Sister Carmen Morzillo

Telegram & Gazette [Massachusetts]
May 3, 1997

Worcester — Sister Carmen Morzillo, M.P.V., 72, with the Religious Venerini Sisters, died Thursday in Memorial Hospital after a long struggle with cancer. She lived at 23 Edward St.

She leaves two sisters, Anna DeCrosta of Schenectady, N.Y., and Lucy Pone of Clearwater, Fla.; several nephews; and a niece. She was born in Schenectady, N.Y., daughter of Andrew and Teresa (DeCerbo) Morzillo, and lived here many years. She entered the Religious Venerini Sisters in North Adams in 1942 and professed her final vows in 1944.

She graduated from Anna Maria College, then in Marlboro, and earned a master's degree from Boston College. She was later certified as a pastoral counselor at Worcester State Hospital.

Sister Carmen was an administrator for many years. She was directress of religious formation, a community superior and a regional councilor, and served for 10 years as regional coordinator for the U.S. Province of the Venerini Sisters. She was elected to its General Council in Rome in 1989 and served there until 1995. She was active for many years in the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, on regional and national levels.

Sister Carmen was a teacher of religious education at Our Lady of Mount Carmel-St. Ann's Church when the Venerini Sisters first came to Worcester, and a teacher at Venerini Academy after its founding. With her strong grasp of English and Italian, she was a translator for the order, and helped in editing many of its documents, along with the history and life of the foundress, Rosa Venerini. She jointly wrote several other biographies.

Sister Carmen also did guidance work at Venerini Academy, the Guild of St. Agnes Day Care Center, La Salette Counseling Center in Attleboro and Edward Street Associates. She was also a board member of the Diocesan Diaconate program and the House of Affirmation in Whitinsville.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Fusaro Memorial Chapel at the Venerini Convent, 23 Edward St. Burial will be in St. Bernard's Cemetery, Fitchburg. Calling hours are 4 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Religious Venerini Sisters, Mission Fund, 23 Edward St., Worcester 01605. This fund was started by Sister Carmen. Arthur S. Manzi & Son Funeral Home, 179 Shrewsbury St., is directing arrangements.


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