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Gianna Emanuela Molla, who works full time at the Saint Gianna Foundation, will be the keynote speaker at the University of Mary’s annual Vocations Jamboree to be held Tuesday through Thursday.

She will deliver her address, in which she talks about her mother's sacrifice when Molla was born and her ensuing canonization, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the new Founders Hall inside the Lumen Vitae University Center.

"Dr. Molla brings to our third annual Vocations Jamboree a unique blend of grace and 'gravitas,'" said Peter Huff, director of the Saint John Paul II Center for University Ministry and professor of theology at the University of Mary. “Celebrating God's special call to each person means first and foremost recognizing the unrepeatable dignity and beauty of every individual life."

“I would not be here if I was not loved so much,” she told hundreds of people at a recent gathering in Phoenix and reported by The Catholic Sun newspaper. 

During Beretta Molla’s canonization ceremony, John Paul II described her as, “a simple, but more than ever, significant messenger of divine love.” She is also the inspiration behind the first pro-life Catholic health care center for women in New York, named the Gianna Center. Her husband, who has since died, and their children, including Gianna Emanuela, attended her canonization ceremony.

People interested in attending this free event may register at www.umary.edu/vocjam or call 701-355-8102.

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