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elebrate Youth! Sr. Theresa Lee sings and signs along with the students from Immaculate Conception School in Marrero, LA, among the more than 1,700 Salesian young people, their teachers, parents, and friends, who gathered with the Salesian community of New Orleans’ Westbank to celebrate the feast of Saint John Bosco. See story on page 17. Partners in Giving • Spring 2007

Sr. Mary Rinaldi’s Letter Dear Friends, Spring is here at last, and with it comes the promise of renewal and rejuvenation, as we rejoice in the glorious Resurrection of Our Lord on Easter Day. My fellow Sisters and I extend to you and all your family members God’s richest blessings. Some news to report: • This edition is Party Central! We Sisters are always happiest when we can gather with our friends and family in celebration, at our Partners Circle Gala in Tampa, FL (pages 4-5), or our annual Spring Party in North Haledon, NJ (pages 6-7). All the fun is for a good cause: to help our kids. Thank you! • Excitement is building for our Centennial, beginning just under a year now (page 3). • The Partners Circle (pages 8-11) remains a great blessing to our mission, and members inspire us with their commitment and generosity. At the annual meeting in Tampa, the board initiated three exciting matching challenges: a $76,000 matching grant for tuition aid at Villa Madonna School in Tampa; a $25,000 matching grant for a renewal campaign for St. Joseph’s School in Tampa; and a $100,000 matching grant for tuition aid at Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon. Wow! Thank you! And now we need your help to win these challenges for the kids! • But that’s not all. Another exciting matching challenge grant has been issued for the Retirement Fund of the Salesian Sisters. An anonymous friend of the Sisters has agreed to match $50,000 if the same is raised. I thank you for walking with us and supporting our mission to the young. Happy Spring!

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Prayerful Students Inspire Our Centennial!


ongratulations to the First Place winners in our Centennial Prayer Contest, conducted in Salesian Schools across the United States!

Level IA (grades 1-3): Keanan Brown, Mary Help of Christians School, Corralitos, CA: Lord, Please bless the Salesian Sisters because they are kind, always there for us, and they teach us about You. Amen. Level IB (grades 4-5): Juliana Irizarry, Pope John Paul II School, Clifton, NJ: Lord, You guided the Salesian Sisters to the U.S.A. 100 years ago. You guided them to follow their dreams. They spread the Good News to the New World. Lord, now please help them to last for many more years. Help many more women realize their vocation in life to be a Sister. God bless the Salesian Sisters. Amen. Level II (grade 6-8): Mary Tomaino, Villa Madonna School, Tampa, FL: Lord, We gather every day together, the Salesian students, teachers, and Sisters, united as one in prayer to love and to serve you, our Lord. We ask you to continue to bless the Salesian Sisters for giving 100 years of service in the United States. Lord, help them to continue their special way of teaching the students. Let them grow stronger not only in number, but also in love for You, our God, forever, till the end of time. Amen Level III (grades 9-12): Michelle Hauer, Mary Help of Christians Academy, North Haledon, NJ: Lord God, Bless the good work of the Salesian Sisters. One hundred years ago they came here and blessed us with their presence. After such numerous years of service to the United States, we ask that they may be blessed and that their mission continues eternally here. Enable them to withstand the test of time so many more children can be touched by their love. Lord, thank You for their presence and influence. May the graces their presence brings never end. Mary, please intercede on behalf of your workers and on behalf of their students. Amen.

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Get Ready: Centennial Celebration on the Way What’s being planned for the Centennial? Amazing things, starting with our beautiful Centennial Logo, designed by Jude Maceren and shown here. The logo will inspire us in our planning, as will the beautiful prayers written by our students for a Centennial Prayer Contest (on the opposite page).


ext year, 2008, will mark a very special year for the Salesian Sisters and their countless friends here in the United States. One hundred years ago, on the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, July 16, 1908, the first four Salesian Sisters arrived in New York Harbor from Italy to continue the fine work of Saint John Bosco in a new world: America. The Salesian Sisters have shared their faith and love for God and the poor by educating hundreds of thousands of those most in need throughout the world. In the U.S.A., the Salesian Sisters’ influence can be felt from East to West, North and South in schools, camps, youth centers, and after-school programs. All that we have – our energy, time, and resources – is devoted to helping children. We rejoice in the last 100 years, celebrate our successes, and secure the future by building on this strong foundation. To prepare for the Centennial of the

Future issues of Partners in Giving magazine will be your ticket to learn more about the Centennial Celebration, including : • Special liturgies across the U.S. • Youth rallies • Past pupil gatherings • Pilgrimages in the U.S. and Europe • Special event galas Salesian Sisters, a national Centennial Steering Committee comprised of Sisters and laity from across the U.S. has been formed. Members are heading up varying responsibilities for their subcommittees and regions.

• A Centennial History Book commemorating the legacy of the Salesian Sisters in America • A Campaign to support Endowments and Capital Needs. Stay tuned!

Save These Dates & Watch for Details in the Mail! Ana Maria Auxilium Awards Thursday, May 17 Villa Madonna School, Tampa, FL

Monday, June 11 Mary Help of Christians Academy, N. Haledon, NJ

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4th Annual Salesian Boys & Girls Club Golf Tournament Saturday, June 2 Plantation Palms Golf Club, Land O’Lakes, FL For more information, call Theresa: (813) 226-0836

Celebration in Honor of Our Jubilarians & Our 99th Anniversary Sunday, August 5 Mary Help of Christians Academy, N. Haledon, NJ

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Partners Circle Gala Salutes Two Stars!


n March 3, the Partners Circle Dinner was held at the Westin Harbour Island Hotel in Tampa, FL. Nearly 200 guests gathered to support the mission of the Salesian Sisters and to honor two very special people: Mark J. Spada and Sr. Dora Adames, FMA. Mark Spada received the highest award bestowed by the Salesian Sisters, the Joseph J. McAleer, Sr., Award, for his outstanding commitment and kindness to the children of the Salesian Youth Center and the Salesian Sisters. Sr. Dora Adames received a special recognition award for her 33 years of service to the children and families of Tampa. Congratulations, Sr. Dora and Mark! We are so grateful for your countless contributions. Mike Guarnieri, chairman, presented the “State of the Partners Circle” to advise our many loyal friends in the Partners Circle how their gifts were

Above, Honoree Sr. Dora Adames is surrounded by past pupils who remember their former teacher with great affection. Below, the Spada Family gets ready to celebrate Dad Mark’s special award!

used to support the extraordinary needs of Province in 2006, including: • An Emergency Fund for children to help in any emergency that may arise where Salesian Sisters work from New York to Florida. • A Vocations Formation House was founded to assist with the formation and education of new Sisters. • Emergency funds were provided to care for the Elderly Sisters. Thank you to our many “Partners”! We could not continue caring for the emergency needs of the Sisters without YOU! We acknowledge all of our special friends from Florida as well as all those who flew down from the North to be with us in Tampa. Thank you for your continued support, enthusiasm, and friendship! PHOTOS BY DAVID HENLINE

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New Partners Circle Board member Bob Harkins of Franklin Lakes, NJ, with his family.

Joe Garcia presents the Joseph J. McAleer, Sr., Award to Mark Spada.

Sr. Kim Keraitis present flowers to Ely Spada as her husband and son proudly look on.

Partners Circle Board chair Mike Guarnieri gives the State of the Partners Circle address.

Villa Madonna students Tariq Sherif and his sister, Taleia, charmed the crowd with tales of how much they love their school!

Enjoying the gala are Anne Garcia, Pilar Caso, and Trudy Carey, all from Tampa, FL

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Our Spring Party was an Egg-cellent Time!


e love our Spring Party! A festive time was had by all on Palm Sunday, April 1, in North Haledon, NJ. Following a solemn Mass in Saint Joseph’s Chapel, we headed next door for food and fun. The gym sparkled as usual. The Market Basket lunch was superb, and the gift baskets and craft tables seemed larger and more impressive than ever! These pictures tell the wonderful story. We thank all who helped make this party a success, but especially YOU, our generous friends, who help us to support students at Mary Help of Christians Academy!

Sisters Liz Ryan and Pauline Joss, and Pat De Domenicis of Northfield, NJ (father of Sr. Loretta De Domenicis), enjoy the hospitality of Mary Help of Christians students at the Spring Party. Right, Spring Party Committee Chairs Terry Laudone and Pat Connors, both of Wyckoff, NJ, share a smile with the Easter Bunny!

Sr. Grace Ruiz with Al Queisser of North Haledon, NJ, and his friend Irene Schimpf of Clifton, NJ. Right, Long-time Salesian supporter Alma Curcio of Commack, NY, with her granddaughter, who won a fantastic basket!

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Sr. Claire Perino with Jane Massey Licata of Evesham, NJ (left), and her sons, and Marie Sanvito (lower right) of Weekhawken, NJ.

Sr. Balbina Lopez with her faithful adopter, Norma Bonamo of Staten Island, NY, and her grandchildren, David and Francesca.

Sr. Mary Baroni enjoys the Spring Party with Mrs. Mary Cook of Fair Lawn, NJ.

Smiles aplenty from Sr. Mary Palladino and Frances Durante of Waterbury, CT.

Sr. Arlene Rubino with her sister, Donna, of Iselin, NJ, Rosalie Francaviglia of Rahway, NJ, and Sr. Monique Huart (with bonnet!)

Sr. Frances Gumino with her sister, Carmela Seminario (right), and Dr. Allyson Hardy and her son, of Cresco, PA.

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Welcome New ‘07 Members in Red!


Partners Circle “Members”: Annual gift of ARIZONA


Ms. Tonia Kempfer A Friend

Ms. Josephine Petrillo Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Reading



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 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. Charles Lechner 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 Mr. & Mrs. John Soldoveri Mr. Joseph Spinelli Mr. & Mrs. William Stuart TD Banknorth

CONNECTICUT Mr. & Mrs. Frank Merenda Mr. & Mrs. Robert Mosey Mr. Daniel Tomaselli A Friend (2)

FLORIDA Mr. & Mrs. Bernard 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 Ms. Anne Coy 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. Robert Mace, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Mark S. Reynolds Mr. & Mrs. Philip Rinaldi Mrs. Peggy Theis Mr. & Mrs. Ron Yates Mr. & Mrs. Rene Zarate Mr. Bob Zurek


Mrs. Joseph Clair Mr. & Mrs. Charles Curcio Mr. & Mrs. Charles Curcio, Jr. Mr. Edward DeLuca Mr. & Mrs. Bill Leahy Mr. John Lombardi & Family Ms. Carol Martindale Mrs. Joan Oliver Mr. & Mrs. Angelo Roncallo Mr. & Mrs. Angelo Silveri Mr. & Mrs. John Weaver A Friend

NORTH CAROLINA Mr. & Mrs. Paul Liotard Mr. & Mrs. Chester Michewicz, Jr.

OHIO Mr. & Mrs. Albert Klaben, Sr.

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

TEXAS Mr. & Mrs. Bill Locklier

VIRGINIA Mrs. Dominique Faust

NEW YORK Mr. & Mrs. Jack Betwarda Mr. Vincent Cagnetta


GEORGIA Mr. & Mrs. Charles Fantauzza

ILLINOIS Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Olivieri

KENTUCKY Mr. & Mrs. Jack Danehy

MARYLAND Dr. & Mrs. Andrew Saladino

Partners Circle Member, Lee Pallardy (center) of Tampa, FL, is one of the best friends of Villa Madonna School and the Salesian Youth Center!

Annual gift of $1,000 ARIZONA A Friend

Annual gift of $750

CALIFORNIA Geraldine & Joanne Rizzuto


FLORIDA Mr. & Mrs. Declan Mansfield

NEVADA Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Murray

Ms. Mary Gaine

FLORIDA Dr. Braulio Alsonso 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. Mark Spada

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

NEW YORK Dr. & Mrs. Michael Altamura Ms. Lea Battiato Msgr. William T. Rodgers Mr. & Mrs. Matt Sabatine

NORTH CAROLINA Ms. Marianne O’Doherty



Mr. & Mrs. James Millar

Mr. Alfonso Daloisio Mr. Al De Vincenzo Mrs. Joseph Festa Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Granatell

Ms. Theresa C. Rauber



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 seven 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 toll-free today: (877) OUR-NUNS.

Welcome New ‘07 Members in Red!

Partners Circle “Benefactors”


Partners Circle “Associates”

Welcome New ‘07 Members in Red!


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


Richard Meissner, Meissner Manufacturing

Mr. & Mrs. Larry Peterson

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

Mr. Anthony Petrocelli Ms. Celeste Tripi



Mrs. Beatrice Lightfoot

Mrs. Pearl Kalikow

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

“Stewards” Annual gift of $10,000

Partners Circle “Partners” NEW JERSEY

Annual gift of $5,000 CALIFORNIA Ms. Doriana Sobek



Mr. & Mrs. Bill McLaughlin Mr. Stephen Papetti Mr. & Mrs. Rodger Rohde Ms. Roberta Ruocco

NEW YORK Mr. John Cassara

Marcalus Family Foundation Robert R. Waitts Foundation

NEW YORK The Sabatine Foundation, in memory of Philip & Josephine Sabatine

Dr. & Mrs. Nelson Castellano Mr. & Mrs. Lee Pallardy


TEXAS Mr. & Mrs. Fritz Duda, Sr.


Mrs. Betty Turner Mr. & Mrs. Ray Wooldridge

Mr. & Mrs. Tony Chernalis Mr. & Mrs. Robert Harkins

Partners Circle “Founders”: Annual gift of CONNECTICUT Mr. Michael Guarnieri Dr. Joseph McAleer

FLORIDA Mr. Ernest “Cookie” Garcia Dr. Idalia Lastra

NEW JERSEY 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

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



SOUTH CAROLINA Mr. & Mrs. Tom Aldinger


Partners Circle Board Reviews ‘06, Plans ‘07

Salesian Sisters and Partners Circle Board Members gather on the steps of the Salesian Youth Center in Tampa, FL, following their annual meeting: (front row, l-r) Carlos Baldor, Linda Christiansen, Bill McLaughlin, Christina McAleer, Sr. Suzanne Dauwalter, Sr. Mary Rinaldi; (back row, l-r) Robert Harkins, Dr. Vincent Bagli, Dr. Emilio Echevarria, Javier Baldor, Sr. Phyllis Neves, Maggie Waitts, Louis Garcia, Michael Guarnieri, Dr. Joseph McAleer, Dr. Hernán Leon, Dr. Antonio Castro, and Joe Garcia.


n March 3, the Salesian Sisters Partners Circle Board of Trustees met at the Salesian Youth Center in Tampa, FL, to review the past year’s achievements and make plans for the year ahead. The leadership team of the Partners Circle was in full attendance and included Chairman, Mike Guarnieri (Stamford, CT); President of the South, Javier Baldor (Tampa, FL); and President of the North, Maggie Waitts (North Caldwell, NJ). Highlights from the meeting included the addition of two new board members: Linda Christiansen of Greenwich, CT, and Robert Harkins of Franklin Lakes, NJ. Welcome aboard! We’re honored to have you a part of our team. Provincial Superior, Sr. Phyllis Neves, presented to the Board her “Vision for the Province” which was most exciting for all to hear, especially that more young women have begun to study to become Salesian Sisters. The Partners Circle also approved matching gift campaigns to jumpstart fundraising for Villa Madonna School and Saint Joseph’s School in Tampa, and Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, NJ. Now, let’s get to work!

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We Enjoyed Our Tour of the Sunshine State!


r. Mary Rinaldi and Christina McAleer embarked recently on a trip to visit friends and supporters of the Salesian Sisters in sunny Florida! Their first stop took them to Sanibel Island to visit dear friends and advocates for children, Pat and Frank Middendorf, who have 14 adult children and five dogs. The Middendorf ’s were very generous and provided a beautiful place to stay that included some very exciting alligator patrolling from the dock (!). We spent wonderful time together and shared countless stories. With Naples not far off, Sr. Mary and Christina headed there to visit more friends. Joanne Mansolillo, a member of the Adopt a Sister program since 1999, raved about it and just loves her

home of Kathleen and Victor Medore, who are life-long friends of Sr. Mary and go back with her to their children’s days at Camp Auxilium. Kathleen and her husband praised the fine work of the Salesian Sisters and the great impact they had not just on their children, but on their own lives. Heading north, the team met another dear friend of the Sisters, Bea Lightfoot, for lunch at IHOP in Dade

Play ball! Sr. Mary Rinaldi attended the annual New York Yankees Luncheon in Tampa, invited by her friend, Trudy Carey, who also supports the Sisters. While Sr. Mary was there she met the entire team and had photos and baseballs signed by all the players – including Jason Giambi – to use at fundraisers.

Our wonderful Florida friends: Kathleen Medore, Jim Burrowes, Tom and Ellen Folsom, Bea Lightfoot, and Joanne Mansolillo.

adopted Sister, Sr. Carmen Morales. We shared stories and fun together. A little later they met up with Jim Burrowes at Joey’s Restaurant in Naples, who welcomed the opportunity to meet the one-and-only Sr. Mary. He expressed his appreciation for our taking the time to see him and how grateful he was for his adopted Sister, Sr. Ruth Stecker and for being a part of the Partners Circle. Jim, thank you. It was our honor to meet you! Fort Myers brought the duo to the

City. Bea has known the Sisters for many years and raves about the Adopt a Sister program and especially her dear Sr. Mary Palladino, whom she considers to be like family. It was non-stop laughs being together! Heading due north again . . . to see Ellen and Tom Folsom of Thonotosassa. Ellen and Tom, part of the Adopt a Sister program for years, and hosted Sr. Mary and Christina for an amazing lunch at their sevengeneration home and provided a tour of their citrus grove afterwards.

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To all of our dear friends in Florida, thank you, thank you! It was wonderful to be with you. Thank you for your kind welcome and for all that you do for the Salesian Sisters. on’t you join our friends and Adopt a Salesian Sister for yourself or a loved one? This makes a beautiful and especially appropriate gift for a First Holy Communion or a wedding. For more information, call us, toll-free: 877-OUR-NUNS, or visit us online at


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Salesians Storm the United Nations!


rom February 29-March 9, a group of six Salesian Sisters and four Salesian young women participated in the United Nations’ 51st Commission on the Status of Women. The commission focused on the elimination of discrimination and violence against women, specifically girls. In attendance were Charina Tolibas and Sr. Maria Victoria Santa Ana from Asia; Memory Phiri and Sr. Roberta Tomasi, Provincial Superior from Africa; Rosy Cler Gomez and Sr. Fabiola Ochoa from Latin America; Veronica Barrios and Sr. Phyllis Neves, Provincial Superior from the U.S.; and Sr. Bernadette Sangma and Sr. Runita Borja from the Salesian headquarters in Rome. For this commission, the Salesian Sisters decided to have the four young ladies attest to the works of the Sisters, as opposed to only having the Sisters report about themselves. During a side event sponsored by the Salesian Sisters, Memory, Charina, and Rosy gave testimony of their transformation from marginalization to empowerment through the help of the Salesian Sisters. Memory was also asked to give testimony during an event called “Girls Speak Out,” moderated by Katie Couric and broadcast worldwide.

Salesians at the U.N. – Sr. Fabiola Ochoa, Sr. Phyllis Neves, Sr. Maria Victoria Santa Ana, Charina Tolibas, Sr. Runita Borja, Veronica R. Barrios, Rosy Cler Garcia, Memory Phiri, Sr. Roberta Tomasi, and Sr. Bernadette Sangma. This photo was taken after the Salesian Sisters’ side event called, “Empowering Girl-Children in Vulnerable Situations.” At left, CBS Evening News Anchor Katie Couric joins Salesian student Memory Phiri after the” Girls Speak Out” event. Below, Salesian students Charina Tolibas, Veronica Barrios, Memory Phiri, and Rosy Cler Garcia pose outside the U.N. before heading to the General Assembly Room.

As a result of the success of this year’s involvement in the United Nations commission, the Salesian Sisters will be applying for status as an official organization within the UN. With more than 14,000 Sisters, most of whom deliver services directly to youth such as Charina, Memory, Rosy, and Veronica, attaining this status will not be difficult for the Salesian Sisters! – Veronica R. Barrios

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A Love That Lasts Forever

Received between January 16 and April 2, 2007

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

Sr. Mary Louise Aguirre Ms. Kathleen Capodice Ms. Frances Coulter Ms. Severina Dimaranan Ms. Elizabeth Farrell Ms. Suellen Franz Ms. Mary Louise Mahoney Ms. Angeline Martocci Mr. & Mrs. Robert Mosey Mr. & Mrs. Brad Nilles Mr. & Mrs. Fred Przybysz Mrs. Maureen Scheuermann Mrs. Joyce Schwartz Mr. & Mrs. Tony Witczak Salesian Cooperators Perpetual Mass Enrollments for Sr. Mary Louise Aguirre The Scheuermann Family Ms. Judy Olander Ms. Eileen M. Carter Simone Bell Ms. Alice E. Caravella

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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Tom Yovanni Mr. & Mrs. Julius De Lotto John O. Brian Mrs. Dolores Clark Lorraine Kohler Ms. Barbara Drum Mr. Kevin S. Finn Mr. Thomas McManus Elizabeth Ann Kelly Mr. Frank Gould Marine Equipment & Supply Co. National Marine Distributors Mr. & Mrs. Gary F. Shillingford Robert Mace, Sr. Mr. Robert H. Mace, Jr.

Antonio Cacciola Mr. & Mrs. Joseph DeVita

Louis Gambello Mrs. Josephine Pellegrini

Mario Caracappa Mrs. Madeline Fitzgerald

James Marchese Mr. & Mrs. Roger Marchese



Hope M. McAleer: 20th Anniversary The McAleer Family

Thomas Caruso Mrs. Candida Caruso Willie Doll Thomas Mrs. Clare S. Van Loon Alyssa Estevez Mrs. Nelly Camm Maria Tedde & Giovanna Tedde-Mowbray Mr. Giuseppe Tedde

Patrick Restuccia Ms. Francine Rigolioso Mr. Frank Rigolioso Rita & Luisa Saggese Mr. Charles Saggese Lucille Visaggio Capt. & Mrs. Victor Y. Goldberg Hellen Wasson Mr. Robert L. Neef

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Tributes Received between January 16 and April 2, 2007

Sr. Catherine Altamura, FMA Mrs. Ilene B. Nelson

Remembering Sr. Mary Louise Editor’s note: As reported in the last edition of Partners in Giving, our dear Sr. Mary Louise Aguirre passed away on January 14, 2007, at the age of 80.

had been answered. Sr. Mary Louise had been praying for my twin nieces. One was a battered wife, and the other had breast cancer at age 37. With Sister’s prayers, my one niece is now a director at a Battered Women’s Shelter, and the other did not need treatment after surgery. We were all together at New Year’s and spoke of Sister’s many prayers. I only wish she had known of her good results to my lovely nieces. Denham Springs, LA

Margaret Portillo Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wagner

lost my beloved husband six years ago and Sr. Mary Louise was a great comfort to me. Her prayers and always cheerful disposition helped me through that very difficult time. My grandchildren loved her and we prayed for her each evening. When they spent overnights here, Sr. Mary Louise was one of the first persons in their long prayer intention list. She came right after their parents and siblings, and before me, their cousins, friends, and pets. Tampa, FL

Sr. Grace Ruiz, FMA Mrs. Roseann Mosseau


y deepest condolences on the passing of Sr. Mary Louise Aguirre. I had been including her in my prayers. She was praying for my sister before she passed on in 2003. She is at home now with the Lord. I will continue to pray for her. Please have a Mass for her on my behalf. Chicago, IL

was so sorry to hear the news that our Adopted Sister had died – I wanted her to know that her prayers

am confident there is enormous power in prayer, and welcomed the opportunity to be the recipient of Sr. Mary Louise’s prayer offerings on behalf of my intentions. I, in turn, included her in my daily prayers as well. I am convinced Sister’s petitions and offerings aided significantly in strengthening my spiritual well being. Know that I will always keep her in my heart, as she awaits our arrival. New Rochelle, NY

Sr. Virginia Dickey, FMA Mrs. Cheri Brinkman Sr. Rosalie Di Peri, FMA Mrs. Ilene B. Nelson Roger Marchese Mr. & Mrs. Roger Marchese Pat Parisi Mr. & Mrs. David Diedrick

Special Intention Mr. Charles Saggese Saint Joseph’s Feast Day, March 19 Ms. Antoinette Colella Mrs. Edith Van den Houten


miss my Adopted Sister so much. I consider myself blessed for having known her. I am very grateful for all her prayers. I know she is out of pain now and with God but it still leaves a sadness with her gone. I’m enclosing $50 in memory of Sr. Mary Louise. I’ll try to send another $50 sometime later in the year. God bless all of your and the work that you do. Jamaica, NY


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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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Have You “Given” Us Your Special Day?


uring the next six months, is there some date that is special to you? Will you share it with the Salesian Sisters? It may be a day of joy, a day of a sad event, a day of recognition, a day of any significant meaning in your life or a loved one. We invite you to share this day with the Sisters. It remains on the bulletin board in front of the chapel as a reminder and a sharing. The Sisters will keep that day in prayer throughout the whole day. You, your family, the person you wish to honor, will be given special prominence and will be given special consideration throughout the day. Let us know, then count on us for a special day just for you.

This year, Mardi Gras at the St. Joseph Provincial Center was a great celebration. Everyone became young at heart. Sr. Amelia was Mardi Gras Queen, parading in a lovely homemade float. Her attendants were Sr. Helene, Sr. Loretta, and Sr. Antoinette. The Mardi Gras spirit was alive and contagious as the Queen and her attendants strew beads out to the joy of everyone. How beautiful it is to taste, relish, and be immersed in the Family Spirit, which keeps us young at heart with a sparkle in our eyes and smile on our lips! Our Co-Foundress, St. Mary Mazzarello, said, “Cheerfulness is a sign of a heart that loves the Lord very much.” We surely do love Him!

Enjoying Mardi Gras are (left) Sr. Rosemary Cordes and (above) Sr. Trini Maygagan.

We Sisters feel honored to be asked. You and your loved ones will benefit. God bless you!

Please Help Our Retired Sisters In Need! Please reserve this day(s) in 2007 or 2008 in honor of my special intention to support the Endowment for the St. Joseph Provincial Center for our retired Sisters:





Day 1 (Month, day):


Day 2 (Month, day):


Day 3 (Month, day):


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

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

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Salesian Youth Report

Louisiana Rally Shows Spirit is Strong!

From right, Sr. Phyllis Neves, Provincial; Sr. Maria Colombo, Principal, Archbishop Blenk High School; Linda Henry, Assistant Principal, Immaculate Conception School; Sr. Lise Parent, Principal, Immaculate Conception School; and Dr. Lisa Taylor, Associate Superintendent of Schools, join in the Salesian community celebration.


n January 31, 2007, 1,700 Salesian young people, their teachers, parents and friends, gathered with the Salesian community of the Westbank in New Orleans, LA, to celebrate the feast of St. John Bosco. Past pupils, Salesian Cooperators, and clergy from nearby parishes joined Immaculate Conception Elementary School, Immaculata High School, Archbishop Blenk High School, Archbishop Shaw High School, St. Rosalie Elementary School, and Our Lady of Prompt Succor Elementary School in a fervent, youthful celebration of life!

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The gathering, held at the Alario Center, began with a Eucharistic Celebration celebrated by Fr. Steve Ryan, SDB, Vocation Director for St. Philip the Apostle Province. Fr. Steve challenged the young people to remember that faith can be fun, and that joy is an important part of Salesian spirituality. He used examples from the life of Don Bosco to emphasize the importance of devotion to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and to Mary, Help of Christians. Young people from the high schools re-enacted the dream of Don Bosco concerning the first missionary expedition. Contemporary Christian

music rocked the hall as the young people sang, moved, and clapped to the praises of their God! A special blessing was the presence of Sr. Phyllis Neves, Provincial. She endeared all those present with a story that touched both minds and hearts. She finally led the assembly with a spontaneous demonstration of praise and worship. Lunch and a social, including a DJ, concluded the celebration! Don Bosco’s words ring true: Love what the young love, and they, in turn, will love what we love! – Sr. Maria Colombo, FMA

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Salesian Youth Report CORPUS CHRISTI SCHOOL, PORT CHESTER, NY – American history sprang to life during a Patriotic Assembly in February, when fourth-grade students dressed up as their favorite historical figure or American President and sang patriotic songs like “This Land is Your Land.” Students in every grade, from pre-K through 8, made presentations, coordinated by Sr. Margaret Rose Buonaiuto with the assistance of faculty and staff.


elcome to the Salesian Family, Sacred Heart School in Dover, NJ! When this Catholic school (at left) found itself suddenly in need of a new principal for the remainder of this school year, they contacted the education “experts.” Sr. Domenica Di Peri (above, left) has taken the reins, assisted by Sr. Esther Cruz (at right. Sr. Emy Di Filippi, center, was on hand for the photo!). We wish the Sisters well as they serve the young people in this school and parish, in the spirit of St. John Bosco and St. Mary Mazzarello.

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Salesian Youth Report VILLA MADONNA SCHOOL, TAMPA, FL – Congratulations to Villa Madonna School on a successful accreditation visit by a Quality Assurance Review team from the Florida Catholic Conference (FCC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS/CASI). The team spent two days visiting classrooms and speaking to parents, teachers, and community leaders and supporters of Villa Madonna after reviewing the School Improvement Report (an 18-month project). The team is recommending to FCC that they renew the accreditation, and recommending to SACS/CASI that Villa receive its initial accreditation. The team met separately with children and parents and asked them to describe Villa Madonna in one word. They heard words like: “family,” “caring,” “color-blind,” and “awesome” from both groups.

Villa Madonna students sing the same song: “We love our school!”

Get Ready to “Fling” on April 26!

When students were asked to compare Villa Madonna to a fruit and why, they received some interesting analogies. One first grader said, “Villa Madonna is like a cherry, it’s sweet and good things come in small packages.” Another observed, “Villa Madonna is like a watermelon. The students are the seeds, all different and surrounded by sweetness – the teachers.” An eighth grader shared, “Villa Madonna is like a peach. Attractive on the outside; sweet when you bite it, like the students and the teachers. When you get to the pit, it is strong which is like our Salesian Sisters, the core of our school.”

POPE JOHN PAUL II SCHOOL, CLIFTON, NJ – Maritza Loyola, parent, and Melissa Madrid, student, make baskets with Arthur Fierro from the St. Anthony Students Supporters for the third annual “Fling in the Spring” basket raffle and dinner, to be held on Thursday, April 26, at 6 p.m. at the Valley Regency in Clifton. The fundraiser benefits students of the former St. Anthony School who now attend Pope John Paul II. For more information and tickets, call (973) 942-3663.

– Martaluz R. Pozo, Assistant Principal

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Salesian Youth Report CAMP AUXILIUM, NEWTON, NJ – Young children at the Camp Auxilium Learning Center commemorated National Women’s History Month in March. Each class chose a famous woman to highlight through song, skit, or activity. Some of the famous women were Betsy Ross, Rosa Parks, St. Mary Mazzarello, Mother Teresa, Laura Bush, and Clara Barton (kindergartener Gabriella Guerriero, at right). Mr. Ron Marin, Director of the Newton Branch of the American Red Cross (at left), explained that Barton, the “angel of the Red Cross,” began the work of the Red Cross in caring for our injured soldiers, a timely topic. He spoke to the children about all the good that Barton did during her lifetime and all the good the Red Cross continues to do. Sr. Lou Ann Fantauzza concluded by telling the children about the good Jesus wants them to do as young children, and throughout their own lifetimes. ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL, TAMPA, FL – Important and exciting things are happening at St. Joseph’s! The entire library from the now-closed St. Patrick School was donated to St. Joseph’s, and the school now has a full-time librarian. Plans are in the works for a major capital improvements, including a new pavilion for the school and parochial activities that will have a regulation basketball court. Plans for additional bathrooms, cafeteria improvements, and tuition assistance are also in the works.

he very first Villa Madonna Campus Golf Challenge was held on January 19 at the Groves Golf & Country Club in Land O’Lakes, FL. Golfers assembled to play 100 holes with a partner. One hundred holes of golf ? Yes, that’s right! Everyone was very tired and sore afterward, but triumphant that they had met their goal. Sponsors paid a pledge per hole, and $25,000 was raised for the children of Villa Madonna School and the Salesian Youth Center/Boys & Girls Club! The weather was beautiful, and everyone had a great time. Thank you to all who participated. We look forward to seeing you again next year!


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For funding, we have already received several matching grants, and significant help from Fr. Felix Sanchez, Pastor of St. Joseph’s Parish. We’re also delighted that the Salesian Sisters Partners Circle Board approved a $25,000 matching grant for our pavillion project. Thank you, Partners! We at St. Joseph’s are very enthusiastic about these plans, and as you can see, your help is greatly needed. Stay tuned for more news! – Dr. Emilio Echevarria

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Salesian Youth Report ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL, TAMPA, FL – Students held their annual “Mission Fair” on February 2 and raised a record amount of money. They brought in old books, movies, toys, and stuffed animals in good condition. There were games, competitive events, face painting (left), and raffles. Students exchanged winning tickets for the used toys of their choice. With the help of parents and teachers, students raised $1,300, $650 for the Diocesan Mission and $650 for the Salesian Missions. In addition, truckloads of clothes, food (especially peanut butter), vitamins, medicines, and toys were collected for “Help Brings Hope for Haiti.” This organization takes doctors and medical staff to Haiti to hold a summer medical mission. Students hope their supplies will help assist in efforts to help as many as 1,000 people.

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION SCHOOL, MARRERO, LA – Seventh and eighth graders in the Builders Club of Immaculate Conception School go to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans every month to serve in whatever capacity is needed, such as inspecting donated food items and repacking them for sorting and distribution. The Food Bank continues to serve many people who have returned to New Orleans and are still struggling to get their houses and lives back in order.

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Scholarships Make a Real Difference

Editor’s note: This new feature of Partners in Giving magazine focuses on the outstanding work of local businesses that support the Salesian Sisters and their mission.


ith more than 60,000 homes to its credit since 1976, M/I Homes has established a national reputation as a quality builder. Their homeowner approval rating of 95% during the past decade, and the second- and third-time homebuyers, further attest to the builder’s commitment to customer satisfaction. The Confidence Builder Program and M/I Homes’ 30-year transferable structural warranty play a big part in the company’s success. Mark Spada, Division President of M/I Homes of Tampa, LLC, has helped make our connection with M/I Homes Foundation possible. The Salesian Youth Center/Boys and Girls Club is grateful to the M/I Homes Foundation for their support of Tampa’s youth. Many children have been given opportunities for the future that they would have never imagined possible, thanks to the generosity of M/I Homes Foundation. To learn more about M/I Homes, visit

Help Others, Help Yourself


f you are over the age of 70 1/2, you are eligible for a special IRA donation that can help you and the Salesian Sisters. For this tax year and the next, you can roll over up to $100,000 annually from your IRA to charity. These gifts can be made tax-free and may help you meet your required IRA distribution levels. And as always, a gift to the Salesian Sisters will go far in helping us continue to meet the needs of the children we serve in our ministries all over the country. Simply direct your custodian to transfer a portion of your required minimum distribution on or before December 31, 2007, directly to the Salesian Sisters. Thank you!

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he Robert R. Waitts Foundation was established in 2002 by his wife, Maggie, who is currently the President of the Partners Circle North Board and Chairwoman of the Dames of Mary Help.

The Waitts Scholarships enable young women from Paterson, NJ, to attend Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, NJ, and realize the bright future offered by a quality, faith-based Salesian education. Shown above with Sr. Mary Rinaldi are the two recent recipients of the Robert R. Waitts Scholarship: Alexandra Bravo and Lorena Humancaja, both freshmen at Mary Help of Christians Academy. Congratulations! You, too, can make a real difference in the life of a child by making a gift to one of our endowed Salesian School scholarship funds. Details on the page opposite. Please join us!

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Please Help Us Secure a Child’s Future ould there be a better gift than providing a quality, faith-filled, Salesian School education for a child? You can make it happen this coming 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!


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.


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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.

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

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The 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.

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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.

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alk about your Easter bonnets! Saint Theresa School in Kenilworth, NJ, kicked off its annual celebration of Catholic Schools Week with a “Hats off to Catholic Schools” event. Children created their own hats to wear during the day. This was just one of the fun activities planned for the week. Pictured above with Sr. Theresa Samson, principal, are a lively group of fifth grade students: Camille Mckenzie, Molly Dillon, Tracey Swan, and Alessandra Finis. Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco Development Office 659 Belmont Avenue North Haledon, NJ 07508-2397

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