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Sr. Mary Rinaldi’s Letter

Save The Dates! Friday, October 28

Dear Friends:

Dames of Mary Help Gala a benefit for Mary Help of Christians Academy honoring

“From the rising of the sun to its setting, let the name of the Lord be praised.” – Psalm 113:3 As the sun begins to set on another long, hot (and busy!) Salesian summer, our cover photo is especially appropriate and evocative. Students at ImmaculataLa Salle High School in Miami, FL, completed their annual retreat by the seashore, contemplating their future and the beauty of God’s creation, as the blazing sun dipped below the horizon. Lovely! Some news to report:

the 25th Anniversary of the Salesian Sisters’ Partners Circle and announcing the Partners Circle Hall of Fame recognizing Leadership & Loyalty Cedar Grove, NJ Watch for details!

• This magazine is chock-full of happy photos, thanks in large part to our amazing Adopt a Sister celebration on June 18. Hundreds gathered to mark the program’s 25th anniversary by sharing memories and expressing gratitude. See story and photos on pages 5-10, including information on how you, too, can adopt a Salesian Sister! • Family and friends gathered to celebrate the Jubilees of eight Salesian Sisters on July 17, led by our twin 70-year Jubilarians, Sr. Domenica Di Peri and Sr. Ruth Stecker. Story and photos on page 3.

Saturday, November 19

• Our Salesian Summer Camp Programs across the Province are winding down. We are happy to report that we met and exceeded the $50,000 matching gift! Our heartfelt thanks to each and every one who reached deep to make it possible for the benefit of children around the Province, North and South. Enjoy the happy faces on pages 4 and 20-22.

Thanksgiving Basket a benefit for Villa Madonna School & the Salesian Youth Center honoring SYC Board Chairman Rick Fee Tampa, FL

• We bid a fond farewell to a familiar face at Camp Auxilium in Newton, NJ: Linda Hammann. Over 30 years in the front office, Linda has been called upon to act as parent, volunteer, mediator, gatekeeper, manager, mentor, and friend. She will be dearly missed! Story on page 23.

Sunday, December 11

Salesian Sisters’ Christmas Party

Not long now before our next favorite time of the year: Back to School! Peace,


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Congratulations, Sisters,

on your blessed Jubilees!

Congratulations, Jubilarians! Seated, left-right: Sr. Louise Passero, Sr. Carmen Peña, Sr. Domenica Di Peri, and Sr. Ruth Stecker; standing, left-right: Sr. Ines Valentin, Sr. Mary Bertha Paquin, Sr. Teresita Teran, and Sr. Livia Setti.


unday, July 17, 2016 marked the Province Jubilee Celebration of eight Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco). The celebration honored the first profession of the Sisters’ vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience in the closer following of Jesus Christ – poor, chaste, and obedient to God the Father – and their years of service (475 in total!) in the Institute’s mission of the education of youth. This year’s celebration honored: Sr. Domenica Di Peri – 70 years; Sr. Ruth Stecker – 70 years; Sr. Livia Setti – 65 years; Sr. Mary Bertha Paquin – 60 years; Sr. Carmen Peña – 60 years; Sr. Louise Passero – 60 years; Sr. Ines Valentin – 50 years; and Sr. Teresita Teran – 40 years. At the conclusion of the Jubilee Mass in the newly-renovated St. Joseph’s Chapel, Sr. Louise Passero thanked everyone present in her inimitable way, expressing gratitude toward all for having been part of the journey experienced by the Jubilarians.

Sr. Mary Bertha Paquin’s family from Canada surround her on her special day.

A luncheon followed at The Tides Estate. Sisters, family, friends, collaborators, and benefactors had a wonderful time socializing and reconnecting. The entire event was truly a joyous celebration.

Salesian CAMP! Report SALESIAN YOUTH CENTER CAMP, TAMPA, FL – This year, the SYC hosted 200 students each day during their seven-week Summer Camp. Children ages 5-18 enjoyed an organized active day with their peers, outdoors (splashing away to beat the heat!) and inside in our glorious air-conditioned gymnasium. Happy faces all around! Generous individual and corporate supporters, including Suncoast Credit Union Foundation, the Kiwanis Club of Tampa, and the Ybor City Rotary Club, make it possible for low-income students to attend at little or no cost. Thank you!

More Camp photos on pages 20-22!


n honor of Judy and Dr. Giacomo “Jack” Guggino’s 51st wedding anniversary on June 26, 2016, their very good friend Catherine “Caki” Rinaldo gave them a gift that will make a difference for many children in Tampa, FL: The Jack and Judy Guggino Salesian Youth Center Camp Sponsorship! Caki knew that Dr. Guggino, a distinguished eye surgeon in Tampa, was a student of the Salesian Sisters in the 1950s and had worked many years to support the mission of the Sisters in Tampa, as well as the building of the St. Joseph Provincial Center for the elderly

Sisters in Haledon, NJ, in 1998. With love and admiration, Dr. Guggino often recalls his youth with Sr. Philomena Martorana, and how she helped shape him into the person he is today. He told the story on the ABC “20/20” Adopt a Sister program, touching the hearts of millions of viewers. The new annual sponsorship will allow 180 children to attend summer camp at the Joe & Anne Garcia Salesian Youth Center/ Boys & Girls Club for one week and participate in many great educational and fun activities. Thank you, Caki! Happy Anniversary, Jack and Judy!!



A Day to Remember for Adopt a Sister!


aturday, June 18, 2016 was truly a great day of rejoicing for so many of our “Adopters” from the tri-state area and the Salesian Sisters who gathered at Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, NJ, for a gala celebration of the silver anniversary of the Adopt a Sister Program. The day was bright and clear, and the atmosphere was one of joy and gratitude for this wonderful initiative that has brought such marvelous results over these past 25 years. The Adopt a Sister Program has provided a veritable “network of prayer and support” far beyond the expectations of Fortune Bosco, whose idea sparked the program into life. During the past quarter century this initiative has given rise to lasting friendships and has allowed so many people to partner with the Salesian Sisters in prayer and in support for their ministries. Some of the Adopters had the chance to meet “their” Sister (or, in most cases, Sisters!) for the first time. For others it was an opportunity to re-connect and to share a truly enjoyable time together. Those who could not be physically present or who have gone home to God were also remembered in thought and prayer. The Eucharistic Celebration took place in the newly renovated St. Joseph’s Chapel, with Fr. Tim Zak, SDB, as the main celebrant. It was a joyful expression of gratitude to God for the gift of all the wonderful people and Sisters who have experienced the beauty of this “partnership.” After the inspiring Mass, all gathered in the gym that had been transformed into a beautiful “Banquet Hall” for the

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Above, Adopters and “their” Sisters hit the dance floor during our joyous celebration, marking 25 years of Adopt a Sister. Left, Sr. Elfie Del Rosario proudly wears her “I am Adopted!” button. Adopters wore buttons that proclaimed, “I have Adopted a Sister!” Below, our celebration was truly an occasion for HUGS!

occasion. During the delicious dinner, there were moments of sharing memories, expressions of gratitude, and the central “dance floor” area was very well utilized. In fact, Adopters and Sisters showed great energy and stamina, dancing to their hearts’ content. Some people were delightfully surprised that the Sisters joined in the fun! It was a truly blessed and memorable event, as you will see on the following pages. Wonder what our 50th anniversary party will be like...??? – Sr. Theresa Kelly, FMA

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“My experience with my adopted Sister, Sr. Virginia Dickey, is extraordinary. The blessings that she has prayed for have made me more spiritual and acceptable of anything that happens.”



RoseMarie & Albert Mirra New Rochelle, NY Captions 1. John & Pat Connors of Bonita Springs, FL, bring up the gifts during the Mass. 2. Sr. Grace Ruiz with JoAnn Giamonco of Woodland Park, NJ.


3. Sr. Virginia Dickey with RoseMarie & Albert Mirra of New Rochelle, NY. 4. Sr. Betty Ann Martinez with Marilyn Kabak of Old Bridge, NJ. 5. Sr. Catherine Novo with Margaret Hearn of New York, NY. 6. Our Aspirant, Rachel Lauritsen (center), joins in the conga line!





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“My adopted Sisters are truly my Sisters in prayer. Their prayers help provide my spiritual security. I am thankful for their prayers storming through to Heaven on my behalf.” Margie Hnath Wayne, NJ



Captions 1. Sr. Ramona Beltré and Sr. Suzanne Dauwalter celebrate with the Beltré Family of Port Chester, NY, and Cathy & Ron Gonzalez of Hawthorne, NJ. 2. Sr. Domenica Di Peri with Felicitas Gordon of Staten Island, NY. 3. Sr. Theresa Kelly with Claire Kressaty of Haskell, NJ. 4. Sr. Esther Cruz with Marilyn Karlich of Monroe, NY. 5. Sr. Carmela Termine with Knights of Columbus from Manahawkin, NJ.


6. Sr. Isabel Garza and Sr. Liz Ryan celebrate with Elizabeth Balota of Bergenfield, NJ.



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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 www., or call us toll-free: (877) OUR-NUNS. The Salesian Sisters thank you for your generosity as the program marks 25 years. God bless you!

Sr. Mary Ann Caspary visits with her Adopter, Virginia Dittamo of North Haledon, NJ.

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“We are privileged and blessed to be a part of the beautiful Salesian Family. We have 13 Adopted Sisters whom we dearly love and are grateful for their love and prayers.” Eve & Pete Barna Weston, CT Captions 1. Sr. Catherine Altamura greets Jennie & Richard Schumeyer of Yardley, PA. 2. Sr. Livia Setti with Mariateresa and Joseph Rigolio of North Haledon, NJ. 3. Sr. Carmen Morales had a grand time with her Adopter, Ms. Becki.


4. Sr. Mary Rinaldi with Helen Donovan of West Nyack NY. 5. Sr. Susan Bagli and Sr. Lise Parent visit with the Bagli and Dooley Families of Chatham, NJ. 6. Sr. Emy DeFilippi with Jorge Rodriguez of Paterson, NJ. 6

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7. Sr. Margaret Wilhelm with a happy friend of Sr. Inez Molano.

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“Over the years, Sr. Frances Gumino has become part of our family. Her love and prayers have helped us through unexpected challenges. God sends us special friends.”





Allyson & Kevin Hardy Cresco, PA Captions 1. Sr. Christina Chong, Sr. Scholastica, and Sr. Joo Yun Park with Pam Swartzberg and her daughter, Anna, of Franklin Lakes, NJ. 2. Sr. Antoinette Cedrone with Eleanor Latka of Franklin Lakes, NJ. 3. Sr. Karen Dunn visits with Adopters. 4. Sr. Catherine Novo with Merry Doherty of Rochelle Park, NJ. 5. Sr. Helene Godin with Felicitas Gordon of Staten Island, NY. 6. Sr. Joanne Holloman with Marichen McNish and Joan Elia of Hawthorne, NJ, and their friend Mary.

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Cross and Resurrection Sr. Karen Dunn’s Letter In families there is always a Cross. Always. Because of the love of God, the Son of God opened up that way. But also in families, after the Cross there is Resurrection.” Pope Francis, September 2015


f all the prayer requests I receive, 99% of them are for very specific graces for families. A rebellious child, a marriage in crisis, a house to be sold, an illness … People also hold out for our prayer the fulfilled dreams: engagements, a new job, a baby on the way, or a reconciliation. Pope Francis’ remark rings true: every family has its share of Cross and Resurrection.

with bedding and anything else they could lay their hands on. She taught her son by example how to give the “Good Night,” those words of faith and encouragement offered to the boys before they went to bed so that they, who had so little, could sleep with good dreams and with an awareness of the loving and provident God. Don Bosco, on his part, also gave new strength to his Mom: once by gently directing her aging eyes to the crucifix

Lisieux, the “Little Flower.” Thus, one family, living a life of joy and experiencing much sorrow, became themselves Saints, producing exceptional children! Let us look around and take note of our families, and also of those in the wider community – those ordinary people who help us daily: the police officers, so much in view during these days; the honest politicians striving to keep themselves above the corruption that tempts them from all sides; the people who reach out to us in so many ways; our loved ones; and the folks we encounter each day.

Every family has its lights and shadows, its good “We are all here for a times and less good times, reason.” As we walk its “black” and “white” through the stories of our sheep. Ours is no different. The parents of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Zelie and Louis Martin, were family lives, we take their Family, which brings us declared Saints by Pope Francis last year. They are the first spouses realities in their entirety our greatest joys, also in the history of the Catholic Church to be canonized as a couple. and in faith – in the light of causes our deepest sorrows. We resist the crosses and bad times, after months of work in her garden was the Paschal Mystery of Jesus’ life, dying, and rising. They are all stories but it is precisely within the context destroyed in a matter of minutes by a of a faithful love that is ready to of the whole of our stories of family spirited game gone wild. Everyday life suffer and support. We rejoice in the that Saints and Greats are made! provided opportunities for an exchange moments of warmth and celebration. of faith, forgiveness, and forbearance, When times get rough, we lean on The Holy Father’s recent apostolic making Saints of both mother and son! God’s grace and Mary, our Help, letter, Amoris Laetitia, makes us who watches over us as only a stop to examine our family lives The Martin family is another example and those of the many ordinary of life traveled together in faith through mother can. We carry gratitude always – for those we love and for so men and women around us. In triumphs and difficulties, including the many people who walk with us daily our Salesian Family Tradition, we death of four young children and one during our earthly pilgrimage. see Mamma Margaret as Johnny of the surviving children a rebellious Bosco’s guide and mentor – and, handful. Louis and Zelie Martin, at times, he was hers! When John recently canonized Saints, both felt that Let us encourage one another in all the ups and downs of life, was a boy, Mamma Margaret they had a call to religious life. Poor especially in our families, in the suffered and prayed through the health of both indicated that the rigors crosses and the resurrections, the days when sibling rivalries in their of that type of life was not for them. joys and sorrows, knowing that we home nearly reached violence. She They met crossing a bridge one day are together in the place God wants encouraged Don Bosco as a priest and would later marry. Five daughters us to be and where holiness and when he would have given up after grew to adulthood, the youngest of ultimate happiness can be ours! the first boys he took in disappeared whom was to become St. Thérèse of

Please Give Us Your Special Day!


o you have a happy occasion you would like to share? The Salesian Sisters will celebrate with you on “your” day. Is it a time to remember a less-thanhappy occasion? Our prayer for this day will accompany 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 Day”! Any event, person, situation that merits special attention will be publicized on a bulletin board outside our chapel. All the Sisters will pray for that intention on that day. Let this exchange of time be an example of our love for one another. Thank you, and God bless you!

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At the Adopt a Sister celebration on June 18, Sr. Rosalie Di Peri visited with her Adopter and dear friend, Sofia Stuart of West Milford, NJ.

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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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New York Mr. John Cassara

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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” California Mrs. Maryann Roman

New York Jordon Carroll Mr. & Mrs. James Dell’Orto Mr. Ian H. Graham Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Scala

New Jersey


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

John & Pat Connors Anthony & Diana Ekonomou Lowry Murphey Family Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Mark Oliva PC Mr. Fredy Padovan

Pennsylvania In Loving Memory of Sr. Adeline Salvetti, FMA

South Carolina Mr. & Mrs. Tom Aldinger

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

California Mr. & Mrs. Robert Obenberger


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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Massachusetts Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Clair


Mr. Michael Guarnieri PC Christina & David McAleer PC Dr. Joseph McAleer PC

Annual gift of $2,200

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Mr. & Mrs. Frank Middendorf Robert Nocek & Ann Bryk Gene & Linda Perez Mr. Charles B. Schmalz

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


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

Mr. Robert Reiter

Massachusetts Mr. & Mrs. Neil Holmes


North Carolina Chester & Monica Michewicz

Ms. Marianne O’Doherty

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

New York

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

California Joanne & Geraldine Rizzuto



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



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

Mr. & Mrs. George LeBlanc


Ms. Josephine Petrillo Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Reading

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 Ms. Maria C. Torreiro Mr. & Mrs. Ron Yates PC = denotes a member of the Partners Circle National Board of Trustees

Annual gift of $550

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Fantauzza

The Mills Family Adelaide Olivieri


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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.

New Jersey

North Carolina

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 E.N. Sarantis Mrs. Theresa Unanue Mrs. Kathleen Zayatz

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

Anna & Richard Spalckhaver Robert and Constance Sumas Karla T. Villarin Mr. Edward M. Zambrano

New Hampshire

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Collison Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Dell’Orto

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas DiMicelli

New York

New Jersey


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

Mrs. Judith Falcone Lichty

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


njoying the Adopt a Sister celebration are Sr. Monique Huart, Sr. Helene Godin, Sr. Janet Keller, Sr. Lillian Foxx, and Sr. Mary Louise Mazzocco.

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Salesian Youth Report ST. THERESA SCHOOL, KENILWORTH, NJ – Police Sargeant Brian Pickton (right) awarded Mrs. Morgese’s fifth-grade class certificates for completing a weekly class on Law Enforcement Against Drugs (L.E.A.D.), showing the important ways to stay drug free and avoid violence in the future. Students also had to write an essay on what they learned and pledge to make wise decisions about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. The essay winners were Andrew Guarino and Kaelyn Pavlik. Below, what a gas! Students in Mrs. Serrano’s and Mrs. Aronowitz’s eighth-grade class had loads of fun demonstrating how carbon dioxide gas in ordinary soda can cause a volcanic eruption when mixed with Mentos candies. Students received extra credit points by researching and writing about the scientific question.


A Love That Lasts Forever

Received between June 2 and August 2, 2016

Nunzio Iannelli Mrs. Rose Iannelli

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.

Enclosed is my Memorial/Tribute Gift of: ____ $20


Thelma Buch Ms. Joanne P. Carr Rose & James Marchese Mr. & Mrs. Roger Marchese

Give the gift that lasts forever.

____ $25

Elizabeth Spaldo Mr. Donald Sheehan Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Rutkowski Ms. Janice Kaden Brady’s At The Station Ms. Maureen Postolowski Mrs. Susan Hunt Mr. & Mrs. John Dreyer Mr. & Mrs. Robert Pallarino Mrs. Betty Hogan Mrs. Lorraine Sassano Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Paterno Ms. Maureen Tangel Mrs. Kathy A. Bergman


Florence Bonin Mr. & Mrs. Robert C. Bonin Anthony J. Calenda Mrs. Annabella Calenda

Memorial for Name – DECEASED

Roger Hetel Ms. Kathy Adamczyk

Tribute for

June Terese Martell Ms. Judith A. Alukonis Mr. & Mrs. Bill Seroll Ms. Kathleen M. Joseph Carol and Jean Booth Marcia McCarthy & James Galvin Ms. Gladys Teachman Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Finn Dr. Eugene C. Tolomeo John L. & Grace P. Soldoveri Foundation Inc. Franklin Lakes Seniors Ms. Margaret Guerra Mr. & Mrs. Eric Hirschhorn William Kalosieh, Ph.D. Ms. Edie Simonelli Ms. Patricia Torraco Mr. & Mrs. Joseph V. Ross Stuart Tsubota, Ph.D. Ms. Jean Kimak Mrs. Mary Anne McDonald Louis R. Agresto Mrs. Marie Agresto Joyce Gallo The McAleer Family



Kellie Hetel Ms. Kathy Adamczyk

Virginia Jones Mrs. Louise Jones Jankovic

Art Stueck Mrs. Rose Stueck

Sr. Livia Setti, FMA Mrs. Daisy Schrock


Sylvia Lavandera Mark & Theresa Anderson Ernest “Cookie” Garcia

Sr. Mary Bertha Paquin, FMA Ms. Anne Arthur

My Name

Anita DeMesa Fernandez Mark & Theresa Anderson Ernest “Cookie” Garcia

Sr. Domenica Di Peri, FMA Ms. Wanda Wallis

Occasion Please send an acknowledgement to: Name


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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Sr. Mary Rinaldi, FMA Ms. Elizabeth Bogert Sr. Carmen Peña, FMA Mr. & Mrs. Don Steiner

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The Mothers of Three Sisters Pass Away


he Salesian Sisters extend their sincerest condolences to three Sisters whose mothers went to their Eternal Reward recently. Sr. Mary Arciga’s mother, Juanita Vazquez, passed away on July 7. She was 106 years old. Sr. Margaret Rose Buonaiuto’s mother, Albina Aida Vitiello, passed away on May 19. She was 96 years old. Sr. Ines Valentin’s mother, Rosa Pastor, passed away on June 22. She was 94 years old. Juanita Vazquez Born in Mexico, Juanita Vazquez had two daughters, five sons, and 17 grandchildren. “She was a faithful Catholic mother, wife, grandmother, and friend,” says Sr. Mary. “She received the highest praise from her three daughters-in-law, who often spoke of how wonderful she was.” Albina Aida Vitiello Born in Bronx, NY, Albina Aida Vitiello at 10 months old left the

United States for Italy and the small island of Ponza, where her parents were from. She returned to the Bronx at 10 years of age in the midst of the Great Depression. The family didn’t have much but they had an abundance of love and faith in God. Albina married and had six children and was very dedicated to the Church. “Mother took over the yearly pilgrimage to Newton, NJ, to honor Mary Help of Christians,” Sr. Margaret Rose recalls. “She raised a family in a Christian household, and even through tough times never gave up her faith. She was always there for her family.” Albina also traveled the world, from Alaska and Hawaii to China, making friends wherever she went. “Once you met her, you could never forget her,” Sr. Margaret Rose adds. “Though small in stature she was a ‘Giant.’ Above all, her greatest love was the Church.”

In addition to Sr. Margaret Rose, Albina is survived by five other children and nine grandchildren. Rosa Pastor Born in Puerto Rico to Agapito and Carmen Melendez, Rosa Pastor lived in New York before moving to Somerset, NJ, in 1963. A devout Catholic, she was a long time and active parishioner of St. Matthias Church in Somerset. “Mother was a friendly and happy person,” Sr. Ines says. “She always placed the needs of others before her own. She was a gifted seamstress and enjoyed crocheting and embroidering.” Rosa was predeceased by her husband, Tomás, and by her brother, Antonio, and sister, Ana. In addition to Sr. Ines, she is survived by her sister Angelina Sierra in Puerto Rico, and by numerous nieces, nephews, and godchildren.


happy teacherstudent reunion was held in North Haledon, NJ, when Sr. Carla Castellino visited from Italy and ran a retreat in Italian for the Salesian Sisters whom she taught when they were Novices many years ago. Pictured (left-right) are: Sr. Marisol Guzman, Sr. Denise Sickinger, Sr. Michelle Geiger, Sr. Carla Castellino, Sr. Suzanne Dauwalter, Sr. Colleen Clair, Sr. Mary Jackson, and Sr. Dieudonne from Haiti.

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CAMP MARY HELP, NORTH HALEDON, NJ – Happy faces among the 1,250 boys and girls who enjoyed a fun, safe, and wholesome summer at Salesian Camp, thanks to your generosity! (Photos by Victoria Velasco)


love camp” – “Camp is a fun place to be!” – “Mom, why did you come so soon?” “I want to come to this camp for a hundred years!”

These comments and many similar ones can be heard in the summer camps run by the Salesian Sisters. One parent commented: “I’ve had my children in other camps before, but this camp is different – they had similar activities, but there’s something more here.” What makes our camps different? In Don Bosco’s spirit, every Salesian ministry should have the following four characteristics. It should be: A Home That Welcomes – Every child should feel at home – that is: accepted as he/she is, safe, valued, and loved. Home is where you can be yourself and grow to become the best you can be. One very important aspect of Salesian spirituality is the “family spirit”. A School That Prepares for Life – In the various camp activities children learn to share and to get along with each other. They are given the opportunity to develop their gifts and abilities and to reach out in caring toward others. These experiences help them to grow towards becoming responsible and contributing members of our society. A Church That Evangelizes – In addition to all the typical activities of any camp: swimming, boating, arts & crafts, sports, trampoline, and many others, our camps create an atmosphere of faith. “Good News” time, prayer, Eucharist, the opportunity for Reconciliation and for reaching out to those in need, are all means of bringing the Gospel of Jesus to life in a child-centered and tangible way. A Playground Where Friends Meet – Our camps are filled with the joyful noise of children at play, having wholesome fun and developing positive friendships. They learn that faith and fun go together, that God wants us to be happy and to live our life to the full. The photos tell the story! Many thanks to all our wonderful benefactors and friends who support our summer programs, making it possible for us to provide this great experience for so many children. You put these beautiful smiles on so many young faces!!! – Sr. Theresa Kelly, FMA

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IMMACULATE CONCEPTION SUMMER CAMP, MARRERO, LA – Summer slow down? Certainly not at Immaculate Conception School, where day camp activities included a new Enrichment Program, three weeks of specialty camps including robotics (above), cooking, art, computing and 3D printing, dance and fitness, and STEM education. Fun times continued with a special Hat Day (below). Lookin’ good, kids!

ST. THERESA BIBLE CAMP, KENILWORTH, NJ – Nothing says summer like a slice of ice cold, delicious watermelon! Helping to serve up the mouthwatering snack between lessons is Sr. Monique Huart.

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The Joy of Being a Salesian Educator

“It’s okay. This is Mrs. Hammann.”


his month, Camp Auxilium in Newton, NJ, says farewell to one of its most familiar faces. After more than 30 years of service, Linda “Mrs.” Hammann will be retiring from her role in the front office, which at any given time has called upon her to act as parent and volunteer, mediator, and gatekeeper, manager, mentor, and friend.

a career and family. But, Sr. Mary, ever the consummate problem solver, simply replied, “Bring him with you!” Thus began Linda’s journey as the heart and soul of the Camp Auxilium office. For her, Camp Auxilium wasn’t just a job – it was a way of life. She embraced every facet of her role with

the voice of the annual Tricky Tray for over 20 years. Her experience and wisdom made her a tremendous resource to those around her, and was an instrumental part in growing both the school and summer camp into the robust programs they are today. Linda has earned the respect, admiration, and trust of a vast network of children, caregivers, parents, and educators. There is hardly a Salesian Sister on the Eastern seaboard that she hasn’t met, and both current and former families recognize her with surprise and delight whenever their paths cross. Sometimes these moments of appreciation occur on the grocery store line or in the middle of Disney World.

Many of us know Linda for her work as a skilled administrator, but she has always been an educator at heart. After graduating from St. Peter’s College with a degree in elementary education, she taught virtually every level of grammar school for nearly 13 years, including five years at St. Joseph’s Regional School in Newton, before stepping But more often than not, away to start her own family. they come on the first day of During that time, hundreds Linda Hammann with Sr. Mary Rinaldi and Sr. Karen Dunn. school when a young parent of students benefited from her will walk tentatively though the front hands-on approach and unwavering “It’s hard to imagine doors. Their little one is wrapped belief in the potential inside all of us. tightly around their leg with a new Camp Auxilium without It wasn’t enough that she believed you backpack strapped on their shoulders were special – her work wasn’t done Linda, but her legacy and big tears in their eyes. Both are until you believed it, too. lives on through the as anxious and fearful about this new experience; neither of them wants to Linda’s tenure with Camp Auxilium generation of children let go. But when that young parent began unofficially in the mid-1980’s she helped raise.” looks up and sees a familiar smile there when she enrolled her oldest child in to greet them, they kneel down next the preschool program. The school was flourishing, but was still in need passion and dedication, and her whole- to their son or daughter and whisper in their ear, “It’s okay. This is Mrs. of additional support. Then-director hearted commitment is demonstrated Hammann. She was my teacher,” and Sr. Mary Rinaldi quickly set her sights by the many contributions she has then let go, knowing they’re releasing on this energetic mother who was made over the past three decades. them into good hands. always quick to lend a helping hand wherever it was needed, from serving No task was too big or small for sandwiches at lunch, to chaperoning Linda; in addition to the large pieces of It’s hard to imagine Camp Auxilium without Linda, but her legacy lives on field trips, to helping with afternoon infrastructure and day-to-day policies through the generation of children she pickup, to answering the phones. In she helped implement, she could often helped raise. We will remain eternally short time, Linda was recruited to help be found hitching a ride on the back of grateful for her sacrifice and hard run the office. She hesitated at first; a tractor during apple picking, strolling work. Good luck, Linda, and God her youngest child was less than a year through the enchanted Christmas bless you! old, and she considered the challenges forest in the Land of Make Believe, that every mother faces when or producing backstage at the annual – Kim Hammann balancing the dual responsibilities of Christmas show. She has also been

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his photograph speaks volumes about the happiness of a child who attends a Salesian Summer Camp – in this case, Camp Mary Help in North Haledon, NJ.

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