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ore than 600 students from Academy of Our Lady High in Marrero, LA, took their faith to the streets and the people of the greater New Orleans area during Catholic Schools Week, January 26-29. Students gave of their time and talents to a number of local organizations in a week of service that that was conducted under the theme of “Christ’s Hands and Heart for Others” by the Academy family. Seniors, juniors, sophomores, freshmen, and eighth graders each spent alternating days off campus providing aid to local organizations that meet worthy needs in the community, including Animal Rescue of New Orleans (above).

This wonderful week gave the Academy’s family the opportunity to demonstrate the strength of Christian-based service. This was the Academy’s first massive week of service, and when it came to an end, students and staff members were enthused and gratified by the gift of time and energy they were able to give to their community. Partners in Giving • Spring 2009

Sr. Mary Rinaldi’s Letter Dear Friends, This column is being written as crosses of ashes are formed on our foreheads and the Lenten season begins. This is our sure sign of faith, hope, and love and the promise of new life. In fidelity we know: The Promise is sure! Some news and updates: • Our 100-year history, The “Yes” Lives On, has been received in many homes across the country. Read some comments on page 23. There are still some books available! You may use the enclosed envelope or call to order. • Family, friends and alumni in the State of Florida gathered to celebrate and to give thanks. Successful and good citizens proclaimed the value of education under the Salesian banner. See pages 6-8. • And on to the Grand Gala and Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City! You may call for an invitation or place a message in the Gala journal. See pages 4 and 5 for more details. • For those in the Northeast who are unable to attend the Grand Gala, there will be the Closing of the Centennial in Haledon, NJ, on Saturday, May 16. We are planning a Salesian Family Day and all are invited! While congratulatory messages are pouring in, we Salesian Sisters assure you of a place in our prayers. May our good Lord and His Holy Mother Mary bring you peace and hope in these uncertain times. God bless you. Peace,

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Centenary Calendar Save these dates! Sunday, March 29 Salesian Sisters’ Spring Party Mary Help of Christians Academy Gym North Haledon, NJ Mass will begin at 12 Noon Luncheon and Party to follow Saturday, April 25 Grand Centennial Mass & Celebration at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, & Gala aboard the World Yacht New York, NY Please call us for an invitation! Saturday, May 16 Tri-State Centennial Celebration for all Salesian Schools, Alumni, & Friends Mary Help of Christians Academy North Haledon, NJ For more information on these events, please call us toll free: (877) 687-6867, e-mail, or visit

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Our Centennial


Mary Help Alumnae Return to School!


ary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, NJ, held a Centennial Homecoming for their alumnae on Don Bosco’s weekend, January 30-31. Graduates from the first graduating class, 1944, through the latest graduates from 2008, involved themselves in different activities and had a grand time. The reunion included Mass, a volleyball game pitting alumnae vs. current students (alumnae won!); a mixer allowed for networking among the alumnae who have blessed careers; a stroll down memory lane enjoying yearbooks from 19442008; a visit to the Paterson Museum exhibit on the Sisters’ 100 years; and a huge dinner party. Truly, everyone was happy to be back at their beloved school!

Left, Sr. Maryann Schaefer with members of the Mary Help Class of 1987: La Shonda Tyree, Kimberly Honnick, and Nichelle Ellard. Below, alumnae from the 1960’s, 1990’s, and 2000’s joined in the Homecoming volleyball tournament against the students – and won!

Below, smiling for the camera are Mary Help alumnae from the 1980’s.

“Everybody say, MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS!” Sr. Colleen Clair (herself an alumna) joins alumnae from the 1980’s gather for a group phot during the Homecoming

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Set Sail With Us in New York!


e can hardly believe it is nearly here: after two years of planning, the Grand Centennial Celebration on April 25 in New York City! Join us as we give thanks to God for the blessings of the Salesian Sisters, then set sail on New York Harbor, recalling the arrival of the first four Sisters from Italy, 100 years ago. All this, and the Empire State Building will be illuminated in the Salesian colors! Please call us today for an invitation: (877) OUR-NUNS. If you cannot attend, perhaps you would like to honor the Sisters with an ad in the special journal. Details on the opposite page.

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Our Centennial


Honoring the Sisters’ Legacy in Florida


n Tampa, FL, the month of February ended with a rich and vibrant anniversary celebration of the Salesian Sisters’ presence in the United States. On February 28, the day commenced with a joyous Eucharistic Celebration at St. Joseph Parish, with a choir of Salesian students and a moving procession of 100 candles, one for each Salesian year. The festivities continued at Villa Madonna School, where Salesian family and friends from near and far gathered to share fond memories and a delicious feast amongst their dear Sisters. Thank you, one and all, for a most

memorable evening! Villa Madonna alumnus, Tariq Sharrieff, Class of 2008, said these words which sum up the incredible legacy and impact of the Sisters: It is my privilege to address you this evening in the name of the thousands of Alumni and children educated under the Salesian banner. What makes the Salesian banner so special? It is the method of education so dear to the heart of St. John Bosco, which uses, reason, religion, and loving kind-ness. In fact, he said, “It is enough that you are a kid for me to love you.”

And so, Salesian Sisters, for exactly 100 years you have loved kids and loved kids. We are gathered here to say our heartfelt Thank You and we shout out: CONGRATULATIONS! Sr. Phyllis Neves, as leader of the Salesian Sisters in these United States, please convey to all of them that the children of the Sunshine State are proud to carry the Salesian banner. We thank the Sisters, past and present, for their lives of dedication. Now, we can say, “It is enough that they are our Sisters that we love them.”

Twenty past principals and teachers from Salesian Schools around Florida graced the gala evening and helped cut the big cake!


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St. Joseph School alumni Joe Garcia and his wife, Anne, join the procession of 100 candles at St. Joseph’s Parish.

The Pedrero Family of Tampa, FL, found seats in the packed church for the special liturgical celebration

Salesian Sisters lifted up their voices in song at the special Mass in honor of the Centennial Year.

Students from Villa Madonna School and St. Joseph School make up the choir that sang so beautifully at Mass.

“I remember her!” Villa Madonna alumna Cynthia Tamargo enjoys the display on the Salesian Sisters in Florida and the U.S.

“We love the history book!” Ayoub and Celia Sabga of Vero Beach, FL, show off their copy. To order “The ‘Yes’ Lives On,” see page 22.

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The Bailey Family of Tampa joins Sr. Kim Keraitis. former principal of Villa Madonna School, at the Florida gala.

The Farrier Family of Tampa visits with Sr. Phyllis Neves, provincial superior.

The Hon. E.J. Salcines, St. Joseph’s School Class of 1950, delivers a tribute.

Tariq Sharrieff expresses gratitude on behalf of all alumni of Salesian Schools.

“Be Our Guest” from “Beauty and the Beast” was performed by Sr. Helene Godin, Sr. Mary Jackson, and Sr. Isabel Garza!

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Msgr. Laurence Higgins offers the prayer of thanks at the gala.

Barbara Byars, Diane Ekonomou, and Joanne Tomaino are all loyal supporters of the Salesian Sisters!

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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.


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

Mr. & Mrs. Declan Mansfield Mr. & Mrs. Mark Spada

NEVADA Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Murray

NEW JERSEY Mr. Anthony B. Della Cerra

NEW YORK Mr. & Mrs. Bill Leahy


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

GEORGIA Mr. & Mrs. Michael Aquadro

NEW JERSEY Mr. & Mrs. Richard Badenhausen Mrs. Rosemarie D’Alessandro Mr. Alfonso Daloisio


Mr. Al De Vincenzo Mrs. Joseph Festa Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Granatell Mr. & Mrs. Donald Hofmann Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Laino Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Massood Mr. & Mrs. Brian McAuley Mrs. John McMahon Mr. & Mrs. Mario Monaco Mr. & Mrs. Jim Muller Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Palladino Mr. & Mrs. Jack Ramsey Weaver Marine Agencies

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

NORTH CAROLINA Ms. Marianne O’Doherty

OHIO Mr. & Mrs. Albert Klaben, Sr.

PENNSYLVANIA Dr. Allyson & Mr. Kevin Hardy

TEXAS 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!


Partners Circle “Visionaries”


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

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

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



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

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


Mr. & Mrs. Jack Betwarda

GEORGIA Mr. & Mrs. Charles Fantauzza

ILLINOIS Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Olivieri

KENTUCKY Mr. & Mrs. Jack Danehy

MARYLAND Dr. & Mrs. Andrew Saladino

Mary Help of Christians Academy alumnae from the 1950’s gather for a group photo, including Sr. Theresa Kelly (standing) and Sr. Mary Anne Zito and Sr. Catherine Altamura.

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



Ms. Doriana Sobek

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


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


Marcalus Family Foundation Robert R. Waitts Foundation

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

TEXAS Mr. & Mrs. Fritz Duda, Sr.

Mrs. Betty Turner

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

Mr. Michael Guarnieri Dr. Joseph McAleer

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



Mrs. Janis Boyd

Ms. Patti Gauthier


Mrs. Kathleen Medore Ms. Antonia Meola Mrs. Moira McBride Murphy Mr. Stephen Papetti Ms. Rose Perone Mr. & Mrs. Mark Swartzberg



Mr. & Mrs. Marco Brizzolara Mr. & Mrs. John Connors Mr. Anthony Gulino Ms. Ida Gulino Ms. Nancy Gulino Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Hoffman Mr. & Mrs. Edward Korn Mr. & Mrs. Michael Massood

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


SOUTH CAROLINA Mr. & Mrs. Tom Aldinger


Joseph J. McAleer, Sr., Heritage Society

Please Share That Special Day With Us


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 you 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!

Sr. Frances Gumino was reunited with her friend (and now Adopter!) after 25 years: Mrs. Joan Jones, a teacher at St. Mary of the Lake School in Westport, WI.

Please Help Our Retired Sisters In Need! Please reserve this day/these days in 2009 in honor of my special intention to support the Endowment for the Saint Joseph Provincial Center for our retired Sisters:

Day • •


Day 1 (Month, day):


Day 3 (Month, day):



Day 2 (Month, day): Total enclosed @ $100 per day: $ ____________ Please make your check payable to: Salesian Sisters


Address Telephone

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

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Look in the Mirror Sr. Phyllis Neves’ Letter


t seems that a favorite among many regarding TV entertainment is the so-called reality show. I can’t say I know a lot about this particular television genre, but I have seen, on a couple of occasions, reality shows that dealt with makeovers. Sometimes it dealt with someone whose frumpy hair style and outdated make-up needed a definite upgrade. Enter stage right . . . a special crew of cosmeticians and fashion designers and . . . abbracadabbra! A “plain Jane” is transformed into a stunning beauty. There is also the other sort of makeover show where a house is transformed into a designer home with spacious closets and trendy new furnishings. Before our eyes we watch the before and after transformation process that takes place within an hour . . . commercials included!

Most of us, even though we will never be the subject of a special makeover on a reality television program, face reality every day. We know that the work of transformation – especially spiritual conversion – cannot be condensed into a onehour presentation with before and after pictures. A spiritual makeover is the journey of every day. It is the effort we make in every situation to find God present in our lives, to open ourselves to the gift of His love and be concretely aware of how it comes to us, especially through the help and concern of others.

and the old, the sick and the suffering, families and individuals, next-door neighbors and people in lands faraway. What shall we give to the needy this Lent? In deciding, decide generously. After all, before us are the great alms Jesus gave: “He loved us, and gave Himself up for us.” • Prayer. The Lenten season calls us to pray. But prayer, Jesus teaches, is much more than saying words. “Go into your room, and close the door, and pray to your Father in secret.” Before you pray, enter the inner room of your heart. Shut the door to the noise, the trivialities, the countless cares grabbing for attention. Put them aside. In the quiet place of your heart, with faith as your guide, speak to your God. A gracious Father listens, and He knows what you need. God helps us pray in this season. For those who have stopped praying, or pray with little fervor, God gives graces for praying again.

“A spiritual makeover is the work of every day.”

A spiritual makeover takes time . . . patience . . . for most of us it takes a lifetime. The Season of Lent is an opportune time to take a serious look in our makeover mirror and ask ourselves how we are doing on our journey of spiritual transformation. It would be so easy with all the struggles that our world is facing right now to make excuses, to sit down and only think of ourselves and our own difficulties . . . to focus on our own needs, our own desires, our own dreams. The Lenten season invites us to spiritual transformation and encourages us to live specific attitudes and experiences: • Almsgiving. Giving alms, Jesus teaches, means making the needs of others our own, especially the needy of our world. They are all around us: children

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• Fasting. “When you fast do not look gloomy,” Jesus says. Today’s consumer society looks on fasting itself as gloomy. Urging everyone to eat, drink, and buy more and more, our world today has made fasting unfashionable. In our acquisitive, pleasure-oriented society, fasting is a way of keeping ourselves free. This Lent, recognizing the hold that material things have on us, let us try, with God’s help, to keep them in their right place. Some reasonable abstaining from food, drink, and entertainments can help us do that. We must develop a leaner, less wasteful way of life, if our planet is to survive. We each choose how we will live this holy season of Lent. Will it be a personal extreme makeover, time of true conversion and repentance? Or will it be business as usual . . . 40 days of nothing special? That choice we will each make in the secret of our hearts. The choice is ours. Let us choose well.

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A Love That Lasts Forever

Received between January 5 and March 4, 2009 Frank F. Alagia, Sr. McAleer Family

You can honor a cherished relative or friend with an everlasting gift of love – a memorial.

Margarita Nadal and Dr. Raul Nadal, M.D. Mr. & Mrs. Reynee Dominguez

Nora Kelly Marie Baker Mr. & Mrs. Reynee Dominguez Ann Barry The Salesian Sisters Christina & David McAleer

Larry Orem Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Quinn

Mike Linn Mrs. Theresa Linn

Joseph Parrino Mr. & Mrs. Eric Angle Ms. Nancy Benoit Mr. Paul Bullara, III CLB Partners Mr. Michael DeLucia Ms. Nancy Ferrara Mr. & Mrs. George Ganzenmuller Mr. & Mrs. Rusty Griffin Mr. & Mrs. Ken Henriquez Mr. & Mrs. Richard Henriquez Professor Michael Ho Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Hovsepian Mr. & Mrs. Ron J. Iannarelli Ms. Lena Lanciotti Mr. & Mrs. Mark Lenker, Jr. Miss Jane F. Leone Mrs. Celia Lo Cicero Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Marsano Ms. Rosemarie & Ms. Mary Parrino Mrs. Tina Sanchez Mr. John T. Lynley Williams Town and Country Elementary School Ms. Angela Valenti

Ann Marciano Mr. Arthur F. Marciano

Joseph Perino ATS Services


Sr. Philomena Martorana, FMA Mr. & Mrs. John M. Polletto

Augustus M. Rinaldi The Rinaldi Family

My Name Address

Hope M. McAleer The McAleer Family

Sergio Roces Scripps Treasure Coast Publishing Company

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

Mary P. Sommariva Mr. Peter W. Fierro

Olga Mirabal Mr. & Mrs. Reynee Dominguez

Marie A. Wenthen The McAleer Family

Our Partners in Giving Memorials & Tributes give you the opportunity to comfort those who have lost a loved one or to commemorate a special occasion. This gift lives forever. It supports the works of the Salesian Sisters & joins your loved ones to the prayers & works of the Sisters. The name of your loved one will appear in our Partners in Giving magazine – a priceless gift to those you love. Give the gift that lasts forever. Enclosed is my Memorial/Tribute Gift of: __ $25




Memorial for Name – DECEASED

Tribute for

Frank Calabrese Mr. & Mrs. William Stanton Sr. Mary Carone, FMA Mr. Dennis Rauchet Father Doyle Mr. & Mrs. Reynee Dominguez Rosemary Kennelly Mr. & Mrs. John J. Carroll Ms. Julianne Hillis Ralph Iles Ms. Glenda Kennelly Mr. & Mrs. John J. Miller Mr. & Mrs. John Nagel Ms. Sandra E. Proffit Mr. & Mrs. Dan Roberts Mr. & Mrs. Robert Schlichte Mr. James Weinmann Valencia Lancaster Mrs. Suzanne Kremheller


Occasion Please send an acknowledgement to: Name

Detach & mail to: Sr. Mary Rinaldi 659 Belmont Avenue, North Haledon, NJ 07508-2397 Please make checks payable to SALESIAN SISTERS

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“Thanks to God for the gift of my parents” Editor’s note: Sr. Clare Kennelly’s mother, Rosemary Ford Kennelly, passed away on January 13 at the age of 94. Her daughters gave the following eulogies at her funeral Mass.

Although Mom was a little hesitant when I was in Joan of Arc School to take me to clean the Convent there, I want to let her know now, how much fun I had looking under the beds and in the closets of the nuns. Her great love for the Sisters and Priests led me to follow my call to the Salesian Sisters 39 years ago.

just want to say thanks to God for the gift of my parents.


I’d like to thank Mom for driving me to Rivi for my swim lessons. Because of that I was able to jump in the pool, habit and all, and help a new camper struggling in the deep end at Camp Auxilium in Newton, NJ. We both came out in one piece! Seeing Mom pray her daily Rosary inspired me to share her great Faith that she had through the ups and downs of each day.

Tributes Received between January 5 and March 4, 2009 Sr. Virginia Dickey, FMA Mrs. Cheri Brinkman

Sr. Jeanette Puglisi, FMA Dr. & Mrs. Anthony Puglisi

Frank, Peter, & Mary DiCristina Ms. Mary Ann DiCristina

Sr. Grace Ruiz, FMA Mrs. Roseann Mosseau Maggie Waitts Mr. & Mrs. James Waitts

ou may now adopt a Salesian Sister to pray for your deceased family member or friend for one year. It is a one-time gift; the suggested donation is $160. Adoption forms are posted online at:, or please call toll-free: (877) OUR-NUNS.


Mom, St. John Bosco promised that families of the Sisters would be saved up to the fourth generation. Enjoy the Salesian paradise and . . . save us all BOX SEATS! – Sr. Clare, FMA er name always sounded important to me. She WAS important to me. SHE was my Mom.


As a little girl, I remember her walking tall, looking totally in command of whom she was and where she was going. She was always dressed for success topped with a great hat and accessories. She showed us love, laughter, and how to live life. She was always trying to teach me to be a better person. She was a parent and a spouse. She cooked, cleaned, and did laundry. She was active with my Brownie and Girl Scout groups as well as my sports and other activities. She was smart enough to help us with homework whenever we needed it or SHE thought we needed it. She gave me lots of great memories over the years. She taught me lots of “how-to’s” and other life lessons. But most of my life lessons came in the last 10 years – the years during which she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. In the cycle of love, she was my Mom, the person who not only loved me for who I am but guided and cared for me in every way. In the end, I was able to give that back to her! I’m glad she taught me well! I spent most of her last 4.5 days with her. I spent the last 43 hours awake with her. For 1.5 hours she woke up and we said the Rosary together prior to her last 20 minutes of resting on Earth for the last time. She was able to see a VERY bright yellow Rosary that I propped up for her to see and she was able to make a very loud noise at each “AMEN” for the Hail Mary’s. What a beautiful memory I have. – Glenda Kennelly

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Millennium Mystery Gaining Wisdom of Heart! Through all your days, keep the Lord in mind, and suppress every desire to sin or to break his commandments. Perform good works all the days of your life. Tobit 4: 5, 7b


esire to sin? Not me! I lead a good life. I don’t steal or kill or cheat. I even go to Mass on Sunday. What is all this talk of sin? I’m a good person and right with God . . . Have we ever heard these words or even said or thought them ourselves? Is this enough for our God? Listening to Jesus in His Word, it would seem otherwise. Our Good Teacher always prods us to go beyond, to look to broader horizons and deeper depths. He doesn’t stop at what we don’t do or at the religious rituals we may perform. This just doesn’t seem to cut it with Him, to be sufficient. You see, He wants us fully alive to the possibilities of each moment, to each other, to Him, and nothing less. So here we are, in the Lenten season. Just what is Lent, we may ask? Ashes, the color purple, a couple of days of fast and abstinence, concentration on sin? Or is it a time to slake (quench) our thirst as the daylight hours lengthen with the approach of Spring? We, too, thirst, as Jesus on the Cross. How often do we say on a hot dry day, “I am thirsty” and reach for a cooling lemonade? Have we ever noticed an inner thirst that is not so easily quenched? For a refreshment that goes beyond what

this earth can offer? Are we not thirsty for more, for intimacy, for understanding, for peace of heart, for love? Who of us does not feel unsatisfied in some way in all these areas? Who of us does not long for more?

is the same Cross that is present in our lives and which Jesus asks us to carry with Him along the only road to victory over the evil within us and outside of us. Jesus tells us to carry it and not drag it, perhaps to have us understand that it, too, slakes our thirst for meaning, for courage, for strength. It is not a misfortune, but the good fortune to be one with Him.

So what does Lent have to do with this? A lot! Lent is an opportunity to beam in on our thirst; what we thirst for, where we go to drink, what When the priest places the ashes on satisfies us. Lent draws us to intimacy with the One who knew all our forehead, he reminds us that we are dust and will return to dust. our thirsts. He proclaimed Himself Well, Jesus, too, knows the Living Water to the of what we are made. Samaritan Woman at He remembers that we the well. She was so “Lent is an are dust, so He does happy at the thought opportunity to not treat us according of never having to draw water again and beam in on our to our sins nor repay us according to our carry it home. We thirst.” faults. He has have this opportunity compassion on us! to travel inward, to take (cf. Psalm 103) more time to nourish our spirit with wholesome reading, to This, too, is Lent. To reflect on the converse more with Our Lord, to consolation that even our thirst for share our faith with others. pardon and forgiveness finds its satisfaction in our God. He casts all It is a time to zero in on what love really means by looking at how Jesus our sins into the sea and erects a sign that says, “No fishing allowed.” loved and loves us, using His love as the paradigm for our love. Just as the We have but to acknowledge them with humility and trust. What more seasons go through their transitions, do we want? so too our existence follows a rhythm of transformation that is not just physical. This is what the Lenten Waste not this precious time of Lent, of renewal, of conversion! It is season offers us; a transition from one more invitation from the Lord mediocrity to ardour; a transformation from egocentricity to thoughtful- to be all that we are meant to be in that marvellous dream He has for ness toward others. each of us. Live Lent well and be Yes, the Cross is ever present and we well prepared for Resurrection! give it special attention in Lent as – Sr. Mary Terzo, FMA the instrument of our redemption. It

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anuary 24, 2009, was a red-letter day for the Salesian Family in our province. It witnessed the Salesian Family coming together to celebrate the feast of its patron, St. Francis de Sales. In Stony Point, NY, and Miami, FL, the many branches of the Salesian Family gathered to celebrate their common call, meet new friends from the family’s many branches, and take up the challenge of the Rector Major’s Strenna of 2009: “Let us commit ourselves to making the Salesian Family a vast movement of persons for the salvation of the young.”




he Market Basket, located in the town of Franklin Lakes, NJ, is widely recognized as New Jersey’s premier gourmet retailer and off-premise caterer. Founded in 1960 as a family-owned and operated business, the Market Basket is a unique and pleasant shopping experience, offering specialty food products at unbeatable prices in a friendly neighborhood atmosphere. A family business founded 49 years ago by Phyllis and Tony Chernalis, the Market Basket has evolved from a neighborhood store to the region’s most distinguished major catering source and gourmet food store, now housed in an

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In Stony Point, more than 135 from the Salesian Family gathered at the Marian Shrine for their biennial Spirituality Day. The First International Salesian Congress in Miami (above) attracted 200 members of the Salesian Family for a day deeply imbued with the Salesian spirit. Representatives were amazed to see the diversity of Don Bosco’s family: SDB’s, FMA’s, Salesian Cooperators, FMA past pupils, SDB past pupils, ADMA (Association of Devotees of Mary Help of Christians) and the Damas Salesianas. Wow! What a gathering!


impressive 13,000-square-foot headquarters in Franklin Lakes. Gourmet food lovers travel from miles around to choose from the elaborate displays masterfully prepared by the Market Basket’s own prime meat, fish, produce, deli, and bakery departments – created with ingredients all purchased directly and fresh from the source without middlemen. “We do not depend on purveyors. We try to do everything from scratch and we do not have to rely on outsiders for quality control because we are quality control,” declares Tony Chernalis. This quality resounds with customers, who voted

Market Basket as the Best Caterer in Bergen County for three consecutive years. The Chernalis Family and Market Basket are dear friends and loyal benefactors of the Salesian Sisters and Mary Help of Christians Academy, as they have been for 15 years. Thank you, Phyllis and Tony, and the entire Market Basket Family, for your friendship and support throughout the years, and God bless you! For more information, visit:

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Salesian Youth Report IMMACULATA-LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL, MIAMI, FL – This year, the students of Immaculata-La Salle (ILS) had a different taste of what it is to be part of the Salesian Family. The day began early that Saturday morning, January 31, 2009, when 50 high school students met at St. John Bosco Parish in Miami to finalize the preparations for the activities for the soon-to-arrive 400 students of the religious education program, their ages ranging from 4 to 16. The high school students wanted these children to learn about the life of the patron of their parish church.

Saint John Bosco’s Oratory lives on in Miami, FL, as Salesian students, assisted by Sr.Theresa Gutierrez, joined forces to help young people learn more about the great saint and his mission to the young, around the world.

They prepared different relays and contests on the life of St. John Bosco, including a geography game demonstrating where the Salesian Family is in the world. The high school students had studied the life of St. John Bosco but on this Feast of St. John Bosco

they experienced what the saint meant by the “Oratory,” a place where the young could have fun, care for each other, and know that God loves each of them. The religious education students rotated for each activity prepared by the ILS students. There were face painters, contest judges, jump rope turners, and relays animators. There were also explanations on the devotion of Don Bosco to Mary, the

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Mother of Jesus, and of the parish church’s windows depicting the life of Don Bosco. The Salesian Cooperators were present to provide the snacks and supervise the bounce houses. Everywhere you went, from the church to the church hall and the parking lot, the children were experiencing the Oratory of St. John Bosco! The students also signed a large silhouette of Don Bosco which was brought up during the offertory procession in that evening’s parish Mass. Don Bosco must have been proud at seeing that, 150 years since he began the Salesian congregation, today’s kids are passing on what they know to the younger generation!

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CHRIST THE KING SCHOOL, TAMPA, FL – Students showed their school spirit during Catholic Schools Week at our pep rally! Above, thirdgraders get ready to perform the “SALESIAN” cheer. At right, Sr. Mary Jackson addresses the rally, tennis balls in hand! Below, everyone says CHEESE as Sr. Suzanne Dauwalter visits a kindergarten class!

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MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS ACADEMY, NORTH HALEDON, NJ – Mary Help’s Marketing I & II classes competed at the DECA Regional Competition held at the County College of Morris in Randolph, NJ on January 6. Eleven students qualified for the state competition and received gold medals, including (l-r) Kellie McLiverty, Keanna Seabrooks, Anabell Rodriguez, Estefania Perez, Jomirca Martinez, Bridget Kennedy, Ruth Glemaud, Mrs. Maryann Riordan (teacher), and Diana Sevilla. Participating in DECA is just one aspect of the growing business curriculum at Mary Help, which includes a business internship experience for students interested in pursuing a business major in college. Congratulations!

ST. THERESA’S SCHOOL, KENILWORTH, NJ – Children were able to showcase some of their school projects at a Learning Fair during Catholic Schools Week. The theme was “Sailing Toward Success” (above) and the children had a great time in doing so. From murals of geishas and dragons (below) and even the entire Vatican, families were able to view projects made from students in Pre-K through 8th grade.

ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST SCHOOL, PENSACOLA, FL – We received a special visitor during Catholic Schools Week – Sr. Phyllis Neves, our Provincial Superior, stopped by to join in the celebration! The children and faculty received Sr. Phyllis with open arms, offering her a fun gift for her journey home (a St. John’s School tote bag). She, in turn, shared with students a special message about Our Lady, Mary Help of Christians. Thanks, Sr. Phyllis! Come back and visit soon!

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VILLA MADONNA SCHOOL, TAMPA, FL – Did you know that when Villa Madonna School first opened in 1936, the Salesian Sisters took care of the children of local circus performers? Yes, as the performers of the visiting circus left for a new round of performances in the springtime, they entrusted their children to the Sisters. The children, only girls at that time, resided at Villa Madonna until the end of the year when they were able to rejoin their parents for the summer season. In honor of our first Sisters, we invited the “Circus of the Kids” to Villa Madonna. The students had an opportunity to learn how to juggle, watch a fire-eating show, and eat cotton candy and popcorn. It was a real circus and a fun time was had by all!

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Trying their luck at balancing peacock feathers on their feet are Villa Madonna teachers and Sr. Mary Jackson and Sr. Helene Godin, principal.

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Our Centennial


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he long-awaited Salesian Sisters’ Centennial History Book, The “Yes” Lives On, is here and selling like hotcakes! Have you ordered your copy yet? Have you bought copies for your family and friends? Written by the late Sr. Josephine Carini, this 252-page full color, lavishly illustrated book tells the incredible, poignant, utterly human story of the Salesian Sisters, from the first four who arrived in 1908, to the hundreds of Sisters who spread the mission of service to young people and the Church across the continent. Read all about it! All proceeds support the Salesian Sisters’ mission to young people. Thank you!

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. . . These People Did, and They LOVE It! recently received my Centennial Book, and was surprised at how lovely and large it is. I have been reading it every night. What a wonderful account of the Salesian history. It was so good to see pictures of my former teachers, many of whom are in Heaven. I am a former student of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School in Roseto, PA. Thank you so much for such a book. Jennie Phillips, Panama City, FL


hank you for the beautiful book. I have read each page and I’m so proud to be part of each and every one of you, because I love you all. My friends think I’m different because I have so much love and spend my time praying for you all. I guess you came into my life when I needed love the most. You have taught me more about Our Lord than I thought I would ever know. Thank you for that. Bea Lightfoot, Dade City, FL


just wanted to take the time to thank you for putting together such an amazing book (Sr. Josephine would be so proud). The memories, smiles, and friendships are priceless. It was truly amazing to recognize and remember how each of the Sisters I was honored and blessed to come in contact with touched my life and the lives of so many at Julie Billiart Central High in Boston, MA. Kathy Pratt, Salem, NH


he book is wonderful! I have been enjoying it ever since it arrived. Anticipation can be a dangerous thing. Sometimes we are disappointed by expecting too much. In this case, the Centennial Book far exceeded my


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t was indeed a great pleasure for me to read through this beautiful book filled with such magnificent photos tracing the history of the Salesian Sisters in America and of the countless numbers of individuals whose lives they touched in such unique and special ways. It really was a joy for me to see such smiling faces.


My earnest prayer for all the Sisters is that they will continue to enjoy the fruit of their labors and that young people will look to their inspiration and be willing themselves to carry on such zealous and dedicated work. May Mary Help of Christians be ever with you as you walk in the footsteps of St. John Bosco and St. Mary Mazzarello, living out the motto of your Congregation: Da Mihi Animas, Cetera Tolle. With much appreciation for your thoughtfulness, and with warm, prayerful regards, I remain, Sincerely yours in Christ, Archbishop Pietro Sambi Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S. Washington, DC would like to thank you for the copy of the Centennial History Book. May the Lord continue to bless you and the Province.


Fr. Pascual Chavez, SDB Salesian Rector Major Rome, Italy

expectations! I am working my way through it and am enjoying every page. The vintage photos are especially heartwarming. It is great fun seeing a photo of our old library room at Holy Rosary School in Port Chester, NY, and some of our wonderful early Sisters. My continued best wishes and congratulations! Ed Legutko, State College, PA he Centennial book, The “Yes” Lives On, which celebrates the 100 years of service that the Salesian Sisters have rendered to the youth of our nation, is truly a remarkable account of the dedication and selflessness of these good Sisters. I have personally been closely associated with the Salesian Sisters since I was six years of age, from kindergarten through high school at Mary Help of Christians Academy, until now (I am 80 years old). Over and over again as I read through those historical events of the progression of Salesian activities, I recall so many instances of the selflessness and dedication so typical of them. We are living in a society where ethical values are in question, where radical liberals condone even the most sacred values. It is especially in this light that I appreciate, all the more, the core principles taught by these good Sisters, both in word, but most of all by their lives. This volume serves as a constant reminder of the priceless blessing of having been affiliated with them. To each and every Sister, a heartfelt thanks from the deepest recesses of my very being for what you have accomplished and, most of all, for what you are. Margaret Di Bari, Fremont, CA


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he 2009 calendar which adorns the halls of Pope John Paul II School in Clifton, NJ, represents posters designed by fourthgraders from all over the Passaic County school area. Pope John Paul School had three winners: Keiana Curry, Alexandra Martell, and Dominique Daniel, all in Mrs. Elisabeth Manlapid’s fourth-grade class!


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