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PARTNERS IN GIVING Development Office of the Salesian Sisters Daughters of Mary Help of Christians

Stars Shine at Meet-n-Greet!


n October 4, Irena Medavoy (fourth from left), a dear friend to the Salesian Sisters and a member of the Salesian Sisters’ Adopt a Sister Program since 2000, hosted her very own “Meet-n-Greet” for Sr. Mary Rinaldi at her beautiful home in Beverly Hills, CA. A long-time believer in the power of prayer, Irena introduced 25 of her friends to the beauty of Adopt a Sister, a program that transcends religious boundaries and unites us all in prayer. Gathered for a photo op at the Meet-n-Greet are (l-r) Kymberly Douglas, Gina Bails, Hillary Mendelsohn, Irena, Edie Bronson, Sr. Mary, Cheryl Tiegs , and Jennifer Stallone. See story and more photos on page 13. Partners in Giving • Holiday 2006

Sr. Mary Rinaldi’s Letter Dear Friends, I greet you with an inspiring quote from Venerable John Henry Newman: “God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another.” In this light, we Salesian Sisters serve the young, faithful to the legacy of St. John Bosco. We are so proud to have you as a “Partner In Giving.” Our Thanksgiving wish for you is one of profound gratitude and fervent prayer.

Save The Date ! Annual Christmas Party Sunday, December 10 Mass at Noon; Party at 1:00 p.m. Mary Help of Christians Academy North Haledon, NJ The Sisters need help crocheting items for sale at Santa’s Workshop at the Christmas Party. Please call Sr. Rosalie for more information: (973) 904-0102.


Some news to report: • The Partners Circle Ball was a resounding success for Mary Help of Christians Academy. For all your participation and generosity, a big THANK YOU. See pages 4-7. • Memorial gifts for the late Sr. Josephine Carini provided a little chapel in the house of studies for our aspiring Salesian Sisters. In honor of dear Sr. Josephine, it is named St. Joseph’s Chapel. • Thanks to a new law, from now until Dec. 31, 2007, donors will be able to make tax-free withdrawals from their IRAs for certain charitable gifts. A provision in the law allows taxpayers age 70.5 years and older to donate up to $100,000 from their IRA tax-free each year to public charities. For more information, contact your attorney, tax, or estate planning professional. • Breaking News! Pope Benedict XVI, on November 25, will declare Margaret Occienia, the Mother of St. John Bosco, “Venerable,” an important step on the way to sainthood. Incredible! More on this joyous news in our next edition. The joyous holiday season is imminent. Together we have accomplished much good, and we Salesian Sisters are ever grateful for your support. God bless you and your families!

Announcement ! Camp Auxilium’s 50th Anniversary Celebration is coming up in 2010 and we need help compiling the history of Camp Auxilium – memorabilia, photos, interviews, and anecdotes! Please contact the Development Office: (973) 904-0102 or toll free: (877) 687-6867


e extend our thanks to Cat Greenleaf, a reporter for WNBC’s Newschannel 4 in New York City, who traveled to North Haledon, NJ, to prepare a television profile on the Adopt a Sister Program. You may also recognize Cat from her work on the DiY Network and the Travel Channel. She is now WNBC’s Lifestyle Contributor. Her husband, Michael Rey, is a producer of the CBS Evening News.

Thank you, Cat, for your interest! We look forward to seeing your story!

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Hail Sr. Ramona, “Teacher of the Year!”


ongratulations to our very own Sr. Ramona Beltré, Pre-K-3 teacher at Pope John Paul II School in Clifton, NJ, who was honored with the “Hispanic Teacher of the Year Award” presented by Su Guia, the Spanish-language weekly newspaper published by North Jersey Media Group. She was nominated by one of the parents from the school. The presentation was made on September 2 at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Hackensack, NJ.

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Pope John Paul II School students are quick to say, “We love Sr. Ramona!” At left, Sr. Ramona receives the Hispanic Teacher of the Year Award from Mr. Jorge Meneses, Deputy Mayor of Hackensack, NJ.

“I am thrilled, honored, and blessed to have received this award,” says Sr. Ramona. “I recognize that this honor also promotes the Latino people and their many important contributions to our communities. Thank you all so much!”

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Partners Circle Ball Honors Five Stars!


he third annual Partners Circle Ball, held on October 27 at the Hilton Woodcliff Lake Hotel in Woodcliff Lake, NJ, was an evening filled with friendship, love, memories, and laughter. At the end of the night, $245,000 was donated to support the financial needs of Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, NJ. The evening honored three very special people and two dedicated Salesian Sisters: Dr. Eugene Tolomeo, Maryann and Robert

Harkins, Sr. Claire Perino, and Sr. Susan Bagli. Their stories are told on the following pages, which also feature scenes and stories from the wonderful evening. The star emcee was our very own Bill McLaughlin, former chairman of the Partners Circle, and music was provided by the Peter Lawrence Orchestra. There was also a Silent Auction and a Live Auction with Auctioneer Jill Doherty and her daughter, Erin. We are grateful to the many generous people who bid on or

Above, God bless Dr. Eugene Tolomeo, who entertained us all with his jokes. Right, Maggie Waitts, the newly-elected President of the Partners Circle North Board and Chair of the Dames of Mary Help, with Sr. Rosalie DiPeri.

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donated some outstanding items! The Salesian Sisters – and the many students who will benefit from such generosity – are indebted to the many sponsors of the Partners Circle Ball and, especially, to “The Dames of Mary Help,” the extraordinary ladies who assist in fundraising for our many deserving students. Thank you, all, on behalf of our students at Mary Help, whose future is even more bright now! God bless you!

Above, Honorees Robert and Maryann Harkins and Sr. Susan Bagli with the Bishop of Paterson, Most Rev. Arthur Serratelli. Left, Phyllis Chernalis of Wyckoff, NJ, with her sponsored Mary Help student, Carolina Pilar, a senior.

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Dr. Eugene C. Tolomeo

“A man of great humor, great heart, great faith”


ugene Christopher Tolomeo was born in 1922 to Anna and Natale (Chris) Tolomeo in Paterson, NJ. He has been married for 54 years to Annette Maiorino Tolomeo, and is the father of seven children as well as the grandfather of 17. He has one sister, Annamae Tolomeo; a brother, Victor, died in childhood. Dr. Tolomeo grew up in St. Michael’s Parish, and as a youngster played in the yard of the Salesian Sisters’ convent at Cianci and Ward Streets in Paterson. He attended P.S. 2 and graduated from Central High School. During his teen years, he was a featured player on the St. Michael’s C.Y.O. football team. Following high school, Dr. Tolomeo attended St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, majoring in biology. He graduated in 1943 as part of the class called “The Lost Battalion,” because so many of its members went into the armed services to serve in World War II. Upon discharge from the Army, Dr. Tolomeo attended St. Louis University Dental School in St. Louis, MO. He opened his first dental office on Broadway in Paterson in 1950. For many years, Dr. Tolomeo also generously provided dental care at no cost for countless priests, brothers, and Sisters of the Diocese of Paterson. Throughout his life, Dr. Tolomeo has attended daily Mass and been a daily communicant. As a member of Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Franklin Lakes, Dr. Tolomeo has served as both a lector and a Eucharistic minister. A Knight of Columbus, he is a founding member of the M.B.S. Breakfast Club, which for 35 years has served breakfast to parishioners and donated its profits to local charities. Of course, to those who know Dr. Tolomeo best he is so much more than the gentleman described above. He is a man of great humor, great heart, and great faith. He has used his time and talents to steadfastly care for family, friends, and community, never expecting or seeking recognition. He has lived a life infused with faith, faced difficulties guided by hope, and given much out of love. We are grateful to him today and always!

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Maryann & Robert Harkins

“So caring and loving, to us and so many people”


y father, Robert, was born in New York City and grew up in The Bronx, just a few minutes from Yankee Stadium. He attended Sacred Heart School under the careful eye of the Sisters of Charity and Christian Brothers. After graduation, he attended Manhattan Prep, then joined the family-owned electronics business in Newark, NJ. Today, “Computer Crafts” supplies computer cables to IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Wang. The company employs 350 people in Hawthorne, NJ, and Hong Kong. In 1992, Governor Florio came to my Dad’s company to sign into law “The Economic Recovery Fund” to stimulate private sector investments. My Mom, Maryann, was born in Newark. She met my Dad in 1968. They would see each other every day at the mailbox outside the building where they both worked, and eventually struck up a conversation. My grandparents would be exhausted after working all day, and would be anxious to get home. For weeks, they couldn’t figure out why it would take my Dad so long to put the mail in the mailbox! After a short time they realized he must be talking to that cute little blonde who worked downstairs! They married in 1970. Their first home was in Westwood, where we children were born: Kathaleen, Caroljeanne, Robert, and me. If that house could talk, you would hear our first words, first steps, and all the laughter of many birthdays and holidays. It was a house we all loved. Today, my parents live in Franklin Lakes. My sisters and brother are very fortunate to have the wonderful parents that we do. We all want to make our Mom and Dad proud – that is the only way we can repay them for all they have done for us and taught us! We love you and are very proud that you are so caring and loving to us and to so many other people. Thank you! – As written by their eldest daughter, Elizabeth

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Above, Rodger and Beverly Rohde with Sr. Susan Bagli. Above, right: Michael and Norma Massood of Wayne, NJ.

Sr. Margaret Wilhelm, Principal of Mary Help of Christians Academy, with John and Pat Connors of Wyckoff, NJ.

Above, Bill, our emcee, and Pat McLaughlin of Franklin Lakes, NJ, and Sr. Claire Perino, who is so thankful for her honor! (Photos by Lorraine Corsale)

Above, Rich and Aleta Taylor of Saddle River, NJ, accompanied by their children and their sponsored Mary Help students, Liz Torres, a sophomore, and Delia Champa, a junior. Left,Sr. Danielle Gonzalez with Deborah Rohde and Lorrie Longo of Franklin Lakes, NJ. Debbie and Lorrie are members of the Dames of Mary Help.

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Sr. Claire Perino, FMA

“I owe everything to Our Lady’s protection”


n my life, I owe everything to the protection of Our Lady. Before I was born, my mother consecrated me to the Blessed Mother. This was done because my mother’s only sister died at childbirth. I was born on the Feast of Our Lady of Pompeii in Caselle Torinese, Italy. My parents were wonderful persons and practicing Catholics. Their example inspired me, and left an indelible mark on my life. My earliest memories are those of frequenting the Oratory in Turin, where my grandparents had known St. John Bosco. The Salesian Sisters directed me from the earliest years. They knew of my special resolve to follow our Lord as a Salesian and of my desire to become a missionary in St. John Bosco’s great tradition. However, I was an only child, and there were adults in the family – grandparents, parents, and relatives – who relied on me. How could I leave? I prayed earnestly for a sister who could take my place so that I could leave home without guilt. Eleven years after my birth, the gift of a sister was given me by Our Lady. I decided I would leave home, but my father told me I had to wait until when I turned 21. When I turned 18, we had a family celebration. My father promised me that he would give me whatever I wished. I asked for his blessing and his permission to leave home now and go to the Sisters. My Dad was not pleased, but he agreed. That very evening, I left home and my mother, Adele, took me aside and said, “I knew that our Blessed Mother would take you for Herself.” In 1947, I made my first religious vows and left for Mexico. There, I remained until I had the opportunity to enter the United States. One of my first assignments was in Easton, PA, where my uncle and cousins resided. It was a happy reunion. This was followed by my service to youth in New Jersey, California, and New York. My mission at the present is with my dear retired Sisters. I try to ease some of their difficulties, and it is always a joy to live with them. – Sr. Claire Perino, FMA

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Sr. Susan Bagli, FMA

“A dedication to teaching in the Salesian style”


r. Susan Bagli learned the art of nursing at an early age. Her father a doctor and her mother a nurse, she, the eldest girl of 12 children, found fulfillment in helping her mother care for the rest of the children. Being part of a large family, she learned the lessons of pitching in, seeing the needs of others, patience, sharing, and forgiveness. These qualities, and her strong yearning to love God deeply, brought her to Salesian life. Sr. Susan has served the young, and the not-so-young, in a variety of ministries, from teaching in elementary schools and high schools, to caring for the Sisters at St. Joseph Provincial House. Whatever her ministry, she cared for each person with delicacy and compassion, much like Jesus Christ, the Divine Physician. Sr. Susan’s love for the health sciences and for the young led her to pilot the Health Care Connections Program at Mary Help of Christians Academy. Special courses and experiences of a “close-up look” at the varied positions and possibilities in a hospital setting support students and help them define, or redefine, their goals. Through Sr. Susan’s vision and determination, the Connections Program became affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and the young women are mentored by health care professionals at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Wayne and Regional Medical Center in Paterson. Sr. Susan’s dedication to the young women in the program, her love for nursing, and her drive to teach in the Salesian style, enabled the Health Care Connections Program to excel to the point of being recognized as a “Best Practice” by the Paterson Diocesan Schools Office. The innovative strategies utilized in this program promote high student achievement and address students’ educational needs. Well done, Sr. Susan! Sr. Susan looks back over her life as a Salesian Sister with gratitude to God, her parents, family, her Salesian Sisters, collaborators and all the young people. Yes, nursing is an art – and Sr. Susan has turned this art into a gift for the Salesian community and for the young!

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God’s Dream – and Mary’s – Came True! Editor’s note: Mike Latona, a reporter for the Catholic Courier newspaper in Rochester, NY, wrote the following article on our very own Sr. Mary Jackson, who professed her first vows as a Salesian Sister this summer. We share with readers his wonderful account of Sr. Mary’s inspiring vocational journey.

“One little phrase kind of caps it off,” Sr. Jackson said, recalling the event. “I had made vows and received the crucifix and constitutions, and my Mom leaned over and said, ‘Mary, your dream came true.’ I said, ‘You know what, Mom? God’s dream came true, and so did mine.’”


Sr. Jackson’s parents, Andrew and Barbara, attended her profession as did her siblings; she is one of five children. Also on hand was Sr. Jackson’s sixth-grade religion teacher, Olga Biasi, making good on her promise from many years earlier to witness Sr. Jackson’s profession. Sr. Jackson said she also was thrilled to be in the presence of Mother Antonia Columbo, superior general of the Italy-based Daughters of Mary Help of Christians order, who rarely ventures to the United States but received Sr. Jackson’s vows.

n the summer of 1995, 16-year-old Mary Jackson detailed in a Courier story the strong calling she had experienced on a teen retreat – one that led her to begin attending daily Mass at the former St. Patrick Church in Corning, NY. “I know ministry’s in my future somehow. I’m willing to do whatever God wants me to do,” she said in the article. That openness to God’s plan resulted in a vocation as a woman religious. Today, Mary – now Sr. Jackson – remains as confident about putting her life in the Lord’s hands as she was 11 years ago.

The day after her profession, Sr. Jackson moved to

“My motto is very simple, to let God be God. He makes me who I am – and if I become who I am, then I’m living like him,” Sr. Jackson said in a recent telephone interview. Sr. Jackson professed her vows August 5 as a Sister in the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, also known as the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco. The profession took place in St. Joseph’s Chapel at Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, NJ, just a couple of days after she returned from a two-year novitiate in Italy.

Accompanied by her parents, Andrew and Barbara Jackson, Sr. Mary recites her first vows as a Salesian Sister before Mother Antonia Colombo, Superior General (seated), Sr. Theresa Kelly, Animator of Mary Help of Christians Convent (left), and Sr. Phyllis Neves, Provincial Superior.

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Time for Thanks Sr. Phyllis Neves’ Letter


love the feast of Thanksgiving. I love the beauty of this season with fields of pumpkins and when trees are transformed in rich tones of red, orange, and gold that become a kind of feast that our eyes enjoy. I love the crisp mornings, sunny afternoons, and all that becomes a part of the Autumn harvest.

Newly professed Sr. Mary Jackson (center), with Mother Antonia Colombo, Superior General from Rome (left), and Sr. Phyllis Neves, Provincial Superior of the Eastern U.S.

Tampa, FL, where she is now in residence at the Villa Madonna Convent and has begun teaching religion to Catholic school students in grades six and seven.

Thanksgiving easily becomes a nostalgic time when we look forward to gathering with family and friends. It is a time to recall the abundance of God’s love, a time to thank Him and one another for so many blessings, even if embedded between memories of difficulties and trials. Nothing is bigger than God’s love for us.

Although it will be at least five years until she professes perpetual vows, she stated, “In my heart I’ve taken my vows for life.” Yet the 27-year-old pointed out that her religious vocation wasn’t always a given. A 1998 graduate of Corning East High School, she attended Corning Community College for two years and SUNY College at Cortland another two, graduating in 2002 with degrees in secondary education and mathematics.

Are there other longings in our hearts this Thanksgiving? Do we yearn for world stability and global respect, for mutual understanding among peoples, and for the gift of peace for our families and for all? Do we long for an end to the war so that no more lives will be lost and so that families can be reunited again? Do we yearn for the healing of our planet for the sake of those who cling to it for life?

It was during her college years that she separated herself somewhat from her high-school calling, opting to pursue her future with open-mindedness. She dated and had a boyfriend.

God knows the yearnings in our hearts and the richness of His gifts poured out upon His people continue. The utter goodness of life and of every marvel of creation permeates our every waking hour. The beauty that surrounds, the bounty of the earth’s harvest satiates us. The need to bend a knee remains. “Thank you God for all you give to us . . . pour Your blessings upon all, especially those who are most in need”

But then one day, while surfing the Internet, the website of Daughters of Mary Help of Christians caught her eye ( She began to exchange e-mails with one of the Sisters, and the connection deepened from there. In January 2003 she entered the order. Though joyous about her recent profession of vows, Sr. Jackson remains humble. “Many people say to me, ‘Wow, Mary, you’re doing something so great, we really need people like you.’ You know what, though? My vocation and call – I’m not called to anything greater or better than you’re called to,” she said. “We’re both called to a greatness because we’re all made in the image of God.”

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And so, this Thanksgiving Day, I invite you to join me and all the Salesian Sisters in giving thanks to God, in recounting His blessings that we have received. I invite you, too, to speak and celebrate the ways that you have known the mercy, goodness, and wonder of God in your life. Let us name the simple ways God has blessed us that we might give Him thanks and praise. Be assured of my prayers and best wishes for you and all your loved ones during this very special time.

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Won’t You Please Give Us This Day? What a treat! Daisy Schrock of Fishersville, VA, came to visit Sr. Christine Hellen in North Haledon, NJ, whom she adopted in 1997. She proudly displays the beautiful quilt she makes and delivers every year for auction at the annual Christmas Party. Thank you, Daisy!


o you have a happy occasion you would like to share? The Salesian Sisters will celebrate with you for an entire month. Is it a time to celebrate a less than happy occasion? Our prayer for thirty days will celebrate this event in your life. Have you someone to thank? All of us will help multiply this gratitude to that special person. Is there a special person or event to bring to the attention of your friends? Then, please “Give Us This Day”! Any and every event or person or situation that merits special attention will be publicized on a bulletin board outside our chapel. All the Sisters will pray for that person, event, and/or situation and for the person who requests prayer for the day. The Sisters enjoy taking part in your family’s joys and

sorrows. You have become part of our family, and that is a wonderful exchange of love and concern for each event. The Lord has assured us, “Where two or three are gathered in My Name, I am among them.” What better assurance can we have than the Word of God? Let this exchange of time be an example of our concern and love for one another. Enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas knowing that you are special to us and that our prayers rise daily for you and your dear ones. Thank you!

Please Help Our Retired Sisters In Need! Please reserve this day(s) in 2007 in honor of my special intention to support the Endowment for the St. Joseph Provincial Center for our retired Sisters:





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

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Adopt a Sister NEWS Development Office of the Salesian Sisters Daughters of Mary Help of Christians

Alumnae Hosts Our First Greenwich Event!


n September 28, Linda Christiansen, alumnae of Corpus Christi School in Port Chester, NY, and a member of the Adopt-a-Sister program, opened her home in Greenwich, CT, to introduce the Salesian Sisters to new and old friends in the Fairfield County, CT, area. Since Greenwich is an affluent community not familiar with the Salesian Sisters’ mission to serve the poor, Linda wanted to share with others the beauty they have brought to her life. She and her husband, Peter, hosted a wonderful “Meet-n-Greet.” Back in 1999, Linda heard about the Adopt a Sister program, and knew she had to be a part of it. She credits the Sisters with who she is today.

Mr. Eugene Fox of Greenwich, CT, shown here with his wife, Mary (far right), Sr. Rosalie DiPeri, and our hostess, Linda Christensen, told us of his miracle. The doctors told him, “One month,” and God has since said, “One year and counting!” More event photos on the next page.

could not attend due to a recent injury.

“The Sisters did so much for me and for countless other children and have so very little of their own,” she said. Linda felt compelled to help the Sisters who for so many years gave her a terrific Salesian education combined with a stellar example of being the best person one can be by using reason, religion, and loving kindness throughout one’s life.

Other members of the Adopt a Sister program on hand were: Angela Carlucci, Michael Guarnieri (chairman of the Partners Circle National Board of Trustees), Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Fox, Suzanne Kremheller, Valencia Lancaster, Ed Mahoney, Christina and David McAleer, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Nadin, and Debbie Wygal.

Linda adopted her second grade teacher from Corpus Christi, Sr. Frances Gumino, who unfortunately

Our sincere gratitude to Linda, Peter, and their daughter, Jennifer, for their warm welcome and for hosting a

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most special night for the Sisters. It was wonderful being with you! Thanks, too, to the media: Hoa Nguyen, reporter, and Keelin Dlay, photographer, of the Greenwich Time, and Sara Poirer, Assistant Editor of the Greenwich Post, for their wonderful coverage. Hoa’s story was picked up by the Associated Press and has since been seen in newspapers as far north as Boston, MA. Thank you! on’t you, too, Adopt a Sister? Visit or call, toll-free: (877) OUR-NUNS.


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Above, at the Greenwich Meet-n-Greet, Sr. Suzanne Dauwalter met mother and daughter Adopters, Suzanne Kremheller and Valencia Lancaster, both of Riverside, CT.

Above, our gracious hosts for the Meet-n-Greet evening, Peter and Linda Christensen, opened their home in Greenwich, CT, for Adopt a Sister friends and newcomers. How can we ever thank you both?

Left, Michael Guarnieri of Stamford, CT, who is also chairman of the Partners Circle Board, and Sr. Esther Cruz have kept in contact via correspondence, but met in person for the first time at this wonderful Greenwich event.

bout a month ago, I wrote to you and asked for prayers for my sister, Rita, who was diagnosed with cancer. I wanted to thank you and the Sisters for your prayers. The surgery was successful and the cancer did not spread. This was really a miracle because the preliminary tests showed an advanced stage. Rita was truly in God’s hands. Please continue to keep her in your prayers because she still has to undergo radiation therapy. Enclosed is an offering to help care for the Sisters. Philadelphia, PA

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hank you so much for all your prayers for my daughter, Bernadette. The doctors can’t believe how well she’s doing. Her brain tumor is stable, and it’s been


four years now. They had given her one year to live, but thanks to all the people that are praying for her, I feel Jesus is hearing and hopefully answering our prayers. We have always been praying to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Boothwyn, PA received your note of thanks for so little. Sister, I’ve been through a lot! You look into medical advice for one thing and they find a hundred. It’s amazing! Your notes are so inspiring. They are like prayers. You make one feel they are so special to you. It’s a


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great feeling! Always keep me in your prayers. You are forever in mine. Nothing has changed since our very first correspondence. Sisters, I’m old enough to be your grandma so I consider you my grandchild. That makes “four,” all with great careers. My son is in the medical field. His wife, who converted to our religion, has the brains for all four of us. That’s my family. My husband passed away 12 years ago. I believe he is a Saint! It was so sad. I so enjoy your magazine, “Partners In Giving.” I thank you for caring. The feelings are mutual. Fair Lawn, NJ

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Stars Powered Our Beverly Hills Event!


n October 4, Irena Medavoy, a dear friend to the Salesian Sisters and a member of the Adopt a Sister program since 2000, hosted her very own “Meet-nGreet” for Sr. Mary Rinaldi at her home in Beverly Hills, CA. Irena, a long-time believer in the power of prayer, introduced 25 of her closest friends to the beauty of the Adopt a Sister program, a program that transcends religious boundaries and unites us all in prayer. She shared with friends the importance of the program and how all donations received support the elderly Sisters’ care. Recently, a report revealed that only 4 percent of religious orders in the U.S. are endowed. The Salesian Sisters are not one of them, and so this program is vital to sustaining the operation of the retirement home and the elderly Sisters’ care. Sr. Mary spoke to the women about the beauty of the program and how it has given a new mission to the elderly Sisters who previously were educators. Instead of worrying about aches and pains, the Sisters now share the needs of their Adopters with one another and ask for additional prayers for their special intentions. Sr. Mary closed the Meet-nGreet with a beautiful story about St. John Bosco and a blind Below, Director of Advancement Christina McAleer with Linda Thompson of Beverly Hills.

Above, Ronnie Trugman and Dr. Janis Frisch of Beverly Hills, both members of Adopt a Sister! Left, Sr. Mary Rinaldi with Julie Araskog of Beverly Hills.

girl. A mother, knowing of Don Bosco’s ability to perform miracles, asked him to restore the sight of her little girl, who was blind. Don Bosco said he did not have the power to perform miracles – only through the intercession of Mary, accompanied by prayer and faith, were miracles possible.

With that, Don Bosco took from his pocket a medal of Mary Help of Christians and threw it into the corner. He then told the little girl to go get it. Her mother screamed, “How mean you are to ask my child that when you know she is blind!” The little girl walked to the corner, picked up the medal, brought it back to Don Bosco, and said, “Is this what you were looking for?” Our Meet-n-Greet guests were touched by this true story. In the spirit of Don Bosco, a Mary Help of Christians medal was given to each. Heartfelt thanks to Irena Medavoy for opening her heart and home to spread the word about the Adopt a Sister program. You are a dear friend and we love you! f you are interested in hosting Sr. Mary Rinaldi in your home to tell new and old friends about the inspirational Adopt a Sister Program, please call us, toll-free: (877) OUR-NUNS

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Welcome New Members in Red!


Partners Circle “Members”: Annual gift of ARIZONA


Ms. Tonia Kempfer A Friend

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Fantauzza


Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Olivieri

ILLINOIS Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Chisholm Mr. & Mrs. Robert Obenberger Nia Vardalos & Ian Gomez A Friend

CONNECTICUT Mrs. Gail L. Miller Mr. & Mrs. Robert Mosey Mr. Daniel Tomaselli A Friend

INDIANA Mr. Donald Schultheis

Mr. Nelson Alderman Mr. & Mrs. Bernard Arenas Mr. & Mrs. Carlos Baldor, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Carlos Baldor, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Javier Baldor Mrs. Sandra K. Bardeson 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 Ms. Anne Coy Mr. & Mrs. J.C. De Lotto Mr. & Mrs. Victor DiMaio 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. David Gutowski Mr. Ralph Lavandera, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Mark S. Reynolds Mr. & Mrs. Philip Rinaldi Dr. & Mrs. Ortelio Rodriguez Mr. Caesar Rinaldi Mr. & Mrs. Henry Schum Mrs. Peggy Theis Mr. & Mrs. Terrence Torney Mrs. Lillian Whitley Mr. & Mrs. Ron Yates Mr. & Mrs. Rene Zarate Mr. Bob Zurek

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Piotrowski Mr. & Mrs. Cameron Reid Mr. & Mrs. John Soldoveri Mr. Joseph Spinelli Mr. & Mrs. William Stuart Mr. & Mrs. John Sullivan Ms. Anne Weiss Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Zisa



Mr. & Mrs. Jack Danehy

Mr. & Mrs. Jack Betwarda Mr. Vincent Cagnetta Mrs. Joseph Clair Mr. & Mrs. Charles Curcio Mr. & Mrs. Charles Curcio, Jr. Mr. Joseph W. Hill Mr. & Mrs. Bill Leahy Mr. John Lombardi & Family Ms. Carol Martindale Mrs. Joan Oliver Mrs. Maryann Rettino Mr. & Mrs. Angelo Roncallo Mr. & Mrs. Angelo Silveri Ms. Audrey Walker Mr. & Mrs. John Weaver A Friend

MARYLAND Dr. & Mrs. Andrew Saladino



Ms. Josephine Petrillo Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Reading

NEVADA Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Murray

NEW JERSEY Mr. & Mrs. Gary Baccaro Mr. & Mrs. Richard Badenhausen Mr. & Mrs. Robert Boland Mr. & Mrs. Charles Bordonaro Mrs. Kathi Bruinooge Ms. Audrey Buckingham A.J. Celiano, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Larry Condit Ms. Elizabeth Crovella Mr. & Mrs. Ray D’Alessandro Mr. & Mrs. Frank Davies Mr. Anthony B. Della Cerra Dr. & Mrs. Frank De Maria Ms. Debi Debiak Mr. & Mrs. Robert Fox Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Giamonco Mrs. Theresa Gutto Mr. & Mrs. William Hammann Msgr. Carl Hinrichsen Hudson United Bank Mrs. Flora Iommetti Mr. John P. Iozia Mr. & Mrs. Charles Lechner Mr. Joseph P. LoBuono Mr. & Mrs. Michael Losurdo Mr. Andrew Mainardi Ms. Laura Mannarino Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Marangi Mr. & Mrs. John Peragallo Jr. Mrs. Ann Petrocelli

OHIO Mr. & Mrs. Albert Klaben, Sr.

PENNSYLVANIA Mrs. Dominique Faust Dr. Allyson & Kevin Hardy Mr. & Mrs. Jack Hedgecock Mr. & Mrs. Paul Liotard Mr. Paul I. Sheaffer, II

TEXAS Mr. & Mrs. Bill Locklier Elizabeth Samara & Family

WASHINGTON, DC Mr. & Mrs. Ron Dozoretz


NIGERIA Mrs. Lucy Okongwa



A Friend

Judge & Mrs. Thomas Roti



Geraldine & Joanne Rizzuto

Mr. Alfonso Daloisio Mrs. Rosemarie D’Alessandro Mr. Al De Vincenzo Mrs. Joseph Festa Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Granatell Mr. Anthony Gulino Ms. Ida Gulino Ms. Nancy Gulino Mr. & Mrs. Donald Hofmann Mr. & Mrs. Edward Korn 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. Joseph Pfeifer Weaver Marine Agencies Mr. Peter Zanghi


FLORIDA Mr. & Mrs. Declan Mansfield

Ms. Mary Gaine

FLORIDA Dr. Braulio Alsonso Mr. & Mrs. Ron Barreto Mrs. Pilar Caso Ms. Judith Cataldo/ The Handmaiden Foundation Dr. & Mrs. Rod Jurado Mr. & Mrs. James W. Lee Dr. & Mrs. Hernan Leon Mr. & Mrs. H. Tyson Lykes II Mr. & Mrs. James Major Mr. & Mrs. Frank Middendorf Mr. & Mrs. James Millar Mr. & Mrs. Gene Perez Judge & Mrs. A. Rodnite Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Shea Mr. & Mrs. Mark Spada Dr. & Mrs. Joseph Traina


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.

NEW YORK Dr. & Mrs. Michael Altamura Ms. Lea Battiato Mr. Frank Calamita Mr. & Mrs. James Dell Orto Mr. & Mrs. Patsy Pagliaro Msgr. William T. Rodgers Mr. & Mrs. Matt Sabatine

NORTH CAROLINA Ms. Marianne O’Doherty Ms. Jody Roberts

OHIO Your donation to this unrestricted fund empowers the Salesian Sisters to continue their mission – the education and evangelization of today’s children.

Mr. & Mrs. James Millar

PENNSYLVANIA Mr. & Mrs. David Fusacchia


There are six levels of membership, starting at $500, and listed on these three pages.

Ms. Theresa C. Rauber

Won’t you consider joining this dynamic group?

Mr. Chester Michewicz

Please call us toll-free today: (877) OUR-NUNS.


Welcome New Members in Red!

Annual gift of $750

Annual gift of $1,000


Partners Circle “Associates”

Partners Circle “Benefactors”

Welcome New Members in Red!


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


Richard Meissner, Meissner Manufacturing

Mr. & Mrs. Larry Peterson




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

NEW JERSEY Tony Amato Family The Carini Family Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Hoffman


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

Mr. Anthony Petrocelli Ms. Celeste Tripi

Annual gift of $10,000 NEW JERSEY Marcalus Family Foundation Robert R. Waitts Foundation

Ms. Doriana Sobek

Mr. & Mrs. Rodger Rohde Ms. Roberta Ruocco




A Friend

Mr. John Cassara

The Sabatine Foundation, in memory of Philip & Josephine Sabatine



Dr. & Mrs. Nelson Castellano

Mrs. Betty Turner Mr. & Mrs. Ray Wooldridge

TEXAS Mr. & Mrs. Fritz Duda, Sr.

NEW JERSEY Mr. & Mrs. Tony Chernalis Mr. & Mrs. Robert Harkins Mr. & Mrs. Bill McLaughlin Mr. Stephen Papetti

Partners Circle “Founders”: Annual gift of





Mr. & Mrs. James Smith

Mr. & Mrs. Marco Brizzolara Mr. & Mrs. John Connors Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Hoffman Mr. & Mrs. Michael Massood Mrs. Kathleen Medore Ms. Antonia Meola Ms. Rose Perone Mr. & Mrs. Mark Swartzberg Mr. Louis Weiss

A Friend

CONNECTICUT Mr. Michael Guarnieri Dr. Joseph McAleer

FLORIDA Mr. Ernest “Cookie” Garcia Dr. Idalia Lastra Mr. & Mrs. Burl Orr

NEW YORK Ms. Jordon Carroll Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Scala, Jr.

SOUTH CAROLINA Mr. & Mrs. Tom Aldinger


MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS ACADEMY, NORTH HALEDON, NJ – The “Dames of Mary Help,” the women’s auxiliary fund-raising committee of MHCA, work hard every year to raise financial aid for students whose parents are in dire need of assistance. Thank you, Dames, for all you do! Pictured above are (seated, l-r) Maryann Harkins, Barbara Swoboda, Maggie Waitts (chair), Pat McLaughlin; (standing, l-r) Christina McAleer, Tammie Gerum, Monica Caldwell, Lorrie Longo, Debbie Rohde, Pat Ricci, Beverly Rohde, Ariane Ledrut, Janet Arias, and Twinkie Polizzi. Not pictured: Victoria Velasco and Debi Debiak. At right, on September 15, Mr. Larry Stupski came all the way from San Francisco, CA, to visit with the five students whom he and his wife sponsor to attend Mary Help of Christians Academy. Judging from the smiling faces, the girls were very happy to meet Mr. Stupski, and he them! Joining him are (l-r) Dianna Lomargo, Erica Santana, Lorette Dufrene, Farrah Quituaga, and Sharon Flores.

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Farewell, Ray Campo, Our Dear Friend

A Love That Lasts Forever


ne of our dearest and most generous friends, Ramon “Ray” Campo, passed away on October 31 in Tampa, FL. He was 80 years old.

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: q$25




Memorial for Name – DECEASED

Tribute for Name – LIVING

Occasion Please send an acknowledgement to: Name Address

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

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Ray Campo was born and raised in Ybor City, the son of Spanish immigrants from Asturias. As it was customary in the Latin community of Tampa at that time, his social life revolved around the social clubs of Ybor City. There were tea dances at the clubs, picnics, and musical productions. At one of these functions he met his future wife, Josie Ramil, the love of his life. They had two children, Danny and Diana, and four grandchildren. A beloved granddaughter, Christina, died at an early age. Ray served in the U.S. Air Force following the end of World War II. He then took several business courses and, without any formal education, embarked on a remarkable and highly successful business career that lasted for the next 60 years. Ray and Josie partnered in business as well as they did in marriage during their long lives together. They were involved in land development, owned and operated the water and sewer systems in the booming Brandon area, and owned and managed various citrus groves and cattle ranches. They helped to form a local bank, and for a while Ray was the president. In the early 1990’s, Ray was appointed by then-Governor Lawton Chiles to the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Ray’s career has been a lifetime of public service and commitment. He received the Salesian Sisters Partner’s Circle Award for extraordinary service to the Sisters and their ministry to the young people of our community. He and Josie were early supporters of the Salesian Youth Center/Boys & Girls Club and active in the rebuilding of Villa Madonna School and Ana Maria Park. Ray and Josie were excellent role models for all of us. We are truly blessed to have known them. The Salesian Sisters, students, generations of alumni, and all their friends extend sincerest condolences to the Campo Family on the loss of a great man. – by Joe Garcia, Past Partners Circle Board Chairman, who delivered the eulogy at Ray Campo’s funeral

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Thank You, Sr. Irene

Received between September 14 and November 1, 2006 Sr. Josephine Carini, FMA Mrs. Mary Baccaro Mrs. Marianne Benn Mr. & Mrs. Hugh Brown & Family Mrs. Catherine Burzynski Mr. & Mrs. Charles Canuso Mrs. Sandi Charlesworth Miss Maria Corrado Ms. Maryanne E. Coulson Mrs. Frances Ferraro Mrs. Susan Fiorilla Mrs. Jaye Hedrick Mrs. Adrianna Lodeserto Mr. & Mrs. George Lowerts Mrs. Lucille Mauro Ms. Mary Naccarato

Ms. Deena M. Pers Mrs. Mary Pierangeli Mrs. Barbara Ralph Mr. & Mrs. Donald Rizzo Mrs. Helen Kennedy Savas Mrs. Giovanna Vollaro Mrs. Maggie Waitts Mr. & Mrs. Glennon Weiss Dr. & Mrs. Dan Wilson Sr. Irene Zaccagnino, FMA Ms. Fran Brochstein Ms. Catherine E. Cottles Ms. Maryanne E. Coulson Mrs. Betty Ann Fazio Ms. Marie Marino Ms. Josephine Tanzella Rafaele Barca Mr. & Mrs. Richard J. Serra

Tributes Helen Corbett: 80th birthday Ms. Kathleen Corbett Mr. & Mrs. R. Friedman’s 50th Anniversary Mr. & Mrs. Vincent Adone

Pura Perdido Caro Mrs. Beatrice Cataldo Dennis M. Davis Mrs. Helen K. Davis John Hall Mr. & Mrs. Frank Davies Ralph Kaeser Mr. Rick Voorhees

Nancy Rinaldi Romine Ms. Ilene B. Nelson

James Marchese Mr. & Mrs. Roger Marchese

Special Intention Mr. Charles Saggese

Ovidio Mendez, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Beraldo Cruz

Sr. Domenica Di Peri's Jubilee Mr. & Mrs. Tony Alizio

Tony Mosellie Mrs. Weda Mosellie

Sr. Claire Perino, FMA Mr. & Mrs. A. Hahner

John Paul Ragusa Miss Carmela Oliva Rita & Luisa Saggese Mr. Charles Saggese


ou may now adopt a Sister to pray for your deceased friend and family member for one year. The certificate (like the one shown here) will be sent out immediately. It is a one-time gift with a suggested donation of $160. Adoption forms are available at, or by calling toll-free, (877) OUR-NUNS.

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Editor’s note: We share this letter as a witness of the powerful effects of our Adopt a Sister Program, and the legacy of our dear Sr. Irene Zaccagnino, who died on August 1.


adopted Sr. Irene in 1997, when I was going through a difficult time. When I got married at age 34, I couldn’t wait to have a family. I became pregnant after our first wedding anniversary, but then the troubles began. I had a miscarriage, and then was diagnosed with breast cancer. To prevent the cancer from returning, I made the painful decision not to have birth children, and my husband and I joyfully decided to adopt children. In 1996, we traveled to Brazil to adopt a boy and a girl, who were step siblings. We could not adopt the little girl, who had severe behavioral problems, and the courts would not let us adopt only the boy. So we went home without our children. A few weeks later, I read about Adopt a Sister. I asked Sr. Irene to pray for our Brazilian children and for the millions of other abandoned children there. Sister wrote to me faithfully, and I looked forward to her inspiring letters as I dealt with my guilt and grief. There was more heartache. In 1999, we were ready to travel to China to adopt a baby girl when I was diagnosed with colon cancer. After I recovered, we were accepted for a Chinese adoption, but I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. It’s a miracle to survive three cancers! I was happy to be alive but still so sad about my lost children. After the third cancer, no adoption agency would accept me. When I told Sr. Irene about my sadness, she told me that there were so many children in the world who need love, and suggested I think about connecting with children in another way. One day, at my cancer support group, a woman told me the Girl Scouts were looking for a leader for a special group of girls who lived in a public housing project. It is now three years since I became a Girl Scout leader! Sr. Irene’s letters gave me comfort and encouragement in my darkest hours. Although I never met her, she will always hold a special place in my heart. – by Karen Desjardins, Greenfield Center, NY

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Salesian Youth Report CORPUS CHRISTI SCHOOL, PORT CHESTER, NY – Eighth-graders Lukasz Jakimiec and Jasmine Diaz (below) proudly carry the school banner as they lead their classmates down Westchester Avenue in the Columbus Day Parade.

These happy students from grades Kindergarten through 8 earned “Student of the Month” certificates for being “Welcoming Persons” and living out our school’s Pastoral Theme, “Family: Where We Welcome One Another.”

SALESIAN YOUTH RALLY, TAMPA, FL – The Salesian Youth Rally was held on September 29. There were 1,000 children in attendance, from Christ the King, St. Joseph School, and Villa Madonna School. A special Mass was celebrated by Fr. Len Plazewski (right). He and Sr. Phyllis Neves visited and spoke to the children. The kids were able to see what they already know: They truly are the heart of the Salesian Family!

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Salesian Youth Report LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL, MIAMI, FL – A year ago, students and teachers at La Salle High were eating lunch under a tent, as their school buildings suffered massive hurricane damage. What a difference a year makes! Students and alumni came together to bless renovations and dedicate a new science building. The event, called “Remember, Rebuild, Renew,” kicked off two years of celebrations until the school’s 50th anniversary in 2008. Joining La Salle Principal Sr. Patricia Roche and Archbishop John Favalora were two of the school’s more famous alumni: TV news personality Ileana Bravo, class of ’74, and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez, ’70.

IMMACULATA HIGH SCHOOL, MARRERO, LA – On September 9, 1956, Immaculata opened its doors to 23 boys and 45 girls. Immaculata has the distinction of being the oldest Catholic high school in all of Jefferson Parish. Fifty years later, alumni, family, friends, and past principals gathered for the 50th Anniversary kick-off celebration. Many graduates commented on how far the school has progressed from the single story building they remembered. “I had no idea how much the school has grown,” said one alumnus. Congratulations!

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Salesian Youth Report

VILLA MADONNA SCHOOL, TAMPA, FL – With China’s emergence as an economic power, Villa Madonna is exposing students to the world’s most widely-spoken language. Thirty students are enrolled in Dr. Guangye Hu’s class. China is becoming the world’s largest economy, and with one-quarter of the world’s population, we want to prepare our students to be conversant with this culture, preparing them for the international market!

he Salesian Sisters are grateful to Fee & Jeffries, P.A., Attorneys and Counselors at Law, and their long-time support of the Salesian Sisters and their works in Tampa, FL.


ST. THERESA SCHOOL, KENILWORTH, NJ – Students started their school year off on the right foot with the help of a very big red dog – Clifford! The library held a Scholastic Book Fair the week of September 26. The Pre-K classes and their teachers greeted the truck when the delivery was made. The kids were so excited you could hear it in their screams as the truck pulled up to the school! Sr. Domenica Di Peri, teachers, and parent volunteers teamed up to make the day extra-special.

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Partner Rick Fee is the Rick Fee (above) Chairman of the Salesian Youth and Dave Jeffries Center/ Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors. Rick and his business partner, Dave Jeffries, started the Corporate Giving Program, which gives companies and organizations the opportunity to donate a monthly gift to SYC. This is truly a benefit to SYC because there’s a check each month to help run the daily programs for the children. It is a benefit to the participating corporation because it allows them to give their gift in smaller increments. For more information on the Corporate Giving Program, call Theresa Anderson: (813) 226-0836.

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Please Make a Child’s Dream Come True an there be a better Christmas gift than a quality, faith-filled, Salesian School education for a child? You can make it happen this fall by supporting one of our Endowed Scholarship Funds! Please check one (or more), fill in the details below, and mail this page with your donation in the enclosed envelope. God bless you for your generosity!


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 Sr. Wilma Sanchez Scholarship Fund, est. by her brother, Arsenio Sanchez, benefits students of St. Joseph’s School in Tampa, FL.


Yes! I want to help!




The Carini Scholarship Fund, est. in honor of Inez & Louise, whose estates provide funding to assist needy students.

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

Yes! I want to help! The Robert R. Waitts Scholarship, est. by his wife, Maggie, for students at Villa Madonna School and at Mary Help.

Yes! I want to help!


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

Yes! I want to help!

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





Yes! I want to help! The Frances Evelyn Grandoff Endowment, est. by her daughter, Betty, aids students with high academic potential.

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

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

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.

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.

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 Dan Cedola Scholarship, honoring his character & courage, for students at Villa Madonna & the Salesian Youth Center.

Yes! I want to help!

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o nice to meet you, Mrs. Mayor!” Pam Iorio, the Mayor of Tampa, FL, visited with students at St. Joseph School on September 8. School officials said Mayor Iorio was so impressed during her visit there last year that she asked to come again this year. Mrs. Mayor, you’re welcome to come and see us, anytime!

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