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Sr. Mary Rinaldi’s Letter infirm Sisters and I ask, if you are able, to upgrade your gift for their care. Your benefits are “out of this world” as the Sisters offer prayerful thanks to God for you.

Dear Friends, Our founder, St. John Bosco, once said, “School is not the end. It is rather the instrumental means for improving the way of life.” One would certainly agree given the musical instruments displayed on our cover! Budding musicians in grades 1-3 at Corpus ChristiHoly Rosary School in Port Chester, NY, are learning to play the violin, thanks to one of several wonderful afterschool clubs made possible through the generosity of grants and friends like you. See more photos on page 23.

• Please check with your company to see if they match employee and retired employee contributions. Recently, we received gifts from ExxonMobil, GE, and Verizon. Every little bit helps, and your gift goes twice as far. A new year is upon us, and for we Salesian Sisters in the Eastern Province, it will be one for the history books. On August 19 our Province will join with our counterpart in Canada to form a brand new Province under the patronage of St. Joseph. They’ll be much more exciting news to share about this in the months ahead.

Some news to report: • Heartfelt thanks to all who sent a donation for our elderly Sisters at Christmastime, in particular for our mattress appeal. They join me with gratitude expressed in prayer. See page 3.

• Your yearly gifts towards the Adopt-a-Sister program are also a source of gratitude and joy. I’ve been made aware of the mounting needs of our elderly and


Save These Dates!

Friday, March 3 Luncheon Celebrating Adopt A Sister 12 Noon Villa Madonna School Tampa, FL

Saturday, March 25 The Seventh Annual Fr. Peter M. Rinaldi, SDB Awards Dinner a benefit for Corpus Christi-Holy Rosary School Willow Ridge Country Club Harrison, NY Information & tickets: please call (914) 937-4407

All are invited; RSVP a must! Please call Theresa Anderson by Tuesday, February 28 to reserve your place: (813) 205-3195


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Sunday, April 2 Salesian Sisters’ Spring Party Mary Help of Christians Academy North Haledon, NJ Watch for details

Tuesday, April 25 The Salesian Voices at the N.Y. Mets Game! See page 5.

July 15-22 and July 23-30: 2017 Salesian Summer Serve For single women ages 18-30, North Haledon, NJ Volunteer with the Sisters! Contact Sr. Theresa Lee: (732) 597-3988 or or

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Resting Easier, Thanks to YOU!


ur elderly Salesian Sisters at the St. Joseph Provincial Center in Haledon, NJ, are resting a lot easier these days, thanks to new twin mattresses on their beds, funded by our generous friends. The Christmas wish for the Sisters to refresh their very worn mattresses was heard from the four corners of the U.S.A. and we set about the task of finding mattresses. As donations arrived, we obtained complete bedding sets, new pillows, hearing aid loops, and even pajamas! One Sister declared, “It felt like I slept in Heaven last night!” So, what did we do with the old mattresses? After calling shelter after shelter across New Jersey, we finally got a call back from a halfway house in New Brunswick. Sr. Eileen Tickner and myself drove down there. The guys were so excited, as well as their director, Cynthia. One of the men told us, “Thank you, Sisters. These mattresses are 100% better than what we are sleeping on right now.” Thank you to the Massood Family and all our benefactors who made this possible. Know the Sisters are sleeping much sounder these days! – Sr. Maryann Schaefer, FMA

Out with the old, in with the new! The Sisters, including Sr. Maryann Schaefer and Sr. Eileen Tickner, pitched in to install the new mattresses and bedding at the St. Joseph Provincial Center.

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The Miracle of Baby Joy


att and Kristin Loboda from Tampa, FL, and their five young children were visiting family in Phoenix, AZ. On December 29, 2016, Matt suddenly noticed that his 19-month-old daughter, Joy, was missing. She had been with them just before that. “In my heart, I knew something was terribly wrong,” Matt recalled. “So, I ran down to the koi pond on the property. I ran around it four times looking between the shadows and fish for Joy. Momentarily I was relieved. But, then I heard the Holy Spirit tell me to run to the pool.” When Joy disappeared, Matt hadn’t considered the possibility that she was in the fence-encircled pool. He sprinted there, and the sight he saw was enough to make any parent’s blood run cold: there was Joy’s little,

lifeless body floating on top of the water. Matt leaped over the five-foot fence and dove into the water, bringing Joy out of the pool, so he and his brotherin-law could perform CPR while they were waiting for the ambulance.

came in and informed the Lobodas that the prognosis didn’t look good, but that Joy now had a heartbeat. This news was enough to bolster Matt’s hope. Filled with supernatural confidence, he felt in his heart Joy would make a full recovery and said as much to the doctors.

“As I breathed into Joy, I prayed that my breath would be the breath Joy Loboda of God into her,” says Matt. Little Joy was put in a medical coma “Her lips were blue, and her beautiful and placed on a ventilator, but by blue eyes were wide open. I could see January 7, she was responsive and her pupils shrinking at an alarming breathing on her own. Kristin writes, rate. I knew we needed a miracle “She’s in my arms, reached for my because I could actually feel her face, and said, ‘Mamma.’ Tears are slipping away.” flowing, and my heart is so full. Your prayers have been our strength and At the emergency room, a doctor

The entire Villa Madonna School student body came together to pray for Baby Joy and to sing “I’ve got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy, down in my heart!” for Baby Joy. A video was sent to the Loboda family, and they say Joy loves to watch it over and over.


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brought healing to our baby.” On January 9, Joy was able to latch on and breastfeed for the first time since the accident, and though she was still experiencing pain, she was doing well enough that doctors transferred her out of pediatric intensive care. On January 10, she broke out into a smile and laughed – a miracle. She is making marked improvements every day. Fr. Ignatius Mazanowski, F.H.S, Kristin’s brother, told the National Catholic Register, “Her recovery, in my opinion, is a testament to her parent’s love and care and the thousands of people who have been praying for little Joy.”

Steven Suther and Charlie Launikitis, Villa pre-kindergarteners, are happy to sing for Baby Joy. Charlie wears a t-shirt with her picture reminding the world to Pray for Joy!

Those thousands include the students, parents, and Salesian Sisters at Villa Madonna School, where Joy’s four older siblings attend. Students wore pink and red for a “Pray for Joy Loboda” fundraiser at Villa Madonna on January 13. $13,647 has been raised by Villa families for the Loboda Family to help them with with medical bills.

Kristin and Matt were deeply moved and humbled by the outpouring of love and prayers around the world for Joy. Kristin sent a message to Sr. Mary Jackson, Villa Madonna’s principal, saying, “Oh my goodness, my heart! We are so thankful for all of the prayers and support from our Villa family. What an amazing blessing you are to us. We are truly humbled by your kindness, love, and generosity.” Rest assured of our continued love and prayers! To follow Joy’s progress, visit her Facebook page: #PrayForJoy – with thanks to Lori Hadacek Chaplin and the National Catholic Register

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Salesian Students March for Life!


n January 27, a chilly but crystal-clear day in Washington, DC, students and Salesian Sisters from New Jersey to Florida joined hundreds of thousands from across the U.S.A. for the annual March for Life, the largest pro-life rally in the world. Sr. Christina Chong and Sr. Brittany Harrison (above left) stand up for the rights of the unborn, joining (right) Sr. Jen Kane and students from the Academy of Our Lady in Marrero, LA. Below, students from Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, NJ, gather for a group photo in front of the Washington Monument. Everyone was energized by the words of Vice President Mike Pence: “Because of all of you, life is winning again in America!”


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Please Adopt!


Sr. Rosalie Di Peri was showered with balloons by her grateful Adopter in celebration of her birthday on January 7. Pigs have a special significance, as they stand for Partners In Giving!

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 visit us online at, or call us toll-free: (877) OUR-NUNS. Thank you, and God bless you!

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he high school Youth Group of 103 Martyrs Korean-American Parish in Saddle Brook, NJ, led by their pastor, Fr. Don Bosco Park (great name!), held its Life in the Spirit Seminar in December at our Sacred Heart Retreat Center in Newton, NJ. Our Vocation Director, Sr. Theresa Lee, gave a talk on “Growth and Transformation,” offering tips for continuing to keep growing in God’s love after the retreat. The smiles on their faces say it all about their retreat experience and the fire of the Holy Spirit that was poured into their hearts!


ore than 13,000 college students attended SEEK2017, a faith-building event organized by FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students), January 3-7 in San Antonio, TX. Among the dozens of exhibitors, Salesians – Sisters, priests, Brothers, and young men in formation – dazzled with magic tricks, Jumbo Jenga, and PingPong Forever, drawing large, enthusiastic crowds each day. “Throughout the week, I was reminded again of how God has blessed us within our Salesian Family: to live in community, to work with the young and to be a joyful witness wherever we find ourselves,” says Sr. April Hoffman. “Though many would probably admit they were first drawn in by the games at our booth, they were also curious about the Salesian charism, how to discern a religious vocation, and our Founders. It was a gift to be able to accompany these students for a few days on their journey to becoming Saints and to see the hope and vitality of the young Church!”


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new or upgraded Partners Circle Members so far in 2017! 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 2017, our 26th 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

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

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Indiana Mrs. Beatrice Lightfoot

Ms. Celeste Tripi Mr. Vincent Waraske

New York Mrs. Pearl Kalikow

New Jersey 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 Mr. Bill McLaughlin PC Mr. & Mrs. Rodger Rohde

Christopher & Corinne Schiavo & The Shepherd and the Knucklehead Pub Joseph & Rita Weiner

New York

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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.


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

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

Annual gift of $2,200


New York

Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Clair

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

New Jersey Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Laudone Marilyn & Dale Livi Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Massood Mr. & Mrs. Michael Massood Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Papetti Rose Perone Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Pfeifer PC Maria Sturchio

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

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

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

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

Michael & Mary Losurdo A.J. & Mindy Papetti 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. Donald Hofmann Mr. & Mrs. Anthony M. Laino

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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 Mrs. Maureen O’Halloran

South Carolina Sandra M. Freeman

Partners Circle “Members” Arizona Anonymous

California Joanne & Geraldine Rizzuto

Connecticut 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 PC Mrs. Trudy Carey Dr. & Mrs. Antonio Castro Dr. & Mrs. Emilio Echevarria PC Mr. & Mrs. Luis Garcia PC Dr. Giacomo & Mrs. Judy Guggino Ms. Maria Restrepo-Forte Mr. & Mrs. Mark S. Reynolds Rudy Rodriguez

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Kathy & John Pedrero Hon. & Mrs. E.J. Salcines PC Mr. & Mrs. David Smith Ms. Maria C. Torreiro Mr. & Mrs. Ron Yates

Georgia Mr. & Mrs. Charles Fantauzza

Illinois The Mills Family Adelaide Olivieri

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

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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 Mrs. Christine Peragallo E.N. Sarantis Mrs. Theresa Unanue

New York Michael & Jeanette Altamura Mr. & Mrs. Jack Betwarda Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Clair Mrs. Rose Mary Clair Mr. & Mrs. Charles V. Curcio Ms. Claire Dell Mr. Walter Lazarcheck 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 Dr. & Mrs. Joseph Piotrowski

Virginia Mrs. Dominique Faust Dr. Evelyn Garcia & Michael Maurer Karl & Laura Zauner

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Partners Circle “Quarter Century Club” Annual gift of $250 California Mr. Richard Suda Rev. Paula T. Webb

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

Karla T. Villarin Mr. Edward M. Zambrano



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

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

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

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New Hampshire Mr. & Mrs. Thomas DiMicelli

New York

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Dr. & Mrs. Joseph Amatuzzi Collins & Hogan Families Theodore & Lynda Leo Ms. Mary Bernadette Mazauskas Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Nowak Gregory & Stephanie Monaco Mrs. Mary Ann Ryan Anna & Richard Spalckhaver Robert and Constance Sumas

Mrs. Judith Falcone Lichty

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


ho can turn the world on with a smile? The dearly departed Mary Tyler Moore, for one. But we also propose Bruni Wenter, a faithful friend of the Salesian Sisters for more than 20 years. A native of Austria, Bruni has adopted Sr. Virginia Dickey and Sr. Mary Rinaldi, and the latter had a wonderful reunion with Bruni during a recent visit to her home in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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In the Gentle Breeze Sr. Karen Dunn’s Letter “Then the LORD said (to Elijah): Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD; the LORD will pass by.” (1 Kings 19:11)


I was once privileged to work with. In a moment, I saw her rise above our driven culture and see the Lord before her. Permit me to reminisce:

erhaps it’s our competitive world. Perhaps it’s because success is associated with being focused masters of multitasking. Perhaps it’s the evergrowing new demands that press upon us, in our jobs and families. Whatever the cause, we are immersed in a culture that runs, driven as we are by personal goalsetting in our push to “get it done” and get ahead.

Feet were pounding the pavement in the rush before the morning assembly. Children scurried towards the pavilion to meet their classmates. Teachers, like Mrs. Brown, were checking mailboxes, catching the principal for an approval, grabbing that essential cup of coffee. No one failed to give the heartfelt “good morning” to one another, but each one was hurriedly on a mission to get everything set to start the day.

Of course these energies have merit. But we can easily find ourselves all too often with set “game faces” – eyes forward as we pass colleagues by that unconsciously order others to “clear the way” for the day’s agenda. Self-absorption edges on indifference to the “other” – persons, realities, even God Himself! Then, the mysteries and magic of life are missed! God’s grace, which falls all around us for the taking, is lost on us.

“The search for God continues its echo in the theme from the ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’: ‘Love is all around; no need to waste it!’”

Before I allow myself to lapse into a lamentation of our times (so not Salesian!) let me offer a saying ascribed to one of the Saints of centuries past: “I fear the Lord’s passing.” People have always wrestled with the tension between “me” and the “Other” – the Presence and action of God in our lives – to the loss of perspective. The Lord may pass through our day and so we may miss what is most key in life! Not so for an extraordinary teacher

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By mutual and silent understanding, each tried to stay out of the other’s way. Caught up myself in this energy, I observed an exchange that has never left me. Mrs. Brown was moving head-on towards the school office. Between her and the door was a child whose arms were proudly wrapped around a two-liter bottle base which held the “terrarium” he had created. In her many years in elementary school, she had seen hundreds of these. No teacher would have ignored this child. But perhaps few would have done what Mrs. Brown did. Her momentum, in sync with a clock ticking towards the bell, halted. As they neared each other, she met the eyes of the child and then looked quickly at the

treasure in his arms. Crouching down, she said, “Why, Bradley, what have you got there? ... Oh, yes, I see ... Wow, you have a lot going on in there! ... Yes, that’s condensation alright ... You did a fine job putting this together!” Time had stopped. The rush and demands and the agenda of Mrs. Brown’s morning had fallen away in reverence for this child. Who knows what was sparked in Bradley’s heart in that moment as he received this validation from a teacher who was not even his own? Mrs. Brown had made her choice, for the Lord who was passing. Like Elijah the prophet, who met God not in the fury of a howling storm, nor in a fiercely rattling earthquake, but in a gentle whisper, she had found Him in the innocence and wonder on the face of a child. This search for God seems to continue its echo in the theme song from the Mary Tyler Moore Show which has again captured our hearts: “Love is all around; no need to waste it!” Remembering God’s Presence all around us in the mysteries that could escape us in the many demands of our day, we will not miss the “passing” of the Lord. We will notice persons. Truth will not escape us. The sense of the Sacred and Beautiful will be part of our experience as we receive “grace upon grace.” And in life, we will “make it after all” as He would want for us. Happy New Year 2017! May it be filled with great moments of gentle breezes of God’s Presence!

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Remembering a Beloved Librarian

A Love That Lasts Forever 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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n January 12, our librarian at Mary Help of Christians Academy, Mrs. Lillian Brunetti, lost her battle with cancer. She was only 60 years old. She had stayed at the library for as long as she could because she loved nothing more than to see her students learn and do their absolute best. Mrs. Brunetti was so passionate about her job and loved to see her students wanting to learn more. She always made sure to keep her students on task for their research papers and their college applications. On the day Mrs. Brunetti passed, our school had a memorial service in her memory and to celebrate the life of Mrs. Brunetti. Students have been writing notes and words of remembrance on the doors of the library (below). They have been writing stories about their experience with Mrs. Brunetti and kind words about her personality. During her 11 years at Mary Help, Mrs. Brunetti was an amazing teacher and role model for all of the students. Mrs. Brunetti will be truly missed and we pray that she will be watching over us forever. – Bryanna Vradenburg, Mary Help Class of 2017

Memorial for Name – DECEASED

Tribute for Name – LIVING

Occasion 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

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Memorials Received between November 23, 2016 and January 31, 2017 Sr. Ofelia Lozano, FMA Mrs. Cynthia Evans Sr. Philomena Martorana, FMA Mrs. Cynthia Evans Albert J. De Vincenzo, Jr. Dr. Mary Ann Gavioli Ms. Ingrid Eldridge Ms. Patricia Cameron Lindsay, Alexander, Amalia, & Rose McMahon Rosemary & Terrence McMahon

Louise “Sugar” Epting The McAleer Family Mr. Michael Guarnieri John Anthony Gumino Mrs. Kathleen Howard Ann Marie Hessenius Mrs. Teresa Gutto Mr. & Mrs. Cary Halsted Dr. Eugene Tolomeo Ms. Linda J. Marchese Mrs. Ann Gill Emanuel Gurrie Ms. Rose Ciano

William Pesci The Salesian Sisters Dr. Clint Ferenz Ms. Margaret Lewis

Florence O’Donnell Ms. Carol Kasper

Camille D’Amato Kornutick Ms. Carol Kasper

Frank Lucibello, Sr. Ms. Laura Foody

Carmine R. Buglione Mr. Albert C. Buglione

Gregory Massood Mrs. Diva Muller Mr. & Mrs. Donald J. Hayek Mr. M. Michael Galesi Ms. Marie Palazzone Ms. Nancy Koeller Ms. Audrey Giarratano Mr. Craig Scharre & Family Mr. Salvatore Mule Mr. & Mrs. George Mammola Mr. & Mrs. Panfilo DiIorio Mr. & Mrs. John G. Surowitz

Mary Baio Mrs. Dorothy Gangi Dan Stevens Mrs. Nan Smith Joseph D’Amario Mrs. Gina D’Amario-Aubin D’Amario & Media Associates

Tributes James Paone Mrs. K Virginia Jones Mrs. Louise Jones Jankovic

Sr. Teresa Gutierrez, FMA Ms. Theresa Niswander

Sr. Frances Gumino, FMA Ms. Mary Carole Schafenberg

Malorie, Kenny, & Owen Albee Ms. Paige Coble

Rick and Lisa Klauser Mr. & Mrs. Tom Flynn

Sr. Rosalie Di Peri, FMA Dr. Joe McAleer

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Lillian Brunetti PRS In Vivo André & Jude Ann Côté Vicki & Matthew Brunetti Victor Brunetti & Elizabeth Veiga Frank Brunetti Jr. & Rachael McCurdy Raymond & Yolanda Kunz Don & Elaine Leak Ms. Patricia Zak Mr. Matthew Magda Mr. Wally Brunetti The Polizzi Family Ms. Diane Crisula Mr. & Mrs. Joe Abate Mr. Jon Brunetti Mrs. Rory Shortino Alice Sharkey Dr. & Mrs. James Cumella Stella Cumella Dr. & Mrs. James Cumella

Mr. & Mrs. Crisuolo Mrs. Marie Renaldi Mr. Frank J. Renaldi, Jr. Mrs. Marie Renaldi Virginia Dittamo Mrs. Diva Muller Joan Mary Polizzi Ms. Rosalie Polizzi & Family John F. Polizzi, Sr. Josie, Grace, & Rosalie Polizzi Theresa Crupi Martin Clearwater & Bell, LLP James Murphy Mid-Madison Womens Club

Kathryn R. Brennan Mrs. Frances Bagli Mary Walsh Mrs. Katharine Reiter Michael C. Lehron Mrs. Doris Lehron


lease consider adopting 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., or call us, toll-free: (877) OUR-NUNS. Thank you!

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This New Year, Please Give Us This Day!


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

Rolling out the new mattresses at the St. Joseph Provincial Center in Haledon, NJ, are Sr. Theresa Kelly, Sr. Theresa Gutierrez, and Sr. Carmen Morales.

Please “Give Us This Day” by returning the form below. Thank you and God bless you!

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


ong before I entered the Salesian Sisters

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The Joy of Being a Salesian Educator

Happy Progress in Egypt Editor’s note: Nearly 18 months have passed since Sr. Colleen Clair left her position as Vocations Director for a new life as principal of Sacred Heart Girls’ School, halfway across the world in Alexandria, Egypt. Sr. Colleen celebrates her 25-year jubilee as a Salesian Sister this year. Here, with gratitude for your prayers and support, Sr. Colleen provides an update on progress at the school. You can follow Sister on her Facebook page, “Sister Colleen Clair.”

Above, Sr. Saada Abed Al Nour teaches Pre-K, and kids can now reach the chalkboard since it goes all the way to the floor, thanks to special paint on the wall. At left, students in First Preparatory (seventh grade) enjoy learning Math with Mr. Hany, with new and improved whiteboards and projectors. At right, Ms. Theresa teaches the kids using the new LCD projector. She saves a lot of time now, not having to write things out on the board. Left, Mr. Youhanna, and below, Sr. Anna.

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IMMACULATE CONCEPTION SCHOOL, MARRERO, LA – The Christmas season was bountiful at Immaculate Conception School! From the babies in the nursery to the seventh graders, seasonal activities and assignments were integrated in the curriculum. Above, seventh-graders Laila Duran, Y-Ngoc Nguyen and Katrina Bendana proudly display their colorful Jesse Tree projects. At right, two-year-old Augustine Duran in Ms. Angelic’s class in the Guardian Angels Early Learning Center fills his cup of cocoa by counting marshmallows. Adorable!

ACADEMY OF OUR LADY, MARRERO, LA – Academy students, faculty, staff, and alumni gathered on December 8 for the annual Alumni Memorial Mass. Members of our Archbishop Blenk High School, Immaculata High School, and Academy of Our Lady family who are no longer with us were remembered and honored during Mass. The Academy was founded in 2007 drawing on the strength and traditions of its two predecessors, Archbishop Blenk High School and Immaculata High School. Above, Principal Sr. Michelle Geiger greeted alumnae with enthusiasm and joy after Mass.

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Building Helping Hands in Hawthorne!


hen a classroom STEM project became a life changing event for two children over 7,000 miles away, the impact was profoundly felt by the elementary school students who engineered it.

After studying the skeletal system, the seventh and eighth graders of St. Anthony School in Hawthorne, NJ, participated in the “Prosthetic Kids Hand Challenge” sponsored by Enabling the Future. They applied their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills to the organization’s design files, scaling them up to size. Once their plans were complete, the students used the school’s 3D printers to create two

sets of prosthetic parts, which were then painstakingly assembled. The completed prosthetic hands were then sent to the organization for inspection and finally shipped to India where they were matched up with children who either suffered the loss of a hand or were born with a birth defect. While a prosthetic hand can cost a family $4,000-$5,000, these hands were printed and assembled in the classroom for about $25. St. Anthony School is one of the first three Catholic elementary schools in the country to receive STEM accreditation from AdvancED. Over the last five years, its students have been educated in the engineering design process of problem solving. Students will soon begin another round of printing and

assembling two more hands during National Engineers Week in February. “We aren’t just teaching students how to create things,” says STEM program director and teacher, Mary Wrenn. “We want them to understand that their skills can be applied outside the classroom. That through compassionate projects like this one, they can truly change the world.”

ST. THERESA SCHOOL, KENILWORTH, NJ – What would you do on a snow day? Mrs. Karen DeMaio and her second grade class in St. Theresa’s imagined just that, with a writing assignment as to what they would do if they lived in a snow globe. Ideas went from feeding deer and ice skating to making snow angels and having snow ball fights. Students acted out their thoughts and created their own “snow globe,” placing pictures of themselves inside. Clearly, David DaSilva and Dylan Gatchalian (at right) had a ball!

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Salesian Youth Report VILLA MADONNA SCHOOL, TAMPA, FL – Sr. Mary Jackson, Principal, and Ms. Luann Jones inducted the newest members of the National Junior Honor Society (right). To be considered for membership, candidates must achieve first or second honors for three consecutive semesters, earning an 85% or above in all subject areas. Candidates must also exhibit the values of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship, and good character. Once inducted in to the Society, members are required to volunteer one hour once a week, assisting younger students in their academics. Members of the Society are a representation of academic success and honorable conduct, keeping alive St. John Bosco’s vision of “Work, Play, Study, Pray.” Congratulations, inductees!

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At left, Sr. Nivia Arias led a retreat at Villa Madonna School for second graders. They learned about the Sacraments of Reconciliation and prepared for First Communion, while having fun in activities that promoted faith and fellowship. The kids couldn’t be happier trying to be like St. John Bosco in their Bosco Boot Camp t-shirts (below).

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SALESIAN YOUTH CENTER/BOYS & GIRLS CLUB, TAMPA, FL – On January 3, the Rinaldo Law Group of Tampa, FL, hosted their first annual SantaFest. Located outside of their office, it was a beautiful family day for the community, complete with activities for all. There were massages and skin treatments for the adults, games for the children, and even a visit from Santa himself! The event was free, but the Rinaldo Law Group asked that each family bring a toy for the children at the Salesian Youth Center. Our SYC kids had a wonderful Christmas, thanks to the Rinaldo Law Group!

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ST. THERESA SCHOOL, KENILWORTH, NJ – To mark National School Choice Week as well as Catholic Schools Week, the entire school from Pre K to 8th grade participated in a coloring/essay contest on the theme, “I love my school.” Younger children concentrated on drawing and coloring, while the older kids added text and wrote essays on what makes St. Theresa’s so special. Winners received a handsome yellow fleece scarf. Above, Mrs. Furlong poses with her Pre-K4 students Veronice and Dante, while at right, fifth-grader Celeste expresses the opinion shared by everyone!

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Salesian Youth Report THE AUXILIUM SCHOOL, NEWTON, NJ – The Auxilium School celebrates the Epiphany each January with a visit from the Three Wise Men with capes and crowns, bearing gifts for each of the classrooms. However, this year was special: the school was visited by Three Wise Women: staff members Joyce Litterio, Patti Greenhalgh and Julie Teets! These Wise Women were not the only ones bearing gifts for the Auxilium School this January; on January 12th the Knights of Columbus Don Bosco Council 7784 presented the school with a generous donation!

VILLA MADONNA SCHOOL, TAMPA, FL – Students from grades Pre-K 3 to third put on a spectacular performance of the true meaning of Christmas, complete with Mary and Joseph (third-graders Ella Shankman and Joseph Anderson), surrounded by shepherds, angels, and assorted animals in the manger. Students received a standing ovation from the audience for their annual pageant!

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CORPUS CHRISTI-HOLY ROSARY SCHOOL, PORT CHESTER, NY – Through the generosity of benefactors and grants, the children of CCHRS are able to join a wide array of after-school activities and clubs. These include sewing (above), with Sr. April Hoffman helping first-grader Lia Murillo with her project, and baking (right), with fourth-graders Alicia Bambace and Natalia Fiallos learning new skills in the kitchen.

ACADEMY OF OUR LADY, MARRERO, LA – Academy Student Council members are working hard to create sleeping mats for the homeless made out of plastic bags donated by the student body as part of their project for Service Week. During the annual observance, the entire school participates in service-oriented activities, visiting organizations throughout New Orleans and attending presentations by guest speakers. This year’s theme is, “She who does justice will shine like the stars.” Well done, ladies!

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r. Myriam Meus and Sr. April Hoffman pose with fan-favorite “Sr. Marianette” at the SEEK2017 convention held in San Antonio, TX, in January. More than 13,000 college students attended this faithbuilding event organized by FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students), and the Salesian Sisters were among the dozens of exhibitors. Salesian faith was shared along with fun as conversations about vocations and discernment happened at our booth, at meals, at a talk, while making Rosaries, at the bathroom sink – wherever we encountered young people!

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Winter 2017 issue of Partners in Giving Magazine, the bimonthly publication of the Salesian Sisters Eastern Province

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