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o welcome Mother Caroline Novasconi (center), former Provincial Superior of the Salesian Sisters and member of the Salesian General Council in Rome in 1949, students of Saint Anthony of Padua School in Easton, Pennsylvania, tossed roses onto the pathway and put on their happiest faces! The Pastor, Father Francis Barbato, joined Salesian Sisters (from left) Sr. Josephine Aina, Sr. Joan Volpe, Sr. Angelina Di Santo, Sr. Maria Theodorica, and Sr. Mary Di Camillo in organizing the welcome. The Salesian Sisters came to Easton in 1938 to work in the school and religious education, and remained there until 1976. A reunion is planned in Easton on July 13, part of the Salesian Sisters’ Centennial Celebrations. Partners in Giving • Early Summer 2008

Sr. Mary Rinaldi’s Letter Dear Friends, Often when a call comes in, “Sister, please pray for me,” we are asked to pray on behalf of others. Saint James tells us that “Faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:17). Our prayer is our welcome task. For when belief in God takes hold of us, something happens – we change. We become filled with an overflowing charity which we are eager to extend to others. Some news to report: • Thank you, family and friends, for completing the 100 years of dedications, which will appear in the Centennial History Book. The names do not appear in this issue as they have already been submitted to the publisher. We are hoping for a Fall delivery of our wonderful book! • In response to repeated requests, we are making available commemorative Centennial items such as t-shirts, pins, and books. See page 3. • The next local Centennial celebration will take place on July 13 in Easton, PA. Msgr. Alfred Schlert will lead the Eucharistic Celebration at St. Anthony of Padua Church, with reception and dinner to follow. We invite all friends and past pupils from Pennsylvania to join us! For more information, call (877) OUR-NUNS or visit our website,

Centenary Calendar Please join us! July 13 Salesian reunion from schools in Roseto, Easton, Reading, and Philadelphia, PA, will join together for a Mass at Saint Anthony of Padua Church, Easton, followed by a reception and dinner. July 16 Official anniversary of the first four Salesian Sisters’ arrival in the U.S. in 1908. Fr. Felix Cianci of St. Michael Parish in Paterson, NJ, provided their first home. August 3 Sisters’ Jubilee Celebration, North Haledon, NJ October 30 Partners Circle Ball, Garfield, NJ November 21 Salesian Sisters Centennial Northern Regional Youth Rally December 7 Salesian Sisters’ Annual Christmas Party, North Haledon, NJ February 28, 2009 Centennial Mass and Gala in Florida, St. Jude Cathedral, St. Petersburg, FL

• We have two new Scholarship Funds! See page 23. • Summer camp season is fast approaching – stay tuned for our Summer Camp Appeal in your mailboxes. Join us in providing a safe and happy summer for thousands of needy children! A blessed and happy Father’s Day, and, as always, our grateful thanks for all you do.

April 25, 2009 Centennial Mass and Gala in New York City, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York, NY May 16, 2009 Centennial Celebration for all Salesian Schools in New Jersey and New York For more information on these events, to attend, or to get involved, please call us toll free: (877) 687-6867, or e-mail We hope to see you!

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It’s Nearly Salesian Camp Season! Please help us make a child’s dream come true!


ach summer, generous people like you help us send hundreds of needy children like Ana to Salesian Camp programs. As Ana writes here, it’s not only fun – it’s special family time. The Salesian Sisters welcome all children to join their educational programs, no matter their faith, race, age, or ability. The Sisters’ Summer Camp programs operate for 4-6 weeks in New York, New Jersey, Florida, and Louisiana, serving more than 7,500 children in need of a refuge away from drugs, crime, gangs, and other inner-city troubles. Won’t you help a needy child to attend a Salesian Sisters Summer Camp? Your gift will provide him/her a wonderful summer of fun at a camp that is safe, caring, loving, family-style, and most importantly, lots of FUN, away from the dangers of the city streets. Would you help us send as many kids as possible to camp this summer, by sponsoring a child or two, or maybe three?

A tax-deductible gift of $150 per child will guarantee a full week of camp activities and a nutritious lunch. Please make an online donation using a credit card via our secure website, You may also call us toll-free at (877) OUR-NUNS, or locally at (973) 904-0041. And watch for the Summer Salesian Camp Appeal in the mail soon! Thank you!

Centennial T-Shirts Available Now! In keeping with our 100 year anniversary, Centennial t-shirts were made to allow all of the Salesian Family, including you, to be united in celebrating the Salesian Sisters’ Centennial Year. The shirts are 100% cotton and are navy blue. The suggested donation for an Adult shirt is $10 and the Youth shirt is $7. Each t-shirt comes with a centennial pin and holy card. The following items are also available for a free will donation: Centennial Coloring/Activity Books with Crayons, Mary Help of Christians Color Photo, and Centennial Pins


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We Welcomed Pope Benedict XVI!


ens of thousands of people flocked to New York City on April 19 and 20 for a chance to see and worship with Pope Benedict XVI – and Salesian Sisters, students, alumni, family, and friends were no exception!

Above, clutching their tickets, happy and excited FMAs wait to enter Saint Patrick Cathedral to attend Mass with Pope Benedict XVI: Sr. Suzanne Dauwalter, Sr. Phyllis Neves, Provincial Superior, and Sr. Anna Ragogna. Below, joining the 57,000 people for Mass at Yankee Stadium were (l-r) Sr. Maryann Schaefer, Sr. Betty Ann Martinez, Sr. Catherine Altamura, and Sr. Mary Rinaldi.

While most Catholics received tickets to the Holy Father’s Yankee Stadium Mass through a lottery system in their parishes, others were invited to attend the special mass at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. This one was for clergy and religious only, and the special guests included our own Provincial Superior, Sr. Phyllis Neves. When the brass doors of St. Patrick’s opened, the Pope stood in the door and the thousands present rose to their feet, cheering and clapping to express their welcome, love and joy at being in the Holy Father’s presence. The Pope’s farewell was at Yankee Stadium, where 57,000 people came together to celebrate mass with our Holy Father. Among the Salesian Sisters present were: Sr. Catherine Altamura, Sr. Danielle Gonzales, Sr. Theresa Kelly, Sr. Betty Ann Martinez, Sr. Mary Rinaldi, and Sr. MaryAnn Schaefer. We share here some of the Holy Father’s inspiring words to our young people, who are the future of our world. What a glorious experience it was for all, near and far to witness our Holy Father here in the United States. Viva Papa Benedetto!

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“Have courage!” the Pope tells young people Editor’s note: During his three-day visit to New York City, Pope Benedict XVI attended a rally with 25,000 young people at Saint Joseph Seminary in Yonkers, NY. We share with Partners in Giving readers the Holy Father’s inspirational words to teens and young adults.


riends, do not be afraid of silence or stillness, listen to God, adore Him in the Eucharist. Let His word shape your journey as an unfolding of holiness . . . Are you ready to give all as Jesus did for truth and justice? Many of the examples of the suffering which our saints responded to with compassion are still found here in this city and beyond. And new injustices have arisen: some are complex and stem from the exploitation of the heart and manipulation of the mind; even our common habitat, the earth itself, groans under the weight of consumerist greed and irresponsible exploitation. We must listen deeply. We must respond with a renewed social action that stems from the universal love that knows no bounds. In this way, we ensure that our works of mercy and justice become hope in action for others.

the Lord Jesus and, in Him, of every member of the human family. Friends, again I ask you, what about today? What are you seeking? What is God whispering to you?

those who may be struggling in any way – socially, materially, spiritually. Let us honor the vocation of matrimony and the dignity of family life. Let us always appreciate that it is in families that vocations are given life. . . . Do not be shy to speak with Religious Brothers, Sisters or Priests about the charism and spirituality of their Congregation. No perfect community exists, but it is fidelity to a founding charism, not to particular individuals, that the Lord calls you to discern. Have courage! You, too, can make your life a gift of self for the love of

The hope which never disappoints is Jesus Christ. The saints show us the selfless love of his way. As disciples of Christ, their extraordinary journeys unfolded within the community of hope, which is the Church. It is from within the Church that you, too, will find the courage and support to walk the way of the Lord. Nourished by personal prayer, prompted in silence, shaped by the Church’s liturgy, you will discover the particular vocation God has for you. Embrace it with joy. You are Christ’s disciples today. Shine His light upon this great city and beyond. Show the world the reason for the hope that resonates within you. Tell others about the truth that sets you free.

Dear young people, I wish to share a word about vocations. First of all my thoughts go to your parents, grandparents, and godparents. They have been your primary educators in the faith. By presenting you for Baptism, they made it possible for you to receive the greatest gift of your life. On that day you entered into the holiness of God himself. You became adoptive sons and daughters of the Father. You were incorporated into Christ. You were made a dwelling place of his Spirit. Let us pray for mothers and fathers throughout the world, particularly

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Thanks to the generosity of a very special donor, some of our Salesian Sisters had wonderful Yankee Stadium seats which allowed a fabulous and unforgettable view of the Holy Father as he passed by in the “Popemobile.”

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Our Spring Party was “Mother’s Day”!


his year’s Salesian Sisters’ Spring Party on April 13 was a huge success, raising more than $76,000 to support Mary Help of Christians Academy. Themed “Mother’s Day, Summer Play,” the gym was converted beautifully, filled with more than 600 people, 100 baskets, and lots of fun. Each guest was greeted with a Centennial Celebration Pin and the glowing faces of the Sisters. Market Basket provided a wonderful meal, as usual. Thank you to all who came and supported out party, and those who supported us in spirit. Sr. Catherine Novo enjoyed visiting with Merrie O'Doherty, Aurora Hoover, and Margaret Gallagher.

Sr. Phyllis Neves and Sr. Suzanne Dauwalter had a happy time with sisters Margaret and Josephine Ruta of New York, NY, and Sue Tita of Beechhurst, NY. At right, Alex Fuentes won big at our Spring Party!

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Below, Sr. Arlene Rubino enjoyed spending time with the Melendez sisters: twins Amanda and Kelsey, and Sydney.

Sr. Anna Ragogna visits a happy table: (standing) Jean Thelosen of Paterson, NJ; Joseph and Carole Tirserio of Lanoka Harbor, NJ; (seated) Anthony and Linda Laino of West Paterson, NJ. Right, Members of the Spring Party Committee take a bow for another job well done: (l-r) Christina McAleer, Veronica Barrios, Janet Arias, Ariane Nagrosst, and Irene Damiano; Terry Laudone, Pat Connors, Peggy Corcoran, and Director of Development, Sr. Mary Rinaldi. Below, Mary Help of Christians Academy students were very gracious hostesses, as usual!

Above, Sr. Esther Cruz visits with mother and daughter, Deborah and Marilyn Harlick. Left, Sr. Mildred Zanetti shares smiles with Mike Luciano, Myriah DiPetrillo, Pat Ricci, Cynthia Luciano, and Janine DiPetrillo.

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Partners Circle “Members”: Annual gift of





Ms. Tonia Kempfer A Friend

Ms. Josephine Petrillo Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Reading

Mr. & Mrs. Jack Betwarda Mr. Vincent Cagnetta Mrs. Joseph Clair Mr. & Mrs. Charles Curcio Mr. & Mrs. Charles Curcio, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. James Dell’Orto Mr. Edward DeLuca 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



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

Mr. & Mrs. Gary Baccaro Mr. & Mrs. Richard Badenhausen 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

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 Mr. & Mrs. Mark Spada Mrs. Peggy Theis Mr. & Mrs. Ron Yates Mr. & Mrs. Rene Zarate Mr. Bob Zurek

GEORGIA Mr. & Mrs. Charles Fantauzza

ILLINOIS Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Olivieri

KENTUCKY Mr. & Mrs. Jack Danehy

MARYLAND Dr. & Mrs. Andrew Saladino

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


Partners Circle Member – and always dependable volunteer! – John Connors of Wyckoff, NJ, enjoyed seeing Sr. Cecilia Besi and Sr. Theresa Kelly at the annual Spring Party.

he Salesian Sisters and the Partners Circle are proud to announce a new 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. Thanks to his inspiring and philanthropic spirit, countless young people will benefit from a Salesian Education!


Partners Circle “Associates”

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


Annual gift of $750

Geraldine & Joanne Rizzuto


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

CONNECTICUT Mr. & Mrs. Declan Mansfield

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. James Major Mr. & Mrs. Frank Middendorf Mr. & Mrs. John Oliva, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Gene Perez Hon. Judge & Mrs. A. Rodnite

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.



Dr. Allyson & Mr. Kevin Hardy

Mrs. Rosemarie D’Alessandro Mr. Alfonso Daloisio Mr. Al De Vincenzo Mrs. Joseph Festa

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


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!


A new level! Partners Circle “Visionaries”


Joseph J. McAleer, Sr., Heritage Society Major Bequests to the Partners Circle CALIFORNIA


Richard Meissner, Meissner Manufacturing

Mr. & Mrs. Larry Peterson

Ms. Celeste Tripi



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


Mrs. Pearl Kalikow

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

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



Marcalus Family Foundation Robert R. Waitts Foundation

Ms. Doriana Sobek

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

The Sabatine Foundation, in memory of Philip & Josephine Sabatine



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



Mrs. Betty Turner

Mr. & Mrs. Fritz Duda, Sr.

Partners Circle “Founders” Annual gift of $2,000 CONNECTICUT Mr. Michael Guarnieri Dr. Joseph McAleer

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

MASSACHUSETTS 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. Joseph Pfeifer Mr. & Mrs. Mark Swartzberg

NEW YORK Ms. Jordon Carroll

Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Scala, Jr.


SOUTH CAROLINA Mr. & Mrs. Tom Aldinger

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hrough your offerings, you support the mission of the Salesian Sisters to young people – for the next 100 years! Special gift planning may include gifts of: •


Appreciated stocks, bonds, or mutual funds

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If you would like to leave a legacy, our legal title is Missionary Society of Salesian Sisters, Inc., and our federal tax ID # is 22-6043753 Required to Take an IRA Distribution?

Gone but not forgotten, Salesian Sisters who attended or worked at Pius X High School in Roseto, PA, returned for a reunion: Sr. Catherine Altamura, Sr. Judith Suprys (graduate and valedictorian), Sr. Rosalie Di Peri, and Sr. Liz Ryan.

Sisters’ Legacy Honored in Roseto


n April 11, Pius X High School in Roseto, PA, celebrated its Fifth Annual Royal Gala. Founded in the early 1950s by the Salesian Sisters, the high school has gone on to flourish, but it has not forgotten the legacy of the Salesian Sisters who worked with the children of Pennsylvania so many years ago. The Salesian Sisters offer grateful thanks for a pleasant and wonderful evening with many alumni, parents and friends who gathered at the Royal Gala.

If you are over the age of 70 & 1/2 and you are required to take taxable distributions from a traditional or Roth IRA, you may be interested in a special opportunity for tax-free giving to the Salesian Sisters. Please check with us or your advisor for more information. For more information, please call: Sr. Mary Rinaldi, Director of Development: (877) OUR-NUNS Christina McAleer, Director of Advancement: (203) 921-9224 Salesian Sisters • 659 Belmont Avenue North Haledon, NJ 07508-2301

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Mr. James Angeline, Principal of Pius X High School, and Fr. Patrick H. Lamb, President, join the Sisters.

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The Woman of Faith Sr. Phyllis Neves’ Letter


erhaps the relationship that each one of us has with our Mother holds a unique quality that can only be experienced between a mother and her


During these days we have witnessed the devastation caused by the cyclone that hit Myanmar. Our hearts were moved by the images of mothers, holding their children tightly to protect them from the storm. We saw other pictures of mothers shuffling through the rubble to find their children and small children wandering about in search of their Mothers. Indeed, the relationship of mother and child is truly unique. During May, and throughout the year, we honor our own mothers, manifesting our gratitude for the gift of life and for their love and guidance throughout our lives. Our mothers were often the models who taught us how to grow in our love for God and showed us the value of sacrifice and self-giving. Many times our moms would go without a new winter coat or a pair of shoes so that you and I could have that special something from our list to Santa?

become the mother of His Only-begotten Son? She surrenders in faith and in trust. “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Do we obey God’s will in our lives as did Mary? Will we be more willing to follow her example and seek her help, so that like her, we too may live: “Let it be according to your word, O Lord”? Mary is the woman of charity. Hearing that Elizabeth, her elderly cousin, is expecting a child and in need of assistance, Mary travels in haste to visit Elizabeth, Zachary and the unborn John the Baptist. In the presence of need, do we, like Mary, hasten to offer assistance that is real and practical?

“Mary is the expert in love for God and for each one of us.”

Unconditional love . . . that’s what mothers are really good at.

Mary is the model of kindness and attentiveness. At the marriage feast of Cana, she was the one to notice that the wine had run out and quickly turned to her Son in order to spare the newly married couple any embarrassment. Are our eyes open to the needs of others and are we willing to help them, even at the cost of personal sacrifice?

Mary, the Mother of Jesus and our Mother, is the expert in love for God and for each one of us. It is Mary’s role to lead us to Jesus, the source of all holiness. Her advice to us is timeless and timely: “Do whatever He tells you.”

Mary is our Mother, Model, Guide, and Teacher. She shows us how to live as Jesus did: attentive to God at work in her life, generous in helping those most in need, attentive to the weak and vulnerable who are in danger and at risk.

How does Mary lead us to Jesus? By the witness of her life. She is, indeed, the first and the best disciple of the Lord. Keeping our eyes on her, we do not go astray. Keeping our eyes on her, we imitate her virtues and way of life, for she is a true model and guide. She is our Mother!

Will you and I have the courage to be a sign of hope for others like Mary was? Will we have the strength to look for the comfort and well being of others before we look for our own? Can you and I perform a special act of kindness each day in order to make peace more visible in our neighborhoods and workplaces?

Mary is the woman of faith above all others. When she heard God’s word and discerned His will, she surrendered totally in obedient faith. What does Mary do once she realizes that the Lord God is asking her to

Mary will show us the way. May she guide our every step and lead us each day closer to her Son, Jesus, our greatest source of Peace and Joy! May she bring calmness to our lives and blessings to our families.

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N EWS FROM O UR M AILBAG ere are some hats I made – I know you’ll put them to good use. I think you’ll enjoy learning hearing how I learned to make these hats. I was in the check-out line at Wal-Mart (they were having a yarn sale). I had a lot of yarn in my cart and so did the lady in front of me. She told me she was making hats and had a sample with her. She pulled out a crochet hook from her purse and started to “teach” several people to make them. We held up the line but we had a good time. I don’t think WalMart management was happy with us!


New Cards Offer Gifts of Prayer or Healing Our traditional Gift of Prayer perpetual mass card allows you to honor a friend or family member by enrolling their name in the Masses at Sacred Heart Church in Rome, Italy, for all time. The Gift of Prayer offers enrollment for any occasion, for your loved one, living or deceased. During our Centenary Year, and in response to the needs of our faithful friends, we have created a Gift of Healing card. Now you can send a loved one the traditional Gift of Prayer card or a Gift of Healing card. The new Gift of Healing card allows you to honor a friend or family member during their time of need. With this gift, the Sisters will offer prayers for your enrolled friend or family member at the Salesian Sisters Chapel, in Haledon, N.J.

I enjoy making them. I take the yarn with me to all my doctor’s appointments. It helps release the tension and the long wait to see the doctor.

The process is simple, kindly fill out the form below, requesting your gift card/s. Then when you wish to enroll a friend or family member send back the card with their names and donation to the Salesian Sisters.

It’s check-up time for me and I see doctors, have tests, etc. The cancer has spread, but I’m stable right now, still able to do everything – cook, errands, take care of my 80-year-old brother, etc.

You may request as many of the Gift of Prayer cards or Gift of Healing cards as you would like to keep on hand for a needed occasion.

I’ve put myself in God’s hands and I know He’ll take care of me. Please keep me in your prayers. Philadelphia, PA e would like to adopt Sr. Loretta on behalf of my own sister.. We believe Sister’s prayers and devotion helped my sister through her brain cancer. We would also like to adopt another Sister from St. Joseph’s Provincial Center, preferably one who has never been adopted. We think it is a sad commentary on our society that all the Sisters have not been adopted many times over.


You are God’s special angels and we are inspired by your devotion, hard work and faith. Towaco, NJ

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hank you very much for your prayers. If only more people knew the power of prayers! You Sisters have strength and power beyond what most of us realize! My wife is doing well, and we have three children, all grown up! Our pride and


joy are their children. The five-month old will receive the Sacrament of Baptism on June 1. Your prayers have blessed us. Thank you. Saint Ignace, MI

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A Love That Lasts Forever

Received between March 15 and May 12, 2008

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




Memorial for Name – DECEASED

Tribute for Name – LIVING

Anna Alfano Mrs. Jeannie Moretto

Sr. Trini Maydagan, FMA Ms. Maria G. Hopkinson

Jesus Areca Ms. Ann Marie Smith

Hope M. McAleer The McAleer Family

Mary C. Barengregg Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Quinn

Mark Menendez Mrs. Darlene Menendez

Anthony Brajevich Mr. & Mrs. Robert Wagner

Mrs. Denise Parent Dr. & Mrs. Vincent J. Bagli

Dolores Cohen Mr. Gerald J. Grossman

Lee Santoro Dr. & Mrs. Vincent J. Bagli

Margaret Corrado Mrs. Rose Festa

Septemio Tanzella Mrs. Joan Alexander

Maria M. Diaz Mr. & Mrs. Reynee Dominguez Mrs. Maria Carballo

Abraham Torres Mr. Vincent Antinori

Howard O. Jones Mr. & Mrs. Reynee Dominguez

Louis Zecca Mrs. Hilda Zecca


Irene Gutowski Kratsak Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Litzinger

Received between March 15 and May 12, 2008

Albert Guzik Mrs. Barbara SzymonikGuzik

Dorothy De Stefano Mr. & Mrs. Don Di Benedetto

William Laidlaw Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Marchetti

Stephanie & Jonathan Allen Mr. & Mrs. Michael Parichuk

Occasion Please send an acknowledgement to: Name Address

My Name Address Detach & mail to Sr. Mary Rinaldi 659 Belmont Ave  North Haledon, NJ 07508-2397 Please make checks payable to SALESIAN SISTERS

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Mary Levi Ms. Mary Shortway

Bianca Muir Ms. Ann Marie Smith

Donald Leyko Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Quinn Sr. Rose McShane, FMA Mrs. Catherine Burzynski Sr. Philomena Martorana, FMA Mr. & Mrs. John Polletto

Please pray for Sr. Lise Parent’s mother, Mrs. Denise Lajoie Parent, who passed away on May 10.

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Rest in Peace, Dear Sr. Trini Maydagan


e shall all dearly miss Sr. Trinidad Maydagan, FMA, who departed this life on April 11 at the age of 87.

Sr. Trinidad, or Trini, as she was affectionately called, was born on December 4, 1922, to Blas Maydagan and Maria De Jesus Armat in Matanzas, Cuba. She was the fifth of nine children. Her parents had a deep faith and solid Christian values which they transmitted to their children. Sr.Trini had fond memories of her early childhood living on the beautiful island of Cuba. After completing her elementary education, she remained at home to help on the family farm. When an aunt, who lived in Spain, heard of her love for education, she made it possible for Sr. Trini to continue her studies. She obtained a teaching certificate and thus began her career in the field of education. Both in and out of school, she loved her students and did all she could to help them. Sr. Trini also helped in the parish and prepared young people for the sacraments. During her university days, Sr. Trini enrolled in the Catholic Action Movement and continued to be a part of this throughout her teaching career. She was elected diocesan president of her area. It was at this time that she began to consider her future. Her confessor, Fr. Angel Garan, SDB, told her that she

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should consider the consecrated religious life. After much thought and prayer, Sr. Trini decided to give herself entirely to God . . . but where? Fr. Garan counseled her to make a novena to Saint Mary Mazzarello. During this novena, she went to Havana for a meeting of the Catholic Action leadership. It was here that she met the Salesian Sisters and was able to spend some time with them. The invitation was extended to her to begin her formation in June of that year, but she delayed and prayed some more. She finally decided to enter on December 4, 1948. In 1950, she entered the novitiate in Cuba. She was sent to Italy for the canonization of Mary Mazzarello, spent her second year of novitiate in Casanova, Italy, and made her first profession on August 5, 1952. Sr. Trini returned to Cuba and served there until 1961 when Fidel Castro came into power and deported all religious. Sr. Trini was sent to the United States briefly before being sent to Chile where she served until 1972. She then returned to Puerto Rico for a few years before returning to the United States in 1978. Sr. Trini received her certification as a Spanish teacher. While serving in Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, NJ, Sr. Trini said when she was teaching the young women the beauty and melody of the Spanish language, she felt young and enthusiastic. She always felt at home among the young people. Sr. Trini loved her Salesian vocation and once said, “I am happy as a Salesian Sister. God and His mother, Mary, have led me through an exodus not of my own choosing. I have found so many wonderful sisters and friends, whom I would never have met were it not for my Cuban exile.” Eternal rest grant unto Sr. Trini, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace, Amen.

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s the summer months begin, the 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 for the entire month. Choose a special summer day when you ask the Sisters to remember this significant event that happened on a summer day and for which you thank God in a special manner. We join the celebration with prayer, love, and gratitude for you and your remembrance. Please fill out and send in the form below, and the Development Office will send us your name and request. It will be posted on our bulletin board for remembrance. You will be blessed and your summer will be more enjoyable and more fulfilling. Any day will do. Thank you, and God bless you!

At the annual Salesian Sisters Spring Party, Sr. Mary Barone enjoyed a visit from her Adopter and Spring Party Committee Member, Pat Connors of Wyckoff, NJ

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Family Treasures A Window and a Saint


id you know that we have a famous window as part of our heritage? Among ourselves, it is called the Window of the Valponasca. Since you all are part of our (Salesian) family, it is time that you found this out. Actually, the story centers around a friendship between a window and a saint. To explain this phenomenon, I want to share with you a bit of poetic whimsy written long ago when I, myself, found out about this particular and unique friendship. It is simply entitled, “A Window and a Saint.” A window and a saint Best friends the two, In darkness and silence and prayer, After the chores, After the day’s fatigue, Mary’s soul felt a need Strong . . . compelling . . . sweet. Quietly she’d steal away Up to her attic retreat, And a date between A window and a saint. She’d kneel and strain To see pierce the thick night A flicker and a flame, A warmth with name, Beckoning far across the vineyard. Through the window Her spirit hastened, Where her body could not follow. Ingenuity of love . . . Inventiveness of fervor, That laps the miles, Dissolves the distance, and adores. How quaint, this window and this saint! Alone, blended into the enveloping night Contentment, joy, oneness At day’s end, with a most beloved Friend, For whom she toiled and suffered And smiled. Now sought in solitary vigil,

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What secrets Would the trusted window reveal Had it but words and mouth And desire to speak! What vibrations of love Would it not intone And scenes of pure ecstasy repeat, Of how it saw Christ draw His friend To His heart! Silent it remains, constant and true As the one who near it drew Each night in invisible communion, Happy to have been the airy bridge For love’s soft flight.

parish church where she would often have to wait outside for a long time because it was still too early for anyone to be there. Her love for Jesus was so strong, that nothing seemed too much for her to be with Him and receive Him in the Eucharist. During the day, as she worked alongside her father in the vineyards, Mary would converse familiarly with the Lord and thus spend the day in His company. In the evening, she would have loved to have been able to go back to the town for the evening religious services, but because of household duties and care of her younger siblings, this was not possible.

One evening, she discovered that if she went up to the attic and looked out of the window, she could make out in the distance the flickering light of the sanctuary lamp near the tabernacle in the parish church. What a discovery Sr. Danielle Gonzales, while a Novice, gazed out of Saint Mary Mazzarello’s window in Mornese. this was for her! Now she could unite herself to Does it all seem like a riddle? Let me those present in the Church, and thus give you some clues. The Saint is meet the urgent need she felt to pray none other than our foundress, before the Blessed Sacrament. Soon Saint Mary Domenica Mazzarello. the whole family was praying before The episode poetically recounted took this window. place when she was a young girl living in a part of Mornese, Italy, This legacy has come down to us and called the Valponasca. As a young the window has been the symbol of adolescent, Mary had already been the lively and loving relationship with drawn to Our Lord as metal to a Jesus that each of Mary Domenica’s magnet. Every morning, she would “daughters” – we Salesian Sisters – rise (sometimes at 2 a.m., since she seeks to continually nourish. did not have an alarm clock) and walk in the cold and dark to the – Sr. Mary Terzo, FMA

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Salesian Youth Report NEW BEGINNINGS IN FLORIDA – The Salesian Sisters, whose mission is to serve children in need, will soon add another school to the Salesian family. Beginning this fall, the Salesian Sisters will be teaching at Saint John the Evangelist School in Pensacola, FL. Already, the children of Saint John’s School are welcoming the Sisters with open arms! Sr. Isabel Garza (right) visited the school in April, and shared with Mrs. Patti Wabnitz and her third grade class stories of the Salesian Sisters’ Centennial and the miracles of Saint John Bosco. Welcome aboard!

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION SCHOOL, MARRERO, LA – During Lent, Immaculate Conception School students from grades Pre-K3 to 8 collected mission money to partner with Heifer International in providing long-term solutions to end hunger and poverty. With the $4,817.89 donated by the students, families around the world will receive various farm animals (sheep, chicks, goats, honeybees, heifers, rabbits, water buffalo, llamas, or pigs, shown in the children’s booklets) that will help lift them out of despair and poverty.

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ACADEMY OF OUR LADY, MARRERO, LA – On April 6-12, Sr. Michelle Geiger and Academy of Our Lady students Brandi Agoff, Abbie Aucion, Dawn Watson, and Mariah Wren, trekked to Washington, DC, to serve the homeless.Their stops included community organizations S.O.M.E. (“So Others Might Eat,” above left), Trinity Lutheran Church’s Soup Kitchen, where they assisted in meal preparation and learned about the plight of the homeless in our nation’s capital. Sister and students stayed at The Pilgrimage, a DC-based mission that hosts service groups, and listened to presentations from members of the National Coalition of Homeless, such as local poet and homeless advocate David Harris. They also visited their local congressman, Rep. William Jefferson (above right), to see what America’s lawmakers are doing to help the homeless. Great work, girls! Until next year!

ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL, TAMPA, FL – Faculty, parents and friends rallied at St. Joseph School and Parish to build a new playground for the youngest children and, in just a few short weeks, the new “Guardian Angel” Playground was open for business!

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ST. THERESA SCHOOL, KENILWORTH, NJ– Mrs. Eleni Cuty’s first grade class learned about Earth Day and what the day represents.The children added a touch of beauty to the front of the school planting flowers around the flagpole. Class mothers were on hand to help with the digging and planting. Each child (like Ciaran Dougherty, above left) got to plant their own flower and will continue caring for them throughout the school year. IMMACULATA-LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL, MIAMI, FL – On April 19, more than 200 students, teachers, parents, and young alumni danced the night away at Immaculata-La Salle High School’s first annual “Dancing for the Stars.” This Dance-a-thon, sponsored by the young alumni of the SALLT Club, raised $4,000 to help defray the costs of running two summer camps for Guatemalan Mayan migrant children in Boyton Beach. Sr. Fanny Florez (right) and Sr. Catherine Hurley (below) were much-sought-after dance partners!

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Salesian Youth Report POPE JOHN PAUL II SCHOOL, CLIFTON, NJ – Ms. Giella’s first grade class has been reading books from the Magic Treehouse book series. These books tell the time-traveling adventures of two children. The culmination of their studies was the creation of fantastic and creative dioramas depicting their favorite topic, like these by Celiana Charon, Emilio Pineda, and Ashley Miranda. The class will be continuing their studies by reading what happens when the Magic Treehouse kids travel to Ancient Greece and the first Olympic Games. It will be a great way to prepare the class for the Olympic Games this August in Beijing, China!

SALESIAN YOUTH CENTER/BOYS & GIRLS CLUB, TAMPA, FL – With funding from local grantors, the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County and the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, the Salesian Youth Center/Boys & Girls Club, in conjunction with Villa Madonna School, has launched a new literacy program. Students in need of reading help can go to the Youth Center and get the one-on-one attention they need. Through the program, Ms. Mary Dziagwa (at left), a certified reading specialist and teacher at Villa Madonna School, works with Joseph Rivera, 6, while Walter Borders, 7, works on basic core words. Judging from the smiles on their faces, the kids are developing a lifelong love of reading!

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n 2008, the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County awarded the Salesian Youth Center/Boys & Girls Club in Tampa, FL, with a grant of $35,000, in support of its programs for inner city youth. The Salesian Sisters are proud to announce that with the help of this grant, a brand-new literacy initiative has been launched! This reading program allows children who are unable to read at their appropriate grade level to receive one-on-one tutoring, giving them the attention they so desperately need to improve their reading skills. Thank you, Children’s Board, for believing in the work of the Salesian Sisters in Tampa! The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County is the lead county agency in the State of Florida that promotes the health, safety and well being of our community’s children and families.

Supported by dedicated property tax revenue, the Children’s Board funds more than 180 programs, offering critical prevention and early intervention services to Hillsborough County families. In the last decade, the Board has invested $34 million in taxpayer dollars to generate $201 million into our community. That’s a return on investment of almost $6 for every dollar directly benefiting children and families! The Children’s Board is recognized nationally for its contributions to best practices in policies and programs aiding children and families. For more information on the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, visit

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Mary Help students take the driving simulator for a spin, wearing “impairment goggles” to test reflexes and reactions.

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ary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, NJ, is the proud recipient of a three-screen virtual driving simulator and several sets of impairment goggles, all to bring the school’s Drivers’ Ed/Safety Program well into the 21st century. Driver’s Ed Teacher, Sr. Maryann Schaefer, was delighted that her dream to have the latest technology in her classroom was realized. The gift was made possible by BMW of North America, LLC, and its corporate giving representatives, Diane Clancy and Jan Ehlen.

As one of the world’s largest automobile manufacturers, BMW Group believes in social responsibility. To support this, they provide funding for charitable programs that seek to benefit society, and give the highest consideration to those that focus on education, road safety and the environment. On behalf of all of us at Mary Help and the Salesian Sisters staff, thank you, BMW Group, for making this dream of our students a reality!

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New: The Josephine Campo Scholarship Fund, est. by her daughter, Diana, to aid Villa Madonna School students, Tampa, FL.

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

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

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

Yes! I want to help! The Dolores & Victor De Lucia Scholarship, for students at Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, NJ.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

The Clair/Militello Scholarship Fund, est. by the Clairs, in honor of their parents, & by Fr. Benedict Militello, for Mary Help.

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

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

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ust how much do students at St. Theresa School in Kenilworth, NJ, appreciate their teachers? Take a look at this gigantic quilt! The 12-by-8-foot creation, designed by Sr. Emy DiFilippi, features class photos and thank you messages, stitched together by dedicated parents. The creation was presented to the surprised but delighted principal, Sr. Theresa Samson (above), on Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day.


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