If you are struggling to conceive, you may want to pray to a Catholic saint of infertility to help pray for your journey. A saint will intercede on your behalf, but not all saints are the best choice if you suffer from infertility.
All saints are the patron saint of something, whether you need help finding something, work a dangerous career, suffer from a disease, or spend your days raising your babies. While you also can always pray to your favorite saint, sometimes, you want a saint who “specializes” in whatever you are experiencing.
These times are tough whether you suffer from primary or secondary infertility. The pain of wanting a child and struggling to conceive is heartbreaking. If you need to find comfort, here are a few saints to accompany you along your journey.
Who is the Patron Saint of Infertility?
St. Gianna Beretta Molla is the Catholic Saint of infertility, fertility, pregnant women, and mothers. She was one of the few saints who was a mother, and you often see pictures of her holding one of her kids.
Another amazing fact about St. Gianna Beretta is that she was a pediatrician, so she was a working mother. Moms often feel like she truly identifies with what moms experience nowadays, trying to find the balance in their lives.
St. Gianna Beretta is a modern saint; she lived from 1922 to 1962. You can celebrate her feast day on April 28.
More About St. Gianna, Patron Saint of Infertility
Learning about the lives of saints is fascinating. Gianna’s story is no less awesome and fascinating to read.
Gianna was a devout Catholic her entire life, and she suffered from long, painful labors. However, she loved her children fiercely. In her second month of her pregnancy with her six child, she was diagnosed with a cancerous fibroid in her uterus. Despite her medical team advising her to have an immediate hysterectomy or an abortion to remove the cancer, Gianna chose to save her baby instead.
She gave birth to a 10 pound baby girl and died seven days later. Her cause of death was septic peritonitis, an infection of the lining of the abdomen. More than likely, this was due to her c-section that had to be performed due to her cancer.
St. Gianna’s selfless love for her child is something all of us mothers can identify with. We all often say we would die for our children, but her love is why her child is alive today.
Gianna was canonized as a saint in May 2004, and Pope John Paul II said she was the first working mom saint in the Catholic Church, and the first canonized woman physician. She made history!
Women all throughout the world pray to St. Gianna Beretta, attributing many miracles and saving dangerous pregnancies to her love. Testimonies from women with infertility believe that she interceded and brought about successful pregnancy.
How to Pray to St. Gianna Beretta Molla, Patron Saint of Infertility
If you are suffering from infertility or want to pray for a successful pregnancy, here are some ways to pray to the saint of fertility.
- Add a prayer request on her website. The Molla family reads through the prayers and often will send you something during your prayers.
- Pray a novena to her, which is the same prayer for 9 days. I put her traditional novena below. I suggest starting the prayer on April 20th and ending on her feast day, April 28th, but you can pay a novena whenever you want!
- Go to mass on her feast day – April 28th.
- Visit her shrine in Warminister, PA. They host celebrations on her feast day, and if you give them an email ahead of time, they will meet and let you hold her relics, like gloves.
- Gather with friends or family and pray a litany to her on her feast day (or any day).
- Wear her religious medal! It’s a great way to remind yourself to pray to her daily.
- Enjoy learning about her life and reading books about Saint Gianna Molla.
St. Gianna Beretta Molla Novena
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Dear holy servant of God, Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, we pray to you because you were once the selfless and suffering mother who chose the life of her child over her own life. Your faithfulness to God brought you so close to God that you are now resting in His divine splendor. We humbly pray for your holy intercession.
(Mention your intentions here)
In the midst of your suffering you continued your mission to care for the sick, needy and weak. And so we bring our needy hearts to you and ask that you pray for us to God our Father…
Pray for all those who suffer from infertility or miscarriage. That they may be comforted.
Most holy Saint Gianna, you said “yes” to the new life of your baby, generously sacrificing your own life. Show us how to say “yes” as you did to God’s will so that we may come to eternal rest with God in heaven.
Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, pray for us!
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
What Saint to Pray with When Trying to Conceive
You have several options to consider when praying to conceive. Many women start with praying to St. Gerard Majella; you can grab a prayer card. He is the patron saint of expectant mothers and pregnancy.
Your personal saint is also someone you can pray to when trying to conceive, such as St. Anne or St. Therese. If you feel connected to your confirmation saint, pray all of your requests to that saint.
Don’t forget, anyone who is in heaven is a “saint” even if the Vatican hasn’t canonized them. You can pray to your great-grandmother who always prayed for others and had her rosary beads with her. I’m sure she is there, rooting for you to get pregnant!
Just remember, according to the Catholic tradition, you are asking the saints to intercede on your behalf to God for his action. They are not God; only God is God!
7 Other Saints of Infertility to Pray for Fertility
Saint Gianna is not the only Catholic Saint who you can pray to for a successful pregnancy. Here are a few other saints to make sure you include in your prayer list!
1. St. Agnes
Most Catholics recognize St. Agnes as the patron saint of young girls; she is most often represented with a lamb. She is the patron saint of chastity, rape survivors, and Children of Mary. However, many women pray to her for fertility.
2. St. Colette
St. Colette is the founders of Colette Poor Clares, and she is known as the patron saint of women trying to conceive, expectant others, and sick children. You’ll find numerous stories of miraculous events during her life and women who experienced miracles after praying to her.
3. St. Catherine of Sienna
Saint Catherine of Sienna is known as the patron saint against fires, but she also is a saint for illnesses and miscarriages. If you’re suffering from a miscarriage or need protection against a miscarriage, consider praying to St. Catherine of Sienna.
4. St. Joseph
You may be shocked to see man on this list, but St. Joseph was a caring man. That’s why he is the patron saint of fathers. Joseph followed God’s commands and ensured Mary never experienced shame or cruelty while pregnant.
If your husband wants to pray for a successful pregnancy, encourage him to pray to St. Joseph, the protector of the home and family.
5. St. Margaret of Antioch
Many call St. Margaret of Antioch the Saint Marina or the Great Martyr. Legend says she encountered Santa who disguised himself as a dragon and swallowed her whole. Then, because she wore a cross, he spit her out unharmed.
She is often designated as a patron saint of expectant mothers, especially mothers who have difficult labors.
6. St. Catherine of Sweden
If you suffer from fertility issues, St. Catherine of Sweden is an excellent saint to pray to. She is the saint for those who experienced a miscarriage and offers protection from losses as well. Many women pray to her for healings from miscarriage and protection in their current pregnancy.
7. St. Rita of Cascia
If you feel like you have an impossible problem, St. Rita of Cascia is the patron saint of impossible causes, marital problems, abuse, and, at one time, the patron saint of infertility. She was a wife and mother, who later became a nun.
You don’t have to face your infertility journey alone. Pray to patron saint of infertility and face your journey together, spending time in prayer. Remember, you’re never alone!