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Villa Madonna Kids Run for Ruthie!


nd they’re off! Students at Villa Madonna School in Tampa, FL, dedicated their new track in honor of Ruthie Middendorf (below), who passed away one year ago at only 24 years old. On All Saints Day, students and teachers wore light blue “Run for Ruthie” t-shirts, students ran in her memory, and school Mass was celebrated in her honor.

The Middendorf Family: father Frank, mother Pat, son Mac, and the two grandkids honor their beloved daughter Ruthie.

Ruthie was one of Pat and Frank Middendorf ’s 14 children. Born with spina bifida, she became a skilled wheelchair racer. She would have been delighted to know the track was named in her memory! Thank you to the Middendorf Family. The students of Villa Madonna School will remember to always Run for Ruthie! Partners in Giving • Winter 2007

Sr. Mary Rinaldi’s Letter Dear Friends, Happy New Year! Reflecting on the year just passed, I immediately know it was a year of blessings: •

New membership in the Partners Circle but, best of all, new vocations, as more young women are studying to be Salesian Sisters.

Successful events but, best of all, your regular on-going support.

Countless children sponsored for summer camp but, best of all, we witness their peace and security.

Above and beyond all material benefits received through the Development Office in 2006 are your loyalty and friendship. We really feel we are all Partners in prayer as well as Partners in giving! Some news to report: •

North and South, Holiday Parties were true testaments to the spirit of the season. In Florida, we were fortunate to raise $72,000 for the Salesian Youth Center. In New Jersey, $79,000 was donated for Mary Help of Christians Academy! See pages 4-7.

The dawning of 2007 ushers us into preparations for the Salesian Sisters’ Centennial in the U.S., a three-year celebration which culminates on July 16, 2009. More on this in our next issue!

If you need a receipt for your 2006 donations, kindly call Ariane toll-free: (877) OUR-NUNS, or send us a note with the attached envelope.

Finally, a huge THANK YOU to all for your love and support. You are truly making a difference in the lives of the Sisters and, best of all, the children we serve, North and South. Peace and blessings for a prosperous new year,

Partners Circle North Welcomes New Chair!


he Salesian Sisters and the Partners Circle Board are happy to announce that Mrs. Maggie Waitts, CEO of Crown Roll Leaf, Inc. and a very dear friend and supporter of the Sisters and their mission, is the new President of the Partners Circle North Board. Maggie is the chairperson of the Dames of Mary Help, the auxiliary volunteer fundraising committee for Mary Help of Christians Academy, and she currently supports the school through her company and the Robert R. Waitts Foundation, which she founded in memory of her late husband. Maggie joins Partners Circle National Board Chairman, Michael S. Guarnieri, and Partners Circle South Board President, Javier Baldor, in providing outstanding leadership of all our fundraising efforts. We are blessed to have such fine stewards! Thank you, Maggie, for all you do!

Save The Date ! Partners Circle Gala Honoring Mark Spada Saturday, March 3 Westin Tampa Harbour Island Tampa, FL See page 8, and watch for details in the mail!

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MAKING HEADLINES AROUND THE PROVINCE High honors for Our Louisiana Schools!


n December 12, 2006, the Salesian Sisters received the Thomas Aquinas Award (left) for their commitment to Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of New Orleans, LA. The Sisters currently serve at Archbishop Blenk and Immaculata High Schools, Immaculate Conception Elementary School, and Our Lady of Prompt Succor Elementary School (Western Province). Also recognized were the Salesian Priests and Brothers who minister at Archbishop Shaw High School, Saint Rosalie Parish, and Saint John Bosco Parish. On behalf of the Salesian Sisters, Sr. Maria Colombo, Principal of Archbishop Blenk High School, accepted the plaque and the $5,000 cash award, which was sponsored by the Donum Dei Foundation. Congratulations to all!

In New Jersey, the “Saints” Come Marching In!


t Saint Theresa School in Kenilworth, NJ, fifth-graders in Mrs. Morgese’s class dressed up as Saints to celebrate All Saints Day. The students participated in a Mass where they sang songs taught by Mrs. McCarthy, while eighth-grade students played the handbells, taught by Mr. Wesley. Pictured above are (back row) Jennifer Fagan, Alysandra Zuber, Brianna McClave, Kirstie Patindol, Peter Bogus; (front row) Katelyn McCarthy, Sarah Ferreira, Brendan Currie, Ameer Richmond, Margaret Ortuso, and Mike Tanelli. Thank you, students, for inspiring us!

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Many Gave Thanks at Our Florida Party!


ecause of so many wonderful people, the third annual Thanksgiving Basket Party at the Salesian Youth Center in Tampa, FL, was once again a huge success! The Salesian Sisters Humanitarian Award was presented to Ernest “Cookie” Garcia, for his hard work and dedication to the Salesian Sisters and to the children of Tampa. Everything for the party was donated, including Columbia Restaurant’s famous arroz con pollo. Thanks to a generous matching gift from a family in South Florida, the Thanksgiving Basket Party raised more than $72,000 for the children of the Salesian Youth Center. Thank you to all who helped to fill a basket full of hope and giving for Tampa’s children!

Sierra, the charismatic young lady who spoke at the Thanksgiving Basket Party, is in the third grade at Villa Madonna School. She is seen here with Humanitarian Award recipient Ernest “Cookie” Garcia.

Kiwanis Club members Jim Griffin, Joe Tomaino, and Georgine Kraemer enjoyed the party, as did (below) Anna Seng, Bobby Gonzalez, and Jimmy LaRussa!

Showing support for their longtime friend, Cookie Garcia, are (left-right) Elaine Diaz, Leo Diaz, Mary Jane Ambrose, George Pollock, Leah Pollock, Frank Fernandez, and Nancy Fernandez.

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Our Christmas Party Was Joy-Filled!


nce again, the Salesian Sisters’ annual Christmas Party in North Haledon, NJ, was a magnificent success in every way: an inspiring Mass, a delicious lunch (Market Basket is the best!), wonderful auction items, beautiful displays of friendship, fellowship, and family – as you can see on the following pages. Plus, we raised a record $79,000! Thank you, one and all, and especially to Terry Laudone, Pat Connors, and their team of hard-working “elves,” including many Mary Help of Christians Academy students, who will benefit from your generosity.

Above, a visit from “Santa,” Kevin Mosca of Paterson, NJ, delighted the kids! Right, one of our dedicated “Tuesday Ladies,” Sofia Stuart of West Milford, NJ, did double duty at the craft tables. Below, Sr. Maryann Schaefer, antlers and all, enjoyed her visit with brothers Peter and Jimmy Curcio of Commack, NY.

Congratulations, Challenge Winners! This year’s Christmas Challenge was once again a great success! Thank you to everyone who participated! Here are the lucky winners: Trip to Walt Disney World Kathleen Elliot, Quakertown, PA $1,000 American Express Gift Card Marie Pullo, Pen Argyl, PA Hand-crocheted Tablecloth Wanda Bakanauskas, Hawthorne, NJ

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Above left, Patti Gauthier of Winthrop, MA (center), and her parents Leonard and Marie, visit with Sr. Anita Durocher and Sr.Teresita Teran. Above, Dr. and Mrs. Louis Gambetta of Denville, NJ, with their sons Joey and Matthew. Left, Frank and Terry Dell of Stamford, CT, with Terry’s mother, Mrs. Katherine LoParco of Port Chester, NY. Below, Sr. Gerard Barattino with her niece, Joan Oliver, and family.

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Scenes from our joy-filled Christmas Party! At left, Sr. Esther Cruz enjoys her reunion with the O'Halloran Family of Mine Hill, NJ. Below, Christmas Party Committee leaders Terry Laudone, (rear, center left) with her husband Joe, and Pat Connors (rear, center right), with her husband John, share a smile with Mary Help students who volunteered at the party. Thank you all for another outstanding fundraiser!

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Welcome New ‘07 Members in Red!


Partners Circle “Members”: Annual gift of





Ms. Tonia Kempfer A Friend

Ms. Josephine Petrillo Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Reading

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



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

Mr. & Mrs. Gary Baccaro Mr. & Mrs. Richard Badenhausen Mr. & Mrs. Robert Boland Mr. & Mrs. Larry Condit Ms. Elizabeth Crovella Mr. & Mrs. Frank Davies Mr. Anthony B. Della Cerra Dr. & Mrs. Frank De Maria Ms. Debi Debiak Mr. & Mrs. Robert Fox Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Giamonco Mrs. Theresa Gutto Mr. & Mrs. Charles Lechner Mr. & Mrs. Michael Losurdo Ms. Laura Mannarino Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Marangi Mr. & Mrs. John Peragallo Jr. Mrs. Ann Petrocelli Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Piotrowski Mr. & Mrs. Cameron Reid Mr. & Mrs. John Soldoveri Mr. Joseph Spinelli Mr. & Mrs. William Stuart TD Banknorth

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

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

OHIO Mr. & Mrs. Albert Klaben, Sr.

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

TEXAS Mr. & Mrs. Bill Locklier


GEORGIA Mr. & Mrs. Charles Fantauzza

ILLINOIS Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Olivieri

KENTUCKY Mr. & Mrs. Jack Danehy

MARYLAND Dr. & Mrs. Andrew Saladino

ongratulations to Mark Spada of Tampa, FL (shown here with his wife, Eleanor), who will receive the Joseph J. McAleer, Sr., Award at the annual Partners Circle Gala on March 3. The award recognizes Spada’s extraordinary service to the Salesian Sisters and their mission to the young. He is a longtime member of the Partners Circle, and has adopted a Sister for each member of his family – all six children and his mother!


Annual gift of $1,000 ARIZONA A Friend

Annual gift of $750

CALIFORNIA Geraldine & Joanne Rizzuto


FLORIDA Mr. & Mrs. Declan Mansfield

NEVADA Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Murray

Ms. Mary Gaine

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

NEW JERSEY Mr. Alfonso Daloisio Mr. Al De Vincenzo Mrs. Joseph Festa Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Granatell Mr. Anthony Gulino Ms. Ida Gulino Ms. Nancy Gulino

Mr. & Mrs. Donald Hofmann Mr. & Mrs. Edward Korn Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Laino Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Massood Mr. & Mrs. Brian McAuley Mrs. John McMahon Mr. & Mrs. Mario Monaco Mr. & Mrs. Jim Muller Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Palladino Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Pfeifer Weaver Marine Agencies

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

NORTH CAROLINA Ms. Marianne O’Doherty

OHIO Mr. & Mrs. James Millar

TEXAS Ms. Theresa C. Rauber

VIRGINIA Mr. Chester Michewicz


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 six levels of membership, starting at $500, and these are listed on these three pages. Won’t you consider joining this dynamic group?

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

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Partners Circle “Benefactors”


Partners Circle “Associates”

Welcome New ‘07 Members in Red!


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


Richard Meissner, Meissner Manufacturing

Mr. & Mrs. Larry Peterson

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

Mr. Anthony Petrocelli Ms. Celeste Tripi



Mrs. Beatrice Lightfoot

Mrs. Pearl Kalikow

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

“Stewards” Annual gift of $10,000

Partners Circle “Partners” NEW JERSEY

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



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

NEW YORK Mr. John Cassara

Marcalus Family Foundation Robert R. Waitts Foundation

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

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


TEXAS Mr. & Mrs. Fritz Duda, Sr.


Mrs. Betty Turner Mr. & Mrs. Ray Wooldridge

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

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

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

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

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Hoffman Mr. & Mrs. Michael Massood Mrs. Kathleen Medore Ms. Antonia Meola Ms. Rose Perone Mr. & Mrs. Mark Swartzberg

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



SOUTH CAROLINA Mr. & Mrs. Tom Aldinger

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


hat is the Adopt a Sister Program all about? This picture says it all – a Salesian Sister, surrounded by love, given the opportunity to thank her “Adopters” for their support. They, in turn, are grateful for prayers, kindnesses, and friendship. It’s mutually beneficial, to say the least!

At Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, NJ, Sr. Rosalie DiPeri enjoyed her visit from her Adopter, Florence Lorman (at right), her husband, Joseph, their daughters, Shirley Gowly and Claire Perrin, and their grandson, Zachary Hugh. The Lormans hail all the way from Santa Monica, CA! Won’t you consider Adopting a Sister? To find out how, visit us online at or call us toll-free: (877) OUR-NUNS. Thank you!

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Vocations Are Everyone’s Responsibility!


f each person reading this article were to inspire ONE Salesian vocation, think how big a movement our ministry to youth would be! What can you do to help? How about inviting a young woman to attend our Vocation Discernment retreats or to just come and learn about the life of the Sisters? Those interested in religious life are always welcome to come and spend some time with us. A Taste of Salesian Life A one-week experience, June 21-24, for single Catholic women ages 18-35, of the life and ministry of the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco. This opportunity is for any woman

Vocations to the religious life and the priesthood represent the future of our Church! There are presently six women in formation (above) to be Salesian Sisters, and seven men (at left) studying to be Salesian priests. More candidates are needed!

The next ones are February 23-25 and April 13-15 in South Orange, NJ. For more information, contact Fr. Steve Ryan, S.D.B.: (201) 259-7263 or e-mail

who feels that God might be calling her to dedicate herself to the service of youth in religious life. The experience includes daily meditation, Liturgy of the Hours, Mass, faith sharing, spiritual reading, lectures, and incorporation in our mission. Mornese Experience A chance for single Catholic women, ages 18-35, August 2-5, to learn about the origin of the Salesian family, reflect on the scriptures, and experience the spirit and lifestyle of

our first community. To RSVP for a retreat, or to receive a DVD about the life of the Salesian Sisters for yourself or to pass on to a young woman, please e-mail Sr. Colleen Clair:, or send a note to her at Sacred Heart Spirituality Center, 20 Old Swartswood Rd., Newton, NJ 07860. How about inviting a young man to participate in the Salesian Brothers’ and Fathers’ Discernment Retreats?

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Remember, each of us can pray for vocations to Salesian life. How about offering your Sunday Mass for this intention? Finally, Fr. Steve and Sr. Colleen visit schools and parishes often to talk about vocations. Perhaps you could ask your principal or pastor to invite them to your school, parish, CCD class, or Youth Center? This year saw six young women and seven young men who had enough courage and faith to put everything on the line for Christ. Let’s help more young people listen to God’s call!

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Remembering Sr. Josephine Editor’s note: Sr. Josephine Carini was called to her heavenly reward on August 11, 2006. Readers recall her extraordinary life and influence.

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ello! I read about your Adopt-a-Sister Program on the Internet and it sounds very interesting. I have one question. Is it possible to participate in that program from outside the U.S. (e.g. Germany, or Europe)? It would be great if I could support your work. I wish you all the best for the new year. E-mailed from Germany Hello to you! Yes, we have many generous Adopters who live overseas and support our elderly retired Sisters. Please visit us online for details: or call us: (973) 904-0102.

lease convey my sympathy to Sr. Josephine Carini’s family (especially Sr. Lydia). She was a caring and understanding teacher whose memory I will cherish. She taught me how to write a short story, and encouraged me to hone my public speaking skills. She was more than just a nun and a teacher – she was a friend. I will remember her in my prayers. Angela M. Graziano years ago. Toms River, NJ It gave me a nostalgic and heartwarming feeling. was sad to read about the loss State College, PA of Sr. Josephine. She was part of the Sisters’ community at my nclosed please find our school, Holy Rosary, in Port donation in memory of a Chester, NY, years ago. very dear and good friend, Sr. Josephine. She was the most I applaud your thoughtfulness in dedicated, considerate, and including an early photo of thoughtful person. We will most Sister wearing her old habit. This sincerely miss her. is how we knew our teachers North Haledon, NJ




Have you made all of your New Year’s Resolutions?

How about Adopting a Sister? It truly is the gift that keeps on giving! For more information visit or call us toll free (877) OUR-NUNS!

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A Love That Lasts Forever

Received between Nov. 1, 2006, and Jan. 15, 2007

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




Memorial for

Randall C. Boness Mrs. Geraldine Boness

Ramon Campo Mr. & Mrs. David McAleer

Mitchell Cadenazzi Mr. & Mrs. Michael Brothers

Catherine Del Monaco Mr. & Mrs. Bob O’Halloran, Jr.

Regina Holyman Mr. & Mrs. David McAleer Marie Calcagno Dr. & Mrs. Vincent J. Bagli Anna Mae Campetti Mr. & Mrs. Sam Milano Jack Rains, Nena Hernandez, Humberto Mejias, Hilda Palmeri & Israel Dominguez Mr. & Mrs. Reynee Dominguez Joseph Campos Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Lynch Sr. Josephine Carini, FMA Ms. Donna C. Chirico Dr. & Mrs. Joseph De Mattia Catherine J. Clarke Ms. Beatrice M. Clarke Marian G. Jurewicz Mr. & Mrs. Joseph DeVita

Joanne Negrotto Ms. Mary De Christofano Sr. Stella Ruiz, FMA Mr. & Mrs. Vincent Ascione Rita & Luisa Saggese Mr. Charles Saggese Bill Sciscente Mrs. Rose Ann Sciscente Frederic R. Strub Ms. Elizabeth Schepps Sr. Irene Zaccagnino, FMA Ms. Michelle Probst George Craft, Victor D’Amico, & Maria Capanna Mrs. Lisa D. Cohen



Tribute for Name – LIVING

Elizabeth Ann Kelly Keller Marine Service Mr. & Mrs. William Taylor

Received between Nov. 1, 2006, and Jan. 15, 2007

Occasion Please send an acknowledgement to: Name Address

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

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Mary Ann Graziano on her 70th birthday Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Lynch Special Intention Mr. Charles Saggese

Mrs. Louise Thiel Dr. Joseph McAleer Sam Salazar and Carolyn & Brian Driscoll Ms. Ann Marie Smith


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

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Rest in Peace, Sr. Stella and Sr. Mary Louise This has been a sad new year for the Salesian Sisters, as we lost two of our dearest Sisters in the first two weeks, both born in Mexico. On New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2006, Sr. Stella Ruiz, who had long suffered in illness, went peacefully to meet the Lord. She was 93 years old. On January 14, Sr. Mary Louise Aguirre was called “home” at the age of 80.

she and Sr. Jane Sanchez began a “sidewalk” evangelization. They visited families in Paterson and Passaic, on foot all day, in heat, hail, rain and snow. Sr. Stella lived her consecration with generosity and commitment. She was happy to be of service to the Sisters, particularly during the years when she was called to the service of authority as Community Animator.


r. Stella Ruiz was born in 1913 in Jalisco, Mexico. When her father, a Cristero (Catholic militant), was kidnapped, her mother died of a heart attack. With the help of an aunt, 13-yearold Stella cared for the children. Her father was later ransomed, and life went on at the hacienda.

Sr. Stella Ruiz, above, and Sr. Mary Louise Aguirre

On the train one day, Stella caught a cinder in her eye. A lady approached, unbraided her hair, and rubbed the tresses over the eye. Suddenly, the cinder was gone! The lady was a Salesian Sister (religious attire was forbidden in Mexico). Sr. Teresa Zingale gave Stella the address of the convent, where she became a frequent visitor. In 1938, Mother Caroline Novasconi (a Sister from the General Council in Rome) went to Mexico to escort to the United States a group of young women who wanted to enter the Novitiate, since the one in Mexico had been closed. Stella was in that group. After profession in 1942, she was assigned to Texas. Years later she was called to North Haledon, NJ, to become the assistant to novices, a post she held for 12 years. In the 1950s, in response to Bishop McNulty's concern for the increasing number of “Latinos” in the Paterson Diocese,

FORTUNE BOSCO 1927-2006 he Salesian Sisters sincerely regret the passing of their good friend and founder of the Adopt a Sister program, Fortune Bosco of Tampa, FL. Our prayers and condolences go out to his family in this time of sorrow.


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r. Mary Louise Aguirre was born in 1926 in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico, eighth in a family of 12 children. Her sister, Teresa, also became a Salesian Sister. Of her family, Sr. Mary Louise wrote, “My wonderful parents were sincere, committed Catholics in a country that did not encourage religious views and observances. My Dad especially was a man of integrity and honor.

“Devotion to Mary Help of Christians was part of my life from my earliest recollection. I have experienced the help and protection of Mary in many instances. Here’s one: My Dad, as a government employee, was due for a transfer to a school which was at least a day's journey from our home. No amount of explanation or hardship presentation would change the assignment. My mother and all of us prayed for a miracle. We beseeched Mary Help of Christians. My Dad was packed and due to leave the next day. The evening before his departure, he received a telegram telling him not to move. We were overjoyed and attributed the miracle to Mary herself.” Sr. Mary Louise began her formation to Salesian life in Mexico in 1947. She served in North Haledon and Newton, NJ, and studied at Seton Hall University and William Paterson College. “As a Salesian Sister, I have lived a full and enriching life,” Sister wrote. “I would not change it for anything in the world. I, too, believe that St. John Bosco was right when he said, 'Have faith in Mary, and you will know what miracles are.'” May God grant Sr. Stella Ruiz and Sr. Mary Louise Aguirre heavenly joy and peace. Amen.

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New Year, New Days to Give to Us!


lease give us one, two, or three days out of the gift of 365! Won’t you consider it?

The best way to create good yesterdays is to say a bold, loving YES to all that each day brings. The Salesian Sisters will also speak this day especially during the Eucharistic celebration. When each day is greeted with prayer, it is affirmed as good.

Yesterdays are looked upon with fondness for many reasons, being referred to not only as old but also as good. The passage of years possesses the enchanting power to erase the hardships and illuminate the happiest times. Homes and restaurants are often decorated with antiques from yesteryear because they evoke so many warm and good memories. Please give us one day of the coming 365. Think of one day when you remember a person for good memories. We will make a special day become even more meaningful by encircling the day with prayer and remembrance.

Saying YES to God’s plans in your life, asking for a loved one, remembering an anniversary or a birthday, a special meeting day, or a special day of grace, can all be given to the community who join in thanks, prayer, and special thoughts of you.

Happy New Year! Sr. Virginia Dickey, head nurse at the St. Joseph Provincial Center, joins Sr. Mary Carone, 92 years young, in sending prayers and blessings!

Which one of the 365 days God gives you, will you share with us by filling out the form below? Thank you, and God bless you!

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





Day 1 (Month, day):


Day 2 (Month, day):


Day 3 (Month, day):


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

Name Address


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

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CAMP AUXILIUM, NEWTON, NJ – More than 1,200 people attended the Christmas Program performed by Camp Auxilium students at McNeice Auditorium in Sparta, NJ. The entire Camp Auxilium family (above) sang the finale, “I Love You, Lord.” Below left, Gabriel Tebagnin, Elizabeth McAdam, and Gwendolyn Yaskovic shared their holiday joy – and giggles! Below right, the 3M class performed “Little Packages.”

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Louisiana Schools Embrace New Technologies


tudents at Archbishop Blenk and Immaculata High Schools in Marrero, LA, will soon bring laptop computers to class as a regular part of their academic regimen. The two schools, which next year will consolidate into a new institution, The Academy of Our Lady, will have freshmen utilize the new Tablet PCs on a pilot basis in the second semester of this school year. The laptop program came into being thanks to a partnership that involved the Archdiocese of New Orleans, IBM, and IBM’s manufacturing partner, Lenovo. Sr. Maria Colombo, FMA, principal at Archbishop Blenk, is always interested in new ways to challenge her students, and the opportunity to take part in the laptop program offered a way to enhance the teaching process and the students’ response to that process. Students at both schools will use new generation laptops which are known as Tablet PCs. These laptops have a monitor that swivels and folds so that it looks similar to a writing tablet. Data is recorded with the use of a special “pen” and are touchscreen-capable. Many “laptop schools” have made Tablet PC’s a part of their learning programs. Schools can acquire specialized academic software for student use or simply take advantage of the computers’ basic programs, such as word processing and classroom instruction. – Joseph Bordlee, English Faculty

Michelle Aguilar of Archbishop Blenk High School displays one of the new Tablet PCs.

POPE JOHN PAUL II SCHOOL, CLIFTON, NJ – Clifton Chapter 941 Women of the Moose presented Sr. Judith Suprys, Principal of Pope John Paul II School, a “Spinoza” therapy bear for the school's use. A Spinoza bear is a talking teddy bear that can be used in conjunction with a therapist to help children who are suffering from family problems, health issues, or childhood traumas. The Spinoza bear is a project of the non-profit Women of the Moose Organization.

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Sr. Susan Bagli, head of the Health Care Connections Program at Mary Help of Christians Academy, greets Mrs. Marie Hess, resident of Wayne, NJ, and co-head of Health Care Connections, and Sr. Mary Rose of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, NJ.

Mary Help Honored for “Connections”


ary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, NJ, has been commended for its Health Care Connections Program and awarded a Best Practice for assisting students to grow spiritually and professionally while discerning a direction in life. Congratulations! Now in its fourth year, Health Care Connections is a comprehensive program that allows students to explore health care professions and earn college credits through course work. Students gain career-based experience through internships at local hospitals during their final two years. Career shadowing experiences, by working alongside doctors, nurses, physical therapists, and specialists, help students obtain an inside look into their field of interest. Prayer and reflection underline the essence and direction of this program.

CORPUS CHRISTI SCHOOL, PORT CHESTER, NY – T’was the season for helping those in need, and eighth graders were happy to carry donated food items to the school storage area, before preparing them for distribution. Left, Corpus Christi fifth graders present homemade Thanksgiving cards to their principal, Sr. Agatha Cosentino. Below, basketball teams and coaches kicked off the new season with a special Mass in Corpus Christi Church.

There’s more good news! The Charles Edison Fund of Newark, NJ, has awarded Mary Help a grant of $24,000 in support of the Health Care Connections Program. The Charles Edison Fund is dedicated to the support of worthwhile endeavors within the areas of medical research, science education, and historic preservation. We extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to the Charles Edison Fund for this most generous grant. God bless you!

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Salesian Youth Report

St. Anthony Supporters Live On!


t. Anthony Students Supporters began in 2003 to help students whose parents needed financial assistance to keep their children at St. Anthony School in Paterson, NJ. Now that St. Anthony School has closed, these supporters continue to raise money for these same students attending Pope John Paul II School in Clifton, NJ.

SALESIAN YOUTH CENTER/ BOYS & GIRLS CLUB, TAMPA, FL – What’s Christmas in sunny Florida without a big barbecue! Students enjoyed playing games at their annual Christmas Party, as well as the wonderful hamburgers cooked up by Bob Zurek and his friend, Cathy.

St. Anthony Students Supporters met at Pope John Paul II School recently for a Mass, Open House, and Luncheon. The donors received a grand tour of the school facilities by our principal, Sr. Judith Suprys. The school cafeteria was decorated with thank you cards written by the students who receive assistance from this group. Left with the realization that one person can make a difference in the life of a child, the Supporters pledged their continued financial aid. For every child we are able to help, there is another waiting in the wings. For those of you who have fond memories of Catholic elementary school at St. Anthony’s or any other urban Catholic School, joining the Supporters would be a great way to say thank you! You can make a difference in this world by helping a child continue in a Catholic education and make a faithfilled contribution to our world. Please call Sr. Isabel Garza at Pope John Paul II School: (973) 458-9282. Help us spread the joy of Catholic education!

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POPE JOHN PAUL II SCHOOL, CLIFTON, NJ – Pope John Paul II students were busy this past Christmas season collecting for those who are less fortunate, reaching out to support Project Youth Haven in Paterson, a program that supplies residential care and emotional support to children between the ages of 11-17 who are homeless. Thanks to their overwhelming generosity, large quantities of soap, toothpaste, and other toiletries (above) have already been collected and are still coming in. Thanks to everyone for their support and willingness to share! (Photo courtesy The Beacon, Diocese of Paterson) The 7th and 8th grade classes presented their spectacular Christmas production entitled “Forever Christmas.” It was a wonderful musical revue featuring many favorite holiday carols, in addition to beautiful arrangements of the classics and a beautiful Nativity pageant (at left). About 150 students took part of the production and all were dancing, singing, and acting. The show was both entertaining and faithful in delivering the message of the real meaning of Christmas and the Christmas spirit. May the spirit of Christmas live within us all year long!

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Save These Dates !

Giving Thanks

Salesian Sisters’ Annual Spring Party Palm Sunday, April 1

Dear Sr. Mary, On November 4, 2006, my husband and I celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary. Our children, other family members, and friends joined us to celebrate this day. The Lord has been very good to us through the years. From the gifts we received, we are enclosing a check for $1,000. Please accept this donation to help the Salesian Sisters’ Student Scholarship Fund. Wyckoff, NJ

Mary Help of Christians Academy North Haledon, NJ Watch for details in the mail!


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


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

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How beautiful, and how generous! Thank you! Won’t you join us by helping give the gift of a child’s education? Details on the page opposite.


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


rown Roll Leaf, Inc., of Paterson, NJ, is a world leader in affordable holography and user-friendly hot stamping technology. Crown’s manufacturing facility produces 60 million linear feet monthly and inventories over 2,000 different hot stamping foils, holographic diffraction gratings, heat transfers, and holograms formulated for packaging, promotion, publishing, product decoration, document security, and anti-counterfeiting purposes. The professional artists The Salesian Sisters are at Crown Roll Leaf grateful for Crown Roll Leaf, designed our wonderful Inc. and their long-time Partners Circle logo! support of the Salesian Sisters and their works in New Jersey and around the country. CEO Maggie Waitts is the new President of the Partners Circle Board North, as well as chairperson of the “Dames of Mary Help.”

To learn more about Crown Roll Leaf, Inc., visit

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


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


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


Yes! I want to help!




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

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

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

Yes! I want to help!


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

Yes! I want to help!

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





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

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

Yes! I want to help! The Joseph J. McAleer Vocations Fund, named for the Partners Circle founder, est. by his family, will foster Salesian vocations.

Yes! I want to help!






The Dolores & Victor De Lucia Scholarship, for students at Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, NJ.

Yes! I want to help! The Ana Maria Auxilium Award, est. by the Baldor family, to benefit students at Villa Madonna School and at Mary Help.

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

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

Yes! I want to help! The Dan Cedola Scholarship, honoring his character & courage, for students at Villa Madonna & the Salesian Youth Center.

Yes! I want to help!

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oing well in school means a great deal to Conchetta Aronowitz, a second grader at Saint Theresa School in Kenilworth, NJ. When the first marking period ended and Conchetta brought home a great report card, her parents rewarded her with $40. What did Conchetta do with her newfound wealth?


On Tuesday, which is “Mission Day” at Saint Theresa’s, teachers collect money from students for the poor. Conchetta proudly offered her $40 to her teacher, Mrs. Cathy Accamondo. Wow! Thank you, Conchetta, for setting a fine and rare example of what it means to be a caring and giving young Christian!

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