Sister Margaret Rose Guzzardo

This 50th jubilarian is “articulate” in her quest to serve the dear neighbor. Meet Sister Margaret Rose Guzzardo.

Sister Margaret was born in Freeport, Illinois. She was received into the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1968. She received a bachelor’s degree in speech correction from Fontbonne College in 1967 and a master’s in communications disorders from St. Louis University in 1971.

Sister Margaret began her life’s work at St. Roch Grade School in St. Louis as a speech therapist (1968-69). After earning her master’s degree, she served for six years as a faculty member at Fontbonne College (1971-77). For the next 12 years, she was a speech language pathologist at St. Joseph Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri (1977-85), Daniel Freeman Marina Hospital in Inglewood, California (1985-89) and Daniel Freeman Marina Hospital, Marina Del Rey, California (1988-89). After a brief sabbatical, Sister Margaret served as a bilingual speech language pathologist at St. Mary’s Hospital in Tucson, Arizona (1990-91). She provided services in English and Spanish.

Sister Margaret went on to serve for 10 years at the Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales, Arizona, where she was a bilingual speech language pathologist (1990-2001) and a rehab coordinator (1996-97). She treated patients in the hospital, clinic and in their homes. She received the Carondelet Health Care Rehabilitationist of the Year Award in 1995. Sister Margaret volunteered at St. Andrew’s Clinic in Nogales to serve Mexican children with speech-language disorders. She initiated Project Cleft Palate for the children. From 1999 to 2002, she also served her CSJ community as a member of the vocation/formation team as well as a novice director.

In 2003, Sister Margaret began 12 years of service at the Walker Scottish Rite Clinic for Children in St. Louis as a speech language pathologist. She initiated services in Spanish at the clinic and at Head Start centers. In 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013, she traveled to FUVIRESE (Fundacion de Vida, Realidad y Servicio) in Baños, Ecaudor, where she evaluated children and taught parents and teachers how to help children communicate.

Since 2015, Sister Margaret has been in Kewanee, Illinois, to provide family care, to teach immigrants English and to facilitate children’s liturgy of the word in English and Spanish in the parish.

Sister Margaret believes her ministry has opened doors for persons to communicate successfully and, thus, has furthered the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph to unite all persons in God’s great love.