By the time she was 30, she had supported her younger siblings into adult life, and saved enough to make sure her mother had a comfortable old age, and then she began to pursue her religious vocation. When she met Don Bosco, she was set on living a cloistered life with the Vincentians, but he persuaded her that her gifts were needed in a different life, and he accepted her into the Salesian Sisters shortly after.
In 1881, her superiors sent her to Sicily, where in addition to teaching working class girls, she trained teachers and set up new schools, workshops and hostels. She was also responsible for the formation of new sisters, and became Provincial.
She died from cancer in 1908, and was beatified by St John Paul II in 1994.
An educator's prayer to Blessed Madeleine Morano
You who were called by a special vocation to care for children and young people and help them to mature in wisdom and grace, support my own educational mission and obtain for me the graces I need to fulfil it.
You who loved Jesus with an ardent and joyful heart and were capable of finding the most suitable ways to proclaim him and lead others to meet him, grant that I, too, may manifest the joy of belonging to him and may be a credible sign of his saving love for the young people entrusted to me.