.
We are honored to be called to this work, but we cannot do it alone.
To celebrate the Gianna Center of Philadelphia’s first year in operation, a generous benefactor has promised to match any amount up to $25,000 that we receive between now and December 27, 2019.
If you share our values, now is the moment to join us in this critical mission! Whether you can give $50, $500, or $5,000, your gift to the Gianna Center of Philadelphia will make a difference, and if you act now, our matching donor will double it.
Donate today by clicking here.
To learn more about the Gianna Center of Philadelphia’s work in our community visit us online at www.phgiannacenter.org, or mail your gift to the Gianna Center of Philadelphia, P.O. Box 354, Jenkintown, PA 19046.
Thank you for your prayers and support this year, and know that we are praying for you as well!
Will you respond TODAY to turn your pro-life values into real change in women and children’s lives?