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Servant of God Sister Carmelina Tarantino of the Cross C.P.
Born: Feb 7, 1937 – Liveri, Naples, Italy
Baptized: Feb 19, 1937 – Church of St. George Martyr
Emigrated: July 4, 1964 arrives at Toronto with Dr. Nicola Sbarra from Liveri
Professed: November 26, 1977
Deceased: March 21, 1992
Burial: Holy Cross Cemetery, Thornhill, Ontario


Father Frank Carpinelli
Sunday, October 20th, 2019

Father Frank Carpinelli who's in charge of collecting and study and examine more than 10,000 documents and files regarding the life of Sister Carmelina.


Father Claudio Piccinini
Sunday, October 20th, 2019

Brief considerations of Father Claudio Piccinini at the end of the Holy Mass on Sunday, October 20th , 2019, in honor of Sister Carmelina.


Father Frank Carpinelli
Sunday, October 20th, 2019

Introduction to Holy Mass on Sunday, October 20th , 2019, in honor of Sister Carmelina Tarantino.

Holy Mass of Sunday October 20, 2019 in honor of Sister Carmelina.
To celebrate the function, His Eminence Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto.
Also Father Claudio Piccinini, Father Frank Carpinelli, Deacon Joe Di Grado, and many other priests have participated actively.

Sister Carmelina Tarantino of the Cross C.P.

The story of Sr Carmelina Tarantino, daughter of Saverio Tarantino and Annunziata Fiore, is that of a truly unique young emigrant. You see her portrayed on the bed: her chair, with her hair loose on her shoulders, the Crucifix in her hands and the Passionist dress. Daughter of a large family of Liveri, near Naples, who emigrated to Canada in 1964. A contemporary of ours that has known the labors of detachment from the homeland and the insecurity of the future.
The Tarantino: one of those families who are gone: 11 children, lots of mouths to feed and little work. Towards the 50s and 60s, on the eve of the Italian economic boom, some brothers decide to emigrate. The destination was Canada. Carmelina saw them starting one by one and finally in 1961 it's up to her too. She was a beautiful girl, practical, cheerful, playful, mature and independent. The hardships of life have strengthened her. She was hungry for prayer and spiritual values. God was for her a living presence and His mystery an attraction stronger than the others. Love the poor. 
She was a beautiful girl and many young people woo her but Carmelina does not feel attracted by marriage. She awaits the sign of God. This comes: She emigrates to Canada where other brothers and sisters were working.
In 1960 she had begun to suffer pain and a persistent headache, various ailments, including the impossibility of sleeping at night. Family members were alarmed.
Carmelina was very loved and cares about her. Then begins a long pilgrimage from one doctor to another and the opinions were contradictory. No one could diagnose her illness. The brothers then decide taken her with them to Canada to change the air and look for the cause of her illness. A journey without return.
Carmelina arrives in Canada, the land of the three hundred thousand lakes, on July 4th, 1964. After long and exhausting research, finally the sentence: cancer. One leg was amputated. As the body consumes itself, she nourishes and expresses the desire to be religious.
But, who accepts a sick person? Everyone advises against it because the amputation has solved a problem but has opened up others. In Italy her parents will die without knowing the tragedy of their daughter whose usual place was the hospital.
But from this hospital Carmelina begins to attract so many people affected by her faith, her joy of living, her love for Jesus.
And Jesus Crucified who is shaping it in his image makes her a gift: to be religious. In ways that only Providence has made it known and met with the Passionist Sisters of St. Paul of the Cross who welcomed them together on November 26th, 1977.
She carried out her mission from the bed that becomes a professorship of life for many: straggling young people, broken families, children, friends. A person capable of starting up thousands of people as evidenced by the founding of the United Society in Toronto and the foundation of Teopoli.
She died on March 21st, 1992.
Her motto: Oh Jesus, suffering was my joy, the gift that made me meet you, the greatest love of my life. All the sufferings you ask me I am ready to take for your love.


By Leslie ScrivenerToronto Star
Sun., Aug. 12, 2007


By all accounts, Carmelina Tarantino's life was one of suffering – wounds that wouldn't heal, pain that required regular morphine.
She was unwell even as a girl, growing up in a farming family near Pompeii. Then, in 1964, at age 27, she came to Toronto on the urging of her seven brothers and sisters living here. She hoped to get answers about her illnesses, which had baffled Italian physicians.
Canadian doctors suspected a rare cancer, but that was never confirmed. To contain the spread of disease, her left leg was amputated to the hip and she had a mastectomy. She could not sit up, and her dressings needed to be changed several times a day. Believing that radiation and chemotherapy were no longer helpful, doctors sent her to Riverdale hospital for her last few months.
Yet Tarantino lived. And with permission from the Vatican, in 1977 she fulfilled a long held wish to become a nun, though she never left her hospital bed. "For 24 years, the same bed, the same room, the same position," says her brother Antonio Tarantino, 78.
If she was cut off from the world, the world was not cut off from her. Word slowly spread of the gravely ill woman at Riverdale (now known as Bridgepoint Health) who helped those who visited her. Despite her continuing pain, she seemed joyful. "She put herself aside and turned to support others," says Sister Christine Minicucci, who met Sister Carmelina in 1978.

She counselled thousands before her death in 1992, at age 55. And because of how she transcended physical suffering to help others, a group of Torontonians have begun the process of getting her made a saint.
It's the first time someone from this city has been nominated for sainthood.
There was something about the frail invalid in the starched habit that drew people. The line-ups in the hall were a nuisance to hospital administrators, who insisted visitors make appointments. Over the years, thousands came – not just the faithful, but people in troubled marriages or struggling with depression or addictions.

"She didn't look at you as an abusive husband or an addict – she saw the good in you," says former hospital chaplain Joseph DiGrado, who knew her for 15 years.
For those who couldn't go to the hospital, she used the phone, sometimes counselling people up to 10 hours a day. Some have suggested that if she does achieve sainthood, Sister Carmelina, who had a Grade 5 education and spoke little English (most who sought her guidance spoke Italian), should be named patron saint of the telephone.
Last month, DiGrado, along with members of Sister Carmelina's religious order, the Congregation of the Passionist Sisters of St. Paul of the Cross, received permission from Thomas Collins, the Archbishop of Toronto, to start gathering evidence of her holiness. It's the beginning of the beatification process, one of the early steps toward sainthood in the Catholic Church. 
Now, her supporters are doing the spadework. Her order has obtained 100 testimonials from people whom she helped, and is seeking more. Among her good deeds: getting food delivered to the needy, securing books for children whose parents couldn't afford them, reconciling families that were divided, and, in one case, talking a young man out of suicide. "She organized and mobilized people," says Sister Valeriana Natilla, 84. "She'd say, `I need to have this delivered.'"
None of her supporters uses the word "miracle," but that's what's needed if Sister Carmelina is to join the ranks of the saints. If anyone who prayed to her has had their prayers dramatically answered – for example, a terminal patient cured or a tumour gone – that would qualify as a miracle under Catholic doctrine.
The phenomenon of the bedridden saint is not unknown in Catholic tradition. Such individuals, using their anguish in a transformative way, are perceived as martyrs, their suffering identified with that of Christ. "Some people," says Sister Christine, "are chosen to offer to God all their suffering for the well being of others.
Because addicts were among those Sister Carmelina helped, it seemed natural that the Passionist sisters would help those struggling with substance abuse. In the community room of the Etobicoke bungalow where Sister Christine and Sister Valeriana live, five young women are watching television, a few of them knitting. They are part of the order's two-year, non-medical residential treatment program.
One of Sister Carmelina's early supporters was Father Claudio Piccinini, a Passionist priest, who helped her to become a nun. "She was in Room 306 West, stretched on her bed, a pillow under her head, immaculately clean," he says, recalling his first visit. "Her hair was long and black, it was loose. She wore glasses and was pale, but she was beautiful, I sat down and it was as if we'd known each other a million years. She said, `Nothing changes, this is my life.'"
But her life did change. In time, dozens of people visited each day, he says. "Her room became almost like an official confession. People would go there and reveal their souls to her. "She'd say, 'This isn't what the Lord is asking of you – you need to shape up.'"

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