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Sr. Mary Rinaldi’s Letter

Save the Dates!

Dear Friends: Lights, Camera . . . ¡Acción! Just in time for National Hispanic Month, students at Mary Help of Christians Academy are starting to use the brand new video production and distance learning lab donated by the Latino channel, Telemundo 47. That’s Principal Sr. Lise Parent on our cover, rehearsing with seniors. What an incredible resource, not to mention a very generous gift! ¡Gracias, Telemundo! See page 17. Some news to report: • Soon we will exercise our rights as citizens and vote for our next President. This is a pivotal election, and our Provincial Superior, Sr. Karen Dunn, explains the vital issue at stake. See page 13. • God continues to bless our Order with vocations! Three new Sisters took their vows, and five new candidates have just begun the first step in the formation program. Our prayers and loving support go with them! See pages 4-5, and learn on page 6 how you can support their journeys. • Javier Baldor, Chairman of the Salesian Sisters Partners Circle, has challenged us to extend invitations to new members. I personally invite you to join the rank of “Partners” with your investment in our unrestricted fund. See pages 9-11. • Autumn brings two galas! On November 2, Mary Help’s “A Night in Old Havana” will be a “Night to Remember,” honoring Juan and Marta Gutierrez and Sr. Esther Cruz, all from Cuba. On November 10, the Thanksgiving Basket in Tampa took me, the honoree, by surprise! It will be my chance to offer gratitude to the city of my birth and the Salesian family for all they have given me. I hope to see YOU at both celebrations! Details at right. As we anticipate Thanksgiving, I thank you most sincerely for your strong faith in us and for keeping us afloat with love, prayers, and generosity.

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Presented by the Dames of Mary Help honoring Juan & Marta Gutierrez with a special tribute to Sr. Esther Cruz, FMA Friday, November 2, 2012 Woodcliff Lake Hilton, Woodcliff Lake, NJ Cocktails, Dinner, Silent and Live Auction. All proceeds benefit the Financial Aid Fund at Mary Help of Christians Academy. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call Sr. Mary Rinaldi: (973) 904-0102 or e-mail

The Thanksgiving Basket honoring Sr. Mary Rinaldi, FMA Saturday, November 10, 2012 Salesian Youth Center/ Boys & Girls Club, Tampa, FL For more information and sponsorship opportunities, please call Theresa Anderson: (813) 205-3195. Please support the Thanksgiving Basket by donating an item from our Wish List. Simply visit, and search “Salesian Sisters Development” under “Wish Lists.” Thank you, and Happy Shopping!

Annual Christmas Party Sunday, December 9, 2012 Mary Help of Christians Academy North Haledon, NJ


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Making Headlines Around the Province

Our First Salesian “Flash Mob” is a Hit!


alk about a BIG surprise! Battery Park at the tip of Manhattan, with a view of the Statue of Liberty, was the setting for a special treat in August for our visiting Mother General, Mother Yvonne Reungoat (right). Following Mass with Cardinal Timothy Dolan at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Mother (superior of our worldwide Salesian Sisters’ Order) was given a tour of New York City. As she entered the park, a spontaneous “flash mob” erupted, with dozens of Salesian Sisters, students, alumni, and friends breaking into song and dance. It was a spectacular display of joy, and Mother was delighted! To watch a video of the event, please visit our website,

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Jubilation As New Sisters Profess Vows


n August 5, 2012, Sr. Merissa Loucks and I, Sr. Joo Yun Park, celebrated our first profession in the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians – the Salesian Sisters – in the company of our fellow Sisters and women in formation, family, and friends. It was truly a beautiful day. After having suffered through weeks of nervousness, neither of us was sure we would be able to make it through the celebration without fainting! But as soon as we walked through the doors of St. Joseph’s Chapel in North Haledon, NJ, and saw the joy-filled faces of all the people who love and encouraged us throughout our years of formation, all our fears vanished and our hearts were filled with peace. Many of our friends and family went through great lengths to be present to witness our consecration to God. Sr. Merissa’s family and friends drove all the way from Illinois. Among my guests were family members from California and parishioners from three Korean parishes. We were also honored with the presence of twelve priests, including Fr. Tom Dunne as the principal celebrant, and Fr. Angelus Croce and Fr. Gabriel Lee, my pastor, as the main concelebrants.

Above, Sr. Joo Yun Park with her parents, Eal Wha and Yun Hee Park. At left, Sr. Joo Yun receives her Profession Cross from Sr. Karen Dunn, Provincial Superior.

Not only did we feel the blessings of God’s generous love through the people who shared this special day with us, we also felt His great love in the commitment we were making before all those present. Knowing that God has called us and that, through His grace, we were able to correspond and publicly give our lives to Him, fill our hearts with so much gratitude. As we go forth as newly professed, we also go forth with the assurance that the love of our heavenly Father will carry us through every step of the way as we strive every day to live faithfully the commitment we made at our profession. – Sr. Joo Yun Park, FMA

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Sr. Merissa Loucks with her parents, Randy and Linda Loucks. At left, Sr. Merissa receives the Book of Constitutions from Sr. Karen Dunn.

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t is very often said that when you find your soul mate, “you just know,” and this is exactly what happened to Sr. Mary Jackson during a retreat in her adolescent years. It’s almost as if it was the date of all dates, because that weekend in 1995 is when she met the love of her life. One of the prayer activities during the retreat was Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in which the Eucharist was brought out to the students. At that moment, Sr. Mary automatically felt the truth, “God knows me and God loves me.” From that moment, she wanted to know more about God and wondered what it would be like to breathe, love, and live just for Him. Sr. Mary learned about the Salesian Sisters and loved that Jesus in the Eucharist is their focus. She contacted them in 2000. In 2003, she entered the order and her engagement journey with Christ began. In 2006, she took her first vows as a Sister and, at that moment, she knew that she wanted to live her life dedicated to the Lord.

At top, a jubilant Sr. Mary Jackson greets Sr. Karen Dunn, Provincial Superior.

Sr. Mary went on to teach in Tampa, FL, at Villa Madonna School for five years and returned to Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, NJ in 2011. She enjoys teaching and being with the young. Sr. Mary is now Director of Admissions for Mary Help as well as Vice Principal for grades 6-9 where the students always find her door open.

Above, Sr. Mary kneels before Fr. Jim Heuser and receives a blessing. Below, Sr. Mary brings up the gifts of bread and wine with her parents, Barbara and Andrew Jackson. Sr. Mary carries a photograph of her recently deceased and beloved twin brother, Michael.

On August 5, it was all made official as Sr. Mary Jackson of Corning, NY professed her perpetual vows in Mary Help’s chapel. Here she professed her eternal love for the Lord in front of all her friends and family. Sr. Mary was completely overcome with joy as she thought to herself, “I feel like I’ve been given true freedom, belonging to God, belonging to God forever.” When asked her current take on life after such a wonderful union, Sr. Mary replied, “It feels like I am living out what God meant me to be. I am truly living life to the fullest.” – Elifer Gutiérrez Photos by Lorraine Corsale

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Please Help Our Future Salesian Sisters!


in their four years of preparation. Our expenses – $18,000 per year per person, covering tuition, room and board, and insurance – are great, but the rewards are much greater! Financial hardship must NOT stand in the way of their call!

ere’s the Good News: In today’s cluttered, noisy and busy world, young women are hearing God’s call and responding to it generously! We are witnessing enthusiasm and joy as our Candidates (step 1), Postulants (step 2), and Novices (step 3) travel their formation journeys to become Salesian Sisters! There are 24 young women presently in formation, ensuring a bright future for our Order and its mission, especially in the education of children.

It costs $18,000 per candidate per year for four years to cover tuition, room and board, and insurance.

“The finest young women the Church has to offer are feeling and answering this deep call from Christ,” says Sr. Colleen Clair, Vocations Director.

Please help us. Your gift for the new “Bride of Christ” is much needed. In turn, these young women keep you in prayer, especially during daily Mass.

Now here’s the Challenging News: We need financial assistance as we house, form, and educate these young women

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n the history of the Academy Awards, who’s known for giving the shortest acceptance speech? That’s right, it was Joe Pesci! The Salesian Sisters of North Haledon, NJ were able to visit and hear that speech in the comfort of his living room. Not only did we hear the speech, but we were able to hold the Academy Award he had won as well!

The Sisters enjoyed their second visit to the home of their good friend Joe Pesci, where the actor shared his Oscar (above) and his wonderful family (below).

It all happened on September 16 when Joe invited his family and friends over with the Salesian Sisters to enjoy a pasta and meatball dinner while spending quality time together. This was his second invitation to the Sisters, and he feels blessed for their presence in his life. He demonstrated his appreciation for them by taking them on not one, but two boat rides! This is the kind of generosity which Joe feels compelled to share. It was a wonderful day. Thank you and God bless you, Joe! – Sr. Juilett Perez, FMA

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r. Maria Luisa Miranda, FMA, General Councilor of the Salesian Sisters in Rome, Italy, made visits to all of the Salesian schools in Florida in September. At Villa Madonna School in Tampa, the morning started with the children having a special welcome for Sr. Maria Luisa, and her wishing them well as the main part of the Salesian Family.

Sr. Maria Luisa Miranda, General Councilor for the Salesian Family, greets the students of Villa Madonna School during her Florida visit. Below, Sr. Maria Luisa learned about the dynamic history of Villa Madonna from two alumnae, Rosemary Telese and Isabel Pita.

From there, Sr. Maria Luisa met and greeted representatives from some Salesian Groups: Partners Circle Board Members, Salesian Youth Center Board Members, the Southern Dames, Past Pupils of Villa Madonna School, Parents, staff, and friends. Sr. Maria Luisa took the time to present the Charter of the Salesian Family, which focuses on what it means to be a Salesian. The afternoon brought about a meeting for the faculty of Villa Madonna. Sr. Maria Luisa delivered the inspirational message of not giving up on education. She left with the words: “Always have faith that the seed you are planting will grow, either now or later.” We hope you will visit us again Sr. Maria Luisa!

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21 new Members so far in 2012! Shown in RED


There are nine levels of membership, starting at $500, and are listed on these three pages. Won’t you consider joining this dynamic group in this, our 21st Year?  Please call us today: (877) OUR-NUNS. Thank you!

Joseph J. McAleer, Sr., Heritage Society Major Bequests California

Dorothy Thomas Foundation

Richard Meissner, Meissner Manufacturing

Illinois Mr. & Mrs. Larry Peterson



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

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

New York

Mrs. Beatrice Lightfoot

Mrs. Pearl Kalikow

New Jersey Tony Amato Family

Partners Circle “Visionaries” Annual gift of $25,000 New Jersey In memory of Mr. & Mrs. C.H. Church, Jr.

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

New Jersey Marcalus Family Foundation

Robert R. Waitts Foundation

New York The Sabatine Foundation, in memory of

Philip & Josephine Sabatine

Texas Mr. & Mrs. Fritz Duda, Sr. Mrs. Betty Turner

Salesian Sisters’ Partners Circle Welcome New 2012 Members in Red!


he Partners Circle was founded in 1991 to provide unrestricted funds for urgent needs of the Salesian Sisters and their mission. These include support for capital needs, scholarship assistance, technology upgrades, and funds for those unforeseen situations that require immediate attention. Your 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.

Salesian Sisters’ Partners Circle

Welcome New 2012 Members in Red!

OUR MISSION: The Partners Circle provides Financial Assistance and Volunteer Services to the Salesian Sisters ...

Partners Circle “Partners” Annual gift of $5,000 Connecticut


A Friend

Mr. & Mrs. James Millar

Partners Circle “Friends”

Marianne O’Doherty

Annual gift of $3,000 Florida Mr. & Mrs. Javier Baldor

Missouri New Jersey Mr. & Mrs. Tony Chernalis Mr. & Mrs. Robert Harkins Mr. & Mrs. Bill McLaughlin Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Pfeifer Mr. & Mrs. Rodger Rohde Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Weiner

New York Mr. Anthony J. Carroll Mr. John Cassara

Partners Circle “Benefactors” Annual gift of $1,000 Arizona A Friend

California Geraldine & Joanne Rizzuto

Connecticut Mr. & Mrs. Peter Christiansen Ms. Mary Gaine Mrs. Suzanne Kremheller Mr. & Mrs. David McAleer

Florida Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Clark Dr. & Mrs. Rod Jurado Mr. & Mrs. H. Tyson Lykes, II Mr. & Mrs. Jim Major Frank & Pat Middendorf Mr. David Murphey John & Lydia Oliva Mr. & Mrs. Gene Perez Hon. Judge & Mrs. A. Rodnite

Georgia Mr. Robert Reiter

Pennsylvania Mr. & Mrs. Vincent DeBow

Massachusetts Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Clair

New Jersey Mrs. Rosemarie D’Alessandro Mr. Alfonso Daloisio Mrs. Rose Festa Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Granatell Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Laino Mr. & Mrs. Dale Livi Mr. & Mrs. Brian McAuley Mr. & Mrs. Mario Monaco Mrs. Diva Muller Weaver Marine Agencies

New York Ms. Lea Battiato Mr. & Mrs. James Dell’Orto Mr. & Mrs. John W. Lombardi Msgr. William T. Rodgers The Sabatine Foundation

Pennsylvania Allyson & Kevin Hardy In Loving Memory of Sr. Adeline Salvetti

Partners Circle “Founders” Annual gift of $2,000 California Mrs. Maryann Roman

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

Florida Mrs. Janis Boyd Dr. Idalia Lastra Mr. Fredy Padovan

New Jersey Mr. & Mrs. John Connors Mr. Anthony Gulino Ms. Ida Gulino Ms. Nancy Gulino Mr. & Mrs. Donald Hoffman Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Laudone Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Massood Mr. & Mrs. Michael Massood Kathleen & Vic Medore Ms. Antonia P. Meola Mrs. Moira McBride Murphy Mr. Stephen Papetti Ms. Rose Perone

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

Pennsylvania A Friend

South Carolina Mr. & Mrs. Tom Aldinger

Partners Circle “Members” Annual gift of $500 Arizona


A Friend

Mr. John Keller



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

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


Dr. Tiziana Anello Mr. & Mrs. Gary Baccaro Ms. Bernice Bednarz Larry & Mary Anne Condit Dr. & Mrs. Frank De Maria Ms. Debi Debiak Dr. & Mrs. Louis Gambetta Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Giamonco Captain & Mrs. Victor Goldberg Mrs. Teresa Gutto Mr. & Mrs. Charles Lechner Mr. & Mrs. Michael Losurdo, Sr. Ms. Laura Mannarino Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Marangi

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

Florida Kenneth & Pilar Alonso Mr. & Mrs. Mark Anderson Mr. & Mrs. Bernardo F. Arenas Mr. & Mrs. Carlos Baldor, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Carlos A. Baldor, Jr. Bianco & Mansfield, P.A. Mr. James J. Burrowes Mrs. Yoli Buss Dr. & Mrs. Robert Cano Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Capitano, Sr. Mrs. Trudy Carey Dr. & Mrs. Antonio Castro Mr. James J. Deignan Mr. & Mrs. J.C. De Lotto Dr. & Mrs. Emilio Echevarria Drs. Andrea & Sean Farrier Mr. & Mrs. Luis Garcia Mrs. Rose Graziano Mrs. Elsa Gutierrez-Janulionis Mr. & Mrs. James W. Lee Mr. & Mrs. Mark S. Reynolds Mr. & Mrs. Rene Rodriguez Mr. & Mrs. Rick Russo Hon. Judge & Mrs.E.J. Salcines Mrs. Peggy Jones Theis Mr. Joseph Tomaino Mr. & Mrs. Ron Yates Mr. & Mrs. Rene Zarate

Georgia Mr. & Mrs. Charles Fantauzza

Illinois Joseph & Adelaide Olivieri

New Jersey

Partners Circle “Associates” Annual gift of $750

Mrs. Christine Peragallo Mrs. Ann Petrocelli Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Piotrowski Mr. & Mrs. Cameron Reid Mrs. Amanda Rodriguez Mr. & Mrs. John Soldoveri Mr. & Mrs. William Stuart TD Bank

New York Michael & Jeanette Altamura Mr. & Mrs. Jack Betwarda Mr. Charles Brown Kevin & Kathy Clair Mrs. Rose Mary Clair Terence & Patricia Clair Mr. & Mrs. Charles Curcio Mr. & Mrs. Charles Curcio, Jr. Ms. Claire Dell Ms. Maria Rinaldi Gasparro Mr. Joseph Hill Mr. Walter Lazarcheck Ms. Carol Martindale Ms. Elizabeth Nardone Mrs. Joan Oliver Mr. & Mrs. Angelo Silveri Mr. & Mrs. John Weaver A Friend

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

Ohio Mr. & Mrs. Dan Clair

Florida Mr. Declan Mansfield Fred & Anne Michaels Mr. & Mrs. Mark Spada

New Jersey Mr. Anthony B. Della Cerra Mr. & Mrs. Edward Korn Mr. & Mrs. Dominic Stimola

New York Mrs. Helen Leahy Mr. John Lombardi & Family

Pennsylvania Mr. & Mrs. David Fusacchia Mr. & Mrs. Jack Hedgecock Mr. Paul I. Sheaffer, II

South Carolina Anonymous

Texas Mr. & Mrs. Bill Locklier

Virginia Mrs. Dominique Faust Mr. Michael Maurer

Salesian Sisters’ Partners Circle Welcome New 2012 Members in Red!

... and to the Young People in their Care for the Advancement of Education, Vocations, and Community Life.

We Give Thanks for Your Special Day


o you have a happy occasion you would like to share? The Salesian Sisters will celebrate with you for an entire month. Is it a time to celebrate a lessthan-happy occasion? Our prayer for 30 days will celebrate 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. Our Lord has assured us, “Where two or three are gathered in My Name, I am among them.” What better assurance can we have than the Word of God?

Admirers of the Salesian Sisters come in all ages and sizes! Ruthann Lanni and her daughter visit with 2012 Jubilarian, Sr. Eileen Tickner.

Let this exchange of time be an example of our concern and love for one another. Enjoy the fall season with its

colors and celebrations. Enjoy Thanksgiving knowing that you are special to us and our prayers rise daily for you and your dear ones. Thank you, and God bless you!

Please Help Our Retired Sisters In Need! Please reserve this day/these days in 2012 or 2013 in honor of my special intention to support the Endowment for the St. Joseph Provincial Center for our Retired Sisters:



Day 1 (Month, day):


Day 2 (Month, day):


Day 3 (Month, day):


Total enclosed @ $100 per day: $ ____________ Please make your check payable to: Salesian Sisters

Name Address


Please detach & mail this form in the enclosed envelope. Thank you!

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Our Most Cherished Freedom Sr. Karen Dunn’s Letter


he story of the lost wallet in our last issue highlighted St. John Bosco’s ability to take in and act on all the good in the world around him. However, this same Don Bosco was also alert to the dangerous trends of his time and was a powerful voice against them. At a moment when the Catholic Church as an institution and as a people were imperiled by social, religious, or political turmoil, Don Bosco used every means to defend the Church, to protect truth, and prevent the population from being swept away by erroneous or distorted philosophies. He took to the press, writing prolifically and filling the region with his famous periodical called the “Catholic Readings.” He was also found in civil and ecclesial offices defending what was true and what he loved.

the Bishops denounce the Mandate’s requirement as a blatant violation of religious freedom. They raise a call to action that no committed Catholic can ignore. Offering a compelling defense of religious freedom in our country, they document the writings of our nation’s Founders in their embrace of religion as an essential condition of a free and democratic society. The ability to pursue our relationship with God is a natural right, and the United States Constitution was established to protect that right.

The problem with this Mandate, the Bishops assert, is not a Catholic question – it is an American question. One of the challenges we face As Archbishop Charles Chaput of in our times is the mounting Philadelphia puts it, “Any attempt “As Election Day pressure to separate God from life, to suppress our right to worship, to including from the public arena. approaches, we must pray, preach, teach, practice, organize, and Under the guise of “tolerance” peacefully engage society because of think, write, and act in and “political correctness,” our belief in God, is an attack not God has been pushed out from only on the cornerstone of human defense of freedom.” public events. Gradually, we dignity, but also on the nature of the have become shy and apologetic American experiment.” about our faith. At times, we have allowed ourselves to be intimidated or muted in expressing our faith Like any freedom, religious liberty requires constant and convictions. Those going public with beliefs that vigilance and protection or it will disappear. And so are counter to media-dominated trends run the risk the Bishops have spoken out. They have called on of being taken for extremists. And on state and local Catholics, as individual and parishes, to pray and reflect levels, people of many faiths have been threatened by on the defense of our first freedom. laws in giving service to others. Prayer and voices are still called for as America moves This erosion of our religious freedom has reached closer to November 6, Election Day. We can echo an unprecedented level in the new mandate from Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s recent prayer on the stage of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services the Democratic and Republican National Conventions (HHS) under the Affordable Care Act (also known that “all Americans choose wisely as we consider the as “Obamacare”). In the HHS Mandate, our right to future course of public policy.” live our faith in service to others is endangered. The mission of many Catholics and Catholic employers Taking from Don Bosco’s legacy, we can be encouraged is threatened by forcing them to dispense or pay by the voices of our Bishops. We can speak and for products and services related to contraception, act against this dangerous trend of violation of our sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs in clear Constitutional rights. We can become publicly bold violation of the teachings of the Catholic Church. in the expression of our faith and in its defense. We must pray, think, write, and act in protection of the In April, the Catholic Bishops of the U.S. released future for the new generations. As Americans, as one of their most important statements in years, sons, daughters, and friends of St. John Bosco – as a entitled “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty.” In it, Salesian Family – we can do no less.

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A Love That Lasts Forever

Received between August 2 and September 26, 2012

You can honor a cherished relative or friend with an everlasting gift of love – a memorial. Our Partners in Giving Memorials & Tributes give you the opportunity to comfort those who have lost a loved one or to commemorate a special occasion. This gift lives forever. It joins your loved ones to the prayers of we Salesian Sisters and supports our 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.

Sam Mortellaro The Mortellaro & Lesko Families

Joseph Kenny Mr. & Mrs. Robert F. Hevey, Jr.

Nesmer Calzolari Mr. Robert Sisti

Mauro LoSciale Mrs. Rachel LoSciale

Ernest DeSaye Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Quinn

Irene O’Sullivan Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Quinn

James Fitzpatrick Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Quinn

Patricia M. Peake Ms. Rosemary Johns

Gladys Hayes Mrs. Joan Alexander

Bill Sciscente Mrs. Rose Ann Sciscente

Mana Inglese Mr. & Mrs. Alfred Durante

Zelirda Sosa Mrs. Alice White

Tributes Received between August 2 and September 26, 2012

Enclosed is my Memorial/Tribute Gift of: ____ $25

____ $20



Memorial for Name – DECEASED

Tribute for Name – LIVING


Dr. Eugene Tolomeo Mr. & Mrs. Paul Simonelli John L. & Grace P. Soldoveri Foundation, Inc. A. Coletti & W. Perry Edith Simonelli

Judy Wieman Mr. & Dr. David Dybell

Sr. Antoinette Cedrone, FMA & Sr. Grace Ruiz, FMA Mr. & Mrs. Felix Rendina

Please send an acknowledgement to: Name


Address My Name Address

Detach & mail to: Sr. Mary Rinaldi 659 Belmont Avenue, North Haledon, NJ 07508-2397

ou may now adopt a Salesian Sister to pray for your deceased family member or friend for one year. It is a one-time gift; the suggested donation is $160. Adoption forms are posted online at: www., or please call us, toll-free: (877) OUR-NUNS.

Please make checks payable to SALESIAN SISTERS

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News from Adopters Like You!


r. Mary Rinaldi had a wonderful visit from her Adopter, Nancy Poling of Westlake Villiage, CA and her sister, Sharon. Nancy brought incredible photos of a colorful California sunset! No wonder it’s called the Golden State!

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Salesian Youth Report ST. ANTHONY SCHOOL, HAWTHORNE, NJ – On September 15, St. Anthony’s celebrated the beginning of its 100th anniversary year with a Kick-Off Picnic. Sr. Marisa DeRose, Principal, began the festivities by ringing the old school bell and cutting the cake alongside alumni Jack Elwood (Class of 1938) and St. Anthony himself! Provincial Sr. Karen Dunn and past principal Sr. Betty Ann Martinez joined the 600 alumni, students, and parishioners in attendance. Congratulations!

CORPUS CHRISTI-HOLY ROSARY SCHOOL, PORT CHESTER, NY – Corpus Christi-Holy Rosary School hosted its third annual “Lifesavers” summer camp August 6-17. The camp is gaining popularity in the area and drew its largest attendance to date. Pictured above is “ Coach” Davon Faison with three of our campers on the Island Beach Ferry in Greenwich, CT, on a donor-sponsored “ Beach Day.” As you can see from the smiles on their faces, fun was had by all! Thank you to all our friends and supporters who made this camp possible for Port Chester’s children. God bless you!

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Lights! Camera! Action! ¡Acción!


pon walking into the new studio at Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon NJ, seniors Allison Chicoma, Sophia Hamade, and Maria Jordan could not help but gasp in awe as they saw the video production and distance learning lab donated by Latino channel Telemundo 47. “I can’t believe this is here during our senior year!” exclaimed Allison to her principal, Sr. Lise Parent, who could not be more pleased. The studio is fully equipped to produce the live morning broadcasts, including the “Good morning,” prayers, the Pledge of Allegiance, and announcements. Mary Help has Thomas Hauer, its IT engineer, to thank. Last year, Thomas, a member of St. Anthony Parish in Hawthorne, NJ, spoke to a fellow parishioner, Mike Polzer, about the need to upgrade the school’s video production program. Mike works for Telemundo, and took it from there, arranging the donation of a complete studio set with $30,000 in equipment. Incredible! Not only will the students receive a good learning experience as they produce and edit their own projects, but they will also have a great advantage as they enter college next year. Advanced training in media production and editing are essential for any communications student. The video production and distance learning lab will officially open in time for Hispanic Heritage Month, in gratitude to one of the first Latino channels in the New York metropolitan area. Now the seniors of Mary Help will also act as pioneers in pre-collegiate media studies at the Academy. ¡Gracias, Telemundo! – Elifer Gutiérrez

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Mary Help Senior Maria Jordan films Allison Chicoma and Sophia Hamade as they join their Principal, Sr. Lise Parent, for a rehearsal in the new video production and distance learning lab, donated by Latino channel Telemundo 47.

ACADEMY OF OUR LADY HIGH SCHOOL, MARRERO, LA – Freshman Christi Soemer-Trauth gets pinned by her “big sister,” senior Alexis DeSalvo, at the Freshmen Pinning Ceremony held at the Academy of Our Lady on September 7. The Big Sis-Lil Sis program creates a bond of sisterhood between the classes and gives freshmen a senior mentor to guide them through their first year of high school.

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Salesian Youth Report MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS ACADEMY, NORTH HALEDON, NJ – It’s a brand new school year, and as part of the freshman orientation Mary Help hosted a pizza and pool party. Sr. Mary Jackson joined students in the fun. Welcome, girls!

ST. JOHN NEUMANN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, NAPLES, FL – Sound the horns! With the opening of the new Justin Holecek Student Life Center, Neumann High will be introducing a music curriculum complete with a Band course, Music Technology course, Chorus, and Celtic Pep Band. Great news! MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS ACADEMY, NORTH HALEDON, NJ – Mary Help’s alumnae ended their summer at their alma mater enjoying a picnic and pool time with friends and family. It was a party that Sr. Rosalie Di Peri, much-loved past Principal and Dean of Resident Students, and these happy alumnae weren’t going to miss!

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The Joy of Teaching in a Salesian School

Students Love “The Pizza Sister”


ood morning!” A half awake, half asleep “good morning” reaches my ears. Yet no matter what the response is, I keep on smiling because it’s another day lived side-by-side with the young. The locker room fills up quickly, and little by little the sound starts to elevate. “I love these girls,” I think to myself. Even though I am no longer teaching, I am still a Salesian Sister and the joy of being an educator still burns in my heart. I loved the 48 years I spent in the classroom. However, now I get other opportunities to spread Jesus’ love to the young. I continue greeting the young women who attend Mary Help of Christians Academy, until the last one opens her locker, changes into her uniform shoes, grabs her books, and runs to homeroom before the bell rings. . . It is 10:45 a.m. and the students start getting in line for lunch. Laughter breaks out, conversations commence, and tables fill up quickly. As I walk from table to table, I try to share a good word with the young women at our school. They love it because they know I care for them. St. John Bosco is known for saying that it is not enough to love the young; they must know that they are loved. By my daily presence among them and my encouraging words, I believe the young know that I love them. I wish the students a good afternoon, and the joy of being with them continues to put a smile on my face. A few months ago I discovered I had been baptized “The Pizza Sister.” What?! You see, every day after

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Sr. Mary Bertha Paquin, a.k.a. “The Pizza Sister,” loves spending time with students at Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, NJ.

school I sell snacks and pizza to the students. As the girls walk by, I shout out, “Pizza! Pizza!” I hope the girls

of my years at Villa Madonna School. I used to coach the cheerleaders. What a great time we had! I didn’t really know what I was doing, so I put one of the girls in charge and she led us to many victories. This is just a minuscule example of the genius of Don Bosco, who wanted the young to become apostles and leaders among their own peers.

“St. John Bosco said it is not enough to love the young; they must know that they are loved.” purchase food, since I know many of them still have a whole afternoon of sports and homework in front of them. “C’mon, Blue Jays!!!” I try to make it to as many sports games as possible. l. I can’t help it but cheer them on. This is another opportunity in which I share in the joy of being with the young. Watching the games with my Sisters also gives us time to bond. As I continue cheering, I reminisce

These are the moments I share in the joy of evangelization through loving-kindness. I pray that my daily presence may help the young feel they matter and know they are loved. As St. Mary Mazzarello once said, “I feel I must tell you that there has always been peace and cheerfulness here along with good will on the part of everyone to become holy, and I thank God for this.” – Sr. Mary Bertha Paquin, FMA

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A Catholic “Disneyland” in Illinois!


our Salesian Sisters arrived on the campus of the University of Illinois on August 6, packaged in a van and ready to start their second year of ministry at St. John’s Catholic Newman Center: Sr. Loretta DeDomemicis, Sr. Mary Arciga, Sr. Theresa Lee, and me, Sr. Maryann Schaefer. The fire of excitement and love for youth was burning brightly, and we were ready to meet the Resident Assistants and prepare ourselves for early move-in, scheduled for the following week. Move-in arrivals and smiles, music and lots of “Sun” shines greet the new freshmen and the returnees. “Welcome home” signs and greetings go out to each resident and their families. Parents looked on in astonishment, as nothing like this had ever been experienced by them. Comments such as: “You have Sisters here and they are in habit. I’m at peace that this is the right place for my daughter. This is wonderful!”

Newman Center students – “Illini” – organized a Sandwich Ministry with the Knights of Columbus (above); helped to move in returning students with Sr. Theresa Lee (left); and had a ball at a barbecue retreat with Sr. Loretta DeDomenicis (below).

Illini stepped up to help transport the 95 team members and participants to St. Mary’s. God prevailed and all had a great spiritual event that set the freshmen aflame with great involvement in Newman already.

Wait! Am I dreaming? This is a secular university campus. No dream, whatsoever! This is the reality of St. John’s Catholic Newman Center. The Newman Center’s nickname is “Catholic Disneyland.” Why? Maybe because it is joy-filled and overflowing with activities! Daily events occur, spurred on by the residents themselves, and the Sisters are in the midst of each celebration. There are Rosaries being prayed at 10:30 p.m., Masses at 9 p.m., daily Eucharistic Adoration, a chapel open to the residents 24/7, bonfires, barbecues, Bible studies, retreats, talent shows – young people on fire with their faith and searching for what mission God is leading them towards. Joining us are three priests, who are Spirit-filled;

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and Catholic “Illini” (young men and women) following their educational tracks and feeding the faith instilled in them from their parents and parishes. The year kicked off with a Freshmen retreat, organized by sophomore leaders with Sr. Loretta as their guide. It was an overnight experience at St. Mary’s Church in Pesotum – virtually in the middle of nowhere in the cornfields. We knew the Devil did not want this event to happen, when one of the vans we were to use was found with no brakes. But in the true spirit of generosity, the Catholic

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Our community gathers for prayer and relaxation and spontaneous, as well as planned activities with the young, from RCIA to the donut ministry after Sunday Masses. Truly, you could say that there’s never a dull moment. “Catholic Disneyland” made to order! And Catholic Illini who love their faith and want to spread it. – Sr. Maryann Schaefer, FMA

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Salesian Youth Report Sr. Marisol Guzman spent most of the Oratory playing Xbox Kinetc with the children!

IMMACULATA-LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL, MIAMI, FL – On September 15, the Salesian Sisters of Miami launched the Salesian Youth Oratory program at St. John Bosco Parish. The Oratory will run three times a month and provide students in grades 8-11 “a fun and safe place to gather with their friends,” says Sr. Teresa Gutierrez. St. John Bosco has made available their parish hall, which is a large open space, for the Sisters to use. The Oratory provides something for everyone – crafts, board games, electronic games, music, and snacks help to ensure a good time is had by all. At the conclusion, those attending are encouraged to join the Sisters for the 5 p.m. Mass and then have pizza. One Oratory a month, those attending will be taken over to Immaculata-La Salle High where an Oratory Club made up of ILS students will help run the program using the school’s gym, field, kayaks and other facilities to provide a unique Salesian experience. The Oratory is sure to be a success, and the Sisters are confident it will grow to their goal of 100 youth very quickly!

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION SCHOOL, MARRERO, LA – Teacher Peggy Dragicevic and teacher’s aide, Dixie Boudreaux, celebrated Mary, the Blessed Mother’s Birthday on September 8 with their Pre-K 3 class. The students made flowers and brought them to the Mary statue in the ICS courtyard (above). Afterwards, the students spent a moment outside with Mary to share birthday cupcakes (below).

Sr. Teresa Guiterrez is learning a new game from a couple of Oratory girls.

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Look! There’s My Salesian Sister!


t’s moving time! Here’s a handy reference to locate your Salesian Sister. Please write, e-mail, or call – we love to hear from you!

St. Mary Mazzarello Convent 23000 53rd St. SW Naples, FL 34116 Telephone: (239) 348-2911 Website: Sr. Pat Roche, Superior Sr. Suzanne Dauwalter Sr. Brittany Harrison Sr. Guerline Joseph

ILLINOIS CALIFORNIA St. Joseph House of Formation 9803 Muroc Street Bellflower, CA 90706 Telephone: (562) 866-7938 Postulants Christina Chong Marianne Cleine Laura Boden Lillian Foxx Myriam Mèus Julie Watts

FLORIDA Blessed Laura Vicuña Convent 226 S. W. 20th Road Miami, FL 33129-1429 Telephone: (305) 857-9186 Website: Sr. Kim Keraitis, Superior Sr. Fanny Flores Sr. Teresa Gutierrez Sr. Marisol Guzman Villa Madonna Convent 315 West Columbus Drive Tampa, FL 33602-1306 Tel: (813) 223-2209, ext. 393 Website: Sr. Susan Bagli, Superior Sr. Nivia Arias Sr. Danielle Gonzalez Sr. Clare Kennelly Sr. Gloria Machado

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St. Patrick Convent 408 Cedar Street St. Charles, IL 60174 Telephone: (630) 338-8250 Website: Sr. Liz Ryan, Superior Sr. Isabel Garza Sr. Betty Ann Martinez Sr. Carmen Morales St. John Bosco Convent St. John’s Catholic Newman Center University of Illinois Newman Hall 604 East Armory Avenue Champaign, IL 61820 Telephone: (217) 255-6645 Website: Sr. Loretta De Dominicis, Superior Sr. Mary Arciga Sr. Theresa Lee Sr. Maryann Schaefer

LOUISIANA Immaculate Conception Convent 2605 Crestwood Road Marrero, LA 70072 Telephone: (504) 347-4887 Website: Sr. Carmen Peña, Superior Sr. Maria Colombo Sr. Michelle Geiger Sr. Helene Godin

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NEW JERSEY St. Joseph Provincial Center & Provincial Offices 655 Belmont Avenue Haledon, NJ 07508-2301 Telephone: (973) 790-7966 Website: Sr. Karen Dunn, Provincial Superior Sr. Antoinette Cedrone, Provincial Secretary Sr. Margaret Wilhelm, Provincial Treasurer Sr. Pauline Joss, Superior Sr. Catherine Altamura Sr. Dora Adames Sr. Lucy Balistrieri Sr. Mary Baroni Sr. Amelia Callegarin Sr. Esther Cruz Sr. Antonia Cvetko Sr. Rufina Delgado Sr. Virginia Dickey Sr. Rosalie Di Peri Sr. Anita Durocher Sr. Frances Gumino Sr. Emilia Kassab Sr. Balbina Lopez Sr. Merissa Loucks Sr. Inez Molano Sr. Catherine Novo Sr. Mary Palladino Sr. Mary Pellicione Sr. Louise Passero Sr. Claire Perino Sr. Jeanette Puglisi Sr. Anna Ragogna Sr. Arlene Rubino Sr. Grace Ruiz Sr. Livia Setti Sr. Ruth Stecker Sr. Judith Suprys Sr. Carmela Termine Sr. Mary Terzo Sr. Mary Winterscheidt Sr. Patricia Winterscheidt Sr. Mildred Zanetti Sr. Mary Ann Zito

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On September 15, St. Anthony School in Hawthorne, NJ celebrated the beginning of its 100th anniversary year with a Kick-Off Picnic. Salesian Sisters joined more than 600 alumni, students, and parishioners for a wonderful day!

Mary Help of Christians Academy 659 Belmont Avenue North Haledon, NJ 07508-2397 Telephone: (973) 790-6200 Website: Sr. Phyllis Neves, Superior Sr. Ramona Beltre Sr. Antoinette Cabrera Sr. Mary Ann Caspary Sr. Agatha Cosentino Sr. Colleen Clair Sr. Mary Jackson Sr. Lise Parent Sr. Mary Bertha Paquin Sr. Joo Yun Park Sr. Juliett Perez Sr. Mary Rinaldi Sr. Teresita Teran Candidates Katie Flanagan Kristen Gawlik April Hoffman Chelsea Schuster Shannon Sulick St. Anthony Convent 172 Washington Avenue Hawthorne, NJ 07506 Telephone: (973) 304-1736

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Website: Sr. Marisa De Rose, Superior Sr. Mary Louise Mazzocco Sr. Rosemary Cordes St. Theresa Convent 112 - 23rd Street Kenilworth, NJ 07033-1256 Telephone: (908) 276-5028 Website: SaintTheresa Sr. Emy De Filippi, Superior Sr. Letizia Bocanegra Sr. Monique Huart Sacred Heart Retreat Center 20 Old Swartswood Road Newton, NJ 07860-6221 Telephone: (973) 383-2620 Website: www.sacredheart Sr. Joanne Holloman, Superior Sr. Theresa Kelly Sr. Janet Keller Sr. Florine Lagace Sr. Denise Sickinger 2nd Year Novices Sr. Jennifer Kane Sr. Elfie Del Rosario

Sr. Sydney Moss Sr. Alaina Zachman 1st Year Novices Sr. Lilian Alvarenga Sr. Stephanie Donham Sr. Lindsay Durham Sr. Theresa Khong Sr. Ana Ramos Sr. Megan Zeugner Auxilium Center 14 Old Swartswood Rd. Newton, NJ 07860 Telephone: (973) 383-2621 Website: Sr. Theresa Samson, Superior Sr. Frances Da Grossa Sr. Josiane Phanord Sr. Elizabeth Russo

NEW YORK Corpus Christi Convent 135 South Regent Street Port Chester, NY 10573-3510 Telephone: (914) 937-4407 Website: Sr. Lou Ann Fantauzza, Superior Sr. Margaret Rose Buonaiuto Sr. Domenica Di Peri Sr. Eileen Tickner

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atch out, Paula Deen! Eliana Casas – a.k.a. “Kid Chef Eliana” – is bringing international flair to the kitchen with her cuisine. The seventh grader at Immaculate Conception School in Marrero, LA, was named by FoxNews and The Daily Meal one of the world’s “10 Most Famous Kid Critics and Cooks.”

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Kid Chef Eliana, 12, is the author of two cookbooks, one of which (shown at left) will be published next spring. In two years, she has had notable exposure: one of 13 Latinos profiled in an exhibit at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum; working alongside renowned Chef John Besh; and competing in SuperChef Kids, a national cooking competition webisode series created by the producers of Iron Chef. Kid Chef Eliana has big plans for her future. She recently signed with Voice America Kids to host “Cool Kids Cook,” a global radio show that will reach over four million weekly listeners and feature “chefs, authors, and food industry moversand-shakers.” Kid Chef Eliana will also appear on the Wendy Williams Show, a national daytime talk show, and will soon be featured in Parenting Magazine. All this, and she’s a star Salesian student, too! Congratulations, Eliana!

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Autumn 2012 issue of Partners in Giving Magazine, the bimonthly publication of the Salesian Sisters Eastern Province

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