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Dear Partner, Now more than ever, needy children seek an escape from the inner-city. Today's economy continues to affect each of us, including the children whose parents are without work. Faced with this turmoil, we have been blessed by friends like you, who continue to sacrifice for the children. I have seen the rewarding effects that a funfilled summer has upon children. It is their relief from the harsh realities of the inner-city, sometimes magnified by the stress of singleparent households. In this time of need, will you help a child enjoy this summer one week at a time? I am personally grateful! P.S. Your gift of $150.00 will ensure a child one week of camp activities, lunch, and summer fun away from the hot and busy streets.

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Looking for the PERFECT GIFT for a birthday, anniversary, Baptism, First Holy Communion, Confirmation, wedding, – any occasion during the year?

Dear Friends, “We’re Partners in Giving, you and I, for a dream that’s shared can never die.” This line, written by our friend Clay Harrison, is as true today is it was 20 years ago when he wrote the poem, “We Are Partners In Giving.” Whether the dream was to assist our elderly Sisters, find aid for needy children, or to support an emergency, you were always there, our faithful partners. Thank you. Some news to report as summer begins: • As the school year winds down everywhere, we begin to hear the call to attend Salesian Sisters’ Summer Camp. Our preference is for the poor who will be seeking a place in one of our programs, North or South. Please answer our Appeal on the previous two pages, and watch for one in the mail! What you do for a little one cannot be measured. It will influence their lifetime! • We are pleased to announce our new Chairman for the National Partners Circle Board of Trustees, Mr. Javier Baldor, from Tampa, FL. Please see pages 6-7. • This issue carries a thumbnail profile of our 10 Sister Jubilarians, whose life commitment is to serve God and the young entrusted to them. We congratulate and celebrate each one. Please see pages 8-11. As I thank one and all, I quote Clay Harrison again: “When freely given to meet a need, love multiples like harvest seed, for the more we try to give away, the more God blesses us each day!” Blessings,

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Springing to Success at Our Annual Party!


n April 18, the Salesian Sisters hosted their annual Spring Party in North Haledon, NJ, with the lively “Mother’s Day, Summer Play” theme. Baskets brimming with exciting items, from laptop computers to designer handbags, enthralled the partygoers to try their luck and win a prize. With a delicious lunch catered by The Market Basket of Franklin Lakes and the Sisters’ sunny personalities enlivening the party, even the rainy weather could not dampen the spirits of the families and friends who gathered for a great cause – to raise funds for the Mary Help of Christians Academy’s Education Fund. Thanks to all, and especially to our Planning Committee Chairs, Pat Connors and Terry Laudone, and our sponsors, including our friends at TD Bank. You helped raise over $83,000 for our kids!

Diana Dolling-Ross, one of our very own Dames of Mary Help, joined in the fun with her husband, David Ross (left), of Hawthorne, NJ, and her parents, George and Marie Dolling of North Haledon, NJ.

Our auctioneers (above), Jill Doherty and her daughter Erin, and (at right) Peggy Corcoran, Pat Connors, and Terry Laudone.

Above, our party helpers also joined in the fun: (left) Jeannie Jenusaitis of Chatham, NJ, her sister Nancy Bagli of Hawthorne, NJ, and Jeannie’s daughter. The teddy bears were a great fundraiser! Left, the family that parties together stays together! (seated, l-r) Mary Help parent Roxanne Williams of Paterson, NJ, and her sister Melanie Fernandez of North Brunswick; (standing, l-r) Carmen Ortiz of Paterson, Eric Rodriquez of Clifton, and his sister Erica Santana of Paterson (who is also a new alum, Mary Help class of 2010!), and Elizabeth Bolton and her daughter Diane, of Hawthorne, NJ.

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Partners Circle Celebrates New Leadership


n April 30, the Salesian Sisters Partners Circle Board of Trustees held their annual meeting in Haledon, NJ. The Partners Circle (see page 15) 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. Highlights of the annual meeting included a thank you from outgoing Chairman Mike Guarnieri, who said that his service was an honor and a privilege these past six years. The Board’s new leadership team was announced: Chairman: Javier Baldor of Tampa, FL; President of the North Board: Bob Harkins of Franklin Lakes, NJ; President of the South Board: Diana Ekonomou of Brandon, FL; Treasurer: Mike Guarnieri of Stamford, CT; and Secretary: Dr. Joe McAleer of Stamford. Also at the meeting, Dr. Louis Gambetta was elected to the Board. He joins our other new Trustees of the past year: Diana Ekonomou and Jim Sausville.

The new executive committee for the Partners Circle National Board of Trustees: Chairman of the Board, Javier Baldor; Treasurer, Mike Guarnieri; President of the North Board, Bob Harkins; and Secretary, Dr. Joe McAleer (Not pictured: President of the South Board, Diana Ekonomou).

Following the board meeting, Trustees, the Dames of Mary Help, and friends attended the Board of Trustees Dinner to honor Mike Guarnieri with the Joseph J. McAleer, Sr., Award for his special friendship, outstanding service, and unwavering support for the mission of the Salesian Sisters. The Sisters thank Board members for their friendship and support. Their sound advice is a wonderful blessing! Photos by Lorraine Corsale

Linda and Peter Christiansen of Greenwich, CT, enjoy the awards gathering with along with Deirdre and Joe Ward of Glen Rock, NJ.

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Dr. Louis and Mary Judith Gambetta of Denville, NJ, with Asterio Velasco of Clifton, NJ. At left, Provincial Superior, Sr. Phyllis Neves presents Mike Guarnieri with the Joseph J. McAleer Sr. Award. At right, Beverly Rohde of Saddle River, NJ; Pat Connors of Wyckoff, NJ, and Twinkie Polizzi of Franklin Lakes, NJ. Below, Provincial Treasurer, Sr. Suzanne Dauwalter, and Principal of Mary Help of Christians Academy, Sr. Kim Keraitis.

Phyllis and Tony Chernalis of Wyckoff, NJ.

Above, Bill and Pat McLaughlin of Franklin Lakes, NJ. At left, Joe and Lya Pfeifer of Wyckoff, NJ.

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Maryann, Bob, and Liz Harkins of Franklin Lakes, NJ.

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Congratulations, Sisters,

on your blessed Jubilees!

Another year, another moment to celebrate and give thanks to our God and Mary Help of Christians for the call to be a Salesian Sister and the gift of fidelity to this awesome calling. Here are our 10 Jubilarians of 2010 celebrating their Anniversary of Religious Profession. God bless you, Sisters!


Sr. Antonia Cvetko, FMA

r. Antonia was born in Slovenia, Yugoslavia. 70th Her fondest memory is belonging to a Salesian parish which, together with her parents, had significant impact on her Christian formation. She recalls the parish priest’s kindness towards the children.

it became dangerous to remain in that country under Anniversary Castro’s regime, Sr. Antonia was asked to continue her missionary work in the United States. She loves music, and would entertain the community with her Marian hymns played at various celebrations and gatherings. Her ministry of cooking was most appreciated by the Salesians in Ipswich, MA; the Salesian Sisters in Holy Rosary Parish, NY; and at the St. Joseph Provincial Center in Haledon, NJ.

Antonia was delighted when, at the age of 14, she was accepted into the Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The budding of her vocation as an FMA occurred at this time. Still, it was rather a mystery to her as to how she could fulfill this desire. With her mother’s encouragement, she left for Italy, where she began her Salesian formation. At 24 years of age, she saw a movie on the Missions. Once again, Antonia’s heart burned for something more, and she wrote her petition to be a Sister shortly after her profession. Her first missionary trip was to Cuba. When


Our dear Sr. Antonia generously lives her acceptance of God’s will in her life today. Though bedridden for many years, she continues to be an admirable example that “every moment is a treasure” and an opportunity to save souls. Thank you, Sr. Antonia, for your gracious fidelity!

Sr. Rosalie Di Peri, FMA

r. Rosalie became acquainted with the 65th Salesian Sisters at a very young age, shortly after the sadness of her mother’s death. The kindness of the Sisters in Haledon, NJ, at this time touched her soul. She always felt that Our Lady had a special maternal love for both her and her sister, Sr. Domenica Di Peri, FMA.

She claims the best years of her life were at Mary Help Anniversary of Christians Academy, first as dean of residents, then as principal. Her special joy those years was working with the girls and entertaining all with musical extravaganzas.

All the seeds she needed to blossom into a vocation as a Salesian Sister were planted during these young years. Rosalie learned responsibility, leadership, and how to care for others. “I was my Dad’s favorite,” she said, “so I know it was difficult for him to give me permission to be a Salesian Sister. I will always appreciate this special sacrifice.” After her first profession in 1945, Sr. Rosalie served the young as teacher, camp directress, and principal in New Jersey, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, and California.

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Sr. Rosalie is still connected with Mary Help as she continues to serve the young through the Development Office, where she is in charge of alumni relations. “Today, after all the persons and places and experiences, after all the parents and young people I have known, I am a very happy Daughter of Mary Help of Christians,” says Sr. Rosalie. “I pray for all the people whom I have met throughout my life. I am convinced that Our Lady planned this for me, and that my mother in Heaven worked with Our Lady to make my life so beautiful, alive, and new each day.”

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r. Inez is our “My mother was there the Sr. Inez Molano, FMA missionary from next day telling the Sister 60th Anniversary Colombia and a Superior not to accept witness to God’s visible me because it was just Providence in our lives. Who would have an enthusiasm of the moment,” Sr. Inez known that her brothers would be the remembers. “Well, this enthusiasm is lasting ones to let Inez know about the Salesian for 60 years!” Sisters? Sr. Inez has been serving our young people Sr. Inez recalls, “Meeting the first Salesian in the United States as a teacher since her Sister was like meeting a loving mother.” early years of profession. You will have found her in Tampa, FL; Manhattan, NY; She was a resident at the Salesian Sisters’ school Elizabeth, NJ; Alabama; and Port Chester, NY. in Bogota, Colombia. Before long, she wrote She has also served as Principal in many schools for her mother to let her know she had applied as a 20 years. Today, Sr. Inez still works lovingly with candidate for the Salesian Sisters. the young as an assistant and tutor in Port Chester.


entered the Congregation. eautiful Turin! Sr. Catherine Novo, FMA She made her profession and The home of Don 60th Anniversary petition to be a missionary Bosco’s Basilica of in 1950. Finally, she reached Mary Help of Christians! the United States in 1952 and began her Sr. Catherine comes to us from the most missionary work in New Brunswick, Canada, sacred area of our Salesian congregation. in 1953. The Lord was waiting for her when, still This missionary service was followed by quite young, she found work at a parish in many more in the U.S.: New Jersey, New Turin. The Salesian Sisters would gather York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. the young people there every Sunday at the festive Oratory. She observed how they played Sr. Catherine says, “To work with the little ones games and prayed. Soon, she became a faithful is my passion.” And it still is her passion, each Sunday oratorian herself. She was so attracted to the Sisters’ morning as she continues to bring Christ to the little way of life that she asked to be enrolled among the ones at religious education classes, preparing for First young girls who were preparing to become Sisters. Holy Communion. After overcoming a few hurdles, Sr. Catherine


r. Catherine is one Sr. Catherine Altamura, FMA Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey as a teacher of six children in a 50th Anniversary and principal in Salesian family that emigrated Schools, and as Director of to the United States from Novices. Lately, she has served the Salesian Italy in 1955. While she lived in Hoboken, Sisters as their Provincial Secretary. NJ, she looked up the Salesian Sisters and began a two-year correspondence with With her lovely smile, Sr. Catherine reflects them. on a half century of service and devotion. It would bear much fruit! On May 26, 1957, “I learned to pray from my dear parents, Sr. Catherine entered the community with especially from my Mom,” she remembers. her parents’ blessing. August 5, 1960, was a “Through all the experiences of war, emigration, day filled with joy, the day Sr. Catherine made relocation, and raising a family of six, my parents her first vows. always drew strength to overcome all obstacles in prayer. I, too, find my deepest strength in prayer, every Always ready to give a hand and dare new single day.” challenges, Sr. Catherine has served the young in

Congratulations, Sisters,

on your blessed Jubilees!


r. Elizabeth comes profession in 1960 in Sr. Elizabeth Russo, FMA to us from upstate Newton, NJ. 50th Anniversary New York. She knew God was calling her to be a Sr. Elizabeth’s kind service Salesian Sister . . . but where was she to find reached the Sisters and the young in several them? states. She lovingly speaks of her early days with our precious elderly Sisters in Newton, Where there is a will, there is a way. After NJ, and she enjoyed especially her years at some research, Sr. Elizabeth realized there Camp Auxilium, in the same town. were no FMA convents near her home, but New Jersey was not that far away. Over the years, the Sisters are especially grateful for Sr. Elizabeth’s care and precision After communicating with the Sisters, her as a seamstress. Alhough a woman of few acceptance date at North Haledon, NJ, was set words, one feels Sr. Elizabeth’s kind welcome in any in 1957. This was followed by her first religious conversation.


1957, leaving her suitcases r. Mary Anne comes Sr. Mary Anne Zito, FMA at home still packed for the to us from North 50th Anniversary college she would never Merrick, NY. She attend. came to know of the Salesian Sisters through her cousin, Sr. Agatha Through new pathways, God picked other Cosentino, FMA, who was then attending schools of learning to ready Sr. Mary Anne Mary Help of Christians Academy as a for the work He had planned for her among resident. She would join her as a resident the young in New York, New Jersey, student also. The Sisters’ readiness to work and play alongside the girls immediately Florida, and Pennsylvania, as a teacher, principal, friend, and guide. attracted her. When high school ended, Mary Anne was accepted by a college in Pennsylvania, but the call to become a Salesian Sisters was even stronger. Though it was hard for her father especially to give permission, Mary Anne entered on September 8,

Looking back on 50 years, Sr. Mary Anne exclaims, “I can’t believe all the miracles in my life! How God took care of my parents and brother in my absence, and how He is mercifully holding close to His heart my 50 years and all people and events they contain.”


ost Holy Virgin Mary, Help of Christians, how sweet it is to come to your feet, imploring your perpetual help. If earthly mothers cease not to remember their children, how can you, the most loving of all mothers, forget me? Grant then to me, I implore you, your perpetual help in all my necessities, in every sorrow, and especially in all my temptations. I ask for your unceasing help for all who are now suffering. Help the weak, cure the sick, convert sinners. Grant through your intercessions many vocations to the religious life. Obtain for us, O Mary, Help of Christians, that having invoked you on earth, we may love and eternally thank you in heaven. Amen. – Prayer of St. John Bosco

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Sr. Catherine Hurley, FMA

he household at Lynwood, CA, was delighted with the birth of their second gift, Catherine. It wasn’t long before she became mother’s helper, as more children arrived!


meeting the Salesian Sisters personally. In September Anniversary 1966, she crossed the U.S. for her Salesian religious formation in Haledon, NJ. Sr. Catherine’s intense preparations, both scholastically and spiritually, and her loving heart were the gifts she brought to the young people and adults she served in Salesian Schools in Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Florida, California, and New Jersey.

Sr. Catherine recalls, “For as long as I can remember, I had always known that I belonged to God.” In God’s time, Catherine saw pictures of the Salesian Sisters with young people. She loved the friendliness of the Sisters and the important youth work they did, every day. When her brother attended Don Bosco High School in Bellflower, CA, Catherine finally had the opportunity of

The highlights of Sr. Catherine’s ministry were her years of retreat ministry at Sacred Heart Center. Today, she educates the high school girls at the Academy of Our Lady in Marrero, LA, bringing them, as always, Jesus they can see and hear.


followed, with some fun od is original Sr. Clare Kennelly, FMA and adventure in New in calling His 40th Anniversary York City. beloved to religious life. Sr. Clare was In 1965, Clare returned to Haledon, born in Indianapolis, IN. She learned faith, NJ, where she began her religious and honesty, and hard work in her family professional formation to be a Salesian with five siblings, virtues which would be Sister and educator among the young. assets in her future work with the young. Clare’s high school guidance counselor, a priest, took an interest in her future. One day he gave Clare a catalog with all the religious orders of the Sisters in the U.S. She read through the different options and saw a smiling Salesian Sister in a camp setting. That was the beginning of her search into this Congregation. A trip to the Sisters in New Jersey


Sr. Clare teaches to this day. The same cheerfulness and optimism of the Salesian Sisters that she saw about her in her early days is what she mirrors in her own work with young people. Her gratitude brims over today as she ponders God’s tremendous love for her and the journey traveled under His guidance. Sr. Clare considers every day God’s special blessing and an affirmation of the path she has chosen.

Sr. Betty Ann Martinez, FMA

rom a very young age in Texas, Betty 40th Ann was blessed with the example of her parents’ and grandmother’s living faith and devotion to Mary. It wasn’t long before Betty Ann felt the stirrings of a religious vocation. Betty Ann had begun her education at a school staffed by another congregation. It was later, though, when she was transferred to a closer school run by the Salesian Sisters, that she knew she was meant to be an FMA. After a Salesian Sister, Sr. Cecilia Ramirez, had


interviewed her parents before registering, Betty Ann said, “Mom, I want to be a Sister just like her!”

A few years later, after graduating eighth grade in 1963, she traveled to Aptos, CA, to begin her years of candidacy during her high school studies there. Sr. Betty Ann made her first profession on August 5, 1970. Her leadership and teaching gifts have blessed many across the United States. Ever kind and gentle, she mirrors through her religious life the same goodness she saw as a child in Sr. Cecilia.

News from “Partners” Like You! CHICAGO, IL – Sr. Mary Rinaldi’s visit to the Windy City was warm and welcoming from both Adopters and friends, and even included a visit to the Oprah Winfrey Show! At right, Sr. Mary spends time with Chelsey Carey Cardona of Chicago, her aunt, Renee Rizzo, and great aunt, Rosalie Logue, of Mineral Point, WI, and Trudy Carey of Brandon, FL.

What visit to Chicago is complete without High Tea at the world-famous Drake Hotel? At left, dear friends of the Salesian Sisters gathered for tea include (seated, l-r) Trudy Carey, Rosalie Logue, and Marilyn Anderson of Brandon, FL, and (standing) Charlotte Schmelzer of West Chicago, IL, and Judy Kelly of Lake Oswego, OR. Thank you, one and all, for a fabulous time! San Francisco, CA – This May, Sr. Mary Rinaldi had the pleasure of visiting with several adopters in the San Francisco Bay area, and what a treat it was! Sr. Mary also met with Barbara and Chuck Bloch of Danville, CA. They call their 10 adopted Salesian Sisters “The God Squad”! Below, Adopters Maria “Gloria” and Tony Rando of San Francisco.

Joining Sr. Mary are four amazing couples: Vicki and Ron Mackintosh of Sacramento, CA; Gina Mackintosh and Steve Wright of Piedmont CA; and Diane and Don Onken and Sandy and Michael Onken, all of San Francisco.

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Jesus is the Winner! Sr. Phyllis Neves’ Letter


n the cemetery, some of the epitaphs on tombstones are truly amusing. On the tomb of an atheist: “Here lies an Atheist, All dressed up, And no place to go.” On the tomb of a famous lawyer: “Here lies a lawyer who lies no more.” On the tomb of Jesus, perhaps the most appropriate words would be: “Jesus was here, but not any more for He is risen.”

But in the midst of all these, the joyful message of Easter rings clearly: Jesus is the winner! We are assured of victory. In Christ, we shall overcome.

The joyous celebration of Easter lingers in our minds and hearts. Jesus is out of the grave. The tomb is empty. The tomb could not contain Him for He is not dead. He is alive forever, for He is God. He has conquered death, and won the victory for us.

St. Paul, in his Letter to the Romans, proclaims the message of hope: “Are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were indeed buried with Him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we, too, might live in newness of life. For, if we have grown into union with Him through a death like his, we shall also be united with Him in the Resurrection” (Romans 6:3-5).

Victory presupposes war or battle. Jesus went into battle. And He won. He fought against violence. He did not resist when He was led to the Cross. He used the weapon of non-violence and forgiveness. He won. He fought against pride and arrogance. He used the power of humility and meekness. And He won. He fought against lies and deception. He just said the truth, for He is Himself the Truth. And He won. He fought against death. He died but rose again. He won.

St. Paul is not talking about winning the whole world, totally eradicating poverty and injustice, cleaning up our society from all bad elements and overcoming all problems in the world. Instead, he is talking about joining Jesus in His death through our baptism, so that we may rise with Him in His Resurrection – “so that we, too, might live in newness of life.” It is a personal battle and personal victory that he is trying to tell us.

“Let us rise up and become beacons of light and hope in this world.”

We are now in the middle of a terrible war. We are fighting a great spiritual battle. Recent news reports are telling us about the vicious attacks, not only against priests and bishops, but directly against the supreme authority of the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI. The enemies of God and of the Church are for real, and they are serious. Like Jesus who was attacked not only by outside enemies but also by those closest to Him, betrayed by Judas and abandoned by the other disciples, so also the Church is attacked from without as well as from within. There is war. And the enemy seems to be winning. The worsening economic crisis; the ever-growing threats of terrorism and violence; the increasing number of unborn infants murdered; failed marriages and broken families; the rapid spread of false teachings and blatant lies; the proliferation of drug abuse cases; the strong influence of materialism and egoism in the minds and hearts of people – all these are telling us that we could be losing the battle. These are the reasons why many of us still continue to feel the pains and sorrow of Good Friday.

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We have no power to change the hardened hearts and minds of evil people and of those who hate us. But certainly we have the power to change ourselves. Through Jesus, our victorious Lord, we have the assurance that we can win the war in our personal lives. Then our personal victories, taken together with all the others, will mean the conversion of many hearts that will gradually usher in the dawn of justice and peace in the world. Instead of cursing the darkness of sin and evil in the world and prolonging the grief and anguish of Good Friday, let us rise up and become beacons of light and hope in this world. Indeed, the Resurrection of Jesus always gives us the reason to hope and rejoice in our own personal victory as children of God.

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Please Give Us A Special Summer Day!


s the summer months begin, the Salesian Sisters’ thoughts turn to retreats, camps, change of occupation, and some relaxation time. Always our friends are included in the plans we make. The Sisters would like to share one day of the summer remembering a special occasion in your life. 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. Choose a special summer day when you ask the Sisters to remember a significant event that happened on a summer day and for which you thank God in a special manner. We join in the celebration with prayer, love, and gratitude for you and your remembrance. Thank you, and God bless you!

Sr. Mary Anne Zito, a 50-year Jubilarian this year, got a special birthday visit from her Adopters, Joe and Carol Shehade of Gambrills, MD. They came all the way to Haledon, NJ, to take their favorite adopted Sister out to dinner in style. What a way to celebrate!

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



Day 1 (Month, day):


Day 2 (Month, day):


Day 3 (Month, day):


Total enclosed @ $100 per day: $ ____________ Please make your check payable to: Salesian Sisters

Name Address


Please detach & mail this form to: Sr. Mary Rinaldi, FMA, 659 Belmont Avenue, North Haledon, NJ 07508

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new membership level, “Visionaries,” has been established with an inaugural gift of $25,000 by a cherished friend and supporter of the Salesian Sisters, in loving memory of her late husband.

Salesian Sisters’ Partners Circle Welcome New 2010 Members in Red!


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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Bill McLaughlin, Bob Harkins, and Mike Polizzi, all from New Jersey, are all proud members of the Partners Circle! All three sit on the National Board of Trustees, and Bob is the new President of the Partners Circle North Board.

Major Bequests to the Partners Circle



Richard Meissner, Meissner Manufacturing

Mr. & Mrs. Larry Peterson



New York

Mrs. Beatrice Lightfoot

Mrs. Pearl Kalikow

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. Roberta Ruocco Ms. Celeste Tripi

New Jersey

Partners Circle “Partners”

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

Annual gift of $5,000

California Ms. Doriana Sobek

Connecticut A Friend

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Harkins Mr. & Mrs. Bill McLaughlin Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Pfeifer Mr. & Mrs. Rodger Rohde

New York


Mr. John Cassara

Mr. & Mrs. Lee Pallardy

New Jersey

New Jersey Marcalus Family Foundation Robert R. Waitts Foundation

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

Texas Mrs. Betty Turner

Mr. & Mrs. Tony Chernalis

Texas Mr. & Mrs. Fritz Duda, Sr.

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

Connecticut Mr. Michael Guarnieri Dr. Joseph McAleer

Florida Mrs. Janis Boyd Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Ekonomou

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

Massachusetts Ms. Patti Gauthier

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

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

Salesian Sisters’ Partners Circle Welcome New 2010 Members in Red!

Joseph J. McAleer, Sr., Heritage Society


A Love That Lasts Forever

Received between April 10 and May 28, 2010

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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Memorial for Name – DECEASED

Sr. Josephine Carini, FMA A Friend

Mrs. Peggy Mezey Mrs. Antoinette Trotto

Elio Gomez Barba Ms. Olivia R. Gomez

Sr. Veronica Milyo, FMA Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Richards

Eileen F. Holleran Ms. Lori Schulz

Mariano Ruiz Mrs. Rita Angelino Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Giamonco Mr. & Mrs. George Sedgwick

Camille Kornutick Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Barber Ms. Estelle C. Clemens Mr. Joseph Hottendorf Ms. Carol Kasper Liberty Board of Realtors Mr. & Mrs. Paul J. Moran Ms. Veronica Romano Mr. & Mrs. Donald Tripp Mr. & Mrs. William Tripp Ms. Anne Weiss Mary Lanzel Mrs. Antoinette Trotto Hortense Lipscomb Ms. Sandra J. Kasprzak Mauro & Robert Losciale Mrs. Rachel Losciale Hope & Joseph McAleer The McAleer Family

Sr. Catherine Sforza, FMA Mrs. Antoinette Trotto Joseph & Louisa Testa Mr. & Mrs. Alex DeGroat Louise Thiel Dr. Joseph McAleer

Tributes Sr. Mary Anne Zito, FMA Ms. Mary Catherine Plogman

Tribute for Name – LIVING

Occasion Please send an acknowledgement to: Name Address My Name Address Detach & mail to: Sr. Mary Rinaldi 659 Belmont Avenue, North Haledon, NJ 07508-2397 Please make checks payable to SALESIAN SISTERS


he Salesian Sisters offer prayers for the repose of the soul of their dear friend, Camille Kornutick, who passed away on April 30 at the age of 57. She was a lively presence at the Salesian Sisters’ events for many years, always ready to lend a helping hand during the Spring and Christmas Parties. May she rest in peace. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Salesian Sisters, c/o Sr. Mary Rinaldi, 659 Belmont Ave., North Haledon, NJ 07508-2397, or to the Hudson Cradle Infant Home, 1805 Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City, NJ 07305.

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Salesian Youth Report

Pavilion is Dedicated in Loving Memory


n May 18, Villa Madonna School and the Joe & Anne Garcia Salesian Youth Center/Boys & Girls Club in Tampa, FL, dedicated a new Pavilion in honor of Arlene Permuy, who lost her battle with cancer this year. Memorial donations from friends and the Permuy Family financed this new addition. Located on the north side of the school, the Pavilion provides a shady area for kids to play and do class work and special projects. As we remember our dear friend, Arlene, we sincerely thank all those who made this magnificent memorial possible.

Under the new Pavilion named for his loving wife, Glenn Permuy, Sr., addresses family, friends, and students who attended the dedication.

Above, Arlene’s husband, mother, and son: Glenn Permuy, Sr, Angelita Orta, and Glenn Permuy, Jr. Right, ribbon cutting by Arlene’s grandchildren: Dylan, Riley, and little Blake Brown, joined by their parents, Ronnie and Jennifer Permuy Brown.

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Gathered for the dedication are (l-r) Javier Baldor, Glenn Permuy, Jr., Glenn Permuy, Sr., Msgr. Laurence Higgins (holding the plaque in memory of Arlene), Joe Garcia, Jennifer Permuy Brown, Sr. Mary Rinaldi, and Ronnie Brown.

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Salesian Youth Report Camp Auxilium, Newton, NJ – Two wheels bring in four digits – $3,100, to be exact! That’s what the Camp Auxilium Learning Center brought in from the recent “Trikea-Thon,” with proceeds benefiting St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. For one week, boys and girls cycled onehalf hour each day, earning pledges made by their parents and friends. Such pedal power over the years has generated more than $40,000 for charity! Truly, when we say that our “wheels are turning,” we mean it! It includes not only the head, but the heart and feet, as our children learn the value of helping others. Congratulations, everyone!

Academy of Our Lady HIGH, Marrero, LA – Under the guidance of Sr. Susan Bagli (center), students who have a calling to enter health care fields are gaining valuable experience and insights into their future careers. Sr. Susan helped to start the “Health Care Connections” program last year, and students were introduced to a broad range of knowledge and skills about careers in health care. This year, seniors completed internships that took them into the field for on-site experience, thanks to affiliations the Academy has forged with local hospitals and community agencies. This year’s interns closed out their time with formal presentations that included a synopsis of their clinical experiences, explanations of the program’s benefits to their education, and how Health Care Connections helped them to discover the fields they want to follow in college. Pictured above with their Principal, Sr. Maria Colombo, are the interns (wearing blue scrub suit tops) and employees of the Ochsner Health System, which operates hospitals and clinics in the New Orleans area.

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Sr. Lise Parent (center), past principal of Corpus Christi School, joins past teachers Sr. Frances Gumino and Sr. Susan Bagli in greeting the Scala Family, loyal supporters and past pupils: (l-r) Anthony III, Vicky, parents Mary Ellen and Anthony Jr., and Christopher.

Corpus Christi-Holy Rosary School, Port Chester, NY – Fifty years young! On April 25, Corpus Christi School celebrated its golden anniversary with a special Mass (with more than a dozen priests) and a gala dinner in the school. Students performed “It’s a Hard Knock Life” (right) from Annie as part of the evening’s entertainment. More than 300 people turned out for the celebration, including dedicated alumni like the Scala Family (above). “The Scala’s represent our past pupils at their best, always ready to offer their time, talent, and treasure to help today’s students have the terrific educational experience they had back then,” says Deirdre McDermott, assistant principal.

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Millennium Mystery The Unknown God


n Greece, Paul found an Altar dedicated to an unknown god. He seized this as an opportunity to speak of Jesus and His way of life. Today, we, too, might regard as an “Unknown God” the very Spirit whom Christ sent us, “to reveal all things.” He left us without His visible self that the Spirit might come upon us, enlightening our minds and enflaming our hearts, just as on the first Pentecost day when those frightened Apostles became courageous announcers of the Word. After that encounter, nothing could deter them any more, not imprisonment, punishment, ridicule, rejection – not even death. Might we today need a bit of that fire when our faith is being attacked on every side? This is no time for quiet living, at ease in fabricated comfort zones. As in every age, Christians must take a stand and make themselves heard, especially by the brilliant witness of lives lived in coherence with Gospel values. Now that may sound easy, but in reality, it often means going against the tidal wave of immorality, indifference, dishonesty, and manipulation so rampant today (perhaps it was always thus…) Yes, we need this Unknown God, this Holy Spirit, this Person of the Blessed Trinity to come down upon us as fiery flame, emboldening us to shout from the roof tops that Christ is alive, His message is valid, His love is the only answer to the world’s woes. We are in a “fine” financial mess worldwide. Why? Is not greed the root of it all? Does not Jesus tell us, “Blessed are the poor in spirit? What does it matter if you gain the whole world, but lose your immortal soul?” Wars erupt

docile to the Spirit’s presence. When in every nook and cranny of the is the last time we have whispered a globe: civil wars, wars of genocide, prayer to the Holy Spirit, imploring of ethnic cleansing, of revenge, and light, discernment, strength? Do we wars of “religion.” I remember Jesus remember this Person of the Blessed saying, “Love your enemies, do good to Trinity? For the Christian, every those who hate you. Do unto others as you day of the year is a Pentecost when would have them do unto you. Love one another.” Respect for the dignity of life the Spirit desires to come upon us vivifying our love, bolstering our seems to have gone down the drain. faith, kindling our courage. It is a Unborn human babies are thrown worthwhile endeavour to get to know away like trash after they have been this Unknown God, experiencing that tortured and killed. The elderly and infirm are coerced into choosing death fiery presence in our soul, relishing its light and warmth as under the euphemism of we face the challenge euthanasia. Sterilization “Do we pray to of really living our and abortion are Christianity fully. imposed in developing the Holy Spirit, nations as a prerequisite imploring light, Here is a hymn prayer to financial aid. Yet discernment, that might serve to invite Jesus clearly declared, the Holy Spirit to be a “I have come that you may strength?” vibrant reality in our have life and have it in everyday life: abundance. I am the Life of the world; those who follow Me will have everlasting life.” Fire of God, undying flame, Spirit who in splendor came, We have the solutions to what ails the Let your heat my soul refine, world. What shall we do with them? Till it glows with love divine. This is where the Holy Spirit comes Breath of God that swept with power in. Under the Spirit’s direction, we In the Pentecostal hour, will know how to apply the answers Holy breath, be now in me in our everyday life. The inspiration Source of vital energy. comes to act, to speak, to pray at the right moment and in the right way. Strength of God, your might within Conquers sorrow, pain, and sin; Strength and fortitude are infused that Fortify from evil art we may have the courage to stand All the gateways of my heart. up for our values, our God-given values that determine what is right and acceptable and what is wrong and unacceptable. We are not powerless. We have the power given to us as it was to the first Apostles and disciples. A few simple persons spread Christ’s word throughout the world and are still doing this, not because they are super-people, but because they live

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Truth of God, your piercing rays Penetrate my secret ways; May the light that shames my sin Guide me holier paths to win. Love of God, your grace profound Knows not either age or bound; Come, my heart’s own guest to be, Dwell for ever more in me.

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Partners in Giving • Early Summer 2010


ullen Muir, a sixth grader at Villa Madonna School in Tampa, FL, holds up a SMALL bag of Coke bottle tops and Coke Reward Codes from cases of Coca Cola products. Since September 2009, Villa Madonna has been engaged with collecting these to “purchase” with “points” some much-needed educational materials and physical education equipment. Villa parents have gone to restaurants, Tampa Bay Rays and Buccaneer games, and Little League games, asking for the caps or collecting them from fellow workers and neighbors. To date, Villa has collected over 100,000 points and have been recognized for being in the top 5% of the nations’ schools which are participating in this program! Well done, everybody!

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Early Summer 2010 issue of Partners in Giving, the bi-monthly publication of the Salesian Sisters Eastern Province