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e continue to honor the Salesian Sisters’ Centennial in the United States this year with historical covers of Partners in Giving. This one, from September 1945, shows the first group of children to attend Holy Rosary School in Port Chester, NY. Fr. Aloysius Trifari, S.D.B., the Pastor (right), purchased the vacant public school that was in his parish for $25,000, and had it remodeled and equipped for about the same amount. The Salesian Sisters in the picture are: Sr. Theresa Cianci (lower left), Sr. Mary Carone (center left), and Sr. Wilma Sanchez (rear). Sisters not pictured but who were also part of this mission were Sr. Letizia Sampo, Sr. Mary Di Camillo, and Sr. Marie Dunn. Times may have changed, but the mission of the Salesian Sisters to the education of young people endures as we embark upon our second century! For more on the history of the Salesian Sisters and the centennial, turn to pages 2-8. Partners in Giving • Spring 2008

Sr. Mary Rinaldi’s Letter

Centenary Calendar April 13 Annual Spring Party, North Haledon, NJ

Dear Friends, Signs of Spring are everywhere, and so are the signs of God’s blessings through the works and energy of the Partners Circle. The late, revered Mr. Joseph J. McAleer, Sr., said it so well: “We shall call eachother Partner for that is what we shall be: Partners with Salesian Sisters and their mission among the young!” Some news to report: • Trustees of the Partners Circle met on March 1 in Tampa, FL, and reconfirmed their full commitment to the Salesian Sisters and their mission. At the Gala Dinner following the meeting, four new members joined the Circle of Partners around the country. There are now 8 levels of membership, including a new “Visionary” level. Won’t you join us? See pages 12-14. • On March 8, fellow Salesians, alumni and dear friends gathered for the Centennial Opening Mass at St. Michael’s Church in Paterson, NJ. A commemorative marker was unveiled in remembrance of the first four Salesian Sisters who arrived in the U.S. 100 years ago. This issue is filled with photos on our history, starting on page 3. We invite you to visit our Centennial Exhibition at the Paterson Museum to learn more about the rich history of the Salesian Sisters and their service to the young. • Recently, we were been blessed with matching gifts from companies such as GE, Motorola, Chase, Pfizer, and Wrigley, just to name a few. Please keep the Salesian Sisters in mind if your employer has a matching contribution program. We’ve also received grants from the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County and the Bank of America. These monies will support crucial programs for children in need – thank you! Peace,

July 13 Salesian alumni from schools in Roseto, Easton, Reading, and Philadelphia will join together for a Mass at Saint Anthony of Padua Church, Easton, PA, followed by a dinner reception. July 16 Official anniversary of the day the first four Salesian Sisters arrival in the U.S. in 1908. Fr. Felix Cianci of St. Michael Parish in Paterson, NJ, provided their first home. August 3 Sisters’ Jubilee Celebration, North Haledon, NJ October 30 Partners Circle Ball, Garfield, NJ November 21 Salesian Sisters Centennial Northern Regional Youth Rally December 7 Salesian Sisters’ Annual Christmas Party, North Haledon, NJ February 28, 2009 Florida Centennial Mass and Gala, Tampa & St. Petersburg, FL April 25, 2009 New York Centennial Mass and Gala, New York, NY May 16, 2009 Centennial Celebration for all Salesian Schools in New Jersey and New York For more information on these events, to attend, or to get involved, please call (877) 687-6867, or e-mail We hope to see you!

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And We’re Off! Our Centennial Begins!


t all began in Paterson, NJ. In 1908, the first four Salesian Sisters in the U.S. were given their first home at St. Michael’s Parish, headed by thenPastor, Monsignor Felix Cianci. This missionary order of religious women got to work – building a Catholic school, teaching religious education, providing support to families and to children without parents. From scratch these Sisters fired up a beacon of faith-filled hope for the poor and needy, many new to this country, like them. On March 8, the Salesian Sisters Centennial Celebration was launched with a series of special events in Paterson, which brought together generations of Salesian Sisters, alumni of St. Michael’s School, family, friends, and benefactors. The day included a visit to the Paterson Museum to view the Salesian Sisters’ Historical Exhibit, and a special Mass at St.

Michael’s, celebrated by Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli Bishop Seratelli dedicated and blessed a bronze historical plaque to mark the Salesian Sisters’ first home in North America.

The magnificent church of St. Michael’s in Paterson, NJ, was filled to the rafters for the special Centennial Mass celebrated by Bishop Arthur Serratelli. At left, Bishop Serratelli blesses the historical marker honoring the Salesian Sisters’ first North American home in Paterson. Presenting the plaque were St. Michael’s alumnus and former Paterson Chief of Police, Larry Spagnola, and his son, Sgt. Louis Spagnola of the Paterson Police Department.

generous underwriting support of the Museum exhibit. For more happy photos, please turn the page!

Sr. Isabel Garza and her team planned a magnificent day that included a prayer of thanksgiving read by Provincial Superior, Sr. Phyllis Neves; a Proclamation read by Paterson Mayor José “Joey” Torres; a special acknowledgement of two present direct descendants of Msgr. Felix Cianci and Msgr. Carlo Cianci, Vincenza Cianci and Rose Cianci Gasparrini of Greenwich, CT; and lastly, Maggie Waitts, Partners Circle North President and Trustee, was acknowledged for her

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Although the weather was against us, the Salesian joyous spirit prevailed for all to share with the Sisters this beautiful celebration and legacy that all began in 1908 in Paterson. The dream of St. John Bosco and St. Mary Mazzarello for youth, especially the poor, is alive and well! To another 100 years – and beyond!

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We Salute Paterson, Where It All Began

Above, the Mayor of Paterson, NJ, José “Joey” Torres, reads a Proclamation dedicated to the Salesian Sisters and their impact on the city’s history during ceremonies opening the Salesian Sisters, Centennial Exhibit at the Paterson Museum. Right, Vincenza Cianci and Rose Cianci Gasparrini stand before a photo of their great-uncle, Monsignor Felix Cianci, who first welcomed the Salesian Sisters to the U.S.A. in July 1908.

During Mass at St. Michael’s Church, Sr. Lucy Balistrieri (above), a Paterson native and past pupil of the former St. Anthony School, brought up the gifts to Bishop Arthur Serratelli. At left, Bishop Serratelli greets Sr. Letizia Bocanegra as Sr. Liz Ryan and Sr. Theresa Samson look on.

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At right, Sr. Isabel Garza, chair of the planning committee for the March 8 celebration, addresses the audience at the Paterson Museum, joined by fellow Salesian Sisters: Sr. Catherine Altamura, Sr. Phyllis Neves, Sr. Frances Gumino, Sr. Domenica Di Peri, and Sr. Denise Sickinger

Above, the Salesian Sisters present Mrs. Maggie Waitts, President of the Partners Circle North, and Crown Roll Leaf, Inc., with a plaque in recognition for outstanding contributions to the Centennial Exhibit. Maggie is joined by Sr. Isabel Garza, who chaired the March 8 celebration committee. Thank you, Maggie!

Above, Provincial Superior Sr. Phyllis Neves cuts the ribbon to officially open the Salesian Sisters’ Centennial exhibit at the Paterson Museum, joined by (l-r) Sr. Frances Gumino, Fr. Joseph Orlandi, Pastor of St. Michael’s Church, Mayor José “Joey” Torres, Sr. Domenica Di Peri, and Fr. William Keane, Vice Provincial of the Salesian Priests. At right, William and Maryann Riordan of Ramsey, NJ, admire the exhibit with Sr. Catherine Novo. Maryann is a teacher and director of the Business Connections program at Mary Help of Christians Academy. (PHOTOS BY LORRAINE CORSALE)

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Fill in the “Gaps”! Please support Our Centennial History Book by Dedicating a Year! Dear Friends, The response to our Salesian Sisters Centennial History Book Appeal has been incredible – just look at the dedications on the next two pages! Thank you! Now we invite you to help us fill in the “gaps” – the years which are not yet sponsored. Please invest in the Salesian Sisters by dedicating a year or years to honor or memorialize a loved one, couple, family, or institution. The name(s) will be inscribed in a beautifully-bound Centennial History Book that is to commemorate the Salesian Sisters’ presence in the United States. Your one-time gift of $1,000, per year selected, will help underwrite the cost of this important Salesian treasure, and your honored name(s) will forever be a part of the legacy of St. John Bosco here in America. In gratitude, you will receive a complimentary copy of the Centennial history for each person’s name inscribed, and your memorial will be published in the book itself, along with a photo of your honoree (an example is at left). There is no limit to the number of honorees per year. Won’t you help us fill in the missing years? Please join us for this once in a lifetime event! With gratitude and prayer,

I/we would like to forever be a part of the legacy of St. John Bosco here in America by dedicating ____ year(s) for the Salesian Sisters’ Centennial History Book Project. Please write down the name of your loved one(s) and your name (how you would like it to appear) beside the year of your choosing in the form on the opposite page and return the form along with this. Cost per dedication: $1,000.

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Year Honoree 1908 1909 1909 1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919 1919 1920 1921 1922 1922 1923 1924 1925 1925 1925 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1934 1934 1935 1936 1937 1937

Dedicated by

Casimiro Hernandez, Sr. Richard Gonzmart, Columbia Restaurant Jerry Rizzuto Joanne & Geraldine Rizzuto Mary Pascucci Celeste Tripi Joseph Hagan Hagan Family Theresa Rizzuto Joanne & Geraldine Rizzuto Salesian Sisters, St. Anthony, Paterson, NJ Fr. Armand R. Quinto, Pastor

Suzanne & Peter Hnath Marge Hnath Celeste Tripi Mary Pascucci Rev. Carlo Cianci Vincenza Cianci & Rose Cianci-Gasparrini

Margaret & James Sartoris Bishop Joseph Sartoris Anne Larywon Larywon Family Sr. Nancy Zingale, FMA Ida Gulino Immaculate Conception School, LA Faculty, Staff, Students Anne K. Lebron Richard Lebron Thomas Carola Maggie Waitts Sr. Nancy Zingale, FMA Anthony Gulino Eileen McNally Betty Turner

Year Honoree 1938 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945

1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1957 1958

Cathleen Carola Margaret Carola Ann Schlegel Betty Turner St. Joseph School, Tampa, FL Faculty, Staff, Students, & Families

1958 1959

Angela & Vincenzo Crociata Angela G.C. Rodin

1959 1960 1960

Robert W. Waitts

1961 1962 1962

Your loving wife

Pauline & Charles Giamonco JoAnn & Jerry Giamonco Salesian Sisters Salesian Bros. & Priests, Eastern U.S. Province

Alyda Jansen Calamita Susan & Mario Nocera

1962 1962 1963

Frank Calamita

Dedicated by

Rev. Gennaro J. Leone, C.M. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Roseto, PA Villa Madonna’s First students, Tampa, FL Students, Faculty, and Parents Wilma & Ralph Rickman

Beverly Parcasio

Mary Help of Christians Academy: First Graduating Class Mary Help Parent/Teacher Group & Families

Nicolo Cosentino & Family Laura Mannarino Elizabeth Heldak Betty Heldak Graduation Archbishop Alfred Hughes, LA The Bagli Family Dr. & Mrs. Vincent J. Bagli Deceased members of Bonica & Ardire Families Janet, Francine, and Helen Bonica Sr. Suzanne Motte, FMA, pioneer Salesian Sisters Canada Donald M. De Rose The De Rose Family Anna Maria Gutto-Ferrone Family Teresa Gutto La Salle High School, FL La Salle Alumni Michael Gutto & Family Theresa Gutto Immaculata-La Salle High School, FL Faculty, parents, Anthony Gutto & Family Teresa Gutto Salesian Sisters who served Corpus Christi Priests and parishoners, Port Chester, NY Hope & Joseph McAleer The McAleer Family Angel Oliva Oliva Tobacco Co. Sr. Catherine Altamura, FMA’s profession The Altamura Family Mom & Dad Michael Guarnieri Rev. Peter M. Rinaldi, SDB Linda & Peter Christiansen & Family Bertha Levonas Joseph Levonas Phyllis Gutto-Brew Family Teresa Gutto Notte/Scillieri Family Antoinette & Joseph Scillieri

1964 JoAnn & Jerry Giamonco

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graduated from Holy Rosary School in Port Chester, NY, in 1957. I truly enjoyed the last Partners In Giving magazine. The cover (right) is a real treasure. I enjoyed looking at each face and was delighted to find former teachers and friends. It was nostalgic, good, and heartening to see the nuns and the former, familiar habit.


I wish to reserve a copy of the Centennial History book. Will Partners In Giving will provide ordering information?” Ed Legutko, State College, PA Thank you, Ed! And yes, watch for ordering info soon!

Year Honoree 1966 1967 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1986 1986 1987 1987 1988 1989

Dedicated by

The Wagner Family Bob, Cynthia, Tricia, Cindi, & Bobbi Ann Mr. & Mrs. Richard D. Grady The Grady Family Faith J. & Lawrence C.+Menard Christina & David McAleer Alphonse Alagia Sr. Candida Aspesi, FMA

Year Honoree 1990 1991 1991 1992 1992 1993 1993

The McAleer Family The Rigolio Family

Mannoia/Vitriola Family Frances & Michael Mannoia Oresta M. Ferrito, MHCA ’75 Florence & Emmanuel Ferrito

1993 1994 1995 1996 1997

1998 1999 St. Theresa School, Kenilworth, NJ Home School Association Arrival of the Salesian Sisters in Louisiana Sisters Community of Marrero, LA

Sr. Nancy Zingale, FMA

Nancy Gulino

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005

Sr. Leonia Pascucci, FMA Celeste Tripi & Mary Pascucci Lucy Alagia The McAleer Family Donata & Adam Amatuzzi Rose & Joseph Amatuzzi Isola Olivieri Adelaide & Joseph Olivieri Hope M. McAleer The McAleer Family Salesian Sisters Archdiocese of Miami

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2006 2007 2008 2008 2008

Dedicated by

Leo F. Voytko Mary T. Voytko Canadian FMAs The Salesians of Canada Sr. Colleen Clair, FMA Rev. Benedict P. Militello Federici/Gutto Family Teresa Gutto Roberge Family Louise Roberge Rev. Peter M. Rinaldi, SDB The Martedi Family Theodore Zoppo James E. & Rita Zoppo Vietmeier Rev. Peter M. Rinaldi, SDB James Dell’Orto

Reanna Marie Theresa Medore Mom, Dad, Joleen, & Victor Salvatore Seminerio Carmela Seminerio Salesian Sisters’ Retirement Home Celeste Tripi & Mary Pascucci Joseph J. McAleer, Sr. Sr. Teresa Franco, FMA

The McAleer Family Teresa Gutto

Henry F. Roman Maryann Roman In Gratitude to the Salesian Sisters after Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana Faculty, Staff, Students of Immaculate Conception School, Marrero, LA N. Johannes I. Calamita Frank Calamita Academy of Our Lady, LA Faculty & Students Sr. Mary Rinaldi, FMA Mr. & Mrs. Matt Sabatine Sr. Frances Gumino, 65th Anniversary, and the Salesian Sisters Teresa Gutto Kristen, Michael, Angelica L. & Julia Gutto; Lauren, Christopher & Alana Ferrone; Gregory and Thomas Brew Teresa Gutto

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We Had a Ball at the Partners Circle Gala!


he Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco, their national Board of Trustees, family, and friends came together for the annual Partners Circle Gala held on March 1 at the Tampa Marriott Hotel and Marina. The Salesian spirit was overflowing as evidenced by the friendship and camaraderie of old and new friends who came together from Florida, New Jersey, Connecticut, and beyond to support the Salesian Sisters and their works. Leading the evening’s program, Michael Guarnieri, Chairman of the Board, welcomed the filled room and thanked all for their continued and gracious support of the Salesian Sisters. Marta Pozo, vice principal of Villa Madonna School, wowed the crowd by showing a short film created by the Salesian Sisters in Marrero, LA, that included archival footage of the first Sisters in the U.S., new immigrants at Ellis Island “Coming to America,” and fast forward through time, a celebration of the Sisters’ 100 years in North America. The highlight of the evening was the awards presentation during which honorees John Oliva and the Oliva Family, as well as Manuel G. Alvarez, Chairman of the Board of Colonial Bank of Tampa, were presented with the organization’s highest award, The Joseph J. McAleer, Sr. Award, for their extraordinary character, kindness, and commitment to the Salesian Sisters and their mission among youth, especially those most at-risk (see profiles on the next page).

Above, Partners Circle honorees and recipients of the Joseph J. McAleer ,Sr., Award: John Oliva and Manny Alvarez. Right, Sr. Mary Rinaldi, Director of Development, excitedly addresses the crowd! Below, Tariq Sharrieff gave an enthusiastic thank you to the Partners Circle “for taking care” of his beloved Villa Madonna School. Tariq graduates from eighth grade this year.

Thank you one and all! Proceeds from the dinner benefit three Salesian Sister operated entities: the Salesian Youth Center, Saint Joseph School, and Villa Madonna School. Our deep gratitude to our sponsors for making the evening possible: Colonial Bank of Tampa, Crown Roll Leaf Inc., Joseph and Anne Garcia, Robert and Maryann Harkins, the Baldor Family, the McAleer Family, the Oliva Family, and Thomas J. Santorelli.

The Partners Circle Gala was a tremendous success and raised an alltime record gross income of $51,405.

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Our Distinguished Florida Honorees! he son of a cigar maker, M.G. “Manny” Alvarez grew up in West Tampa, FL, and graduated from the former Thomas Jefferson High School (now the home of the Salesian Youth Center/Boys & Girls Club), the University of Tampa, and Louisiana State University School of Banking. He resides in Tampa, where he and his wife, Mary Castellano Alvarez (former Tampa city council member), raised their two children, Lori Jeannine Taylor and M.G. Alvarez, III.



Alvarez’s distinguished career exemplifies his leadership – he rose through the ranks to become a top executive for several successful banking institutions, most notably, Colonial Bank of Tampa. Today, he is Chairman of the Board of Colonial Bank in Tampa. Since the Colonial Bank Group was created over 25 years ago, it has had tremendous success. The Bank boasts that the foundation of its success is based on the hard work and intelligence of its workers.

Like many great cigar stories, the Olivas’ begins in the Pinar del Río region of Cuba, the tobacco growing district where Angel Oliva was born on a plantation in 1906. At 13, Angel went to Havana to work at his uncle’s general store. By the time he turned 18, the old man knew that there had to be a better life somewhere else. He came to America because he felt that he could get a fair shake here. “He believed that you could get whatever you want as long as you’re willing to work,” says John. Angel launched Oliva Tobacco Co. in 1934.

Manny has been active within both the local business and philanthropic communities, and his efforts have not gone unrecognized – Manny was voted the 1997 Hispanic Man of the Year by the City of Tampa. Manny’s faithful commitment to the mission of the Salesian Sisters began with his involvement at his children’s alma mater, St. Joseph School, and he continues to be a champion for the Salesian Sisters. Colonial Bank’s service to the community is well-known, and thanks to the leadership of Manny Alvarez, the Bank formed a strong collaborative relationship with the Salesian Sisters and their works. Colonial Bank joined the Salesian Sisters Partners Circle in 2001, and is actively involved in fundraising events such as the Thanksgiving Basket Party and the Partners Circle Gala, benefiting the Salesian Youth Center/Boys & Girls Club and St. Joseph School, among others. As we open the centennial year of the Salesian Sisters, we salute Manny Alvarez and Colonial Bank with the Joseph J. McAleer, Sr., Partners Circle Award for helping the Sisters get children off the streets and into a safe environment in Tampa Heights. For over 14 years, Colonial Bank has been a loyal part of the Salesian Family, for which we will forever remain grateful.

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he Oliva Family is known as “The First Family of Tobacco.” Angel Oliva, who passed away in 1996, left behind a self-made empire that provides tobacco to the makers of some of the finest cigar brands in the world. Eight-hundred-fifty acres of Oliva-owned farmland are spread throughout Honduras, Ecuador, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and the Connecticut River Valley, and more than 3,000 employees currently rely on Oliva Tobacco Company for their livelihood.

John Oliva, Sr., joined the business in 1970 after graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in engineering. Angel Jr., Oliva’s oldest son, joined the company in 1974. He graduated from the University of Florida, too, but with a degree in architecture. His grandson, Johnito, joined the family in their business. The Oliva Family, in the philanthropic spirit of Angel Oliva Sr., dedicates a large part of their financial resources to help organizations. The Salesian Sisters are especially grateful to the Oliva Family. In the 1960’s, when Fidel Castro no longer found a need for the Sisters in Cuba and expelled them, Angel, the visionary, and his brothers found a need for them. They paid for the Sisters’ passage to the United States, because they knew the Sisters would be needed here. The Oliva Family gave, and still continues to give, to Mary Help of Christians School, Villa Madonna School, the Salesian Youth Center/Boys and Girls Club, and the Salesian Sisters’ Retirement Fund. It is our great honor and privilege to present the Joseph J. McAleer, Sr., Partners Circle Award to John Oliva and the Oliva Family for their unwavering belief and support of the Salesian Sisters.

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Above, Enjoying the gala were Partners Circle National Board Chairman Michael Guarnieri of Stamford, CT, with Board Members Peter and Linda Christiansen, of Greenwich, CT. Above, right, Ron and Jennifer Brown of Tampa.

Partners Circle Member Trudy Carey of Brandon, FL.

Dr. and Mrs. Anthony Castro of Lutz, FL

Hon. Judge E.J. Salcines, George and Maggie Nuñez, and Elsa Salcines, all of Tampa.

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Thomas Santorelli of Highland Beach, FL.

Javier Baldor, President of the Partners Circle Board for the South, with honoree John Oliva and his aunt, Alice Oliva, all of Tampa.

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Partners Circle “Members”: Annual gift of





Ms. Tonia Kempfer A Friend

Dr. & Mrs. Andrew Saladino

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

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

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

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

GEORGIA Mr. & Mrs. Charles Fantauzza

ILLINOIS Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Olivieri

KENTUCKY Mr. & Mrs. Jack Danehy

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

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

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

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

TEXAS Mr. & Mrs. Bill Locklier

VIRGINIA Mrs. Dominique Faust


In February, Sr. Mary Rinaldi had the pleasure of visiting with Sherry and Jim Millar of Gulfstream, FL, friends of the Salesian Sisters since 1999 and members of the Partners Circle “Partners” level. Thank you!

he Salesian Sisters and the Partners Circle are proud to announce a new membership level, “Visionaries,” with the inaugural gift of $25,000. The Visionary level has been established by a cherished friend and supporter of the Salesian Sisters in loving memory of her late husband. Thanks to his inspiring and philanthropic spirit, countless young people will benefit from a Salesian Education!


Partners Circle “Associates”

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


Annual gift of $750

Geraldine & Joanne Rizzuto


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

CONNECTICUT Mr. & Mrs. Declan Mansfield

NEVADA Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Murray

NEW JERSEY Mr. Anthony B. Della Cerra

NEW YORK Mr. & Mrs. Bill Leahy


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

Mr. & Mrs. 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. Jack Ramsey Weaver Marine Agencies

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

NORTH CAROLINA Ms. Marianne O’Doherty

OHIO Mr. & Mrs. Albert Klaben, Sr.



Dr. Allyson & Mr. Kevin Hardy

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

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


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


A new level! Partners Circle “Visionaries”


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


Richard Meissner, Meissner Manufacturing

Mr. & Mrs. Larry Peterson

Ms. Celeste Tripi



Mrs. Beatrice Lightfoot

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

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


Mrs. Pearl Kalikow

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

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



Marcalus Family Foundation Robert R. Waitts Foundation

Ms. Doriana Sobek

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

The Sabatine Foundation, in memory of Philip & Josephine Sabatine



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



Mrs. Betty Turner

Mr. & Mrs. Fritz Duda, Sr.

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

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

MASSACHUSETTS Ms. Patti Gauthier

Mr. Anthony Gulino Ms. Ida Gulino Ms. Nancy Gulino Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Hoffman Mr. & Mrs. Michael Massood Mrs. Kathleen Medore Ms. Antonia Meola Mrs. Moira McBride Murphy Mr. Stephen Papetti Ms. Rose Perone Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Pfeifer Mr. & Mrs. Mark Swartzberg



Mr. & Mrs. Marco Brizzolara Mr. & Mrs. John Connors

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


SOUTH CAROLINA Mr. & Mrs. Tom Aldinger

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


Appreciated stocks, bonds, or mutual funds

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Living trusts

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

Discerning a vocation to be a Salesian Sister begins with a conversation – in this case, with Sr. Colleen Clair.

A Time to Discern


lorida’s annual Salesian vocation discernment retreat took place on the weekend of January 4-6. Six male participants attended to discern the S.D.B. brotherhood and priesthood, and six female participants to discern the F.M.A. sisterhood vocation. The prayer services, meals, and most of the sessions were done together. It worked out great! Sisters Colleen Clair and Mary Jackson were enthusiastic animators for the F.M.A. Pray that these young people will have courage to follow Christ and Don Bosco as Salesian religious. – Fr. Steve Ryan, S.D.B.

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Provincial Superior Sr. Phyllis Neves visits with postulants from all around the country. With God’s grace, these young women will one day serve as Salesian Sisters.

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Won’t You Give 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 the life of one of your loved ones. 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. We Sisters feel honored to be asked. You and your loved ones will benefit. God bless you!

For her birthday on February 18, Sr. Cecilia Besi received a wonderful present – a surprise visit from her dear adopters, the Corcoran family from Westwood, NJ! What a treat to share a special afternoon with Kevin and Maura, and their precious little ones!

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Love One Another Sr. Phyllis Neves’ Letter This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13


ntimate words . . . A personal message . . . A love letter . . . An expression of affection for close companions. The words we find in this Gospel of John are those types of words. Jesus speaks them to His disciples the night of their final gathering together, which had already been an intimate evening. Before they reclined to eat, Jesus had bowed down before each of them and personally washed their feet. They had shared the Passover feast, and Jesus began to utter strange words about abandonment and betrayal. But now the disciples sat clean and refreshed, fed with bread and wine transformed into the Body of Christ, clustered around their beloved leader. Jesus is speaking to them passionately, tenderly, intimately, knowing that this will be the last time He is surrounded by His friends. I imagine Him looking them each in the eye, one by one, wanting them to see just how much He loves them.

gave for living the greatest commandment: “To love one another as I have loved you.” This was at the root of all Jesus’ actions – the breaking down of barriers between rich and poor, men and women, Jews and Gentiles; the love for enemies, strangers, and outcasts; the sacrificial loving He showed in His death. In our day we still find many instances of heroism and sacrifice. The tragedy at Virginia Tech had one such example, all the more poignant because of someone’s understanding of the price of love. As Cho Seung-Hui made his way through Norris Hall, shooting anyone he came in contact with, he came to the classroom of Liviu Librescu, a 76-yearold Holocaust survivor, who was a lecturer in engineering and mechanics. Professor Librescu threw himself in front of the door to the classroom, while his students escaped out the windows. Though he was shot to death through the door he blocked, all of his students escaped and lived because of his sacrifice.

“We are called to be visible signs of Jesus’ love.”

What is He saying? How does He choose to sum up all that has been said so far, to convey the message of His life and teachings one last time? He doesn’t perform for them another miracle, tell one last parable, or even offer a strategic plan for the future. Instead, He chooses to speak of their friendship. The whole of His life and ministry, He says, can be understood in the love they share for one another. “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you: abide in my love.” This, right now, this moment of love and intimacy between us in this room, this is what it’s all about, He says. Friendship – our friendship with one another. So what was it that Jesus chose to emphasize with His disciples on the night before His own death on the cross? The kind of friendship that loves to the point of giving one’s life. Not because He saw friendship as some great political theory or social program – but He saw the love and true friendship that He shared with His disciples as the seed of all He was trying to sow in His life and ministry. Friendship is the model Jesus

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As Jesus’ followers today, we, too, are called to be courageous and visible signs of His love . . . signs that give the world hope by filling it with gestures of kindness, courtesy, politeness, and respect. Have we unconsciously become part of the cycle of road rage, or any other kind of frenzy that keeps us wrapped up in our own needs and blind to the person next to us who could use a helping hand? Jesus would probably smile and wish a good day to the person who pulled into the parking spot He had been waiting for. What would we do? God has given us the greatest friend we will ever know: His Son, Jesus Christ. During this Holy Easter Season, may we learn to abide in His love by loving and reaching out to one another, never counting the cost of the sacrifice.

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St. Anthony’s Walks Down Memory Lane


o kick off Catholic Schools Week this year, our parish community in Paterson, NJ, took a walk down memory lane at the St. Anthony School Learning Fair. In recognition of our parish’s 100th anniversary, the teachers thought of exploring the highlights of the decades from our church’s inception to present. First grade teacher Elisa Wares joked that the upper grade teachers chose their favorite decades first, but they all had a good time preparing and participating! Kindergarten presented the 1910s with their version of an assembly line. First graders explored the 1930s, from the hard times of the Depression to the World’s Fair of 1939.

Tributes Received between January 3 and March 14, 2008 Anne & Joe Garcia Mr. & Mrs. Mark B. Anderson Ms. Barbara Byars Mr. & Mrs. Charles Fuss Dr. & Mrs. Jack Guggino Sr. Frances Gumino, FMA Mr. & Mrs. José Ortiz Sr. Christine Hellen, FMA Mrs. & Mrs. Henry Dombrowski Vincent Incopero Mrs. Ann E. LaGuardia

Sr. Rosalie Di Peri, FMA Dr. Joe McAleer Michael Nelson Mrs. Ilene B. Nelson P.T.L. Family Mrs. Phyllis Costa Sr. Grace Ruiz, FMA Mrs. Roseann Mosseau Salesian Sisters Ms. Theresa De Maria Sr. Virginia Dickey, FMA Mrs. Cheri Brinkman

The eighth graders brought us into a 1920s living room to listen to a radio talk show. In full costume, they danced on stage to “The Charleston” and “Steam Heat.” Grade 2 highlighted the 1940s, including how World War II affected American school children. The fourth grade class had fun in the 1950s, showing us cultural happenings in fashion, entertainment, and family life. A 1960’s bookstore/coffee house was the focus of the seventh graders, who entertained us with live music and poetry readings. Seventh grader Kasey Murphy was surprised to learn how many books she’d read were written in the 1960s. The sixth graders launched us into the 1970s, interviewing astronauts and exploring the space program. The fifth grade class told us to “G.E.T.T. 80s” at their Games, Electronics, Technology and Toys Store, complete with the first personal computer and home video game system. Grade 3 focused our attention on the many endangered animals of the 1990s, and how we are trying to save them. Our Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4 students created a Recycling Center of the new millennium, where they reminded us to reduce, reuse, and recycle. “All the kids did such a fabulous job. I can’t believe all the work that they put into this,” said Barbara Homler, mother of sixth grader Emily. “It brought back memories.” The Learning Fair was such a success that many people think it may become a tradition during St. Anthony’s Catholic Schools Week celebration. – Elizabeth Newman

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Family Treasures What’s in a Name?


he is known by many names: Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Immaculate Conception, Our Lady of Charity. On and on the litanies go. Each country, each culture, each apparition claims Mary in a special way and under a special title. With so many to choose from, it is difficult to settle on one, but we, Salesians, managed to do so. Anyone who has any connections with our Salesian family soon knows our title of preference – “Mary Help of Christians.” It usually ends our prayers; it is a mini message sent heavenwards in time of joy or sorrow, need, or gratitude. We learn it as soon as we can lisp a prayer and it is often the last prayer uttered as we leave our earthly life. It is a special title, a timely title, a consoling title.

when Pope Pius V, rejoicing over the defeat of the Turkish hordes that were threatening Christendom, closed the prayers of thanksgiving with the invocation, “Mary, Help of Christians, pray for us!” Again in 1683, when the Christian world was under threat from the Turks, Pope Innocent IX called upon Mary, as the Help of Christians, and once more Our Lady came to the aid of her sons and daughters who placed such trust in her. In 1862, Don Bosco confided in Fr. Cagliero, “Our Lady wants us to honor her under the title of Mary, Help of Christians. Times are so bad that we need Our Lady to help us to be faithful and to defend our Christian faith.” In 1868, Don Bosco would write, “The experience of 18 centuries makes us see that Our Lady has continued from Heaven, and with great success, her mission as Mother of the Church and Help of Christians, that she had begun on earth.”

“Why Mary Help of Christians?”

But why this one above so many others? The answer is simply that it was the title dearest to Don Bosco! He chose it and spread devotion to Mary under this title. He even built a basilica to her under this name. Invoking this title, he performed many miracles. He also started a congregation as a living monument to Her. Thus, we are called “Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians,” as she permeates our life, cares for us, protects us, and nurtures us. And where did Don Bosco come upon this name? As early as 1848, he had begun to write this title on several pictures arranged on his desk. The title itself dates back as far as 1571,

So precious was this title to him that Don Bosco even used some of his “holy tactics” in getting approval for the intended name of the basilica he was building. When the city officials noted that the name was to be Mary, Help of Christians, they disapproved. “Why such a title?” they asked. “It is unpopular, inopportune, and

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smacking of bigotry. We see nothing relevant in it today.” Don Bosco calmly replied, “I suppose we can come to some agreement. We will think it over.” The second time Don Bosco submitted the plans to the building commission, he made no mention of the church’s name. “What will you name the church?” they asked. “That will be my worry,” he replied. “Just give me permission to build on that spot.” Once the plan was approved and the building permit was received, Don Bosco went to call on the architect to thank him. “I didn’t think you would be so unyielding about such an awkward title,” the architect remarked. “Look,” Don Bosco replied, “since you didn’t like it, I left it out of the drawing. I am still free, though, to choose whatever name I think is best.” “But that is a trick!” he exclaimed. “Not at all!” Don Bosco insisted. “You didn’t want to approve that title and had your way. I want that title and will have my way. We should both feel satisfied!” So, Mary, Help of Christians it remains to this day. What’s in a name? All that Our Lady meant to Don Bosco and all that she means to us, her sons and daughters, today. – Sr. Mary Terzo, FMA

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Salesian Youth Report MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS ACADEMY, NORTH HALEDON, NJ – Mary Help’s Marketing I class competed at the DECA Regional Competition held at the County College of Morris in Randolph, NJ. Students have again shown themselves to be strong contenders in their understanding of marketing concepts and theory. Nine students (some pictured at right with their teacher, Maryann Riordan), qualified for the state competition and received gold medals, while six received trophies for their accomplishments on the role plays, judged by marketing and business professionals from major corporations such as Commerce Bank, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Merrill Lynch and Verizon. Participation in DECA is just one aspect of the growing business curriculum at Mary Help, which includes business courses in Marketing, Accounting, International Business, and Introduction to Business, and a business internship experience. Congratulations to all!

IMMACULATA-LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL, MIAMI, FL – The Feast Day of Don Bosco was a time of great celebration! The festivities included the celebration of the school’s golden anniversary, the Archdiocese of Miami’s 50th year, and the Salesian Sisters’ Centennial. Fr. Steve Ryan, Director of the Office of Youth Ministry and Vocation, celebrated a beautiful Mass (above, left). The senior class was responsible for putting the Mass together and they served as readers, and presenters. The spirit shown in the liturgy was a reminder that Don Bosco lives on in the youth. Afterwards, our courtyard was transformed into a mini amusement park with jousting (above, right). At the end of the day, I was asked by some students if this is what Salesian Spirit is all about. “Yes, we are all a family,” I responded. “Today, without realizing it, we were an Oratory. We learned about our faith, why we call ourselves Salesian, we gathered together with Christ in the Eucharist, and we had wholesome entertainment and everyone enjoyed themselves. No one felt left out.” Don Bosco was definitely among us on his feast day! – Federico N. Padovan

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Salesian Youth Report ACADEMY OF OUR LADY HIGH SCHOOL, MARRERO, LA – On January 31, more than 1,700 students, teachers, and guests joined in New Orleans to honor the Salesian Sisters on their 100th year. The massive Ernest Morial Convention Center was an epicenter of Salesian spirit as the day’s events included Mass, a performance by a Christian rock band, and a video message from Archbishop Alfred Hughes.

A dramatic presentation of the Salesian Sisters’ 1908 arrival was brought to life by Academy theater students dressed in period costumes (left). The Academy’s dance troupe, the “Crystalettes” (above), also performed a moving liturgical dance as part of the students’ portion of the day’s events. – Joseph Bordlee

CORPUS CHRISTI SCHOOL, PORT CHESTER, NY – A group of young alumni gathered recently for a unique experience. When these young adults were sixth grade students, they had put together a time capsule box. The year was 1998, and the box, which has been kept in the school library ever since, was sealed with instructions that it be opened 10 years in the future. Tuesday of Catholic Schools Week was chosen as the “big day.” Ms. Toni Messina (at far left), social studies teacher at the time, was present as the alumni dove into the box and found bits of their childhood. Each student had written a paragraph about some current trend from 1998 – everything from fashions to phone books, but not cell phones! The current eighth graders were a little awed by the size, poise, and accomplishments of these adults who once sat in the very desks they occupy. The event was positive proof that Corpus Christi does, indeed, “light the way” to a bright future!

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SACRED HEART SCHOOL, DOVER, NJ – History comes alive as the fifth grade social studies class shows off their latest project during their lessons on Native American totem poles.

ST. THERESA SCHOOL, KENILWORTH, NJ – One morning, which was not even on Mission Tuesday, fourth-grader Ryan Johnson decided to give $42.25 to Sr. Theresa Samson for the missions. After a phone call to his Mom, Sister found out that Ryan had been holding on to this money for some time. He said, “When I realized there is nothing more I need in life, I thought I should give it to the poor for food or clothing.” Can you imagine waking up at age 9 and thinking this way? Don Bosco was smiling down at him that day! – Doreen Sacco

SALESIAN YOUTH CENTER/BOYS & GIRLS CLUB, TAMPA, FL – The 2nd Annual Golf Challenge was held at The Groves Golf & Country Club in Land O’Lakes. Sixteen golfers participated. The sponsors were AAA Auto Club South, Borrell Electric, and Just Wear It Custom Apparel. More than $26,000 was raised for the Salesian Youth Center and Villa Madonna Campus. Thanks to all! POPE JOHN PAUL II SCHOOL, CLIFTON, NJ – Catholic Schools Week proved to be a busy and exciting week. Besides drawing contests, mathematic and spelling bees, and a physical fitness day, the children enjoyed participating in “Crazy Hat Day,” including Miss Bennett’s second graders (left).

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eritage Day at St. Mary School in Paterson, NJ, featured colorful displays of the costumes, culture, food – and even animals! – of various countries, as students learned that our diversity is one of our greatest strengths. Above, second graders in Mrs. Makinano’s class celebrate Peru with a furry friend.


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