Sr. Amelia Callegarin, FMA
Amelia was the second of five sisters and one brother born to Rito and Louise Busolin. Amelia was born in the magnificent district of Castions di Strada, Guarene, Udine, Italy. The Callegarin’s were not only a loving united family, but above all they were authentic Christians committed to living their faith deeply. Amelia came to know the Salesian Sisters through an uncle who was a Salesian priest and a missionary in India.
Amelia entered the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians on November 11, 1949 to begin her period of formation. During her Postulancy, she was chosen to take part at the canonization of Mother Mazzarello which took place in Rome on June 24, 1951. She began the Novitiate at Conegliano on August 5, 1951, but after the destruction of a good part of the Novitiate building during World War II, the Novices were relocated in Battaglia Terme, close to Padua. At the end of the Novitiate Sr. Amelia made her first profession on August 6, 1953 with immense joy and the determination to live only and always for Jesus.
During the Novitiate, Sr. Amelia had made the request to go to the missions and her request was accepted. She was assigned to the United States. Sr. Amelia was given the task of caring for the elderly and sick Sisters. She dedicated herself completely day and night to the care of her Sisters. Life was difficult and it required a huge dose of sacrifice. Sr. Amelia was ready for the task. She embraced with joy, spirit of sacrifice and loving kindness the mission that can rightly be called her life’s ministry.
In 1981, Sr. Amelia had a break from the work of the infirmary. She was transferred to the house of “St. Domenic Savio in Montreal, Canada in the role of Superior. In 1983 she was sent to Lagaceville in the same role. In the summer of 1989 she returned definitively to the United States. Sr. Amelia was received with joy at St. Joseph, Provincial Center, where she continued to give of herself to her beloved sick Sisters.
In December of 2018 she received a devastating diagnosis from the doctor: cancer in the fourth stage. This news would have scared anyone, but our dear Sr. Amelia remained serene and peaceful. The doctor gave her approximately six months of life and she as a practical woman filled with faith refused any surgery or intensive chemo therapy saying: “Let the Lord come when He wants, I am at peace.”
In the late evening of Saturday, February 1, 2020 in the serenity of an enviable peace, the Blessed Mother came to take this faithful daughter to heaven.
The Sisters will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 PM on Tuesday, February 4 at St. Joseph Provincial Center, 655 Belmont Avenue, Haledon. The Rosary will be prayed at 4:00 PM followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 5:00 PM. The interment will take place on Wednesday, February 5 at 8:30 AM at the Salesian Sisters Cemetery, 659 Belmont Avenue, N. Haledon.