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Sr. Mary Rinaldi’s Letter

Save The Dates! Saturday, November 19

Thanksgiving Basket

Dear Friends:

a benefit dinner for Villa Madonna School and the Salesian Youth Center honoring SYC Board Chairman Rick Fee

“You will seek Me and find Me when You search for Me with your whole heart.” – Jeremiah 29:13 Is it possible, you may ask, that in today’s cluttered world a young woman will decide to give her entire life to God in religious life? Just spend a quiet moment with the 21 beautiful young women on the cover of this edition of Partners in Giving, and you will know the answer. Read some of their inspiring stories on pages 6-8. We are so blessed to see a bright and very promising future for our Eastern Province of Salesian Sisters. Worldwide we number 13,000 FMAs. We thank God for His blessings!

Please donate a silent auction item from our Amazon wish list! Simply visit www.amazon.com, go to “Find a List” under Lists, type in “Thanksgiving Basket,” and start shopping. THANK YOU!

Some news to report: • One year from now, our Eastern Province of St. Philip the Apostle will welcome our Salesian Sisters in Canada and together we will form a new Province. Exciting times await. See page 3. • Looking for your adopted Sister? Several have received new assignments and have changed residences. See our handy guide on pages 4-5. • More than a thousand people attended the funeral of Msgr. Laurence Higgins in Tampa, FL. He was a dear friend of the Sisters and a huge help in establishing the Salesian Youth Center. See page 15.

Last year’s Thanksgiving Basket honoree, Joe Chillura, and good friend Ralph Lazzara enjoy breakfast at West Tampa Sandwich Shop and show off their invitation to the Thanksgiving Basket on November 19. Come join the fun! For more information and tickets to the dinner fundraiser, please contact Theresa Anderson: (813) 205-3195 or e-mail tanderson@hotmail.com

• Salesian Schools are back in session and filled with the joy of learning! This is truly the happiest time of the year for we Sisters who are dedicated to the education of our young people. Take a look at all of the happy faces, beginning on page 18. Election Day is nearly here, bringing to a close a most divisive period in our history. Please remember to vote, and vote your conscience, mindful that the life of the unborn and the integrity of the family – and our religious liberty to protect both – should be uppermost in your decision. Peace,

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Sunday, December 11

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

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Making Headlines Around the Province

The “Super Weekend” That Truly Was!

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hat had been billed as a “Super Weekend” definitely lived up to its name – no false advertising there!

The weekend of September 3-4 witnessed a gathering of more than 100 Salesian Sisters from the Provinces of Canada and the Eastern U.S. This initiative was part of a two-year process of unification into a single Province that will take place in August 2017. The atmosphere was filled with joyful sounds of “welcome” and “bienvenue” as Sisters re-connected after many years or as others met for the first time. Saturday’s Morning Prayer, Mass, and breakfast at St. Joseph Provincial Center in Haledon, NJ, set the tone for a day of sharing, praying, and playing together. One beautiful highlight of the day was a Rosary Walk to our hilltop cemetery. We connected with our beloved deceased Sisters who started and contributed over the years to the building of our mission in North America. After the Rosary, each Sister’s name was read aloud, and all responded, “Pray for us”. It was a very moving “litany” experience as we asked them to intercede for us in this new venture. We count on their prayers to help us follow in their footsteps, keep alive their legacy, and live our charism faithfully today and into the future. Fun moments gave us the opportunity to share stories which brought peals of laughter, to play games, sing songs, and just enjoy being together. Mealtimes provided another chance to re-connect or make new acquaintances. At every meal name cards were shifted around so that all had the opportunity to mingle with different Sisters, share

Sisters remember the contribution of the dearly departed during a Rosary Walk to the hilltop cemetery.

memories and stories, and meet new Sisters. Sunday morning came all too quickly as we celebrated the gifts and contributions of each Sister, made plans for continuing contact during the year, and set up “partner communities” to keep in prayer and communication every month. The closing liturgy was a true “Eucharist: Thanksgiving” celebration of the joy and hope experienced this weekend and a wonderful launching of this final stage of our journey of unification. “Super Weekend” was truly the right word to describe it! – Sr. Theresa Kelly, FMA

Above, Novice Sr. Kelly Schuster (center) shares the hymn sheet a with Canadian Sister, Sr. Alphonsine Basque. At left, Salesian Sisters from Canada and the U.S. Eastern Province arrive for Super Weekend.


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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!

Immaculate Conception Convent 2605 Crestwood Road Marrero, LA 70072 Telephone: (504) 347-4887 Websites: www.icschargers.org www.theacademyofourlady.org Sr. Antoinette Cedrone Sr. LouAnn Fantauzza Sr. Michelle Geiger Sr. Marisol Guzman

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

St. Joseph Provincial Center and Provincial Offices 655 Belmont Avenue Haledon, NJ 07508-2301 Telephone: (973) 790-7966 Website: www.salesiansisters.org Sr. Karen Dunn, Provincial Superior Sr. Catherine Altamura Sr. Margaret Rose Buonaiuto Sr. Amelia Callegarin Sr. Mary Ann Caspary Sr. Agatha Cosentino Sr. Rufina Delgado Sr. Virginia Dickey Sr. Rosalie Di Peri Sr. Anita Durocher Sr. Fanny Florez Sr. Ida Grasso Sr. Frances Gumino Sr. Teresa Gutierrez Sr. Pauline Joss Sr. Emilia Kassab Sr. Theresa Kelly Sr. Balbina Lopez Sr. Gloria Machado Sr. Inez Molano Sr. Carmen Morales Sr. Catherine Novo Sr. Mary Bertha Paquin Sr. Mary Palladino Sr. Louise Passero

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

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Sr. Anna Ragogna Sr. Grace Ruiz Sr. Elizabeth Russo Sr. Maryann Schaefer Sr. Livia Setti Sr. Denise Sickinger Sr. Ruth Stecker Sr. Carmela Termine Sr. Eileen Tickner Sr. Mary Winterscheidt Sr. Pat Winterscheidt Sr. Mary Anne Zito Mary Help of Christians Academy 659 Belmont Avenue North Haledon, NJ 07508-2397 Telephone: (973) 790-6200 Website: www.maryhelp.org Sr. Christina Chong Sr. Marisa De Rose Sr. Domenica Di Peri Sr. Brittany Harrison Sr. Guerline Joseph Sr. Theresa Lee Sr. Mary Rinaldi Sr. Theresa Samson Sr. Teresita Teran St. Theresa Convent 112 North 23rd Street Kenilworth, NJ 07033-1256 Telephone: (908) 276-5028 Website: www.sainttheresaschool kenilworth.org Sr. Lillian Foxx Sr. Helene Godin Sr. Monique Huart Sr. Janet Keller Sr. Mary Louise Mazzocco St. Anthony Convent 172 Washington Avenue Hawthorne, NJ 07506 Telephone: (973) 423-1818 Website: www.stanthonyschool.org Sr. Maria Colombo Sr. Emy Di Filippi Sr. Betty Ann Martinez

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Sacred Heart Retreat Center and Novitiate 20 Old Swartswood Road Newton, NJ 07860-6221 Telephone: (973) 383-2620 Website: www.sacredheart spiritualitycenter.org Sr. Susan Bagli Sr. Ramona Beltré Sr. Joanne Holloman Sr. Jennifer Kane Sr. Arlene Rubino Auxilium Center 14 Old Swartswood Road Newton, NJ 07860

Telephone: (973) 383-2621 Website: www.campauxilium.org Sr. Isabel Garza Sr. Florine Lagace Sr. Liz Ryan

NEW YORK Corpus Christi Convent 135 South Regent Street Port Chester, NY 10573-3510 Telephone: (914) 937-4405 Website: www.cchrs.org Sr. Fran DaGrossa Sr. April Hoffman

Sr. Lise Parent Sr. Joo Yun Park

INTERNATIONAL Instituto Internatizonale Maria Ausiliatrice Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano, 81 00139 Rome RM Italy Sr. Suzanne Dauwalter Sr. Mary Terzo Sacred Heart Convent 17 El Moaskar El Romani St. Roushdy, Alexandria, 21529 Egypt Sr. Colleen Clair

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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. Thank you, Joe! Joining Joe, his daughter Tiffany, and friends for a group photo are: Sr. Theresa Lee, Sr. Christina Chong, Sr. Theresa Samson, Sr. Mary Rinaldi, Sr. Fernanda Kalcona, Sr. Rosaria Lee, and Sr. Paola Labella. Thank you and God bless you, Joe!

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Making Vocation! Headlines Around the Province

Milestones as Our Salesian Family Expands!

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young woman’s journey to become a Salesian Sister is a 10-year process, beginning with a simple “Yes” to God’s call to serve Him completely. The first four years, from “Aspirant” to “Postulant” to “Novice,” leads to the First Profession of the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. This momentuous occasion opens a six-year period (“Temporary Profession”) of service, study, and renewal. During this time Sisters may complete their studies in a local college, begin teaching, or engage in other ministries and may be assigned to any of the communities in the Eastern Province. Sisters renew their vows annually and then biannually after four years. Finally, the Sister makes her Perpetual Vows before the Bishop. The perpetually professed Sister is a permanent member of the Salesian Sisters and a full-fledged Daughter of Mary Help of Christians. Over the summer, several young women in our vocation program experienced milestones on their respective paths to become Salesian Sisters. We share their stories and palpable joy on these pages, in the hope that other young women will be inspired to hear and follow God’s call to religious life. Please keep all of our Sisters in your prayers!

Following their joyous First Profession of vows as Salesian Sisters, Sr. April Hoffman (left) and Sr. Katie Flanagan cut the celebration cake, joined by their parents, Ray and Kathy Hoffman and Sue and Jim Flanagan.

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n August 5, the solemn Liturgy of First Profession was celebrated in St. Joseph’s Chapel at Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, NJ. Two young women professed their vows as members of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), better known as the Salesian Sisters. God willing, in six years Sr. Katie Flanagan of Wellington, FL, and Sr. April Hoffman of Abilene, KS, will take their final vows. Please remember them in your prayers! Their Novitiate companion, Sr. April Cabaccang, also made her First Profession in Canada on the same day.

The joy-filled Mass celebrated by Fr. John Serio, SDB, was attended by Salesian Sisters, Priests, Brothers, and Cooperators, along with friends and family members traveling from Florida, Kansas, and even California. “After four years of studying, living, and praying with the Sisters, and working alongside them in ministry, we felt ready to commit ourselves to living the vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience,” says Sr. April. “Fr. Serio reflected on the readings from Jeremiah and Luke. He encouraged each of us not to be whiny like Jeremiah or proud like Peter, but to always trust in God’s faithfulness and humble ourselves.”


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n August 2, Sr. Molly Heine from Huntley, IL, was accepted as a First Year Novice for the Eastern Province of the Salesian Sisters at Sacred Heart Novitiate in Newton, NJ. She now embarks on a two-year Novitiate to her First Profession. “When I asked to be received as a Novice, I was asking to be a part of something bigger than myself,” says Sr. Molly. “I received my medal, and while singing the ‘Magnificat’ I was filled with joy and I could not stop smiling. I’m thankful for all of the Sisters who came to my ceremony and those who accompanied me in prayer. I am officially part of the Salesian family, and it’s a wonderful family to be a part of!” At left, Sr. Karen Dunn and Sr. Joanne Holloman celebrate with Sr. Molly Heine after she received her Novice medal.

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ongratulations to our Aspirants who have moved one step deeper into their Salesian vocation! They are excited to now be Postulants, living, serving, and learning in Bellflower, CA for one year. Please remember these young ladies in your prayers! Joining Lily (left), a Postulant from the Western Province, are Eastern Province Postulants Boram Lee of Bordentown, NJ; Marie Fe Tansioco of Virginia Beach, VA; Eva Marie Solangon of Bergenfield, NJ; and Rachel Lauritsen of Pontiac, IL.

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n August 4, six of our Salesian Sisters renewed their vows and recommitted themselves to living the Salesian charism as consecrated religious. Sr. Elfie Del Rosario, Sr. Jennifer Kane, Sr. Lillian Foxx, Sr. Christina Chong, and Sr. Myriam Meus renewed their vows for one year, and Sr. Joo Yun Park renewed her vows for two years. The time of Temporary Profession (six years) allows the Sisters to strengthen their living of the vows and eventually leads to Perpetual Vows where the Sisters commit themselves to Christ and serving young people for the rest of their lives. At left, Sr. Christina Chong, Sr. Jennifer Kane, Sr. Myriam Meus, Sr. Joo Yun Park, Sr. Elfie Del Rosario, and Sr. Lillian Fox.

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nder the watchful gaze of St. John Bosco, our founder, in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Sr. Janet Keller (left), Sr. Guerline Joseph (center), and Sr. Brittany Harrison (right), with two new friends, went on retreat this summer in preparation for taking their Perpetual Vows in August 2017. These past nine years have certainly flown by! God bless all of you!

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elcome to Janna San Juan of Atlanta, GA, and Sylvia Ulmer of Wilmington, OH! They heard the call and dropped their “nets” – careers in environmental engineering and elementary education – and followed their heart’s longing, entering as Aspirants this August. Please pray for them!

Intrigued? Come & See! It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3: 1. Contact our Vocations Director, Sr. Theresa Lee: happynun@yahoo.com 2. Pack your personal toiletries. Everything else is provided! 3. Come to New Jersey! If you’re flying, we’ll even pick you up at Newark Airport (EWR). Hope to see you soon!

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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 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 2016! Shown in RED

There are nine levels of membership, starting at $250, and are listed on these three pages. Won’t you consider joining this dynamic group in 2016, our 25th year?  Please call us today: (877) OUR-NUNS. Thank you!

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

Florida Dorothy & Dr. Vincent Bagli Josie & Ray Campo Anne & Joseph Garcia PC Mrs. Ann Lowry Murphey Angel Oliva Family

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

The Dorothy Thomas Foundation

Indiana Mrs. Beatrice Lightfoot

New York Mrs. Pearl Kalikow

New Jersey

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

Tony Amato Family The Carini Family Mr. Anthony Petrocelli Ms. Roberta Ruocco

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

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

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

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Ms. Celeste Tripi Mr. Vincent Waraske

Mr. Bill McLaughlin PC A.J. & Mindy Papetti Mr. & Mrs. Rodger Rohde Christopher & Corinne Schiavo & The Shepherd and the Knucklehead Pub Joseph & Rita Weiner

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Salesian Sisters’ Partners Circle

Partners Circle “Friends” Annual gift of $3,300 Connecticut Mary Bridget Gaine

Florida Dr. Idalia Lastra

New Jersey Mario & Arline Monaco

Pennsylvania Christopher & Gemma Chong Mr. & Mrs. Vincent DeBow

Partners Circle “Founders” Connecticut

New Jersey

Florida

Mr. & Mrs. Donald Hofmann Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Laudone Marilyn & Dale Livi Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Massood Mrs. Moira McBride Murphy Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Papetti Rose Perone Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Pfeifer PC Maria Sturchio

Mr. Michael Guarnieri PC Christina & David McAleer PC Dr. Joseph McAleer PC John & Pat Connors Anthony & Diana Ekonomou Lowry Murphey Family Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Mark Oliva PC Mr. Fredy Padovan

Massachusetts Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Clair

Mr. Ian H. Graham Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Scala

Pennsylvania In Loving Memory of Sr. Adeline Salvetti, FMA

South Carolina Mr. & Mrs. Tom Aldinger

New York Jordon Carroll Mr. & Mrs. James Dell’Orto

Partners Circle “Benefactors” Annual gift of $1,100 Arizona Mrs. Ann Marie Forster

California Mr. & Mrs. Robert Obenberger

Connecticut

Linda & Peter Christiansen PC Mr. & Mrs. Salvatore Zichichi

Florida Mr. & Mrs. John Anello Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Caballero PC Terrell & Joe Clark Dr. Andrea & Sean Farrier PC Mrs. Aida Jurado Mr. & Mrs. Jim Major Dr. Patricia Mergo

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Michael & Mary Losurdo Mr. & Mrs. Michael Massood Mrs. Carolyn Young

Georgia

Ms. Lea Battiato John W. Lombardi & Family The Sabatine Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Angelo Silveri

Mr. Robert Reiter

Massachusetts Mr. & Mrs. Neil Holmes

Missouri

North Carolina Chester & Monica Michewicz

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

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Annual gift of $825 Florida Declan & Paula Mansfield Anne & Fred Michaels Rene & Phyllis Rodriguez Mr. & Mrs. Terry Wood

New Jersey Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Della Cerra Kathleen & Vic Medore

South Carolina Sandra M. Freeman

Partners Circle “Members” Arizona Anonymous

Ms. Maria C. Torreiro Mr. & Mrs. Ron Yates

California

Georgia

Joanne & Geraldine Rizzuto

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Fantauzza

Connecticut

The Mills Family Adelaide Olivieri

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

Florida Dr. Kenneth Alonso Mr. & Mrs. Mark Anderson Mr. & Mrs. Carlos Baldor Mr. & Mrs. Carlos Baldor, Jr. PC Dr. & Mrs. Robert Cano Mrs. Trudy Carey Dr. & Mrs. Antonio Castro Dr. & Mrs. Emilio Echevarria PC Mr. & Mrs. Luis Garcia PC Ms. Maria Restrepo-Forte Mr. & Mrs. Mark S. Reynolds Rudy Rodriguez Kathy & John Pedrero PC Hon. & Mrs. E.J. Salcines PC PC = denotes a member of the Partners Circle National Board of Trustees

Illinois

Louisiana Mr. & Mrs. George LeBlanc

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

New Jersey Tiziana Anello, M.D. Larry & Mary Anne Condit Ms. Anita Cronk John J. Eccleston Mr. & Mrs. Michael G. Ferrito Dr. & Mrs. Louis Gambetta PC Joann Giamonco Teresa Gutto James Lane Laura Cosentino Mannarino Mrs. Diva Muller Mrs. Maureen O’Halloran Mrs. Christine Peragallo Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Piotrowski Mr. & Mrs. Cameron Reid

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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.

Annual gift of $550 E.N. Sarantis Mrs. Theresa Unanue Mrs. Kathleen Zayatz

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

North Carolina Mr. & Mrs. Paul Liotard

Ohio Mr. & Mrs. Dale Kovach Dr. & Mrs. George H. McAfee

Pennsylvania Mr. & Mrs. Jack Hedgecock

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

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Partners Circle “Quarter Century Club” Annual gift of $250

During this, our 25th Anniversary Year, we’ve made it even easier to join the Partners Circle, with a new commemorative level of membership: the “Quarter Century Club,” a cost of just $250 per year. Entrance to the club will be limited only to introductory members who join in 2016. The response so far has been outstanding! Welcome new Partners in RED!

California Mr. Richard Suda Rev. Paula T. Webb

Connecticut Mrs. Frances M. McAleer Mr. Patrick J. Waide, Jr. Anonymous

Florida Mr. & Mrs. Jon Barry Kurt & Laura Badertscher Mr. & Mrs. Fred A. Cairoli Mrs. Suzanne Carlisle Mr. & Mrs. Manuel Fernandez Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Fierman Mr. & Mrs. Edward Gomez, Jr. Amy & Kevin Jarman Mr. & Mrs. John Mangin, Jr.

John H. & Pauline Pedrero Ms. Alina Roces Mr. and Mrs. Paul Schmid Mr. & Mrs. Richard Stowers Jim & Rita (Zoppo) Vietmeier

Robert and Constance Sumas Karla T. Villarin Mr. Edward M. Zambrano

New York Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Collison Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Dell’Orto Ms. Peggeann Larywon Mrs. Carolyn Mesler

New Hampshire Mr. & Mrs. Thomas DiMicelli

New Jersey Dr. & Mrs. Joseph Amatuzzi Collins & Hogan Families Theodore & Lynda Leo Ms. Mary Bernadette Mazauskas Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Nowak Gregory & Stephanie Monaco Anna & Richard Spalckhaver

Pennsylvania Mrs. Judith Falcone Lichty

South Carolina Mr. & Mrs. John Bedlek Elizabeth Craig & Michael Reeves, Jr.

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artners Circle member Pat Middendorf of Sanibel, FL, has also adopted five Salesian Sisters, including Sr. Brittany Harrison, whom she surprised during a recent visit to Camp Auxilium in Newton, NJ.

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The School of Life and Love Sr. Karen Dunn’s Letter

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ope St. John Paul II, beloved and remembered for his optimism, his joy, his love for life and humanity, his brilliant mind, his fearless leadership, and, especially, his deep love for Christ, grew up in times unlikely to produce someone of such character. His early years were marked by an overabundance of tragedy and pain. At eight years old he lost his mother to kidney failure. Before reaching 21, he had lost his entire family. As the evil Nazi regime moved into Poland, young Karol Wojtyla (right) saw his Jewish friends’ homes raided and their families rounded up, never to be seen again. While he and his father fled the city, he witnessed the horror of half the group wiped out as bombers dropped their weapons mercilessly on the fleeing refugees. He watched helplessly as soldiers took target practice from rooftops on the children who ran from the safety of their homes in search of food for the family.

life. There, in the Wojtyla home, he acquired the foundational tools which prepared him for a mission unknown to his family and friends. What lessons did he learn in the “school” of his family? Among them were faith, prayer, security, self-sacrifice, love, and an appreciation for beauty. Faith ran deep in Karol’s Polish roots. Despite centuries of persecution, Poland’s faith remained steadfast. Led by the courageous leadership of the Church, Poland resisted Nazi and Communist oppression. Karol himself carried on that legacy of courageous leadership as the Archbishop of Krakow and then as a Cardinal, and his leadership was instrumental in toppling the Soviet Union.

Certainly God endowed him with extraordinary innate gifts and graces which accompanied him throughout his life. Despite the harshest of beginnings, these graces made inroads to the heart of Karol from his earliest years in the place we all begin life – in the family.

A powerful image of how this faith, the spirit of prayer, love, and the ability to bear sufferings was learned in his home is illustrated in John Paul’s own words as he relates the story of his mother’s passing. The day after her funeral, Karol, Sr. took his two sons on a pilgrimage to an outdoor shrine, reminding them that the Virgin Mary would look after them until the day they could be reunited with their mother in Heaven. His father’s life “became one of constant prayer. Sometimes I would wake up during the night and find my father on his knees, just as I would always see him kneeling the parish Church. We never spoke about a vocation to the priesthood, but his example was in a way my first seminary, a kind of domestic seminary.”

The family, that first of all schools, shaped Pope St. John Paul’s entire

Karol also found security and solace in the love and friendship he shared with

From this history, wrought with such tragedy and trauma, we have received a Saint who promoted a “culture of life,” a powerful voice who inspired the young to a fearless witness to Christ, a man of largeness of heart and of deep attachment to Christ the Redeemer. How did he become that man?

his brother who was 14 years older than he. They would be seen together dribbling a soccer ball in the streets, or Karol on top of his brother’s shoulders taking long hikes together in the mountains. This brother was to die prematurely as a young doctor, having contracted scarlet fever from his patients. The later memory of his father praying by his brother’s coffin, repeating, “Thy will be done!” and the violence of these personal blows that struck both father and son, opened in young Karol an immense spiritual depth. As it was for his father, so Karol’s grief found its outlet in prayer. There were only two left in the family, and Karol and his father kept close together, attending Mass before school each day and praying together in the evenings, often reading the Bible. Young Karol learned to recognize beauty despite the broken and violent world around him and to dwell on the beautiful, thanks to trips in the outdoors and all that he gleaned and cherished from his education, from literature, and the arts. He enjoyed these gifts of beauty to the full, seeing them as they truly are – an expression of the Creator. Pope St. John Paul II, one of the greatest figures of our time, whose presence, faith, writings, and courage have left the imprint of Christ on our history, found his first tools in the “school” of the Wojtyla family. Let us pray for all our families, that they may realize the power they possess to raise up great men and women for our time through the lessons of faith, love, beauty, and self-sacrifice that are lived in them!


Memorials

A Love That Lasts Forever

Received between August 3 and October 3, 2016 Art Stueck Mrs. Rose Stueck

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, joining our loved ones to the prayers of the Salesian Sisters while supporting 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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Sylvia Lavandera Mrs. Pilar Caso Dr. Eugene C. Tolomeo Ms. Elaine Tsubota Mr. & Mrs. Paul West Mr. Robert L. Podevy Ms. Ida Weisleder Mr. & Mrs. Donald J. Hayek Mrs. Maureen E. Coleman Ms. Deborah Oshman G&S Financial Services Mr. & Mrs. Robert Smalinckas Mr. & Mrs. J. Michael Lemaire Mr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Purcia Mr. Daniel Rittereiser Mr. William A. McCorry Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Caporuscio Ms. Ida Weisleder Mr. & Mrs. Rick Lukaszewicz Lawrence M. DeLorenzo Mrs. Cheryl Cerna

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Occasion Please send an acknowledgement to:

Tributes

Albina Buonaiuto Ms. Joan Gourin

Vincent Argentieri Mrs. Bernice Titmas

Mariucca D’Angelo Mr. & Mrs. Rich Latteier

Sr. Margaret Rose Buonaiuto, FMA Ms. Joan Gourin

Janet Ruth Allen Cooper Mr. Leamond Anthony Allen

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ou may now adopt a Salesian Sister to pray for your deceased family member or friend for one year. It is a onetime gift; the suggested donation is $160. Forms are posted online at: www.salesiansisters. org, or please call us, toll-free: (877) OURNUNS. Thank you!

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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

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Ann Marie Ricciardi Dr. & Mrs. George Becker, Jr. Mrs. Marilyn Reinhardt Mrs. Teresa Feola Mr. Carmine A. Licursi Ms. Maria Passero Joyce Cohen, R.N. Mrs. Katherine Zaretski Ms. Virginia McIver Society of Air Force Nurses Ms. Angela Ricciardi Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Furnbach Mr. & Mrs. Mick Whitehair Mr. & Mrs. A.J. Ricciardi Mrs. Margaret Lou Reining

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Rest in Peace, Msgr. Laurence Higgins

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sgr. Laurence E. Higgins, who was instrumental in helping the Salesian Sisters establish the Salesian Youth Center in Tampa, FL, passed away on August 24. He was 87. “Monsignor Higgins was an inspiration and blessing to the Salesian Sisters,” says Sr. Karen Dunn, Provincial Superior. “He was always available to help the Sisters any time they needed him. We will miss you, dear friend!” Msgr. Higgins died at his rectory home at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, the parish he was sent to Tampa to found in 1958. He was the pastor there for 49 years, retiring as the longest-serving priest in the Diocese of St. Petersburg. He also helped start three more Catholic churches in Tampa: Epiphany, Incarnation, and St. Paul. The athlete-turned-priest was sent to Tampa at age 29, five years after he was ordained in his native Ireland. In the six decades that followed, he not only created a community of faith at St. Lawrence, but helped build Tampa’s commercial and social service infrastructure, serving on countless community and charitable boards. “He was involved in so many things behind the scenes: the Port Authority, the Boys & Girls Club, the Salesian Sisters,” recalled attorney Joe Garcia, past chairman of the Salesian Sisters’ Partners Circle. “But for all the influence and connections he had, Monsignor never showed that off. He just wanted to get things done.” More than 1,000 mourners attended Monsignor’s funeral – so many that tickets were required to enter the church. “Monsignor was Tampa’s link to the Almighty; a serious, thoughtful man of action hiding behind a twinkle

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Msgr. Laurence Higgins, with his characteristic smile and twinkle in his eye, greets Luis Garcia, Partners Circle Board member, at the Thanksgiving Basket in Tampa.

“The lives Monsignor touched are legion, and I feel lonelier on this planet without his always available voice and counsel.” and an Irish brogue,” remembered Steve Otto, longtime columnist of The Tampa Tribune. “It was no surprise that former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy said that when he came to town he was told he needed to meet three people: Mayor Dick Greco, former Tribune sports editor Tom McEwen, and Monsignor Higgins – and not in that order. “But that would not have been enough to bring out this crowd,” Otto continued. “For almost half a century Monsignor was a man of the people, someone who devoted his life to those

who suffered or who had no voice. The lives he touched are legion, and I feel lonelier on this planet without his always available voice and counsel.” Dr. Jack Guggino noted that Msgr. Higgins was embraced by people of all faiths and backgrounds. “The man was brilliant, tenacious, and passionate about all things,” Dr. Guggino, former member of the Partners Circle Board, recalled. “His driving and grounding force was his unshakeable and demonstrable faith in God. “While there is no perfect way to honor or thank the Monsignor, each of us knows what would please him immensely,” Dr. Guggino continued. “Could we in God’s name embrace each other, embrace a stranger, or even an enemy as he embraced us, with love and without judgment? That is how Monsignor loved God, by loving us.”

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A Father’s Love Sr. Fran DaGrossa’s father, Samuel, passed away on August 27, age 83. As we extend our condolences and offer prayers, we share with readers the touching reflection Sr. Fran wrote about her beloved Dad.

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t is said that one of the greatest influences on our understanding of our Heavenly Father is the experiences we have with our earthly fathers. I cannot help but believe this as I look back on the memories of who my Father was, all he did, and, though not big on words, what he said. I remember around 10 years old I was being bullied while playing outside. I ran home to my Dad whining and expecting him to take care of it. He didn’t. Instead, he gave me a little jab, and before I could realize what happened, he appeared with boxing gloves. Then he said, “You can’t go through life running away; you have to learn to defend yourself.” This was followed by some lessons in basic boxing skills that he learned in the military. Then he sternly warned me, “You don’t use this to start fights; only to defend yourself. Now go outside. You have every right to play like everyone else.” No sooner did I go out when the bullying started again. I was able to defend myself, only to find the bully’s big brother come after me with a broomstick! My Father was already on it. Taking the kid by surprise but not hurting him, he grabbed the broomstick and snapped it in two over his knee, sending the kid home with a clear message: You don’t touch my children. My Dad loved his family and family life and he knew how to make everyone happy, even where he worked. His co-workers at ERA waited for his arrival to bring life to the office with his wit, his little notes, and encouragement. They said of him, “He gave time to people, taking an interest in their lives and helping them in whatever way he could.” “Within five minutes, you couldn’t help but love him.” “He made you feel comfortable.” “He never had a bad word to say about anyone.” So what does all this have to do with my concept of our Heavenly Father? Because of my Dad I believe that we have a Father in Heaven who loves family and loves each of us deeply as His children. Dad’s example is proof of a Heavenly Father Who believes in us, protects us, and is willing to take any hit so that we can take our rightful place in this world and live life to the full. Daddy has shown me that our Heavenly Father is ever so gentle, but ever so strong with a vigilant love that always goes before us, understanding before we do where we are and where we need to go. He is patient and willing to pick us up, challenge us, and empower us. It is a love that will never prod us forward beyond what we can handle. Thank you, Daddy, for being such a good father.

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Carini Scholarship Grows!

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he Sr. Josephine Carini Scholarship Fund was launched this year on the 75th anniversary of Mary Help of Christians Academy by a grateful woman who had adopted Sr. Josephine at the beginning of our “Adopt A Sister” Program. We are so overjoyed to share the news that the Sr. Josephine Carini Scholarship has now hit the $25,000 mark, and is growing each day! The spirit of joy and faithfulness that Sr. Josephine embodied is still strong in those whom she loved most – her students, friends, and Adopters. She would be pleased knowing that her legacy of educating the youth lives on. To make a donation to the new Sr. Josephine Carini Scholarship Fund, please send a check payable to “Salesian Sisters” with “Carini Scholarship” on the memo line and send in the enclosed envelope, or make a donation online at www.salesiansisters.org. Thank you!

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In Thanksgiving, Please Give Us Your Day!

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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-than-happy 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.

And the Oscar goes to ... Sr. Domenica Di Peri! Faithful Adopter and dear friend Joe Pesci shared his Academy Award for “Goodfellas” when he hosted the Salesian Sisters recently at his home.

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.

Please give us this day/these days in 2016 or 2017 in honor of my special request(s):

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The Joy of Being a Salesian Educator

Building God’s Kingdom, Together

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redirection, etc. But what I enjoyed the most was their desire to share their opinions, take stands, lead younger students, and accept challenges. It was so much fun to run school musicals, choirs, and speech contests. I enjoyed teaching religion, art, creative writing, and history. Since the eighth graders were the oldest in the school, they prepared school events and had a great time making holidays and holy days special for the younger students.

ong before I entered the Salesian Sisters community I grew up in a Salesian family, right in my own home. My parents raised me and my 12 younger siblings to know and love our faith, particularly by their good example. My Dad’s humor, entertaining ways, storytelling, and love of sports, stage, music, and life kept us close to him. We often brought our friends home to share the good times and feel like part of the family. My mother readily joined in the fun, but in her quiet way on the “sidelines.” Always sweet, gentle, helpful, and listening, she was a willing audience to anyone who wanted to talk. We kids were expected to work hard in school and do our part at home, but having fun together was the highlight at the dinner table and afterwards. My mother was a first-grade teacher until her children came along. But for more than 25 years she taught religious education and we kids assisted her in the classroom. I always said I did not want to teach because teachers had too much homework. However, God had different plans, and when I realized I could teach I really enjoyed it and didn’t mind the homework at all. After my first profession in 1995, I taught first grade for four years. I remember the thrill of listening to children read for the first time. I found them easy to motivate, especially in the faith. They willingly believed in God and it was a joy to teach them about Him. I enjoyed teaching them Christian songs with hand gestures. They were eager to learn and their parents were pleased.

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Sr. Theresa Samson with Aspirants at Mary Help of Christians Academy.

“I am often so humbled and speechless at the wonder of it all. My profound joy is in knowing that God has somehow used me to help students encounter Him. What an amazing privilege I’ll treasure forever!” Then I taught eighth grade for eight years. I enjoyed this even more than first grade. At first I was fearful of the challenge, but I quickly learned that eighth graders were still little kids in big bodies. They also needed organizational help, a routine, praise,

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After this I was a vice principal for four years. It was helpful to learn some administrative tasks without assuming full responsibility as the principal. I worked on discipline issues and found success in helping kids make better choices and learn from their mistakes. I enjoyed being part of an administrative team, where the expertise of several good administrators helped me grow. Then for 12 years I was a principal of a school/learning center. It was a challenge to be ultimately responsible for the overall running of a school. I have always been a team player and so I relied on my closest collaborators for ideas and support. My favorite part of the day was the morning assembly where the teacher in me could captivate the student body with inspiring stories, thoughts, and songs. I enjoyed helping students manage their behavior and celebrate their growth. It was a delight to help parents learn more about their children and how to help them learn and grow. I was happy to see the innovative lessons of teachers and their passion for learning. I then requested to study spiritual

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direction with the Jesuits at Creighton University in Nebraska, and spent three summers taking graduate classes to earn a certificate in spiritual direction. This was supremely valuable in helping students grow at the Newman Center at the University of Illinois in Champaign, where I was on the pastoral team for three years. There is nothing more awe-inspiring than meeting students and helping them encounter Christ in prayer which leads to deeper convictions, growth in virtue, and in the discernment of their vocation. I was often so humbled and speechless at the wonder of it all. My profound joy was in knowing that God had somehow used me to help students encounter Him. What an amazing privilege I’ll treasure forever! It was also a great honor to work with the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) team and help lead many young people to the Catholic Church. I delighted in teaching college students, especially from foreign countries, to make the Sign of the Cross for the first time, and get to know the basics about Jesus.

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tudents at Immaculate Conception School in Marrero, LA, are living out the school’s 2016-2017 pastoral theme by being “Christ’s Heart and Hands” to the homeless at St. Jude’s Community Center in New Orleans. On every third Saturday of most months, a group of students along with parent volunteers gather at the center for a morning of service. The project is led by fourth grade teacher Mrs. Lisa Hannan. “I thought this would be a good way for my students to serve their community in a way appropriate for their age,” she explains. “It has been a very rewarding experience.” Above, fifth grader Carson Dalton and fourth grader Noah Kassahun serve up food to visitors with winning smiles.

A Triumphant Return!

It’s easy to take my faith for granted until I meet someone who is just discovering it. I am now at Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, NJ, serving as the community animator and formator of the Aspirants and the temporary professed Sisters, young women who are called to the Salesian life. It’s another new chapter in my life, but I am happy to have the opportunity to accompany the Sisters and candidates on their journeys to Christ. Each of the members of my community inspires me as, together, we build the Kingdom of God with the young women of Mary Help. Following Christ is exciting, challenging, and hopeful as we see Him at work in and around us building up His Body, the Church! – Sr. Theresa Samson, FMA

Please sponsor a student from Mary Help of Christians Academy! Please make checks payable to “Salesian Sisters” and use the enclosed envelope. Deadline is Friday, October 28. THANK YOU!


Salesian Youth Report VILLA MADONNA SCHOOL, TAMPA, FL – What better way to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary on her birthday, September 8, than by making homemade cookies? Sr. Rosemary Cordes marshalled the second graders, showing how to roll out the dough (left) and decorate the finished cookies. What a sweet treat! Students also made paper flowers for bouquets to honor Our Lady (below).

Talk about a family affair! On the first day of school, the Launikitis boys: Jacob, Grade 1; William, Grade 3; and Luke, Grade 1, drop off their little brother, Charlie, to the Pre-K (3 year olds) program at Villa Madonna School. Welcome, boys!

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From Mary Help to Good Morning America!

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can vividly remember the chills that ran through my body when the bell rang and it was time for my Junior Leadership Class with Sr. Michelle Geiger at Mary Help of Christians Academy! It was 2005, and that was, by far, my favorite class. But I did not know then that the service project associated with the class would have a life-long impression on myself and on the world! During my junior year at Mary Help, I attended a trip with Sr. Michelle and fellow Bluejays to Washington, DC, to experience what it is like to be homeless. Eye-opening, heartbreaking, and completely unacceptable are just some of the intense feelings that I experienced during this trip. Once I spoke to homeless American citizens who sat on sidewalks in our nation’s capital hoping that someone would throw their uneaten food into the trash can so that could become their next meal, I felt devastated and I knew then and there that I had to do something about it. After the trip, I felt like a fire had been ignited in my soul. I immediately started researching ways that I could make a difference.

After graduating from Mary Help in 2006, my passion for wanting to end world hunger became stronger. In 2012, my grandmother passed away. In the midst of my grief, I was motivated to carry on her legacy. I started an organization, For the Love of Others, LLC. For the Love of Others is an organization that seeks to “EMPOWER, ENRICH, and ENHANCE” the lives of people from all backgrounds through providing opportunities to

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Mary Help of Christians Academy alumna Lauren was recently featured on a segment of Good Morning America and will be included in a November issue of People magazine!

enable them to live a purposeful life. For the Love of Others is based on John 13:34-35, when Jesus said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.” For the Love of Others hosts several service projects to assemble Thanksgiving food baskets and toys for children at Christmas. While I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to assist during the holiday seasons, God’s vision led me back to feeding the hungry. I began feeding the homeless in my local area. However, it became expensive. Instead of growing discouraged, I prayed for an answer! God led me to couponing, and that has truly been my golden ticket to be able to bless the world! Through couponing, I am able

to feed large amounts of people for small amounts of money. I am blessed to be able to understand the skill and craft of couponing! Since I am on a mission to end hunger around the world, I challenged myself to feed 30,000 people by my 30th birthday, September 14, 2017. I am confident that with the help of coupons and direction from the Lord, I can reach and exceed my goal! Please join me as we feed the world, together! Thank you! For more information, please visit www.fortheloveofothers.net, and mail your extra coupons to: Lauren Puryear 15024 Lost Canyon Court, Apt. 203 Woodbridge VA 22191 – Lauren Puryear, Mary Help Class of 2006

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Salesian Youth Report VILLA MADONNA SCHOOL, TAMPA, FL – Sr. Myriam Meus, Sr. Elfie DeJesus, and Mrs. Maria Rivera started the Salesian Junior Apostles at Villa Madonna School. The group of students in grades 6-8 meet once a week for Eucharistic Adoration and prayer in the Chapel, followed by fun and fellowship. They also participate in the Villa Madonna community as leaders and witnesses to some of St. John Bosco’s teachings. They even have a couple of retreats throughout the year, and get to wear their special “iSalesian” t-shirts. Great job, everyone!

ACADEMY OF OUR LADY, MARRERO, LA – Up, up and away! Three AOL students continued to pursue their studies in medical science over the summer by attending an honors congress, servicing the community, and participating in a specialized medical camp. Juniors Calli Nguyen and Alexys O’Quain joined 40 students from the greater New Orleans area selected to participate in Touro Infirmary’s eighth annual Health Career Camp. The five-day camp gives high-schoolers an introduction to nursing and allied health with CPR training, and included a very cool tour of the Children’s Hospital’s emergency helicopter (above). Nguyen also volunteered at West Jefferson Hospital where she was honored with a $3,000 Auxiliary Scholarship for her service. And senior Alexis Johnson was nominated to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston, MA, a gathering of the nation’s most gifted high school students and today’s brightest medical professionals. Well done, future medical professionals!


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n April 25, 2014, Bridget Cimilluca found herself on the phone with doctors who were ready to perform a routine ovarian cyst removal on her daughter, Diane (right). Hours passed and Bridget received no update on Diane’s surgery. It was not until Bridget called the hospital that she found out that Diane had been diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer. Instead of retreating into despair, Bridget and Diane turned to God and the Adopt a Sister Program. Bridget entered the program when her husband, Anthony, saw a newspaper article in 1995 on Sr. Mary DiCamillo.

2016 Sr. Mary had the same birthday as Anthony, and that was reason enough to adopt her. After Sr. Mary’s death in 2002, Sr. Rosalie Di Peri became their new adopted Sister, and now Bridget asked her to pray for Diane’s health and recovery. Two years later, Diane is currently in remission! They credit her recovery to God’s mercy and the Sisters’ prayers.

Bridget and Diane send their love and gratefulness to the entire Salesian Sister community with the heartfelt message, “God is listening.” Yes He is! Please join us and Adopt a Sister today in our 25th anniversary year!

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Following the leader at Villa Madonna School in Tampa, FL – dogs included!

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