Vocation Story

Sister Madeline Angeline Fasano, O.Carm

I was born the eldest of three girls. From a very early age the role given me was that of a care giver. Because my mother was so taken up with a sick child I became somewhat of a “mother’s helper.” My mother and father were people of great faith. With the possibility of no future for my sister, they spent many hours seeking help spiritually and professionally to change that. My sister lived to be 61 years old because of that faith. It was here that the foundation of my life took form. Love is the root of all life. God is always there. As my role of “mother’s helper” continued, I baby-sat a lot, along with my best friend Catherine. We loved it and as a result, we planned our weddings. I was to be her bridesmaid and she to be mine. As we went our separate ways to high school, I met my classmate, Peggy. I also started going to daily Mass. This was where God changed my road. Peggy had a sister who was a Carmelite Sister and also a nurse working with older people. Peg asked me to do volunteer work and I refused. I was free- ready to date, go to dances, etc. But she persisted and my Mom advised me to go ahead and volunteer as that would stop Peggy from nagging me. I went even though not wanting to do it. Then I met my best friend Catherine again and she asked to volunteer too. I don’t know whether my Mom and Dad were in it to persuade me. All I know was that I felt an inward attraction to the religious life that I could not resist. The rest is history! I am currently serving in our facility in Bayside, New York as an Administrative Assistant.

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Sister Madeline Angeline Fasano, O.Carm