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Dear Friends, We gathered in prayer on July 16 and a Sister reflected, “Today begins the 101st year of our presence here in the United States of America.” Together we thanked God for all that has been and we implored His blessings on all that will be. As I write this column the new school year has begun, North and South. There is excitement in the air! As I recall my own formation days, we learned that to BE SALESIAN is to love children! In fact, St. John Bosco said to the youngsters who attended the first Oratories, “It is enough that you are young that I love you.” I thought to quote from a student who just completed high school, thanks to a Sponsor. Rosa writes, “Sister, an Angel has helped me through

Sr. Mary Rinaldi’s Letter most difficult situation which was a burden to my family. Without knowing me, this sponsor taught me that Angels are not only Heavenly Beings, but they are on earth as well. My Angel changed my life. I cannot begin to describe my thanks because truly, if it were not for her, loving me without seeing me, I would not be here today graduating the Academy. This school has been my second home, and before I came I would not have believed that there were people who would give with a blind eye and a seeing heart.”

we get signs to prove otherwise. We sent out pleas for Summer Camp, and 155 of you returned your envelope. Results: we matched our $50,000 matching gift and children in the South and North had a safe, enjoyable summer. The happy campers’ hands in joyous union on our cover say it all. Thank you, one and all! We are now seeking sponsors to aid families in distress who wish their children to have a Catholic education. Even in these uncertain economic times, I truly believe that there are plenty of Angels out there. Are you one? Please contact me or use the envelope.


Just when we are tempted to judge children as flighty, selfish, or uncaring,

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ur cup runneth over, with nine outstanding young women now studying to become Salesian Sisters! Please keep them in your prayers! Sr. Phyllis Neves, Provincial Superior, joins the nine young women in our two-year Novitiate program: (leftright) Guerline Joseph, Christine Scott, Linda Gonzalez, Juliett Perez, Janet Keller, Brittany Harrison, Alina Suarez, Jaden Tran, Sr. Phyllis Neves, and Josiane Phanord. God’s blessings are certainly on our Province!

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Making Headlines Around the Province Spring Challenge Winners! Autographed script of High School Musical 3: Senior Year: Diana Rodriguez Barnegat, NJ $1,000 American Express Gift Card: Dianna Bruno West Paterson, NJ

Save the Dates Friday, October 29 Salesian Sisters’ Partners Circle Ball The Venetian Garfield, NJ. Honorees: Norma and Michael Massood. Please call (877) OUR-NUNS for invitations. Saturday, November 14 Thanksgiving Basket Party Villa Madonna School & Salesian Youth Center Tampa, FL For more information, call Theresa Anderson: (813) 205-3195 or e-mail Sunday December 13 Salesian Sisters’ Annual Christmas Party Mary Help of Christians Academy North Haledon, NJ

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We’ll Never Forget Our 100th! Dear Sister Mary, I enjoyed the “Partners In Giving” Special Centennial Issue. Looking through the magazine, it appeared that everyone at the celebration had a nice time. I hope the Salesian Sisters’ second hundred years are just as fruitful as their first were! God bless, Antonia Meola P.S. I wrote the enclosed poem about the Sisters. I hope you like it!

One Hundred Years And Counting One hundred years of progress, They’ve come a long, long way, And it all began, When four Salesian Sisters Seized the day. A journey brought them over, An ocean so very wide, They came to spread the faith, And to many were a guide. They stretched across the continent, From East out to the West,

And everywhere they went, They did their very best. The people came to love them, For they were pure of heart, They helped to make lives better, Right from the very start. And now one hundred years have passed, From that very special day, And they were walking tall, For two hundred is on its way. Partners in Giving • Early Fall 2009 •




440 Years of Loving Service – & Counting!


e gratefully introduce on these pages 10 Salesian Sisters who joyfully celebrated their special Jubilees on August 5, 2009, as Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. Together they have offered 440 years of loving service – and counting! – Sr. Mary Anne Zito, FMA

Sr. Nivia Arias

Sr. Theresa Samson 25 Years

25 Years


lberto and Luisa Arias emigrated from Cuba to Tampa where Nivia was born five years later. And as she says herself, “Things were never the same in the house after that!” Sr. Nivia attended the Salesian Sisters’ school, Villa Madonna, in Tampa. Here began the budding of her religious vocation. If you were looking for Nivia, you’d always find her helping the principal or other FMA in the school. Most of her family’s decisions ended with, “Si Dios quiere” (if God wills). Yes, years later, “Dios quiere” that Nivia be a Salesian Sister! Her love for the poor and the young is her true spirit of St. John Bosco and St. Mary Mazzarello so evident in her years of service in the classroom and at Sacred Heart Retreat Center in Newton, NJ.


heresa first met the Salesian Sisters at St. Dominic Savio School in Bellflower, CA. Though she never attended a Salesian school, she worked with the Salesian Sisters as a camp counselor in Corralitos, CA. This camp work with the young sparked Theresa’s desire to become a Salesian Sister herself. Sr. Theresa was vice-principal at Pope John Paul II School in Clifton, NJ, for four years and principal for five years. This educational leadership continued at St. Theresa’s in Kenilworth, NJ. She will now begin her new leadership assignment at Camp Auxilium Learning Center in Newton, NJ. Sr. Theresa’s love for the young reaches beyond the classroom, sharing her gifts of fine arts, drama, choreography, liturgical dance, singing, and forensics.

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Sr. Margaret Wilhelm 25 Years


argaret’s family providentially moved to Ringwood, NJ, which opened the way for Margaret’s first meeting with the Salesian Sisters at one of the family picnics at Mary Help of Christians Academy, where her older sister was already a student. It was love at first sight. “I was sure these were the Sisters for me. They were so cheerful and they really liked children,” she recalls. Sr. Margaret entered in 1980 and her life today is a witness of keeping God as the center of her life. Her ministries include teaching in New Jersey, Florida, and as principal of Mary Help. “Life is worth living and smiling about because God is here!” she says. And it is this same enthusiasm that Sr. Margaret brings to her new ministry as Assistant to the Novices at the Sacred Heart Novitiate.

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Congratulations, Sr. Emilia Kassab

Sr. Arlene Rubino

r. Emilia is our gift from Cairo, Egypt. Her parents, Sabri and Sofy, were a minority in this land, but were steadfast in educating their children in the Catholic religion. Emilia also attended a school run by the Salesian Sisters and was attracted by their example and dedication. It wasn’t easy to convince her parents for permission to become a Sister, but once professed, her parents could feel the presence of the Blessed Mother in their home. They knew she was, indeed, following God’s will. After some years in teaching and hospital work, Sr. Emilia came to the United States to visit her family, especially her mother who was not well. It was then she asked permission to remain in the United States. Sr. Emilia’s pleasant and helpful service both at Mary Help of Christians Academy and at St. Joseph Center is greatly appreciated. Her seamstress talents are a blessing to the Salesian Sisters in the three North American Provinces.

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Sr. Theresa Kelly

40 Years

40 Years




rlene was born in Elizabeth, NJ, to Nicolas and Rose, the second of three children. Once again, geography played an important part in another FMA vocation. Arlene first attended St. Anthony’s religious education classes and then transferred to St. Anthony’s School. She observed the Salesian Sisters closely and saw, she recalls, “constant joy, serenity, and continuous giving of themselves. This was the source of attraction for me to the Sisters’ life.” Arlene continued her high school studies at Mary Help. After her profession in 1969, Sr. Arlene excelled in early childhood education, having participated actively in the Dale Ave. Project and receiving her Montessori certification. Sr. Arlene not only gave her talents in teaching, but also prepared meals for the young people through her culinary talents at Camp Auxilium for many summers. A very tall Sister, she is, but Sr. Arlene has the gift to place herself at eye level with her little ones, loving so completely and selflessly.

50 Years


heresa was born and raised in Atlantic City, NJ, and practically lived at the Salesian Sisters’ convent. She attended the Sisters’ school, St. Michael’s, just seconds away from the Boardwalk. At a very early age, Theresa “knew she needed to belong to God.” After her religious profession in 1959, Sr. Theresa was entrusted with the care and guidance of the young ladies who were studying to be Sisters. Since then, Sr. Theresa has had numerous assignments which have brought her to different parts of the world. Her many ministries include: teacher of elementary, high school, college students, and other young adults interested in Theology. She has been a school principal in several schools. From 1992-1998, Sr. Theresa served as Provincial of the Salesian Sisters of the Eastern Province. Wherever Sr. Theresa is and whatever she does, her life as a Salesian Sister is marked by total dedication and love for the Lord.

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Congratulations, Sr. Florine Lagace

Sr. Gloria Machado 60 Years

50 Years


r. Florine Lagace was born in New Brunswick, Canada, of hard-working and deeply religious parents. At birth, they dedicated little Florine to Our Lady and, she says,“Mary has been my special protector from that time.” In 1953, the Salesian Sisters arrived at her parish. It was the first Salesian Sisters’ foundation in Canada. The Sisters had started a club which attracted Florine and other girls which gathered monthly to pray for vocations. It was during this time that Florine learned more about St. Mary Mazzarello and the Salesian journey to holiness. In 1956, Florine was among the first to enter the new house for Salesian postulants and novices. Sr. Florine now affirms that if she had to relive her life, she would not do one thing differently. She has served with a joyful heart in Canada, Louisiana, Florida, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, with many different responsibilities, but all with that same generosity and simplicity she first learned to love during those early days in New Brunswick.

Jubilarians! Sr. Patricia Winterscheidt 60 Years


loria was born to Elena and Eduardo Machado in Cuba. Though she did not begin her education with the Salesian Sisters, she knew of them. The Sisters’ school was very near her public school, and she was drawn by the cheerfulness of the girls who passed her house.


Due to the early sad death of her dear father, the pastor of her Salesian parish intervened with providential help by obtaining her acceptance as a resident student in the Salesian Sisters’ school. Gloria’s frequent and active presence could not go unnoticed. Even during vacations, she spent more time in school than at home. The FMA vocation was blossoming! Eventually she entered the community at Havana.

Later, Patricia became introduced to Don Bosco’s family when both her brother Leo and sisters Mary and Bertha entered the Salesian Family. It was during a home visit from Sr. Mary that Patricia became aware of the Sisters’ allgirls high school and her dad gave her his blessing to attend. Patricia began her formation in 1947 and was professed in 1949.

Sr. Gloria’s vocation has taken her to numerous places, and she always felt accepted everywhere. Among other places, she has taught with great dedication at Mary Help and our schools in Tampa. Sharing God’s word and love to many people has been her life’s journey as an FMA.

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atricia is one of identical twins born in Kansas to Herbert and Catherine Winterscheidt. She was a few minutes older than her twin, Theresa. After their baptism, her parents brought them to the altar of the Blessed Virgin Mary and dedicated them to the Mother of God.

Sr. Patricia taught various primary grades in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. Her new ministry now at the Provincial Center is one of service in so many areas, benefitting the needs of our elder Salesian Sisters. Quietly, without fanfare, numberless tasks are completed adding to the smooth running of each day’s activities. Sr. Patricia is a blessing among us!

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Sr. Mary Winterscheidt 65 Years


r. Mary is Sr. Patricia’s older sister. Born fourth of 11 children made for care and love in abundance! Mary’s mother was instrumental in her enlightenment when she began expressing her interest in becoming a Sister. Mrs. Winterscheidt asked her brother, Leo, to send Mary some literature about the Salesian Sisters. Its arrival was the day of decision. Mary always wanted to enter a community dedicated to Mary.

Above, Sr. Phyllis Neves calls the Jubilarians forward to renew their religious vows in St. Joseph’s Chapel. Left, Sr. Phyllis pins Sr. Gloria Machado, who is celebrating her 60th anniversary.

Sr. Mary made her first profession in 1944 and began teaching at St. Michael’s School, Atlantic City. This was followed by five years of teaching in Florida. In 1950, Sr. Mary was one of the pioneers who headed West to introduce St. John Bosco’s work in southern California, and continued to serve there for 28 years. As a current member of the FMA Community at St. Joseph Center, Sr. Mary contributes daily, constant service benefiting the lives of our elders. Her daily reminders of prayers needed for various Adopters keeps this special ministry of the community very much alive and close at heart.

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Sr. Theresa Kelly, who is celebrating her 50th Anniversary, shares a smile with her family from Atlantic City, NJ. (Jubilee Photos by Lorraine Corsale)

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The Jubilee Banquet culminates with the cutting of the cake. Congratulations to Sr. Mary Winterscheidt, Sr. Gloria Machado, Sr. Patricia Winterscheidt, Sr. Theresa Kelly, Sr. Florine Lagace, Sr. Emilia Kassab, Sr. Arlene Rubino, Sr. Nivia Arias, Sr. Theresa Samson (not in photo), and Sr. Margaret Wilhelm. Above, Sr. Arlene Rubino (one of our tallest Sisters!) and Sr. Emilia Kassab both celebrate their 40th Anniversary. At right, Sr. Nivia Arias’ parents came from Tampa, FL, to celebrate with their daughter as she renews her vows as a Daughter of Mary Help of Christians.

Above, celebrating sisterhood twice over! Sisters Mary Winterscheidt and Patricia Winterscheidt, shown here with their family, celebrated their 60th and 65th Anniversaries, respectively. At right, celebrating 25 years of commitment to the Salesian spirit, Jubilarian Sr. Margaret Wilhelm is shown here with her family.

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Partners Circle “Associates” Annual gift of $750

Partners Circle “Benefactors” Annual gift of $1,000

Arizona A Friend

California Geraldine & Joanne Rizzuto

Connecticut Mr. & Mrs. Peter Christiansen Ms. Mary Gaine Mr. & Mrs. David McAleer

Florida Mr. & Mrs. Declan Mansfield Mr. & Mrs. Mark Spada

Nevada Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Murray

New Jersey Mr. Anthony B. Della Cerra

New York Mr. & Mrs. Bill Leahy

Florida Dr. Braulio Alonso Ms. Judith Cataldo/ The Handmaiden Foundation Ms. Caroljeanne Harkins Dr. & Mrs. Rod Jurado Mr. & Mrs. James W. Lee Dr. & Mrs. Hernan Leon Mr. & Mrs. H. Tyson Lykes, II Mr. & Mrs. Robert Mace, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Jim Majors Mr. & Mrs. Frank Middendorf Mr. & Mrs. John Oliva, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Gene Perez Hon. Judge & Mrs. A. Rodnite

Georgia Mr. & Mrs. Michael Aquadro

New Jersey Mr. & Mrs. Richard Badenhausen Mrs. Rosemarie D’Alessandro Mr. Alfonso Daloisio

Mr. Al De Vincenzo Mrs. Joseph Festa Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Granatell Mr. & Mrs. Donald Hofmann Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Laino Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Massood Mr. & Mrs. Brian McAuley Mrs. John McMahon Mr. & Mrs. Mario Monaco Mr. & Mrs. Jim Muller Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Palladino Mr. & Mrs. Jack Ramsey Weaver Marine Agencies

New York Dr. & Mrs. Michael Altamura Ms. Lea Battiato Mr. John Cassara Msgr. William T. Rodgers Mr. & Mrs. Matt Sabatine

North Carolina Ms. Marianne O’Doherty

Ohio Mr. & Mrs. Albert Klaben, Sr.

Pennsylvania Dr. Allyson & Mr. Kevin Hardy

Texas Ms. Theresa C. Rauber Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Wooldridge

Partners Circle “Visionaries”


he Salesian Sisters and the Partners Circle are proud to announce a membership level, “Visionaries,” with the inaugural gift of $25,000. The Visionary level has been established by a cherished friend and supporter of the Salesian Sisters in loving memory of her late husband.

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he Partners Circle was founded in 1991 to provide unrestricted funds for urgent needs of the Salesian Sisters and their mission. These include support for capital needs, scholarship assistance, technology upgrades, and funds for those unforeseen situations that require immediate attention. Your donation to this unrestricted fund empowers the Salesian Sisters to continue their mission – the education and evangelization of today’s children. There are eight levels of membership, starting at $500, and these are listed on these three pages. Won’t you consider joining this dynamic group? Please call us today: (877) OUR-NUNS. Thank you!

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Partners Circle “Members”: Annual gift of $500 Arizona Ms. Tonia Kempfer A Friend

California Mr. Ian H. Graham Mr. & Mrs. Robert Obenberger A Friend

Connecticut Mr. Frank & Ms. Clara Merenda Mr. & Mrs. Robert Mosey Mr. Daniel Tomaselli A Friend Anonymous

Florida Mr. & Mrs. Mark Anderson Mr. & Mrs. Bernardo F. Arenas Mr. & Mrs. Carlos Baldor, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Carlos Baldor, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Javier Baldor Bianco & Mansfield, P.A. Mr. James J. Burrowes Mrs. Yoli Buss Mrs. Trudy Carey Dr. & Mrs. Antonio Castro Colonial Bank of Florida Mr. & Mrs. Ted Couch Mr. & Mrs. J.C. De Lotto Dr. & Mrs. Emilio Echevarria Mr. & Mrs. Luis Garcia Dr. & Mrs. Reynaldo Geerken Mrs. Rose Graziano Dr. & Mrs. Jack Guggino Mrs. Elsa Gutierrez-Janulionis Mr. & Mrs. Mark S. Reynolds Mr. & Mrs. Philip Rinaldi Hon. Judge & Mrs. E.J. Salcines Mrs. Peggy Theis Mr. & Mrs. Ron Yates Mr. & Mrs. Rene Zarate Mr. Bob Zurek

Massachusetts Ms. Josephine Petrillo Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Reading

New Jersey Mr. & Mrs. Gary Baccaro Mr. & Mrs. Robert Boland Mr. & Mrs. Larry Condit Ms. Elizabeth Crovella Mr. & Mrs. Frank Davies Dr. & Mrs. Frank De Maria Ms. Debi Debiak Mr. & Mrs. Robert Fox Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Giamonco Captain & Mrs. Victor Goldberg Mrs. Theresa Gutto Mr. & Mrs. Chris Layton Mr. & Mrs. Charles Lechner Mr. & Mrs. Doug Leonard Mr. & Mrs. Michael Losurdo Ms. Laura Mannarino Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Marangi Mr. & Mrs. John Peragallo Jr. Mrs. Ann Petrocelli Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Piotrowski Mr. & Mrs. Cameron Reid Mrs. Amanda Rodriguez Mr. & Mrs. John Soldoveri Mr. Joseph Spinelli Mr. & Mrs. William Stuart TD Banknorth Deacon & Mrs. Asterio Velasco

New York Mr. & Mrs. Jack Betwarda

Mr. Charles Brown Mr. Vincent Cagnetta Mrs. Joseph Clair Mr. & Mrs. Charles Curcio Mr. & Mrs. Charles Curcio, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. James Dell’Orto Mr. Edward DeLuca Mr. Joseph Hill Mr. John Lombardi & Family Ms. Carol Martindale Ms. Elizabeth Nardone Mrs. Joan Oliver Mr. & Mrs. Angelo Roncallo Mr. & Mrs. Angelo Silveri Mr. & Mrs. John Weaver A Friend

North Carolina Mr. & Mrs. Paul Liotard Mr. & Mrs. Chester Michewicz, Jr.

Pennsylvania Mr. & Mrs. David Fusacchia Mr. & Mrs. Jack Hedgecock Mr. Paul I. Sheaffer, II

Texas Mr. & Mrs. Bill Locklier

Virginia Mrs. Dominique Faust

West Virginia Mr. Guy Bucci

Georgia Mr. & Mrs. Charles Fantauzza

Illinois Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Olivieri

Kentucky Mr. & Mrs. Jack Danehy

Maryland Dr. & Mrs. Andrew Saladino

Sr. Mary Rinaldi and Christina McAleer had the special joy of visiting with Marilyn and Bill Locklier of Plano, TX. The Lockliers are members of the Partners Circle.

Major Bequests to the Partners Circle



Richard Meissner, Meissner Manufacturing

Mr. & Mrs. Larry Peterson


Mrs. Beatrice Lightfoot

Dr. & Mrs. Vincent Bagli Mr. Ray Campo Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Garcia Angel Oliva Family Mrs. Ann Murphey Dorothy Thomas Foundation

Tony Amato Family The Carini Family Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Hoffman Mr. Anthony Petrocelli

Ms. Celeste Tripi

New York

Indiana New Jersey

Mrs. Pearl Kalikow

Partners Circle “Stewards” Annual gift of $10,000

Partners Circle “Partners” Annual gift of $5,000

New Jersey California

New Jersey

Ms. Doriana Sobek

Mr. & Mrs. Tony Chernalis Mr. & Mrs. Robert Harkins Mr. & Mrs. Bill McLaughlin Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Pfeifer Mr. & Mrs. Rodger Rohde Ms. Roberta Ruocco

Connecticut A Friend

Florida Dr. & Mrs. Nelson Castellano Mr. & Mrs. James Millar Mr. & Mrs. Lee Pallardy

Texas Mrs. Betty Turner

Marcalus Family Foundation Robert R. Waitts Foundation

New York The Sabatine Foundation, in memory of Philip & Josephine Sabatine

Texas Mr. & Mrs. Fritz Duda, Sr.

Partners Circle “Founders” Annual gift of $2,000

Connecticut Mr. Michael Guarnieri Dr. Joseph McAleer

Mrs. Pilar Caso Mr. Ernest “Cookie” Garcia Dr. Idalia Lastra



Mrs. Janis Boyd

Ms. Patti Gauthier

New Jersey Mr. & Mrs. Marco Brizzolara Mr. & Mrs. John Connors Mr. Anthony Gulino Ms. Ida Gulino Ms. Nancy Gulino Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Hoffman Mr. & Mrs. Edward Korn Mr. & Mrs. Michael Massood

Mrs. Kathleen Medore Ms. Antonia Meola Mrs. Moira McBride Murphy Mr. Stephen Papetti Ms. Rose Perone Mr. & Mrs. Mark Swartzberg

New York Ms. Jordon Carroll Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Scala, Jr.

Pennsylvania A Friend

South Carolina Mr. & Mrs. Tom Aldinger

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Joseph J. McAleer, Sr., Heritage Society

“In God We Trust” Sr. Phyllis Neves’ Letter


n December of 1989, I found myself in Los Angeles International Airport, waiting to board a plane bound for San Antonio, Texas. Just a few minutes before boarding time, an announcement was made that the flight was cancelled and that passengers could be booked for the same flight the following day or could check with other airlines for an alternate flight. I went to the customer service desk to request a refund to be used toward another flight but it was definitely not my lucky day. I had no credit card and I was carrying a grand total of $25. As I closed my wallet I saw the phrase, “IN GOD WE TRUST,” on a dollar bill and wondered if trust would be enough to get me to an important meeting on time! Seemingly out of nowhere, a well-dressed young gentleman approached me. He was pushing a luggage cart that held two military green duffle bags. He said he knew I needed some help to catch a flight for San Antonio, and wanted to give me a hand. I wasn’t sure if he was an angel, or had overheard my conversation, but I knew I hadn’t had a chance yet to tell God that I trusted in His divine help.

• Put some coins in someone else’s parking meter. • Give a compliment about your table server to the manager. • Stop and help someone replace his flat tire. • Let someone in front of you on line at the bank. • Pay the tab for the people at the table next to you. • Pick up some litter in the road. • Compliment a work colleague for a job well done. • Tell all your family members how much you appreciate them. • Leave a copy of an interesting book on a train or bus. • Smile and greet people as you go on your way.

“Just a simple random act of kindness.”

At any rate, within a short while, a perfect stranger had come to my aid and had purchased my ticket for San Antonio. I asked for his name and address so that I might reimburse him. He turned to me with a twinkle in his eye and said, “Merry Christmas, Sister.” He went on to say, “When I was a kid in Catholic school, I made the nuns see stars. They probably think I’m in jail by now. When I saw you I felt in my heart that to help you would be a way to finally get a happy face next to my name on the conduct chart.” Sometimes I wonder what our world would be like if we could take time out of each day to think a little less about ourselves, to open our eyes to notice the people we encounter along our way, and to find some small way to make someone else’s day, even a stranger’s, a little more hope-filled, a little brighter. It wouldn’t have to be such a difficult task, just a simple act of kindness: • Make a card at home and send it to a friend just to let her know you were thinking about her.

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God is trusting in you and me to make His Kingdom visible wherever we are. I believe He is calling us, through many gestures of kindness, to give all people a reason to be hopeful and optimistic.

God also invites us to trust in Him. Trusting in God is about being rooted in a loving reality that is so much greater than my individual life and is a key to “blessedness,” happiness (even studies show better mental health). Jesus teaches us in the Gospel that life is not about wealth, possessions, or even “feeling good.” All of that can change in a moment. In a stock crash, in a natural disaster, in a diagnosis of a serious illness, everything can change. Our trust in God and His care for us will carry us through even the most difficult moments. During a time when our jobs are no longer secure and we wonder if we will be able to make the mortgage payment, we can plant seeds of hope and trust, helping one another to remember what the real values of life are. Perhaps from now on, when we take a quarter or even a $5 bill out of our wallet, we can pay attention to that very important phrase printed there: “IN GOD WE TRUST.” It will make such a difference if our trust in God is the real “currency” of our lives.

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A Tribute to Sr. Virginia D’Alessandro Sr. Virginia D’Alessandro went to her heavenly reward on June 6, 2009, at the age of 92. As a Salesian Sister for more than 70 years, Sr. Virginia’s duties took her on a grand tour of schools as a teacher and principal in California, New York, Florida, New Jersey, Louisiana, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. “I felt the calling when I was in the third grade,” Sr. Virginia once wrote. “I have seen a lot of changes over the years, but I have never had a single regret.” How much we will miss dear Sr. Virginia! One of Sister’s many Adopters sent us the following beautiful tribute to her, in loving memory.


f the moon seems somewhat brighter And if the stars are more brilliant than before, It is because a magnificent being has left the Earth And has joined the heavenly hosts in heaven.

While here with us, she listened most intently; Her blue eyes exuded an understanding love, Her countenance gave me reason to reach for higher goals, Her words instilled in me a greater love of God and my fellow man. Her years of service as a Salesian nun were so many and yet If her service to God on earth was needed still, She would have remained with us, but, God called her at a time when His need was greater Than ours, and I am sure that, upon entering the gates of heaven, she did so with the greatest humility, for that was Sister Virginia’s way. Many who adopted her thought they would be the Givers, and yet, It was each of us who left with a heart filled with Love, It was each of us who found peace through her Prayers for us, Her very being, her love and her understanding Filled our hearts to the fullest. The Sisters with whom she lived and the students Whom she taught will think of Sister Virginia often And when they do, they will recall kindness, Gentleness, humility and understanding. A woman who gave herself to Jesus as His bride,

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Who served him well as a devoted wife, the keeper of His children, who, until her dying day, said “Thank You” For the smallest favor and that endless smile she bestowed on many of us. As she joins Sister Michelle, Sister Providence, and Her many Sisters, may her heart be filled to overflowing with our love, our gratitude for all she was to us and may God accept her into His home and like her earthly home, she will be a blessing to all who come to know her. As tears come to many of our eyes, let those tears Fall upon and nourish the beautiful pink roses which She so loved and may the prayerful bouquets we send Her way bloom and grow in the garden which will be Called “Sister Virginia’s.” May she rest in peace and may the perpetual light Shine upon her. With all of our love, An Adopter

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Memorials Ernest Bavazzano Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Neal Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Pasquariello Dr. Andrew Berenato Mr. & Mrs. Thomas F. Armstrong Mr. & Mrs. Andrew G. Berenato Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Berenato Mr. & Mrs. David Burton Mr. & Mrs. Thomas K. Cairns Ms. Barbara Carli Mr. & Mrs. Agostino Cipollini Ms. Antoinette Continisio Mr. & Mrs. Ken Dondero Ms. Anne Formica Mr. & Mrs. John J. Gallagher Mr. & Mrs. Michael Gallagher Mr. & Mrs. Vincent Giannantonio Mr. & Mrs. John Gower Mr. & Mrs. Joseph D. Heard Mr. & Mrs. Robert F. Hevey, Jr. Mrs. Rita G. Howell Mr. Antonio Mancini Ms. Courtney R. McKelvy Ms. Patricia Mierzwinski Mr. & Mrs. Don Milora Ms. Marjorie Mooney Mrs. Joann O’Keefe


ou may now adopt a Salesian Sister to pray for your deceased family member or friend for one year. It is a one-time gift; the suggested donation is $160. Adoption forms are posted online at:, or please call toll-free: (877) OUR-NUNS.

Received between March 5 and August 14, 2009

Ms. Marjorie Potenza Mr. Vincent Sabatini Mr. Anthony P. Sacco Miss Rose & Miss Jo Ann Sorrentino Mr. Sean Tracey Mr. Martin D. Wood Mary Boffa Mrs. Buffy Cafritz Catherine J. Cantisano Mr. & Mrs. John C. Antoci William Cafritz Mrs. Buffy Cafritz Sofia Carola Ms. Gina Carola John M. Crawford Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Corbi Ms. Elvira M. Jannelli Ms. Carol Jones Mrs. & Mrs. Martin A. Malek Mr. & Mrs. Tom Miller Mr. & Mrs. Anthony G. Naab Mr. & Mrs. John T. Roy Ms. Dolores T. Simon Mr. & Mrs. Bernard L. Toal Santo Crupi Mr. William Priestley Mrs. Amanda Rosenfield Sr. Virginia D’Alessandro, FMA Mrs. Ann Algeo Mrs. Muffie Potter Aston Mrs. Jane Archibald Mr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Basile Mrs. Marie Bivona Mr.& Mrs.Ronald D.Blandine Mr.Louis Carlini Mrs.Patricia Carrao Mrs.Rose D’Alessandro Mrs.Jo Etta Donati Mr & Mrs.Robert Featherstone Mrs.Charlia Ginople Ms. Virginia H. Goon Mrs. Maria Gloria Benjamin & Barbara Greenwood Mr. & Mrs. Michael Jobstle

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Ms. Tonia Kempfer Mrs.Harriet Lisi Ms.Maxine Lisniak Mr. & Mrs. Donald Marion Mr. & Mrs. Michael J. McCausland Mrs.Mary Lou McGoldrick Mr and Mrs Sam Miles Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Mooney Margaret & Helen Morrissey Ms. Rae Notari Mr.Eugene Phillips Mr. & Mrs. Ray Sarcletti Mrs.Mildred Setteducato & Family Dr. Elizabeth Sledden Dybell, Ph.D. Mr and Mrs.Edward Scully Mary Help of Christians Sodality Mr. & Mrs. Albert Tumolillo Ms. Karla Villarin Beloved Deceased Donargo Family Mrs. Madeline D. Fitzgerald Mary Lou Golczewski Air-Chek Window Depot Mr. & Mrs. Donald E. Bowe Mr. & Mrs. Richard Campos Mr. & Mrs. James Corbo Mr. & Mrs. Frank DePaola Ms. Lillian Fernandez Mr. Robert N. Giraldi Ms. Theresa Maciag Ms. Judith A. Mordenti Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Passanate, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Salloum Mrs. Eleanor Waszak Eileen F. Holleran Anonymous Ms. Joan M. Cavanagh Carlos Otis Stratton Mtn. Clinic, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Albert Geiger Ms. Joyce H. Helms Mr. John Holleran Mr. & Mrs. Peter M. Holleran Mr. & Mrs. A. E. Laidlaw, Jr. Ms. Lori Schulz Mrs. Theresa Tarleton Consuelo Isabella Mrs. Concetta Vinciprova

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Raymond Reed Dr. & Mrs. Vincent J. Bagli

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Linda Ann Reuther Ms. Betty May Mrs. Eleanor McNamara Ms. Michele Zaluski

David Malo Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Neal Joseph J. McAleer, Sr. Eighth Anniversary The McAleer Family Terry Melton Ms. Sara V. Andrews Sr. Veronica Milyo, FMA Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Richards James H. Muller Dr. & Mrs. Vincent J. Bagli Mrs. Diva Muller Quentin Nault & Marilyn Nault-Russell Mrs. Helen Nault Ellen & Keith O’Connor Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth R. O’Connor, Jr.

Gandolph Rube Dr. & Mrs. Vincent J. Bagli Sergio Sade Mrs. Lourdes LeBrun Charles A. Saggese Mrs. Elizabeth Saggese Wilhemina Sidney Armistead Mechanical, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Peter Baldo Premio Foods, Inc. Thomas Sturm Mr. & Mrs. Harold Marino James Taras Mrs. Helen Taras Maximo Velasco Mrs. Ivonne R. Pereira

A Love That Lasts Forever You can honor a cherished relative or friend with an everlasting gift of love – a memorial. Our Partners in Giving Memorials & Tributes give you the opportunity to comfort those who have lost a loved one or to commemorate a special occasion. This gift lives forever. It supports the works of the Salesian Sisters & joins your loved ones to the prayers & works of the Sisters. The name of your loved one will appear in our Partners in Giving magazine – a priceless gift to those you love. Give the gift that lasts forever. Enclosed is my Memorial/Tribute Gift of: __ $25




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Please Share That Special Day With Us


ummer is becoming a distant memory, and fall brings the wonderful busy-ness that are Salesian Schools! But amid all the hustle and bustle, the Salesian Sisters always make time for prayer, and the chance to thank God for our many blessings. Won’t you join the Sisters at the St. Joseph Provincial Center in prayer in a very special way? Please share a special occasion in your life by “giving” us that particular day.” Not only will you receive prayers of the Sisters’ community for one whole day, according to your intention, but your particular intention will be displayed on the bulletin board in front of the chapel for the entire month. We join the celebration with prayer, love, and gratitude for you and your remembrance. Please fill out and send in the form below. Thank you, and God bless you.

Sr. Claire Perino loves to get visits from her Adopters at the St. Joseph Provincial Center in Haledon, NJ.

Please Help Our Retired Sisters In Need! Please reserve this day/these days in 2009 or 2010 in honor of my special intention to support the Endowment for the Saint Joseph Provincial Center for our retired Sisters:



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Millennium Mystery Have No Fear!


he sky is falling . . . the sky is falling!” Thus said Chicken Little one balmy day when her world seemed to be coming to an end.

crucified Man came back to life! His closest friends could not believe it. Only the women who first saw Him believed. Yet there He was with nail and spear scars radiant as jewels.

I don’t mean to be irreverent, but this can aptly describe what the Apostles must have felt after the catastrophe of Good Friday, when all their dreams and hopes for a king and a place in a kingdom had been violently shattered. Saturday hung like a middle without a beginning or an end; just there, empty. Truly, their sky had fallen and all they could do was hide in fear behind locked doors. They had not understood Jesus’ prophesy about His rising, and most certainly they had forgotten them in the crush of their immense grief.

Well now, Good Friday did not have the last word. Saturday was the lull before the magnificent miracle. The sky had not fallen after all!

Only some women were courageous enough to go to that sad tomb out of love. Somehow for them the sky had not fallen, just become darkened. Deep in their hearts, the embers lit by the Teacher still burned in fidelity and hope. They could not let Him go so abruptly. Their reward was to see Him first and to be the bearers of the glad tidings to the others. In our times of economic and political tempests, it may well seem to us that the sky is indeed falling and we are helpless to do anything about it. Powers beyond our control wreak havoc with our lives and our dreams and we are left in the emptiness of a Holy Saturday. But remember that what came after went far beyond anyone’s expectations or wildest imaginings. That tortured, beaten, despised,

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Jesus’ victory has a lot to say to us today. We often may feel like the Apostles; disoriented, alone, frightened, hopeless. No answers are forthcoming ,and we don’t know what to do.

blossoming flower, a child’s smile, family meals with real conversation. There is so much we may have taken for granted in our rushed and harried days that a simpler life may reveal forgotten treasures of being that afford us true delight. Utopia you say? Or is it rather a deeper reality, a more human way to live, more in tune with God’s original plan? Maybe these times are a call to rid ourselves of superfluous things, empty desires for more, yearning for what does not satisfy.

“Do not be afraid. I am with you.”

Along comes Jesus to tell us, “Do not be afraid.” That phrase is recorded 366 times in the Bible, one for each day of the year, including leap year. Through every suffering, every joy, every question, every challenge Jesus tells us, “I am with you. Do not be afraid.” This Jesus, this God-with-us, has been through it all. He understands. He not only experienced our suffering and our death, He gave us reason to HOPE, to hang on . . . to Him of course. The wonder of it all is that God can use even the most awful events and times of history to create a perfect end, whether it is in our personal lives or in the world. The socioeconomic stress of today can lead us to a simpler, healthier, happier lifestyle that opens us to appreciate the little everyday wonders like a

Perhaps we need to learn that we can do very well with a lot less, that it is possible to extend a helping hand to others. We are living a resurrection time, a new way to be, just as Jesus came back with a new body, the same yet different. Perhaps we are being called to “live simply so that others may simply live.” Just as the Apostles and first Christians and others throughout the ages became daring witnesses to the Christ, to His Resurrection, so we, too, are invited by Him to tell the Good News of His Victory, to tell others with our lives and words that the sky is not falling. Rather, the seeds of a new beginning are sprouting if we but cling to the Christ and listen to Him telling us, “Do not be afraid!” – Sr. Mary Terzo, FMA

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Salesian CAMP! Report SALESIAN YOUTH CENTER, TAMPA, FL – Every year, young adults from all over the country participate in Catholic HEART Workcamp, a program that helps the not-so-fortunate in the community. One week in June, the young teens gathered in Tampa to act as the hands and feet of Christ. Although the Florida weather can be brutal in the summer, enduring the heat definitely helped build character. The campers helped out in many ways. Some washed windows, a few helped redecorate the Salesian Youth Center/Boys & Girls Club, while others spent lots of time weeding. And at the end of the day, they joined Sr. Clare Kennelly to cool off!

CAMP MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS, NORTH HALEDON, NJ – One of the many treats the campers at Camp Mary Help received during July was a special visit from Passaic County’s finest! Members of the Sheriff Department’s Bomb Squad, S.W.A.T. team, and Mounted Police came out in full gear and gave an educational and entertaining talk for the entire camp. The children excitedly waved their hands in the air, eager to ask questions. Campers got to take a tour of police vehicles and even petted a police horse named Winston!

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Salesian Youth Report

Graduates Grateful for Salesian Education Editor’s note: The Academy of Our Lady in Marrero, LA, was formed by the 2007 merger of two schools, Immaculata High School and Archbishop Blenk High School. The merger was necessitated as part of a school reorganization following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. On Academy’s graduation day last May, two Valedictorians and two Salutatorians represented each former school. These graduates were freshmen in 2005 when Katrina struck. We share here excerpts from their exceptional speeches which capture the incredible, indelible impact that a Salesian education can have on a child.


s I look back on our high school years, I realize that we have shared some of the greatest memories of our lives. At times, it was a roller coaster ride full of ups and downs, but we held on and never gave up. We have experienced a major hurricane, the loss of our old schools, and the formation of an entirely new school and family. The beauty of everything that we went through is that we did it together. We also learned the true meaning of being responsible citizens. Through service week, we gave back to organizations around the city of New Orleans; we were Christ’s hands and hearts for others; and we will continue to recognize our role in helping our brothers and sisters. The values that have been instilled in us at the Academy will remain as we leave the shelter of our school and our homes, and continue on our individual walks of faith.” – Jessica Ragusa Co-Valedictorian, Class of 2009 Visit us online!


ach and every graduate of the Class of 2009 has been encouraged to develop the drive and motivation needed to succeed. Hands-on labs and experiments, improving writing skills, and exploring facts and figures have given us the knowledge to compete in the real world. We have been offered leadership opportunities as club and class officers, and as members of athletic teams and other organizations. We have been recognized for our accomplishments in the form of academic scholarships and acceptance to colleges. It is our responsibility to build on these opportunities in order to reach our goals in life. Each of us has our own path to follow, a path that may lead us to become doctors, lawyers, scientists, teachers, or even President of the United States. Our future achievements are limitless and our dreams are never far from reach because we possess the drive required to accomplish anything.” – Tammy Vo Co-Valedictorian, Class of 2009


hroughout our high school years, we have faced many challenges. As freshmen, we learned to value each other more than possessions. Sophomore year came, and it seemed like our world was falling apart as news of the school merger spread. Even then, you were there to ease our anxiety. However, during our

junior year, we realized that we had the best of both worlds. We made new friends and shared some of the best memories of our lives at Academy of Our Lady. We also began to value our dignity as the beautiful young women that we have become. As a class, we shared in each other’s sorrows and delighted in each other’s joys.” – Zainab Aziz Co-Salutatorian, Class of 2009 t the Academy of Our Lady, we live the Salesian philosophy of reason, religion, and loving-kindness. Reason allows us to assess life’s problems and be able to address them in a productive, healthy manner. Through a challenging curriculum and our teachers’ guidance, we develop the skills that are needed to be informed, intelligent members of society. Religion is reinforced, enabling us to spread Jesus’ message and to live by His example. By modeling loving-kindness, Academy administrators and faculty are always available to lend a helping hand and encourage us to open our hearts to our brothers and sisters in Christ. Anyone of you can walk through the halls of the Academy and experience our school pride that is rooted in the Salesian philosophy. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus said, “I am with you always until the end of time.” He will always be with us to help us carry out the Salesian philosophy of reason, religion, and loving-kindness learned here at the Academy.” – Jami Becnel Co-Salutatorian, Class of 2009


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Salesian Youth Report

SALESIAN YOUTH CENTER/BOYS & GIRLS CLUB, TAMPA, FL – It was a day to show our success and make new friends when the SYC hosted an Open House! Above, Joe Garcia, SYC Board Chairman Emeritus, shows his amusement to the SYC kids’ rendition of “Happy Birthday, Mr. Joe!” Above right, SYC Board members Joe Neal, with his wife Jenny, and Rick Fee, join SYC members Alexis and Sierra, who plays the piano (right). The Salesian Youth Center is dependent on volunteers, none more so than Julie Bruyn, a Cooperator with the Salesian Family, who comes once a month with her daughters and a friend to volunteer and share her expertise in cooking with the young people (below). They are very grateful for her contribution and energy in sharing her talents. Time given away is an eternal treasure gained!

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Salesian Youth Report ST. THERESA SCHOOL, KENILWORTH, NJ – Strike up the band! Student musicians from St. Theresa School were invited to perform as part of “Future Musicians,” the All-State Band Gala. Six students from Grades 5-8 joined their music teacher, Mr. Yale Snyder, along with many other bands to play a concert. Megan Nunez, Rosa Cuppari, Monique Krakowski, and Ameer “A.J.” Richmond played several pieces including “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “Anniversary Blues,” and “America the Beautiful.” A.J. was also fortunate enough to become accepted into “Symphonic Winds,” where he played “Ancient Voices” and a “Portrait of a Clown,” in addition to many others. All in all, the concert was a great success. The children have learned how to play fabulously, thanks to their instructors!

Salesian Sisters’ Business Spotlight

Columbia Restaurant & the Gonzmart Family


Florida mainstay since 1905, the Columbia Restaurant is one of Ybor City’s oldest institutions and it has been a dear supporter of the Salesian Sisters, whose presence in Tampa almost rivals that of the Gonzmart family, the founders. Columbia is Florida’s oldest restaurant and the world’s largest Spanish restaurant. The menu features Spanish/Cuban classics, a phenomenal wine list, and paella that’s arguably the best in Florida. Hand-rolled cigars are for sale, and Flamenco dancing is a nightly attraction. To this day, the Columbia remains in the same family (pictured here). Casey Gonzmart serves as the Chairman of the Board; Richard

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is the CEO/President. The fifth generation is also involved; Richard’s daughter’s, Lauren and Andrea, and Casey’s daughter, Cassandra, all work in the corporate office. Richard and Melanie’s daughter, Lauren, has four children, who represent the sixth generation – and Columbia’s future! Of the Gonzmart family’s many contributions to the Salesian Sisters, we gratefully acknowledge the water play park at Villa Madonna School and the Salesian Youth Center, and annual support for the “Thanksgiving Basket” event. Richard and family, thank you and God bless you! For more information, visit

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Enjoy the Centennial in Your Own Home!


he long-awaited Salesian Sisters’ Centennial History Book, The “Yes” Lives On, is here and selling like hotcakes! Have you ordered your copy yet? Have you bought copies for your family and friends? Written by the late, great Sr. Josephine Carini, this 252-page full color, lavishly illustrated book tells the incredible, poignant, utterly human story of the Salesian Sisters, from the first four who arrived in 1908, to the hundreds of Sisters who spread the mission of service to young people and the Church across the continent. Read all about it! All proceeds support the Salesian Sisters’ mission to young people. Thank you!

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School’s Here: Please Help A Child!


ummer’s over and our Salesian Schools are buzzing again! Won’t you please help give a quality, faith-filled, Salesian School education to a child by supporting one of our Endowed Scholarship Funds! Please check one (or more) on this page, fill in the details below, and mail this page with your donation in the enclosed envelope. God bless you! The Josephine Campo Scholarship Fund, est. by her daughter, Diana, to aid Villa Madonna School students, Tampa, FL.

__ Yes! I want to help! Sr. Wilma Sanchez Scholarship Fund, est. by her brother, Arsenio, benefits students of St. Joseph’s School in Tampa, FL.

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The Corrado Scholarship Fund, est. by the children, to aid a freshman at Mary Help of Christians Academy.

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The Rose La Malva Scholarship Fund, est. by her children, gives financial aid to freshmen at Mary Help of Christians Academy.

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The Robert R. Waitts Scholarship, est. by his wife, Maggie, for students at Villa Madonna School and at Mary Help.

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The Joan Cullinan Scholarship Fund, est. by her husband & friends, memorializes the beauty & spirit of a September 11 victim.

__ Yes! I want to help! The Clair/Militello Scholarship Fund, est. by the Clairs for their parents, & by Fr. Benedict Militello, for Mary Help.

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The Frances Evelyn Grandoff Endowment, est. by her daughter, Betty, aids students with high academic potential.

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The Hope M. McAleer Scholarship Fund, est. by her family, will enable young women to attend Mary Help of Christians Academy.

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The Joseph J. McAleer Vocations Fund, named for the Partners Circle founder, est. by his family, will foster Salesian vocations.

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The Dr. Leigh Grieco Cascarilla Scholarship, est. in her memory by friends so young women can pursue higher education.

__ Yes! I want to help! The Ana Maria Auxilium Award, est. by the Baldor family, to benefit students at Villa Madonna School and at Mary Help.

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The Mary Santa Cruz Trout Endowment, est. by her family, was the first fund to aid students at Villa Madonna School in Tampa, FL.

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The Rev. August P. Bosio Scholarship Fund, est. to honor this Salesian priest by his friend, benefits Mary Help students.

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The Dolores & Victor De Lucia Scholarship, for students at Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, NJ.

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