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

Sr. Mary Rinaldi’s Letter Dear Readers, One of my Christmas wishes was to receive an Amaryllis plant to nurture and watch it bloom during our long gray New Jersey winter. There sitting on the window ledge in my little office is a fire-engine red bloom in contrast to the stark white snow outside. The beautiful Amaryllis symbolizes determination and radiant beauty. Looking at it inspires me to once again thank you personally for the radiant beauty you have bestowed on the Salesian Sisters all throughout 2010. Together, we’ve accomplished much good for our Sisters and our mission to the young. In this new year, 2011, it is our goal:

Happy Anniversary!


his year brings four major milestones for the Salesian Sisters, in the form of anniversaries for programs which have, in their own ways, changed the lives of generations of people, young and old, across the U.S.:

Salesian Sisters’ Summer Camp Programs (Camp Auxilium) 50th Anniversary in 2011 Gala Celebration, June 24-25, 2011: Watch for details!

• To revitalize the Adopt a Sister Program in its 20th year. • Invite new members to join the Partners Circle in its 20th year. • To build on summer camp sponsorships for children in need and celebrate 50 years of Camp Auxilium. • To recognize the Salesian Youth Center/Boys and Girls Club of Tampa’s 15th Anniversary. This will be done with determination and vibrant beauty, just as my Amaryllis in the window is determined to grow in this long cold winter! Other news: Kindly notify our offices by phone or e-mail for an end-of-year letter for tax purposes. And I commend all who have had gifts matched by their company’s program, including Verizon, IBM, GE, Pfizer, Wrigley, Merck, and Wachovia. Thank you for all that you are and all you graciously do for us!

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Salesian Sisters’ Partners Circle 20th Anniversary in 2011 Watch for celebration details!

Salesian Sisters’ “Adopt a Sister Program” 20th Anniversary in 2011 Watch for celebration details!

Salesian Youth Center/ Boys & Girls Club, Tampa, FL 15th Anniversary in 2011 Gala Celebration in June 2011: Watch for details!

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Making Headlines Around the Province

Excitement Builds for Salesian School Gala


n Saturday, March 26, a “heavenly” vision will descend upon Corpus Christi-Holy Rosary School in Port Chester, NY, in the form of an event spectacular designed personally by David Tutera, entertaining expert to the stars and host of the reality series My Fair Wedding on WeTV.

those who exemplify his generous spirit through their gifts of time, talent, and contributions to the Salesian family’s mission to youth. The honorees for this special evening are Sr. Frances Gumino, FMA, and the Fox and Diaz Families: Eugene and Mary Fox; their daughter, Margaret Fox Diaz; and their granddaughter, Christina Diaz.

“Mr. Tutera is an absolute angel to Corpus Christi-Holy Rosary School, in more ways than one. Not only is he donating his time, talent, and resources to design the decor for our Inaugural Fr. Peter M. Rinaldi Awards Dinner, but his involvement has our school, parish phones, and e-mails incredibly busy!” says Christina McAleer, Director of Advancement for the Salesian Sisters and a member of the dinner committee. “The local community and beyond are anxious to attend our first Gala event. We are so excited and grateful to have Mr. Tutera, a true living Angel, a part of our committee.”

David Tutera grew up in Port Chester, where his parents, Joe and JoAnn, still live and attend Corpus Christi Parish. His grandfather, a successful businessman, first noticed his grandson’s artistic ability at an early age and encouraged David to pursue his destiny. At age 19, with this sound advice and only one client, David opened his own event planning business. Today, David Tutera Inc. is an award-winning company built from experience, dedication, and Tutera’s natural talent for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. His name has become synonymous with style, elegance, creativity, and vision.

In honoring the life and legacy of the late Fr. Rinaldi, founder of Corpus Christi-Holy Rosary School (CCHRS) and Pastor of Corpus Christi Parish, the event hopes to raise $100,000 for scholarships for children in need.

David Tutera’s new book, in stores now.

CCHRS is a vibrant and growing school with 272 students in Pre K3 through Grade 8, who hail from over 25 countries. Like our parents and grandparents before us, the parents of CCHRS students represent the new wave of immigrants to the region, who work hard (many have several jobs) and sacrifice to provide their children with the American dream, and hope for a better future. During the evening, which will include dinner and silent and live auctions of incredible gifts, the Fr. Peter M. Rinaldi Award will be presented to

Invitations to the Fr. Peter Rinaldi Awards Dinner on March 26 in Port Chester, NY, will be mailed soon. Seating is limited. For more information, please contact Christina McAleer: call (203) 921-9224 or e-mail

Children at Corpus Christi-Holy Rosary School got a HUGE surprise just before Christmas when “Santa” arrived with a donation of stuffed animals. “I don’t know who was happier, to tell you the truth: the kids or their parents,” says Sr. Karen Dunn, Principal. “The parents see what is being done for their kids and it makes their sacrifices much easier.” The happy students (pictured on our Partners in Giving cover with their toys) wrote colorful and creative thank you notes, two of which are shown here.

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More Young Women Hear God’s Call


ive years ago, Sr. Phyllis Neves, then our new Provincial Superior, put together a plan to encourage new vocations to the religious life. Her goal was to aggressively and creatively get the word out about the Salesian life, inviting young women to experience first-hand our life of prayer, community, and service. And so, I was asked to serve as the new Vocation Director. I was given free rein to go out and meet young women on college campuses and in their own homes, to make myself available to the young through the technologies most commonly used today – Facebook, Skype, Twitter, Instant Messenging – providing open access and communication for youth. I met young women on their own “turf” and in their common meeting places, whether virtual or real. Since the Salesian charism and Salesian family are still very littleknown among the Catholics of North America, it seemed crucial to “hit the streets” and bring the message, going out of our house to invite others to follow the Call to serve the young. I traveled far and wide, engaging the young in elementary and high schools during the day, and in the evening, visiting young women in their homes, on college campuses, and even in local restaurants and coffee shops. I shared the good news about the Salesian Sisters – the largest female Religious Congregation in the Catholic Church in the world, 14,000 strong! – and invited these young women who knew little about us to “Come and See” for themselves WHY we are the largest Order in the world! Now, some five years later, we see the fruits of Sr. Phyllis’ courageous plan.

Among the many young women who are discerning God’s call to be a Salesian Sister are (left-right) Jen Moros, Megan Zeugner, Ana Ramos, Marianne Giovingo, Nita Rajani, Cathy Lynn Dresser, Maud Jacob, and Ashley Kleist.

Our formation program now boasts 21 young women – five second-year novices, five first-year novices, three postulants, and eight aspirants. Some are pictured on these pages, and share their stories. Thus far, for next year, it seems we will have more than 10 applicants. As the number of young women in formation grows, word is getting around about the Salesian Sisters and their love for Christ and for the young.

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We are truly beginning the formation of a future for our Province. We faced a challenge with great faith, and God has multiplied our numbers and our efforts! Thanks be to God! – Sr. Colleen Clair, FMA To learn more about vocations and becoming a Salesian Sister, e-mail Sr. Colleen Clair: happynun@, or visit online:

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knew that the joy I had in my heart needed to be shared, and what better way than through giving my whole self back to the one who gave me life to begin. I found the way I could fulfill living that joy in service to the Lord through the Salesian spirituality of evangelizing to youth through reason, religion, and loving kindness.” – Marianne Giovingo, 24 Rockford, IL


his is my new home now where I can fulfill the call of God in my life, bringing the young to Christ with joy. Being with the Salesian Sisters helps me to respond to that call of being a missionary in the world, to be His image and example to the young. Sometimes, we look for God’s will outside when His will is already in our heart.” – Ana Ramos, 36 Mount Vernon, NY


never thought that in the years to come, God would be slowly drawing me closer to Him. An inner desire to love Him more deeply and take the step into religious life grew. Through the mysterious and lifechanging encounters with the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, I asked myself how could I not answer His call with a fervent ‘YES’ as Mary had?” – Megan Zeugner, 20 Bartlett, IL

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“The House That Love Built” – and Us, Too!


ovember 6, 1999, is a banner day in the history of the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco in the Eastern Province of the United States. On that day, after nearly 10 years of planning, fundraising – and prayers! – the new St. Joseph Provincial Center was blessed and dedicated in Haledon, NJ. The dream of a new residence for our elderly Sisters, fully equipped, accessible, and state-of-the-art, was made possible by the Adopt a Sister Program and the leadership provided by the Salesian Sisters Partners Circle. No wonder it is affectionally called, “The House That Love Built.”

Sr. Mary Rinaldi presides at the groundbreaking for the new retirement home on July 16, 1998, the 90th anniversary of the arrival of the first Salesian Sisters in the United States.

On dedication day, Bill McLaughlin, chairman of the Partners Circle at the time, told the assembly of Sisters, dignitaries, family, and friends, “St. Theresa, the Little Flower, reminds us that Jesus has no hands but ours to accomplish good works in this world. Today, we celebrate what the work of our hands has accomplished in His Name. Our elderly Salesian Sisters have labored long and hard in God’s vineyard, and now they can live out their lives in comfort and dignity. God has used our hands to do His Will. It is awesome to think of what He can accomplish through us.” Bill, your beautiful words ring true today! And, every day, our elderly Salesian Sisters give thanks to God for all of YOU and your generosity. Thank you, Partners! Won’t you join the Partners Circle to provide unrestricted funds for urgent needs of the Salesian Sisters and their mission? We are seeking the “next generation” of members in our 20th anniversary year. Please see pages 8-11.

Crossing to the “Promised Land,” the Salesian Sisters process with the statue of Mary Help of Christians from the old retirement home (background) to the new St. Joseph Provincial Center. The St. Joseph Provincial Center, seen from above, is state-of-the-art, with 50 bedrooms, skilled nursing areas, a chapel, dining room, and offices.

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The Chapel is the focal point of the “House That Love Built,” the St. Joseph Provincial Center, where Mass is celebrated daily, and the Sisters gather to pray, remembering especially their Adopters and the special “Give Us This Day” intention. At right, before the Christmas créche, are Sr. Josianne Phanord, Sr. Lourdes Lujano (SUO), Sr. Carmela Termine, Sr. Catherine Novo, and Sr. Mary Winterscheidt.

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This year we mark the 20th anniversary of the Salesian Sisters’ Partners Circle! As part of our celebration, Partners in Giving profiles members of this special group, whose selfless gifts of time, talent, and treasure have enabled the Sisters to achieve the extraordinary in their three-fold mission: education of young people; promotion of vocations; and support of the Sisters in their retirement. We hope their experience will inspire YOU to join the Partners Circle!

Marilyn & Bill Locklier

Lisa & Cameron Reid

Plano, TX

Upper Saddle River, NJ

ur 27-year-old son is in the Army,” says Bill Locklier. “Every time he is deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, we notify our Salesian Sisters. Prayer is so very important, and we truly value our relationship with the Sisters.”

f it hadn’t been for an article in the local newspaper about the ‘Adopt-a-Sister’ program, we would have never known about the Salesian Sisters,” says Lisa Reid. “What a neat idea! Now, 15 years later, our adopted nun, Sr. Ruth Stecker, is part of our family. We love her!”


Bill and his wife, Marilyn, live in Plano, TX, where they attend St. Mark Parish. Married 33 years with two sons and one grandchild, they first learned about the Salesian Sisters and the “Adopt-a-Sister” program in 1999 on ABC’s 20/20. “What can be better than having nuns pray for you?” Bill says. “It’s an ingenious and elegant program. We joined right away, adopting Sr. Rufina Delgado and Sr. Lucy Balistrieri.” A few years later, Marilyn and Bill met Sr. Mary Rinaldi during a “Meet ‘n Greet” in Dallas. There they learned about the Partners Circle and its vital mission to provide unrestricted funds for the Sisters to use where the need is greatest. They joined at the “Members” level in 2002. Bill, a former 3M sales representative, now works as a marketer for a home health agency. He knows a sure thing when he sees it. “Why wouldn’t you join the Partners Circle?” Bill asks. “The Sisters are sincere and the needs are genuine. We know it works. “Helping the Sisters to further their mission to young people is the best money you can spend in your whole life,” he adds. “For those people who haven’t joined the Partners Circle, I say, do it today.”

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Lisa and her husband, Cameron, live in Upper Saddle River, NJ, and attend the Church of the Nativity in Midland Park. Married 20 years, they have two children, and are in the process of adopting a ninemonth-old in the coming weeks. Family is very important to the Reids – and Sr. Ruth played a key role. “My husband and I tried for years to have a child,” Lisa recalls. “We adopted Sr. Ruth, and the prayers began. Two years later, I had my daughter, who’s now 13. We are so grateful to God, and to the Sisters for their prayers.” Ten years ago, Lisa and Cameron, who owns a pharmaceutical company, joined the Partners Circle, at the “Members” level. It was the right and natural thing to do, Lisa says. “It’s important to support the Salesian Sisters in any way we can. They take a vow of poverty. Who is supposed to look after their needs?” she notes. “They give their entire lives in service to others. We must take care of them.” Lisa encourages others to join the Partners Circle, which supports not only the Sisters’ retirement needs, but Salesian Schools and vocations. “I believe the best in people and know that, deep down, people want to help others. They only need an invitation, and the Partners Circle is a great place to start.”

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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 in our 20th Anniversary Year? Please call us today: (877) oUR-NUNS. Thank you!

Partners Circle “Visionaries” Annual gift of $25,000


new membership level, “Visionaries,” has been established with an inaugural gift of $25,000 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

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

new Jersey Mr. Anthony B. Della Cerra Mr. & Mrs. Edward Korn

new yorK Mr. & Mrs. Bill Leahy Mr. John Lombardi & Family

florida Dr. & Mrs. Rod Jurado Mr. & Mrs. James W. Lee Mr. & Mrs. H. Tyson Lykes, II Mr. & Mrs. Jim Major Mr. & Mrs. Frank Middendorf Mr. & Mrs. John Oliva, Sr. Mr. Fredy Padovan Mr. & Mrs. Gene Perez Hon. Judge & Mrs. A. Rodnite


Mr. Alfonso Daloisio Mr. Al De Vincenzo Mrs. Rose Festa Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Granatell Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Laino Mr. & Mrs. Brian McAuley Mr. & Mrs. Mario Monaco Mrs. Diva Muller Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Palladino 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 Mrs. Rosaline Klaben

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Aquadro


new Jersey

Dr. Allyson & Mr. Kevin Hardy

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Badenhausen Ms. Bernice Bednarz Mrs. Rosemarie D’Alessandro

salesian sisters’ Partners circle Welcome New 2011 Members in Red!


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.

Salesian Sisters’ Partners Circle Welcome New 2011 Members in Red!

Partners Circle “Members”: Annual gift of $500 Arizona


Ms. Tonia Kempfer A Friend

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Fantauzza


Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Olivieri

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



Mr. & Mrs. Jack Danehy



Mrs. Suzanne Kremheller Mr. & Mrs. Robert Mosey A Friend • Anonymous

Ms. Josephine Petrillo Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Reading


Dr. Tiziana Anello Mr. & Mrs. Gary Baccaro Mr. & Mrs. Larry Condit Ms. Elizabeth Crovella Dr. & Mrs. Frank De Maria Ms. Debi Debiak Mrs. Linda Fox Dr. & Mrs. Louis Gambetta Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Giamonco Captain & Mrs. Victor Goldberg Mrs. Teresa Gutto Mr. & Mrs. Charles Lechner Mr. & Mrs. Doug Leonard Mr. & Mrs. Michael Losurdo Ms. Laura Mannarino Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Marangi Mrs. Christine Peragallo Mrs. Ann Petrocelli Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Piotrowski Mr. & Mrs. Cameron Reid Mr. & Mrs. Rick Russo Mrs. Amanda Rodriguez

Mr. & Mrs. Mark Anderson Mr. & Mrs. Bernardo F. Arenas Mr. & Mrs. Carlos Baldor, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Carlos A. Baldor, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Javier Baldor Bianco & Mansfield, P.A. Mr. James J. Burrowes Mrs. Yoli Buss Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Capitano, Sr. Mrs. Trudy Carey Dr. & Mrs. Antonio Castro Mr. & Mrs. J.C. De Lotto Dr. & Mrs. Emilio Echevarria Mr. & Mrs. Luis Garcia Mrs. Rose Graziano Mrs. Elsa Gutierrez-Janulionis Mr. & Mrs. Mark S. Reynolds Hon. Judge & Mrs. E.J. Salcines Mrs. Peggy Theis Mr. & Mrs. Ron Yates Mr. & Mrs. Rene Zarate

New Jersey

Mr. & Mrs. John Soldoveri Mr. & Mrs. William Stuart TD Bank Deacon & Mrs. Asterio Velasco

New York Mr. & Mrs. Jack Betwarda Mr. Charles Brown Mrs. Rose Mary Clair Mr. & Mrs. Charles Curcio Mr. & Mrs. Charles Curcio, Jr. Ms. Claire Dell Mr. & Mrs. James Dell’Orto Mr. Edward DeLuca Mr. Joseph Hill Ms. Carol Martindale Ms. Elizabeth Nardone Mrs. Joan Oliver 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 On a snowy but memorable evening in Chicago, IL, John Keifer invited his Adopted Sister, Sr. Betty Ann Martinez (third from left), to a Christmas Party – and there was Francis Cardinal George! Joining the gathering were Elizabeth Keifer, Sr. Liz Ryan, John Keifer, Sr. Carmen Morales, and Marianne Bestler. Thank you, Keifer Family!

Major Bequests to the Partners Circle



Richard Meissner, Meissner Manufacturing

Mrs. Beatrice Lightfoot


Tony Amato Family The Carini Family Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Hoffman Mr. Anthony Petrocelli Ms. Roberta Ruocco Ms. Celeste Tripi

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


new Jersey

new yorK


The Salesian Sisters Partners Circle provides Financial Assistance and Volunteer Services to the Salesian Sisters and the Young People in their Care for the Advancement of Education, Vocations, and Community Life

Mrs. Pearl Kalikow

Mr. & Mrs. Larry Peterson

Partners Circle “Stewards” Annual gift of $10,000 florida Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Ekonomou

new Jersey 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 “Partners” Annual gift of $5,000

connecticut A Friend

new Jersey Mr. & Mrs. Tony Chernalis Mr. & Mrs. Robert Harkins Mr. & Mrs. Bill McLaughlin Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Pfeifer

Mr. & Mrs. Rodger Rohde Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Weiner

new yorK Mr. John Cassara

Pennsylvania Mr. & Mrs. Vincent DeBow

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

connecticut Mr. & Mrs. Pete Barna Mr. Michael Guarnieri Dr. Joseph McAleer

florida Mrs. Janis Boyd Dr. Idalia Lastra Mr. & Mrs. James Millar


Mr. & Mrs. Donald Hoffman Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Massood Mr. & Mrs. Michael Massood Mrs. Kathleen Medore Ms. Antonia Meola Mrs. Moira McBride Murphy Mr. Stephen Papetti Ms. Rose Perone

new yorK

Ms. Patti Gauthier

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

new Jersey


Mrs. Pat Brizzolara Mr. & Mrs. John Connors Mr. Anthony Gulino Ms. Ida Gulino Ms. Nancy Gulino

A Friend

south carolina Mr. & Mrs. Tom Aldinger

salesian sisters’ Partners circle Welcome New 2011 Members in Red!

Joseph J. McAleer, Sr., Heritage Society

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uring our recent “Meet n’ Greet” with Adopters and friends in Florida, we enjoyed the warm hospitality of Angelo Iafrate from Dade City. Angelo was the perfect host and showed us the thrills of life on his amazing farm! Thank you, Angelo!


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erchants Custom House Brokerage Co., Inc., doing business as Merchants Custom House, was founded in 1981 by Robert T. Reiter, LL.M., a licensed U.S. Customs Broker in Atlanta, GA.

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For every product imported into the United States, there are 500 pages of customs regulations and thousands of tariff items that need to be considered. The goal of Merchants Custom House is to act on behalf of importers and exporters to ensure that goods get through U.S. Customs channels quickly and efficiently. Its services include preparing import and export documents and other forms on behalf of clients in accordance with customs regulations, laws, and procedures; and offering counsel and services on commodity, tax rates and duties, import and export restrictions, exchange rates, methods of customs clearance, letters of credit, insurance requirements, domestic and international shipping and transportation regulations, tariff classifications, concessions, and appraisals. Merchants Custom House also arranges for payments for taxes, storage, duties, freight, transporation, bonds, and other expenses to cover duty of goods, and provides client representation in dealing with government officials. For more information on Merchants Custom House, visit

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God’s Kind of Love Sr. Phyllis Neves’ Letter


n your local drugstore or supermarket, did you notice how quickly the Christmas clearance section was replaced by shelves of lovely heart boxes filled with gourmet chocolates as well as teddy bears and other stuffed novelties that dance, sing, and tap out a Valentine message? Down the same aisle one usually found rows and rows of Valentine cards containing greetings for everyone from your Mother to your secret admirer. They come in all sorts of formats and designs so that we can remind our family and friends, on this particular occasion, that they are especially loved. Passing one day along rows of heart-laden, sparklesprinkled cards, the thought came to me, “If this day is about love and God IS Love, then He surely sends ‘Valentines,’ too.” Valentines are messages of love. And each of us is God’s beloved and, every day, God showers love upon us moment by moment. “Take a breath. Every breath, that’s a Valentine from God. Every new day, every moment of our lives is filled with ‘I Love You’s’ from God.”

or comfort. The officer in charge refused to let Bill leave the trench. It was simply too dangerous. As he turned his back, however, Bill went over the top. Ignoring the concussion of incoming rounds and the pounding in his chest, Bill made it to Jim. Sometime later he managed to get Jim back to the safety of the trenches. Too late. His friend was gone. The somewhat self-righteous officer, seeing Jim’s body, cynically asked Bill if it had been “worth the risk.” Bill’s response was without hesitation. “Yes, sir, it was,” he said. “My friend’s last words made it more than worth it. He looked up at me and said, ‘I knew you’d come.’”

“Let us be aware and be grateful as we pass God’s love around.”

Now God was not satisfied with just cards, just words on paper. No. God gave us all the best, the sweetest, the most wondrous gift of all: His Son Jesus, who came to teach us what genuine love is capable of. “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (Matthew 15:13). You’ve probably heard the powerful story coming out of World War I of the deep friendship of two soldiers in the trenches. Two buddies were serving together in the mud and misery. Month after month they lived out their lives in the trenches, in the cold and the mud, under fire and under orders. In the process, friendships were forged. Two soldiers in particular, Jim and Bill, became great friends. Day after day, night after night, terror after terror, they talked of life, of families, of hopes, of what they would do if they returned from the war. During one night battle, Jim fell, severely wounded. His friend Bill made it back to the safety of the trenches. Meanwhile, Jim lay suffering beneath the crossfire, between the trenches, alone. Bill wished to reach his friend in order to be of help

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This is what love is like – genuine love. God’s kind of love. Love risks its own life to save another. It’s also patient. It can wait. It helps others, even if they never find out who did it. Love doesn’t look for greener pastures or dream of how things could be better if I just got rid of all my current commitments. Love doesn’t act in a loose, immoral way. It doesn’t seek to take, but it willingly gives. Love doesn’t lose its cool. It doesn’t turn on and off. Love doesn’t think about how bad the other person is, and certainly doesn’t think of how it could get back at someone. Love is grieved deeply (as God is) over the violence and injustice in this world, but it rejoices over truth. Love comes and sits with you when you’re feeling down and finds out what is wrong. It believes in you. Love knows you’ll come through just as God planned, and love sticks right beside you all the way. Love doesn’t give up, or quit, or diminish, or go home. Love keeps on keeping on, even when everything goes wrong and the feelings leave and the other person doesn’t seem as special anymore. Love is the most important thing 100 percent of the time. That, my friends, is what real love is! Valentine’s Day comes once a year, but the gift of God’s love is poured each day in abundance into your life and mine. Let us be aware and grateful as we pass around this love. There could be someone out there in the darkness waiting for us, too.

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News from “Partners” Like You!


n January 15, Courtney and Gus Santorella of Jensen Beach, FL, hosted a dinner party for 25 close family and friends to celebrate Faith and Art. In celebration of Faith, one of the Santorellas’ favorite nuns, Sr. Mary Rinaldi, spoke about the Salesian Sisters’ Adopt a Sister program, and the beauty of the family it has built nationwide. Many were inspired, and joined the program on the spot! On the topic of Art, Francis Mesaros, an up-and-coming artist with a patented oil painting technique, shared his life story and his beautiful artwork, along with his piano expertise. Francis, a dear friend of Courtney and Gus, donated one of his stunning paintings to Gus and Courtney that night, and they in turn immediately donated it to Sr. Mary for use at a future fundraiser. Gerry and Lou Addeo felt so moved by both Sr. Mary’s and Francis’ stories that they made a significant donation on the spot for Sr. Mary’s new painting, and at the same time adopted their first Salesian Sister. Wow! What a surprise! Thank you, Gerry and Lou! The Santorella home was filled with friendship, laughter, and love that night, all to celebrate Faith and Art. Thank you, Courtney and Gus, for a fantastic evening, and for being a part of the Salesian family!

Sr. Mary Rinaldi and Artist Francis Mesaros (left) with new friends Geraldine and Louis Addeo of Palm City, FL. Proceeds from Francis’ work of art, shown here, will help the Salesian Sisters and their good works.

Right, Jill Sheppell of Hutchinson Island, FL, and her mother Marie of Little Falls, NJ.

Left, Geraldine Addeo with Lynn Barbati of Jensen Beach, who adopted Sr. Ruth Stecker.

Hosts Gus and Courtney Santorella of Jensen Beach, FL, proudly display their medals of Mary Help of Christians with Sr. Mary Rinaldi. The Santorellas have adopted Sr. Maryann Schaefer. Right, Pat and Vincent Lino from Palm City, FL, have adopted Sr. Margaret Rose Buonaiuto.

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News from “Partners” Like You! yes and no. When she is playing with her Weebles, she picks them up with her wrists. Three days a week, she has physical therapy and goes to a speech therapist that specializes in helping with feeding disorders. Kloe is still undergoing MRI’s every three months to evaluate the remaining cancer and skin nodules in the area. Hoping everything goes away, no chemo or radiation is needed at this time.

Kloe Elizabeth Halstead was born September 23, 2009, to Lindsay and Kurt of Wolverine Lake, MI. The nurse noticed a problem with her breathing right after she was born. Here is the story of “God’s Little Miracle,” and we hope you will join us in prayer for Kloe and her family.


ithin a week of Kloe’s birth we realized that she was having feeding and breathing issues. After going back and forth to the pediatricians and ruling out allergies to the formula, Kloe was admitted into the hospital for tests. After 24 hours of tests and antibiotics, Kloe was on a ventilator and airlifted to Mott’s Children’s Hospital. Doctors realized that Kloe had two tumors inside her spinal cord. She survived the surgery and doctors got out MOST of the cancer. The tumors had crushed Kloe’s spinal cord from the C4 to the T1 vertebrae. She was in the intensive care unit for four weeks, and then transferred to the special unit for children on ventilators. After another four weeks of training

so that we could care for a child on a ventilator, Kloe went home. Kloe is 15 months old now, and is beautiful and smart. She still has cancer, relies on a ventilator to breathe, and has a stomach tube to feed her. She is paralyzed from the waist down and doesn’t have use of her hands. Kloe loves to talk, whether you can understand her or not. She can say Mama and Dada. She shakes her head


he Salesian Sisters have joined TD Bank’s “Affinity Membership Program,” which provides us with an opportunity to earn annual cash donations. We are thrilled with how easy it is for our friends to participate in this program, and there is no cost to do so. Here’s how it works: • If you are an existing TD Bank customer, you can call or visit any TD Bank location and tell a bank representative you would like your account linked to: Missionary Society of Salesian Sisters Affinity Program, Code: A1214.

Kloe is undergoing intense physical and occupational therapies to help wake up her sleeping muscles. Her prognosis to walk is poor, but we are praying for her to keep growing and getting stronger to overcome their prognosis. We are working to wean her off the ventilator. She just had surgery to have a feeding tube placed, since she has had issues with eating by mouth. This is a long road for us but we are going to make it to the end. We just don’t know how long it will take. Thank you again for all your prayers. – Lindsay, Kurt, and Kloe Halstead

known only to them. All balances and other account information are kept confidential; only TD Bank will have that information. • No withdrawal is ever made from your account. • At the end of the year, TD Bank will donate its own funds to the Salesian Sisters, based on a percentage of our members’ balances. We need a minimum of 40 members to qualify, and there is no limit on the amount of TD Bank’s potential donation.

• All checking, savings, money market, CD’s, and retirement accounts are eligible, as are brand new accounts.

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A Love That Lasts Forever

Received between December 2, 2010 and January 31, 2011

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.

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Anne R. Potter Mr. & Mrs. Dominic Pascucci

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Received between December 2, 2010 and January 31, 2011 Rose Cordes Mr. Robert D. Blew Mr. & Mrs. Donald M. Endres, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Michael F. Gross Mr. & Mrs. Ronald J. Hochmuth, Sr.

Sr. Esther Cruz, FMA Mrs. Marilyn Karlich Special Intention Ms. Theresa Entler Sr. Mary Winterscheidt, FMA Ms. Ann Marie Smith


illian Holloman, mother of Sr. Joanne Holloman, passed away on January 16 at the age of 77. Lillian was an Atlantic City, NJ, resident, a member of St. Michael’s Church, and actively involved with the annual Wedding of the Sea Celebration for over 25 years. Predeceased by her husband, George, she is survived by four children, seven grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. The Salesian Sisters extend their deepest condolences and prayers to Sr. Joanne and the family.

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o you have a happy occasion you would like to share? The Salesian Sisters will celebrate with you. Is it a time to celebrate a less-than-happy occasion? Our prayer for you on your special day will celebrate this event in your life. Have you someone to thank? Then please “Give Us This Special Day”! All of us will help multiply this gratitude. Any and every event or person or situation that merits special attention will be publicized on a bulletin board outside our chapel on your special day. All the Sisters, on that day, will pray for that person, event, and/or situation and for the person who requests prayer for the day. The Sisters enjoy taking part in your family’s joys and, also, sorrows. You have become part of our family, and that is a wonderful exchange of love and concern for each event. The Lord has assured us, “Where two or three are gathered in My Name, I am among them.” What better assurance can we have? Let this exchange of time be an example of our concern and love for one another. God bless you!

Sr. Ramona Beltre got into the Christmas spirit at the Salesian Sisters’ holiday party!

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The Joy of Teaching in a Salesian School

A Matter of the Heart


herever a Salesian Sister goes, it’s always a matter of the heart – the heart of the young! Here at Villa Madonna School in Tampa, FL, it was definitely an environment I had not ever experienced. There are over 450 little hearts to be touched – for each of us to “become signs and bearers of God’s all embracing love!” As a Facilities Manager and not in the traditional classroom, how could I begin to touch the hearts of the young? Part of my responsibilities includes being out bright and early to greet the young people as they arrive. Who can’t unbuckle their seatbelt, who doesn’t have shoes on, who has a book bag they can’t get out of the car, or who needs a little “cheery” tune to begin their day? William’s mother says, “We have to stop and get Sr. Maryann’s greeting in the morning and see what she says today.” Another says, “Thank you, Sister, for telling my daughter to tell me, ‘Mommy, I love you’, every morning. Now, she does it without being reminded.” With the older children, it’s all about sports – the Rays, the Bucs, the Lightning. Then there’s always the many “fish stories” that young and old don’t want to miss sharing. Not being in the classroom, as most Salesian Sisters are, doesn’t keep me from having daily, spontaneous encounters with the young. First there’s, “Sr. Maryann, the girls’ bathroom has a clogged toilet”; then there’s “Sister, I kicked the kickball over the fence. Can you open the gate and go with me to get it?” Then there’s the four-year-old dismissal time, and six of the ten of them who want to hold your hand or, in my

Sr. Maryann Schaefer with students at Villa Madonna School.

Prayer, practice, practice, laughing, and having a snack after our session grew to a little family of musicians. We have performed for Veterans’ Day, for Grandparents’ Day, for the annual spring concert, and just this year we had our own Christmas Concert at a restaurant, with parents and families all present! Asking some of the girls why they joined handbell choir and what they have learned, the following was shared: “I have learned to focus more, even in the classroom. Being in the handbell choir has given me more selfconfidence. We have so much fun even while we are learning.” In asking the parents what they have seen, they have shared that the girls are having fun and that they, too, have noticed that they are focusing much more in the classroom and that their grades have improved.

case, a finger each. Who has toys they just got and you have to see them.

Touching the hearts of the young is not just limited to the school scene, though. As a Salesian Sister, I have So, what does a Salesian had the joy and privilege Sister who is a of guiding many, many “How does a Facilities Manager do young people in high Salesian Sister to keep in touch with school and college to the young – to touch touch the hearts various places all over their hearts? the world, where they of the young?” have experiences that Sr. Rose McShane used deepen their faith and to tell us that “music is the strengthen their identity way to the heart of the young.” Those as Salesian Family. We have been to words “ring” so true to this day! The Denver, to Manila, to Paris, to Rome, children, here at Villa Madonna, love to Toronto, to Cologne, to Sydney and, to sing, to play instruments, and to this year, God-willing, to Madrid. perform in the annual musical. So, loving music myself, I thought to begin Why all this? It truly is a matter of a handbell choir. Once a week, after the heart – heart of a loving God who school, 13 young people, grades 3-5, embraces the young with so much meet in my office for 45 minutes of pleasure, but who invites us to share in instruction. They were having fun and His Love and to bring it to the young. learning how to read music and to follow directions. How exciting! – Sr. Maryann Schaefer, FMA

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MARY HELP oF CHRISTIANS ACADEMY, NoRTH HALEDoN, NJ – On January 24, more than 40 students and faculty braved freezing weather to take part in the 38th annual March for Life in Washington, DC. Hundreds of thousands of people traveled from across the U.S. to protest abortion. “This was education in action, prayer, and hope,” says Sr. Theresa Lee, who accompanied the students, faculty, and chaperones on the March. “The sheer number of people present most impressed the kids – to be a part of something greater than themselves, and a voice for those who can’t have one in this society.” photoS by RaeleNe oSMa, MhCa SeNioR & yeaRbooK CoMMittee MeMbeR

ACADEMY oF oUR LADY HIGH, MARRERo, LA – At right, Amy Bourgeois, a senior, and Ashley Aucoin, a sophomore, show some of the pro-life bumper stickers that were available to students during the Academy’s annual Right to Life Week. The Right to Life Club sponsored a number of events during the week, including “Spiritual Adoptions,” in which students “adopted” some of the many unborn children who will lose their lives to abortion this year.

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Villa Madonna School, Tampa, FL – Villa Madonna celebrated Grandparents Day during Catholic Schools Week. Close to 400 grandparents and students attended the breakfast and presentation by the students, complete with a Rosary and flower for each grandparent. Grandparents of all the children, present or not, were remembered in a special blessing. Afterwards, the students were able to take their parents to the school book fair. Villa loves their grandparents! Above, George and Christine Kalil drove from Hudson, FL, to be here for their granddaughters, Julia Gauci (4th grade) and Jenna Gauci (3rd grade).

Academy of Our Lady, Marrero, LA – Taylor Smith, an eighth grader (above), helps load the school van with some of the many bags of gifts gathered by Academy students during the school’s annual Christmas toy and clothing drive, sponsored by the Mission Club. Below, more than 50 Academy students participated in a fundraising walk for the American Diabetes Association, sponsored by the Health Care Club. The Health Care Club, moderated by Sr. Susan Bagli, has worked diligently to promote health awareness among the Academy’s students and staff.

Villa Madonna students sing for their grandparents (above). At right, several generations of Villa Madonna: Mia Horn, a student in Pre-K 4, enjoys Grandparents Day with her mom, Roxana Sanchez, and her Grandmothers, Josephine and Gladys Sanchez.

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Salesian Youth Report Immaculata La Salle High School, Miami, FL –Mr. Danilo Recino, from ILS’ Theology department, leads a group of students in a daily prayer experience. This was but one of the many special activities during ILS’ annual plunge into service and experiential learning called Social Issues Awareness Week (SIAW). During SIAW, there are no formal classes and the academic schedule is suspended. Instead of attending classes, students use their independence to work in small groups to address a specific issue, in ways consistent with Catholic Social Teachings. This year’s SIAW was driven by the Science Department. Students carried out the beginnings of long-term projects that ranged from the restoration of neighboring mangroves; a study of local screech owl populations; creating perches for sea birds to encourage sea grass health; planting hummingbird and butterfly gardens; and planting organic vegetable and herb gardens on campus. One group has dived head-long into a project to educate elementary school children on the importance of shark conservation by giving lively presentations and developing a curriculum for elementary school science teachers. “I don’t know of any other school that does this,” says science teacher and biologist, Cecilia Calleros. “We leave it to the kids to come up with their own structure, and they were able to propose something real and carry it out.”

Salesian Youth Center/Boys & Girls Club, Tampa, FL – Enthusiastic hands wave in the air as students asked questions of Navy sailors who visited SYC as part of Tampa Bay Navy Week. Navy Weeks are designed to raise awareness among Americans young and old of the importance of the Navy in protecting our country. The sailors were a hit at the SYC! (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ruben Perez/Released)

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Bishop Lane Retreat Center, Rockford, IL – Sr. Mary Arciga, Sr. Isabel Garza and Sr. Loretta DeDomenicis spent the day with the amazing staff of Holy Family Elementary School in Rockford. Sr. Loretta led the staff retreat, and you could tell immediately the joy among the dedicated staff during Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and several presentations and workshops. After lunch, teachers had an activity that culminated the retreat. They were given a colored piece of oak tag paper with a piece of yarn around it, and hung it on their backs. Then all were given a marker and asked to write encouraging words to each other. Everyone loved it! Teachers commented how much they enjoyed the whole day, with words like Renewed, Refreshed, Re-Energized, and More United.

Mary Help of Christians Academy, North Haledon, NJ – Eva’s Village was a lot brighter over Christmas thanks to artwork created by Mary Help students, which hung on the walls of the program’s soup kitchen. Eva’s Village is a nonprofit comprehensive social service agency. Its mission is to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, treat the addicted, and provide medical care to the poor. Well done, Mary Helpers!

St. Theresa School, Kenilworth, NJ – Students enjoyed the annual “Learning Fair” which included lots of hands-on activities. Four-yearolds in the Pre-K class, including Kalina Soares, Kylie Sheridan, and Kylo Fukazawa, built a bear cave to demonstrate how bears hibernate in the winter.

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rittany Martinez and Shelby Leonard, juniors, move some of the thousands of non-perishable food items donated by Academy of Our Lady High students during the school’s annual food drive in Marreo, LA. The National Honor Society sponsored the drive, and food items were given to the local St. Vincent de Paul Society for distribution to families in need in the New Orleans area.

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