The Papal Artifacts’ Collection is primarily dedicated to artifacts connected to the papacy. Individual popes, their biographies and multiple items belonging to them, including first and second class relics, make up the majority of this Collection. But that isn’t all it is.
Father Kunst has a deep devotion to the saints as can be readily seen in viewing the Saints & Blesseds section of this site. We invite you to visit Papal History/Saints & Blesseds to view the many canonized and beatified men and women who make up this section of the Collection.
St. Gianna Molla is one of them.
St. Gianna Molla: First & Second Class Relics
The artifact is first & second class relics of St. Gianna Molla, given to Father Richard Kunst by her daughter, Dr. Gianna Molla during her visit to Duluth, Minnesota, October 29 – 31, 2017.
The relic is hair clippings from the saint & a piece of her favorite dress–so 1st & 2nd class relics.
Unlike other canonized saints her body was never exhumed. These relics were kept by the family and offered after her death for veneration.
Dr. Molla gave several presentations during her stay, including to school children from the Catholic middle school, to the bedside of a young, cancer patient, and to a large audience at Fr. Kunst’s home parish following Mass.
Dr. Molla was received with such great gratitude. This first class relic of her, “Saint Mom” is a treasured addition to the Collection.
St. Gianna Molla, pray for us!
In the Papal Artifacts’ Collection there have been many unique and varied items, and this rare, hand-written Geometry Assignment of St. Gianna Beretta Molla is one of the most unique.
Written as a school assignment in great detail, it was a gift from Dr. Gianna Molla to Father Richard Kunst during her October 29 to 31, 2017 visit to his home parish in Duluth, Minnesota.
Saint Gianna would have been approximately 14 years old at the time this assignment was recorded. She signed on the cover, Beretta G.
Dr. Molla wrote the explanation of this relic, which also authenticates the relic, on her mom’s letterhead paper from the time the saint was a practicing doctor. (Both women practiced as physicians.)
The assignment ranks as one of the most unique treasures of this Collection, coming from a beloved 20th century saint via her gracious and beloved child.
Father Kunst is grateful for this gift, and for the gift of herself, which she left with the audiences who attended her many presentations.
Saint Gianna, pray for us!
ABOUT DR. GIANNA EMANUELA MOLLA
Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla practiced as a Geriatrician as the Geriatric Institute “Camilo Gulgi” in Abbiategrasso, Milan. In 2003, she left her profession to care for her father, Pietro, who had 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 & Father’s lives. 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.”
Her parents taught her that the Way of the Cross is the right way to follow, even with its sufferings. “The Way of the Cross is the Way of Joy,” she said. “Both of them suffered a lot in their lives, but they had great joy. It is the most profound joy that is a prelude of a bigger joy — to be able to reach paradise one day and forever.”
It is impossible to overestimate the gift to Duluth, Minnesota, Dr. Molla was. Her indescribable joy and heartfelt presentation about her Saint Mom and Holy Dad reached into the hearts and minds of those who were fortunate to hear her presentations. We are so grateful for her presence.
St. Gianna, pray for us!