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SERVICE TO THE CHURCH

A Mother’s Call

By Jessie Bazan ’17 SOT/Sem

Laura Kelly Fanucci and her husband, Franco, are in the throes of life with littles.

Dishes from four growing boys adorn their kitchen counters. Socks, loose pieces of homework and more socks are scattered across the floors. A symphony of giggles accompanies the family out the door each morning. Laura wouldn’t trade this “sort of chaos” for the world. “I’ve done more things before 9 a.m. than I ever used to during a day,” said Fanucci, a 2009 graduate of the School of Theology and Seminary. “This is an exhausting time of life, but I’ll miss it when it’s done.”

“Even though we knew this wasn’t the best-case scenario, the hospital is full of dreamy miracle stories on the wall,” Fanucci explained. “We thought, ‘This is rough, but of course they’re going to make it.’ ”

“We were right inside the heart of God”

The couple spends their days chasing sons Sam (9), Thomas (7), Joseph (4) and Benjamin (1). Not a day goes by when they don’t wish their twin daughters, Maggie and Abby, could join in the fun. The girls died in

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February 2016 of Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome, a blood disorder that leaves one baby with too much blood and the other with not enough.

The surgery to save their lives was unsuccessful. Maggie lived for one day, while Abby lived for two. Fanucci describes the experience as “gutwrenching” — and closer to the divine than ever.

“We were right inside the heart of God,” Fanucci said of the graced time holding Abby as she died. Her blog post about the experience is a must-read. motheringspirit.com “It’s not cliché to say God works through suffering to bring

Saint John's Magazine Summer/Fall 2018  

Saint John's Magazine is published in the fall and winter for alumni, parents, friends and the Saint John's University campus community.

Saint John's Magazine Summer/Fall 2018  

Saint John's Magazine is published in the fall and winter for alumni, parents, friends and the Saint John's University campus community.

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