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Sr. Mary Rinaldi’s Letter

Save The Dates! Saturday, November 21

Dear Friends:

Thanksgiving Basket a benefit for Villa Madonna School and the Salesian Youth Center honoring Joe Chillura

The prayer of St. Francis – “Make me a channel of your peace” – was echoed by children at our Salesian Schools as the new school year began and they followed Pope Francis’ journey to the U.S. last month. The Holy Father paid a “visit” to Villa Madonna School in Tampa, FL – in the form of a cardboard standee! Our cover shows the proud second grade class with Sr. Elfie Del Rosario, Sr. Rosemary Cordes, and Sr. Myriam Meus, all thrilled to have their picture with the Vicar of Christ. Joseph Anderson exclaimed, “Since I have a little brother named John Paul, can I change mine to Francis??” St. Theresa School in Kenilworth, NJ, also joined in the fun: see page 17.

Please donate a silent auction item from our Amazon wish list! Visit, go to Find a Wish List, type in Salesian Sisters and choose Thanksgiving Basket 2015. Thank you!

We have a special request to make to our readers of Partners in Giving. We need to restore the pond beside the St. Joseph Provincial Center in Haledon, NJ. Back in the 1940s, the pond was created as a water activity for schoolchildren and the Sisters, stocked with fish for the enjoyment of all. The ravages of time and nature have taken their toll, and the muddy water was roped off this summer. We have been blessed with a $75,000 matching gift from a private foundation in New York to restore the pond, and have until November 30 to match it. Can you help? Please visit the “Donate” page on, or fill in the coupon below and return with your check in the enclosed envelope. On behalf of our community, thank you!

For more information and tickets, please contact Kathy Pedrero: (813) 226-0836 or e-mail

Sunday, December 13

Salesian Sisters’ Christmas Party Mary Help of Christians Academy North Haledon, NJ


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Our Pond Needs Your Help!

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A Warm Welcome to Our New Aspirants! As the new Salesian school year begins, we also extend a warm welcome to six young women, our newest Aspirants. They arrived in North Haledon, NJ on August 31 to begin their first year of the initial formation program of the Salesian Sisters. All of these young women bring their own special gifts together with their dream to become a Salesian Sister. We offer them our prayers and support on their vocational journeys! Here are their stories, in their own words.


first thought about religious life as a third or fourth grader. I wanted to be a rock star nun! I don’t recall ever meeting a Sister in real life, the ones who wear the habits and everything, so I pushed my thoughts of religious life aside. At Northern Illinois University, a priest on campus gave me great advice and I started meeting nuns! I met a Salesian Sister and she became a mentor to me. Brianna Foley, New Lenox, IL


t the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I met the Salesian Sisters. Prior to college I had not discerned religious life at all. On a Koinania community retreat, I spoke to Sr. Theresa Samson and started meeting with her. I found myself particularly drawn to the Salesians because of their youthful, family-centered background. After Christmas break, I had a moment in Eucharistic Adoration where I felt God calling me to enter with the Salesian Sisters. Rachel Lauritsen, Pontiac, IL


came to realize how much I had neglected my relationship with God by prioritizing my career goals in communications over Him. God led me to the Salesian Sisters. They were very different from other religious I had met. They offered me their friendship and cordiality, without

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Our new Aspirants (left-right): Boram Lee, Marie Fe Tansioco, Brianna Foley, Rachel Lauritsen, Eva Marie Solangon, and Antoinette Lloyd-Evans.

pressuring me, allowing me to decide if and when I wanted to enter. Boram Lee, Bordentown, NJ


decided from my youth that, with God and our most Blessed Lady’s help, I was going to give God my Fiat and serve Him in the distressing disguise of the poorest of the poor, especially children. The Salesian Sisters are forerunners of the New Evangelization. I am inspired by their commitment “to a community lifestyle which is simple, poor, welcoming, and able to create a new educative presence among poor youth.” Antoinette Lloyd-Evans The Gambia, West Africa


fter earning my Master’s Degree in Economics, I got a nice job in Washington, DC, with the Federal Trade Commission. I

learned that work, money, and eating out are not as fulfilling as I thought. Thankfully, I met some nice friends, and my Mom and Pastor asked me to help with Vacation Bible School, CCD, and the Youth Group. Slowly, God drew me and guided me, and I let myself be guided. Marie Fe Tansioco Virginia Beach, VA


lowers grow out of dark moments,” said Sr. Corita Kent. This is how God led me to discerning a religious vocation and the Salesian Sisters. A seed was planted by God through my friend from youth group who invited me to a “Come and See” week with the Sisters. It really opened my eyes to a new outlook on religious life. God knew my heart so well! Eva Marie Solangon, Bergenfield, NJ

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Look! There’s My Salesian Sister!


t’s moving time! As many of our Salesian Sisters have received new assignments, here’s a handy reference to locate them. Please write, e-mail, or call – we love to hear from you!



Blessed Laura Vicuña Convent 226 S. W. 20th Road Miami, FL 33129-1429 Telephone: (305) 857-9186 Website: Sr. Lillian Foxx Sr. Clare Kennelly Sr. Kim Keraitis

Immaculate Conception Convent 2605 Crestwood Road Marrero, LA 70072 Telephone: (504) 347-4887 Websites: Sr. Antoinette Cedrone Sr. Lou Ann Fantauzza Sr. Michelle Geiger Sr. Marisol Guzman Sr. Jennifer Kane Sr. Mary Louise Mazzocco

Villa Madonna Convent 315 West Columbus Drive Tampa, FL 33602-1306 Tel: (813) 229-1322 Website: Sr. Nivia Arias Sr. Rosemary Cordes Sr. Mary Jackson Sr. Elfie Del Rosario Sr. Myriam Meus St. Mary Mazzarello Convent 23000 53rd St. SW Naples, FL 34116 Telephone: (239) 348-2911 Website: Sr. Suzanne Dauwalter Sr. Carmen Peña Sr. Pat Roche


ILLINOIS St. John Bosco Convent St. John’s Catholic Newman Center University of Illinois Newman Hall 604 East Armory Avenue Champaign, IL 61820 Telephone: (217) 255-6645 Website: Sr. Mary Arciga Sr. Loretta De Dominicis Sr. Theresa Samson Sr. Maryann Schaefer

NEW JERSEY St. Joseph Provincial Center & Provincial Offices 655 Belmont Avenue Haledon, NJ 07508-2301 Telephone: (973) 790-7966 Website: Sr. Karen Dunn, Provincial Superior Sr. Catherine Altamura Sr. Amelia Callegarin Sr. Agatha Cosentino Sr. Esther Cruz Sr. Rufina Delgado Sr. Virginia Dickey Sr. Rosalie Di Peri Sr. Anita Durocher

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Sr. Frances Gumino Sr. Teresa Gutierrez Sr. Fanny Flores Sr. Pauline Joss Sr. Emilia Kassab Sr. Balbina Lopez Sr. Gloria Machado Sr. Inez Molano Sr. Carmen Morales Sr. Catherine Novo Sr. Mary Palladino Sr. Mary Bertha Paquin Sr. Louise Passero Sr. Anna Ragogna Sr. Grace Ruiz Sr. Livia Setti Sr. Denise Sickinger Sr. Ruth Stecker Sr. Carmela Termine Sr. Mary Terzo Sr. Eileen Tickner Sr. Margaret Wilhelm Sr. Mary Winter Sr. Pat Winter Sr. Mary Ann Zito Mary Help of Christians Academy 659 Belmont Avenue North Haledon, NJ 07508-2397 Telephone: (973) 790-6200 Website: Sr. Ramona Beltré Sr. Mary Ann Caspary Sr. Christina Chong Sr. Maria Colombo Sr. Emy DeFilippi Sr. Marisa De Rose Sr. Domenica Di Peri Sr. Brittany Harrison Sr. Doris Jaimes Sr. Guerline Joseph Sr. Fernanda Kalcona Sr. Theresa Kelly Sr. Theresa Lee Sr. Betty Ann Martinez Sr. Maria Rehakova Sr. Mary Rinaldi Sr. Doris Sanabria

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Sr. Teresita Teran Sr. Mary Winterscheidt Sr. Patricia Winterscheidt St. Theresa Convent 112 North 23rd Street Kenilworth, NJ 07033-1256 Telephone: (908) 276-5028 Website: www.sainttheresaschool Sr. Helene Godin Sr. Monique Huart Sr. Janet Keller Sr. Juliett Perez Sacred Heart Retreat Center 20 Old Swartswood Road Newton, NJ 07860-6221 Telephone: (973) 383-2620 Website: www.sacredheart Sr. Susan Bagli Sr. Joanne Holloman Sr. Florine Lagace Sr. Arlene Rubino Auxilium Center 14 Old Swartswood Road Newton, NJ 07860 Telephone: (973) 383-2621 Website: Sr. Isabel Garza Sr. Liz Ryan Sr. Elizabeth Russo


alesian Sisters, family (above), and friends gathered in North Haledon, NJ, on August 14 to bid farewell to Sr. Colleen Clair before she departed for her new assignment and mission at Sacred Heart Girls’ School in Alexandria, Egypt. Sr. Colleen is settling in to her new life, taking a selfie (right) in front of her with school with Sr. Sadeh Abed Alnour and Sr. Anna Dayoub, and visiting the local bread shop (below). For more photos and updates, visit

NEW YORK Corpus Christi Convent 135 South Regent Street Port Chester, NY 10573-3510 Telephone: (914) 937-4405 Website: Sr. Margaret Rose Buonaiuto Sr. Frances Da Grossa Sr. Lise Parent Sr. Joo Yun Park

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We Gathered in Gratitude for Mary Help!


ith the theme of “An Autumn Gathering in Gratitude,” the Dames of Mary Help organized this year’s fundraising gala for Mary Help of Christians Academy on October 2 at The Grove in Cedar Grove, NJ. The $290,000 raised will benefit the operations and scholarship funds at Mary Help. This year’s honorees truly embodied the gratitude theme for their amazing dedication, service, and generosity: The Anthony and Arthur Papetti Families, and Twinkie Polizzi.

Born and raised in Elizabeth, NJ, brothers Anthony and Arthur Papetti expanded the business founded by their grandparents in 1908 into the largest egg processor in the world! With their children on board, the company (which processes millions of eggs each day) certainly has an “eggs-cellent” future! The Papettis’ business success is outshone by their love of family and devotion to their church and community.

Mike Polizzi praises his wife and honoree, Twinkie, as their proud son Dex and daughter-in-law Emily look on. Photos by Lorraine Corsale

Twinkie Polizzi, a native of Pompton Plains, NJ, is a charter member of the Dames of Mary Help and currently serves as chair. Twinkie and her husband of 40 years, Michael (a member of the Partners Circle National Board), have spent the last two decades in dedicated service to the Salesian Sisters and students at Mary Help, as well as to their community of Franklin Lakes, NJ. And yes, like her name says, Twinkie truly sparkles! Thanks to the generosity of all who participated in the auctions and our Sponsors, including our dear friend Joe Pesci, the Gala was a great success. See you again next year!


Congratulations to our honorees, Arthur and Anthony Papetti and their families!

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Enjoying the festivities are Sue Benson, Kathleen Toth, Hilda and Tony Marmo, and Melanie Vespa.

Mary Help students, led by Hannah Morrissey, begin the “March of the Teddy Bears”!

A.J. Papetti paid tribute to his father, Arthur, and his family. Above, the gorgeous tablescapes were designed by our talented Dames of Mary Help, Debbie Rohde and Ro DePinto. Below, Anthony, Stephen, and Arthur Papetti.

Sr. Maria Rehokva and Sr. Mary Ann Caspary were thrilled to receive a teddy bear!

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Sr. Mary Rinaldi and Joe Pesci donned chef’s attire to help auction the biggest prize of the evening: two dinners with Joe!

Mary Help Junior Nicole Pinuela dazzled guests with her vocal performance!

Sr. Mary Bertha Paquin visits with Mike and Henrietta Pozye of Clark, NJ.

Mary Beth Housler of Franklin Lakes, NJ, extends an invitation to the dance floor!

Sr. Guerline Joseph gets the dance party started with the help of Mary Helpers!


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Our amazing Dames of Mary Help, Beverly Rohde and Twinkie Polizzi.

Amice and Steve McLean of Franklin Lakes, NJ,, give a round of applause to the evening’s entertainers.

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Your annual contribution to this fund empowers the Sisters to continue their mission: To Provide Financial Assistance and Volunteer Services to the Salesian Sisters and to the Young People in their Care for the Advancement of Education, Vocations, and Community Life.

new or upgraded Partners Circle Members so far in 2015!

There are nine levels of membership, starting at $550, and are listed on these three pages. Won’t you consider joining this dynamic group in 2015, our 24th year? 

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Joseph J. McAleer, Sr., Heritage Society Major Bequests California Richard Meissner, Meissner Manufacturing

Angel Oliva Family The Dorothy Thomas Foundation

Florida Dr. & Mrs. Vincent Bagli Mr. & Mrs. Ray Campo Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Garcia PC Mrs. Ann Lowry Murphey

Partners Circle “Visionaries” Annual gift of $27,250 Florida


Mr. Anthony Petrocelli Ms. Roberta Ruocco Ms. Celeste Tripi Mr. Vincent Waraske

Mrs. Beatrice Lightfoot

New York

New Jersey

Mrs. Pearl Kalikow

Tony Amato Family The Carini Family

Partners Circle “Stewards” Annual gift of $11,000 Texas Mrs. Betty Turner

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Salesian Sisters’ Partners Circle


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.

In memory of Henrietta Veronica Schmoll Rauenhorst PC = A member of the Partners Circle National Board of Trustees

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Partners Circle “Partners” Annual gift of $5,500 Florida

Mr. & Mrs. Javier Baldor PC Mr. & Mrs. James Millar Lydia & John Oliva Mr. & Mrs. Mark Oliva PC

New Jersey

New York

Mr. & Mrs. Tony Chernalis In memory of Mr. & Mrs. C.H. Church, Jr. Joanne & Al Daloisio Mr. & Mrs. Robert Harkins PC

Mr. Anthony J. Carroll Mr. John Cassara

California Connecticut

Mr. Michael Guarnieri PC Christina & David McAleer PC Dr. Joseph McAleer PC Mr. & Mrs. Salvatore Zichichi

Florida Mrs. Janis Boyd Anthony & Diana Ekonomou Lowry Murphey Family Foundation Mr. Fredy Padovan

Annual gift of $3,300 Florida Dr. Idalia Lastra

Pennsylvania Mr. & Mrs. Vincent DeBow

Partners Circle “Founders” Mrs. Maryann Roman

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Mr. Bill McLaughlin PC A.J. & Mindy Papetti Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Pfeifer PC Mr. & Mrs. Rodger Rohde Joseph & Rita Weiner

Partners Circle “Friends”

Massachusetts Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Clair

New Jersey Mr. & Mrs. John Connors Mr. & Mrs. Donald Hoffman Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Laudone Mr. & Mrs. Dale Livi Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Massood Mr. & Mrs. Michael Massood Ms. Antonia P. Meola Mrs. Moira McBride Murphy Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Papetti Ms. Rose Perone

Annual gift of $2,200 New York Ms. Jordon Carroll Mr. & Mrs. James Dell’Orto Mr. Ian H. Graham Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Scala, Jr.

Pennsylvania In Loving Memory of Sr. Adeline Salvetti, FMA

South Carolina Mr. & Mrs. Tom Aldinger

Partners Circle “Benefactors” Annual gift of $1,100 California Mr. & Mrs. Robert Obenberger


Linda & Peter Christiansen PC Mary Bridget Gaine A Friend

Florida Mr. & Mrs. John Anello Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Caballero PC Terrell & Joe Clark Dr. Andrea & Sean Farrier PC Mrs. Aida Jurado Mr. & Mrs. H. Tyson Lykes, II Mr. & Mrs. Jim Major Mr. & Mrs. Frank Middendorf

Mr. & Mrs. Gene Perez Mr. Charles B. Schmalz

Georgia Mr. Robert Reiter

Massachusetts Mr. & Mrs. Neil Holmes

Missouri Ms. Marianne O’Doherty

New Jersey Ms. Anita Cronk Ms. Debi F. Debiak Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Granatell Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Laino

Michael & Mary Losurdo Mr. & Mrs. Brian McAuley Kathleen & Vic Medore Mrs. Arline Monaco Mr. & Mrs. Michael Massood

New York Ms. Lea Battiato Mr. & Mrs. John W. Lombardi Msgr. William T. Rodgers The Sabatine Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Angelo Silveri

Pennsylvania Mr. & Mrs. Bob Danch Allyson & Kevin Hardy

A Friend Anonymous

California Geraldine & Joanne Rizzuto

Connecticut Mr. & Mrs. Edward Goin Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Mosey

Dr. & Mrs. Emilio Echevarria PC Mr. & Mrs. Luis Garcia PC Mr. & Mrs. James W. Lee Mr. & Mrs. Mark S. Reynolds Rudy Rodriguez Hon. Judge & Mrs. E.J. Salcines PC Mr. Joseph Tomaino Ms. Maria C. Torreiro Mr. & Mrs. Ron Yates



Mr. & Mrs. Mark Anderson Mr. & Mrs. Carlos Baldor, Jr. PC Carlos & Liana Baldor, Sr., in memory of Ana Maria Mr. James J. Burrowes Mrs. Yoli Buss Dr. & Mrs. Robert Cano Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Capitano Mrs. Trudy Carey Dr. & Mrs. Antonio Castro Mrs. J.C. De Lotto

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Fantauzza

Partners Circle “Associates” Annual gift of $825 Florida Mr. Declan Mansfield Fred & Anne Michaels Rene & Phyllis Rodriguez

New Jersey Mr. Anthony B. Della Cerra

New York Mr. Walter Lazarcheck Mrs. Helen Leahy

South Carolina Sandra M. Freeman

PC = A member of the Partners Circle National Board of Trustees

Illinois Adelaide Olivieri

Massachusetts Ms. Patti Gauthier Ms. Josephine Petrillo Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Reading

North Carolina Mr. & Mrs. Paul Liotard Mr. Chester F. Michewicz, Jr.

Ohio Mr. & Mrs. Dan Clair Mr. & Mrs. Dale Kovach

Pennsylvania Mr. & Mrs. Jack Hedgecock

South Carolina Anonymous

Texas Mr. & Mrs. Bill Locklier

Virginia Mrs. Dominique Faust Mr. Michael Maurer Mr. & Mrs. Karl Zauner

New Jersey Tiziana Anello, M.D. Larry & Mary Anne Condit John Eccleston Dr. & Mrs. Louis Gambetta PC Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Giamonco Mrs. Teresa Gutto Ms. Laura Cosentino Mannarino Mrs. Diva Muller Mr. & Mrs. Bob O’Halloran Mrs. Christine Peragallo Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Piotrowski Mr. & Mrs. Cameron Reid Emanuel N. Sarantis Mrs. John Soldoveri Mr. & Mrs. William Stuart Ms. Kathleen Zayatz

New York Michael & Jeanette Altamura Mr. & Mrs. Jack Betwarda Mr. Charles Brown Kevin & Kathy Clair Mrs. Rose Mary Clair Terence & Patricia Clair Alma & Charlie Curcio Ms. Claire Dell Mr. & Mrs. Mario Masciandaro Mr. & Mrs. Mark Nardone Mrs. Joan Oliver Mrs. Margaret Reilly-Antalec

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Annual gift of $550

OUR MISSION 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.

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Our host, Joe Pesci, greets Sr. Christina Chong and Sr. Doris Jaimes.


t the end of August, the Salesian Sisters of the Mary Help of Christians Academy community enjoyed a day of relaxation and boat rides with their dear friend, Joe Pesci, at his beautiful seaside home. Joe provided food, friends, and fun for the Sisters who had just finished their summer camp ministries and were gearing up for a new school year. We enjoyed the refreshing pool and a boat outing. Many of the Sisters challenged those gathered in a golf tee-off, with Sr. Ramona Beltré remaining the champion, several years running. Sr. Mary Rinaldi shared with those gathered the story of the Adopt-A-Sister program and the blessings it has brought for the Sisters and their Adopters. Mr. George Werner enjoyed seeing his Adopted Sister, Sr. Ramona Beltré.

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As the sun set over the water, the Sisters bid their generous host goodbye, renewed for another year of ministry. Thank you, Joe!

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Cooling off poolside at Joe Pesci’s home are (left-right) Sr. Janet Keller, Sr. Maria Rehakova, Sr. Teresita Teran, Sr. Doris Jaimes, Sr. Brittany Harrison, Tiffany Pesci, Sr. Mary Rinaldi, Sr. Christina Chong, and Maria Anderson.

Mr. Larry Gold is thrilled to adopt Sr. Janet Keller!

Sr. Juliett Perez raises her hands in joy as the Sisters enjoyed a sunset cruise on Joe Pesci’s boat. What a wonderful day!

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We Give Thanks for Your Special Day


o you have a happy occasion you would like to share? The Salesian Sisters will celebrate with you for an entire month. Is it a time to mark a less-thanhappy occasion? Our prayer for 30 days will commemorate this event in your life. Have you someone to thank? All of us will help multiply this gratitude to that special person. Is there a special person or event to bring to the attention of your friends? Then please “Give Us This Special Day”! Any event, person, or situation that merits special attention will be publicized on a bulletin board outside our chapel. The Sisters will pray for that intention and for the person who requests prayers for the day. Let this exchange of time be an example of our concern and love for one another. Enjoy the fall season with its colors and celebrations. Enjoy Thanksgiving knowing that you are special to us, and our prayers rise daily for you and your dear ones.

The Salesian Cooperators joined Sr. Frances Gumino and the Community of the St. Joseph Provincial Center in Haledon, NJ, as they celebrated the Bicentennial of St. John Bosco’s birthday on August 16.

Please Help Our Retired Sisters In Need! Please reserve this day/these days in 2015 or 2016 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):

Significance: Name

Total enclosed @ $100 per day: $ ____________


Please make your check payable to: Salesian Sisters


Please detach and mail in the enclosed envelope. Thank you!

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The Sanctuary of Love & Life Sr. Karen Dunn’s Letter


everal years ago I gave up baseball. The time commitment and the emotional investment of the season proved prohibitive for me. But during Pope Francis’ visit last month, I felt I had been thrust into the postseason again. Among the millions riveted to their TVs, I followed the journey of this remarkable Pope whose visit altered traffic patterns and work days, and pre-empted regular programming. Indeed, it was a moment when entire metropolitan areas made some “space for grace.” They stopped and celebrated a man who attracts all types of people, a man who seemed to personify the presence and mercy of God. The Holy Father’s intent and purpose for his first trip to the United States was not to visit New York City nor speak before Congress. No, the Pope was actually coming for what turned out to be the final destination of his brief tour: the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. He came to reflect and celebrate that “place” where every human being is first put by God and where the human heart is formed: the fundamental “cell of society,” the family. Having worked so many years with young people in our Salesian schools and places (which we always describe as “homes” for the young), and been in contact with so many wonderful families, I have seen how hearts are formed. I witnessed first-hand what an environment of welcoming, love, reverence, and safety does to the tender life of a child and a teen. I have admired great sacrifices on the part of parents to ensure the Catholic Education of their

children. I watched Moms and Dads a family, to make the Sign of the Cross in blessing be a family on their children’s foreheads each today; morning before hugging them and and how sending them off to meet their friends. indispensable I saw Grandmas and Grandpas wait the family is for the life of the world patiently in parking lots to receive the and for the future of humanity.” onslaught of the young energies that they would channel into a routine of Today, cultural shifts challenge snack, homework, play, and cooking our convictions about family and while parents made their commute humanity. Creating and keeping home from work. I have been blessed this “sanctuary” of the family by children who brought require choices. to the classroom great It is the work and Blessing for a security, serenity, vocation of families Child at Bedtime forgiveness, and themselves as well as practical faith, thanks to of the structures and Heavenly Father, the homes that nurtured organizations that bless (name) and them. I never ceased serve them. keep him (her) to marvel in the face in Your love. of what the theme of I might have given Grant him (her) the World Meeting of up baseball (which, a good rest tonight, Families called “The incidentally, was and send Family: The Sanctuary once family time), Your angels to of Love and Life.” but I cannot deny protect him (her). the growth and grace In the Name Family is a sacred that came from my of the Father, place of wholeness parents’ choices to and of the Son, and everyday holiness. nurture us and to and of the Holy Spirit. Much like happiness, cultivate our faith. Amen. Pope Francis said, They did so in the “Holiness is always tied loving bonds that to little gestures. These little gestures were created at the supper table, in are those we learn at home, in the loving attention to each of us, and family ... They are the quiet things even in the always-intense Sunday done by mothers and grandmothers, by morning round-up for Mass. Family fathers and grandfathers, by children. is the treasure that has shaped who They are little signs of tenderness, we are. affection, and compassion.” The Holy Father’s visit has drawn In a society where marriage, human attention to this wonderful “space relations, and human dignity are for grace” God has given to us. questioned or trampled upon, the Holy May our society support families Father highlighted before the world the and children, valuing and protecting “beauty of the family and marriage, the this foundational unit which is the greatness of this human reality which promise of the world of tomorrow. is so simple and yet so rich, consisting May we live in that space wherever of joys and hopes, of struggles and our place is in our family right now, sufferings, as is the whole of life. … cultivating those little gestures which We are called to acknowledge how bring happiness, wholeness and beautiful, true, and good it is to start holiness to each of us.


A Love That Lasts Forever

Received between August 5 and October 5, 2015

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 joins your loved ones to the prayers of the Salesian Sisters and supports their good works. 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

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Memorial for Tribute for



Sr. Claire Perino, FMA Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Morabito Mrs. Franca Marchetti Ms. Mary Kabat Mrs. Nan Smith Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Hahner Mrs. Joan Surman Mrs. Josephine Pellegrini Ms. Nellie Pinos Mr. & Mrs. Bill Uhl Mrs. Josephine Napfel Mrs. Marianne Salomone Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Marsolek, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. William Pescatore Mrs. Margaruite Kapinos Miss Michelle Chieco, RN Ms. Rose Perone Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Eckhardt Mrs. Catherine Conron Emilie DeMattia Ms. Isabella Renzulli Dr. & Mrs. Joseph Pizzurro Mr. & Mrs. Ed Zera Mr. & Mrs. Domenick Galluzzo Mr. R. Sheldon Scherer Dr. & Mrs. Robert Cerfolio Ms. Margaret Favocci Mr. & Mrs. Donald A. Bellezza Ms. Carmen Spagnuolo Louis DePalma Mr. & Mrs. Paul Midili Bob Laubshire Mrs. Bernice Titmas

Please send an acknowledgement to: Name Address

My Name Address

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


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. Forms are posted online at: www. salesiansisters. org, or please call us, toll-free: (877) OUR-NUNS. Thank you!

Lt. Col. Matthew Morabito Mrs. Dorothy Gangi Josephine Magee Mrs. Rose Ricci Ms. Sharon Patti & Family Mr. & Mrs. Forrest A. Chetnik Ms. Angela Finamore Mrs. Ann Marie Jones & Family Agnes Puccio Mr. & Mrs. Charles Witcoski, Jr. Ann Alexis Cerino Mr. Michael Cerino Alice Turner Ms. Lorraine Arnone Dolores Connor Mr. & Mrs. Dale Hoke

Tributes Pope Francis Ms. Akiko Maeda Sr. Mary Rinaldi, FMA Mrs. Maria Gloria Sr. Domenica Di Peri, FMA, on her 90th Birthday Dr. Joe McAleer

Salesian Youth Report ST. THERESA SCHOOL, KENILWORTH, NJ – Students received a special “visit” from Pope Francis last month – a life-sized standee of the Holy Father, that is! Ms. Carolyn Pancurak’s third grade class (right) wrote letters to the Pope and were surprised when their principal, Sr. Helene Godin, walked in with nearly the next best thing! Before long the “Holy Father” made the rounds of the entire school, including Ms. Nancy Pakulski’s eighth-grade class (below) on the front steps.

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News from Adopters Like You!


lease consider joining our friends of all faiths who have experienced the transforming power of prayer and loving friendship with a Salesian Sister, every day of the year, through our Adopt a Sister Program. Whether the Adopted Sister is for yourself, a family member, or a friend in need of spiritual strength, you will find comfort knowing that your intentions will be remembered each day by your spiritual prayer partner. And it makes the PERFECT gift, especially for a wedding, Baptism, First Holy Communion, Confirmation – any occasion!

Please complete the form below, or to learn more, visit us online at, or call us tollfree: (877) OUR-NUNS. On behalf of the Salesian Sisters, thank you for your generosity. God bless you!

Sr. Virginia Dickey paid a visit to 101-year-old Pauline Jones, mother of Sr. Teresa Jones, at her nursing home in Ohio.

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ACADEMY OF OUR LADY, MARRERO, LA – Proud to be Juniors Destiny Bookman, Bri-shelle Brooks, and May Dixon celebrate the start of the new AOL school year during the “Back to School Assembly.” Sponsored by the Student Council, the event includes lively class competitions and concludes with the awarding of the spirit megaphone. Good luck in school this year, everybody!

ST. JOHN NEUMANN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, NAPLES, FL – High school students in Florida have many options for their summer vacation: a trip to the beach, a water park, or resort in Orlando. For 21 students at St. John Neumann High, their option for the start of their summer vacation was be part of a Christian service retreat in Immokalee. The Collier County community, about 40 miles away, is home to many farms and food processing facilities and is also one of the poorest in the state. The students assisted at Guadalupe Social Services, a program run by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Venice. There they worked in the soup kitchen, distributed bags of food, helped families fill out aid forms, and organized the storage rooms. The thanks received from local residents filled their hearts with joy. The experience was a true encounter of seeing Christ in others. The service trip was organized by Sr. Suzanne Dautwalter. “My prayer is that each student will gain a renewed sense of Christian service from their experience,” she says. – courtesy Diocese of Venice

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Salesian Youth Report MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS ACADEMY, NORTH HALEDON, NJ – Students enjoyed the great outdoors thanks to Mrs. Marie Hess’s Summer Biology Class, which had them all over campus collecting soil, water, and plant samples for analysis. At right, Amanda Cammarota collects specimens from the muddy pond (which we are now looking to restore with your help: see page 2). At left, Tatiana Fields helps Simone Pipkin dig through soil, looking for snail shells. Below, taking an expedition break are Simone Pipkin, Amanda Cammarato, Grace Lobiasco, Marisa Lipiani, Claudia Dul, and Tatiana Fields.

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The Joy of Being a Salesian Educator

Unconditional Love Sr. Mary Bertha Paquin with students at Villa Madonna School in Tampa, FL, in the 1970s.

“Teachers must love their students unconditionally, making them feel they are loved through gestures of kindness and patience that seek their true and lasting good. Then the young will respond well and flourish.”


hat is a Salesian educator? She is one who loves her students; one who is ready to make any sacrifice in order to bring them closer to Jesus and Mary. She is one who enjoys being with them early in the morning until the evening. She uses reason, religious, and loving kindness with them. For 48 years I have taught in Canada, Florida, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey – and I have loved every minute being with God’s children! I have taught them, laughed with them, cried with them, and helped them to form an upright conscience. The young have a sixth sense that tells them whether you love them or not. Sometimes, they would ask me, “Why do you always stay with us?” And I would tell them, “Because I love you!” My secret for this was to pray for them every day, asking Our Lady to bring them to Jesus. Now, living at the St. Joseph Provincial Center in Haledon, NJ, I no longer teach full time in a classroom, but I still teach Catechism in a nearby parish and continue to love and pray for my students. Certainly, my years of being with the young have been the happiest of my life. For 25 years I taught second

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grade and had the joy and privilege of preparing the children for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion. I would have them act out the story of the “Prodigal Son” so they could understand God’s mercy and forgiveness, and that God always loves them no matter what. In this way, I wanted to help them to have no fear in Confession. I also taught the intermediate and junior high grades at various times. No matter the place or the grades, children will always respond well to the love, trust, and kindness you show them. When I had students with some learning difficulties, I would tutor them after school and on Saturdays. Many of those students still remember that extra help and are grateful. Educating is a vocation that can only be fulfilled by persons who truly love young people. Teachers must love their students unconditionally, making them feel they are loved through gestures of kindness and patience that seek their true and lasting good. Then the young will respond well and flourish. I have found this to be a reality during my life. This is the legacy that St. John Bosco gave us in telling us, “It is not enough to love the young. They must feel that you love them.” – Sr. Mary Bertha Paquin, FMA

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SALESIAN YOUTH CENTER/BOYS & GIRLS CLUB, TAMPA, FL – Community supporter Carmen Scott joined children at the Salesian Youth Center for a fun-filled afternoon full of goodies from the animated movie “Hotel Transylvania 2.” The SYC kids enjoyed games and activities along with yummy treats. Thank you, Carmen!

VILLA MADONNA SCHOOL, TAMPA, FL – Villa’s Middle School Boys Soccer Team is off to another great start! Led by Coach Donald Harrison, the boys have been practicing and winning! Go Eagles!

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Salesian Youth Report THE AUXILIUM CENTER, NEWTON, NJ – On August 5, the Salesian Sisters renewed their vows among Camp Auxilium children and a counsellor who was dressed like St. John Bosco. Little campers surprised their counsellors as they made believe they were Sisters (below). Which of these will be true future FMAs? At right, Sr. Juliett Perez questions campers about the Faith Heroes they learned about this summer. Have a great school year, everybody!

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rs. Melissa Spano, seventh grade religion and literature teacher at Immaculate Conception School in Marrero, LA, guides Leonel Castro through the Mass introductions during a special Celebration Mass to mark St. John Bosco’s 200th birthday this year. Waiting for his turn to read is Edgardo Zeron.

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