Sister Alice Cardillo


Current Ministry Location: Maryknoll Sisters Center-Maryknoll, NY

Sister Alice graduated from St. Mary’s Grammar and High School in Rutherford, New Jersey, attended Caldwell College for a year, and worked another year before joining Maryknoll in 1965.  After earning her B.A. degree in Community Service, she was assigned to Korea in 1970.  She received an A.A. degree in Nursing from Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ and her R.N. registration from New Jersey and New York.

A warm, friendly, outgoing person, Sister Alice visited patients for a year in one- room homes or on small porches, treating their wounds, singing in their choir and other activities.  Equally important to her was meeting people on a person-to-person level to mutually share values, beliefs and friendship.

Earlier she was on a teaching team that planned and supervised student nurses from Maryknoll Nursing School in Pusan for rural and urban experiences.  During her last eight years in Korea she lived in a poor farming village with people with Hansen’s disease and their children, sharing life with them in the Catholic community formed there as sisters and brothers in God’s family.

In 1988, Sister Alice returned to the U.S. for family ministry. She then did volunteer work and became a social services assistant at the Maryknoll Sisters Center.

She studied Thanatology in the College of New Rochelle Graduate School with an Internship at Calvary Hospital, NY.  She is a long-time volunteer in Pastoral Care Services for patients with advanced cancer and in 2013 received a Certificate of Appreciation from Calvary Hospital.

Sister Alice continues to reside at the Center working in social services with the ill and elderly Maryknoll Sisters. She also does volunteer pastoral work at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, NY, a special hospital for terminally ill patients.