Current Ministry Location-Maryknoll Sisters Center
Sister Madeleine Giusto entered the Maryknoll Sisters on September 7, 1968 from St. Thomas Parish, Reno, NV, after earning her nursing degree at Roseland Community School of Chicago, IL, and working as an RN at Washoe Medical Center in Reno.
Sister Madeleine’s first assignment was to South Korea in 1969, during her second year of formation as a Maryknoll sisters. She made her first vows on September 16, 1971, in Korea.
Sister Madeleine served as a clinic nurse from 1969-1971 in Jeung Pyong, a countryside community in South Korea where she ministered to the poor and sick while also acting as an interpreter and English conversation teacher. She was in charge of the treatment room and supervised two Korean nurse’s aides.
In 1972, she returned to the Center for her Year of Reflection. At its completion in 1973, she worked as a staff nurse at Bethany House, caring for the ill and elderly Sisters of her congregation. After completing three years of service there, she returned to Korea, resuming her language studies in 1975, working as a public health nurse at Samyul, Kyung Sang, Puk Do, for a year, then as a member of a Community Health Team from 1976-1978.
She then began ministering specifically to patients with Hansen’s Disease in So Rok Do from 1978-1984. In this ministry, she served both in a nearby home for the elderly, as well as in individual homes. She visited the sick, washing their sores, seeking to fill them with comfort and peace. She ministered to them with tireless dedication. She rejoined with them in their successes and prayerfully consoled them in their failures, always striving to make God’s love visible in their lives.
From 1984-1987, she once again served at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in the nursing home unit, but was back in Korea, at Kwangju, involved in student ministry from February to July 1988. She returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center in September 1988 and served at the Maryknoll Nursing Home as a staff nurse until August 31, 1992.
Sister Madeleine did mission education and promotion work in the Midwestern United States from October 1992 – August 1994. At its completion, she returned once more to serve as a staff nurse at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, then returned to work in Korea for several more years before returning to the Maryknoll Sisters Center in 2004.