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Sr. Mary Rinaldi’s Letter Dear Friends, ‘Tis the season! As families gather to celebrate Christmas, we Salesian Sisters are reminded of how blessed we are to have all of YOU as part of our extended family. We always enjoy hearing from you (our revised directory is on pages 16-17) and getting together, as we did in New Jersey at the Dames of Mary Help’s La Dolce Vita Gala (see pages 4-5), and in Tampa at the Southern Dames’ Thanksgiving Basket (see pages 6-7). Both were festive occasions made possible by our hard-working “Dames” and our donors. The happy family on our cover at the Tampa event includes Lauren Gonzmart Schellman, her husband, Chris, and their children. The Gonzmarts, owners of the world-famous Columbia Restaurant, donate the fabulous feast for our annual fundraiser.

If you call the switchboard at the St. Joseph Provincial Center (973-790-7966), it’s likely that either Sr. Frances Gumino or Sr. Rosalie Di Peri – perhaps wearing holiday hats – will answer and happily direct your call. Sr. Frances recently joined Sr. Rosalie in an exclusive club: the “Ninety Years Young Sisters”. Congratulations and God bless you both!

Some news to report: • Amid the holiday joy we are reminded of the terrible tragedy in the Philippines. From our General House in Rome, all of our Provinces around the world have been mobilized in securing aid for the suffering and homeless who have taken shelter with our Sisters. Children in our Salesian schools have already collected $14,650. Our Sisters can make anything we send go a long way. Please help if you can. See page 3. • Every week I receive messages and notes of gratitude from those who have “Adopted a Sister.” One recently wrote, “I have been in the program since 1995 and each day I am able to face difficulties with calm and confidence knowing that ‘my’ Sister is praying for me.” Won’t you join this dynamic group? Hint: it makes a great Christmas gift! See page 18.

Save The Dates! Spring Party Saturday, April 12, 2014 Mary Help of Christians Academy North Haledon, NJ Donate your unwanted Christmas gifts to the Spring Party, to benefit the Mary Help Financial Aid Fund! Please call (973) 904-0102 for details. Thank you!

Dames of Mary Help Women of Distinction Luncheon

At prayer each morning, every Salesian Sister worldwide voices her prayer for family, friends, benefactors, and pupils past and present. These are powerful voices that go to Heaven and YOU are included. A blessed Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year to all!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014


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Remember the Victims in the Philippines


n November 8, one of the most powerful storms to ever hit land slammed into the Philippines, destroying everything in its path with wind, rain, and storm surges. Seven Salesian Sisters’ communities were along the path of Typhoon Haiyan. While none of our Sisters were hurt, their pupils and their families report extensive loss and great hunger. We have 17 schools, youth centers, and women’s programs throughout the islands. Schools have to be rebuilt, but more importantly, lives must be rebuilt first. One voice expressed, “Thank God the Salesian Sisters were present to organize the tremendous rescue work and alleviation of those suffering victims.” The photos on this page tell the sad story. We have just received a $50,000 end-of-year matching gift from two donors that benefits the education of children, the needs of our Sisters, as well as the needs in the Philippines. So far, we have raised $15,000, including an extraordinary gift from the Gatchalian Family (right). If you would like to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, you may send your donation in the enclosed envelope, or you can donate online at Thank you for your generosity and for your prayers.

At Mary Help of Christians School in Cebu City, 800 persons took refuge for two days. The Sisters and volunteers provided food and other basic necessities.

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In Pampanga, Mary Help of Christians School provided food and shelter for Typhoon Haiyan victims.

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Gala Offered a Taste of “La Dolce Vita”!


njoying “La Dolce Vita”, the Italian good life? “Yes!” was the resounding response from all who attended the gala presented by the Dames of Mary Help on October 4 at The Grove in Cedar Grove, NJ. The $355,000 raised will benefit the operations and scholarship funds of Mary Help of Christians Academy. A spectacular cocktail hour was followed by a dinner where 400 guests entered a room with beautifully adorned tables. Honorees Elsie and Ray Catena were introduced by none other than Academy Award-winning actor and dear friend of the Salesian Sisters, Joe Pesci, and were presented with their award by Dames Chair, Twinkie Polizzi.

Twinkie Polizzi, Chair of the Dames of Mary Help, presents Ray and Elsie Catena with their award as Sr. Lise Parent, Principal of Mary Help, and Joe Pesci applaud.

Joe’s humorous speech was peppered with comments about Sr. Mary Rinaldi who cajoled him into inviting Ray to be the honored guest. Once Ray was convinced it really was Joe Pesci on the phone that day, he accepted with pleasure! The program became more serious as a memorial tribute was paid to the late Pat McLaughlin, a charter member of the Dames. Pat’s many contributions were recognized as her beloved husband, Bill, and their children gathered, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. She is truly missed by all. Dinner was followed by the quick sellout of our 100 donated Teddy Bears and a lively silent auction. Entertainment was provided by Tre Bella and Emil Stucchio and The Classics. Dancing ensued until it was time to say Arriverderci. It was indeed a night of enjoying the good life. Thank you for your generosity!

Above, the McLaughlin family unveils the portrait of Pat and Bill which now hangs in Mary Help’s McLaughlin Library.

– Rosalie Stanton

Photos by Lorraine Corsale

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At left, thanks to the chairs of our La Dolce Vita Gala, Maria Losurdo-Colangelo, Patricia Franzetti, and Elizabeth Harkins.

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Above, our intrepid and hard-working Dames of Mary Help! Marta Gutierrez, Christina McAleer, Twinkie Polizzi, Rita Haring, Lorraine Gunby, Linda Christiansen, Hilda Marmo, Sue Benson, Melanie Vespa, Rosalie Stanton, Beverly Rohde, Maryann Harkins, Elizabeth Harkins, Patricia Franzetti, Maria Losurdo-Colangelo, Deborah Rohde, Rosemary DePinto, and Lisa Cammarota. At left, Sr. Elfie del Rosario and Sr. Ramona Beltre cut a rug on the dance floor! Below, our honorees, Ray and Elsie Catena.

Our Mary Help student volunteers are joined by Joe Pesci (left) for a group photo. Thank you, Joe!

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In Tampa, Giving Thanks for Salesians!


n November 9, the 10th annual “Thanksgiving Basket” fundraiser for Villa Madonna School and the Salesian Youth Center/Boys & Girls Club was held in Tampa, FL. More than 400 people came to support our wonderful honoree, Luis Garcia, who has given so much of himself to the Salesian Sisters and Tampa community. Adriana Colina, a graduate of Villa Madonna, was emcee for the evening. Once again, we thank Richard Gonzmart of the Columbia Restaurant, who provided an outstanding Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings. Guest speakers Dr. Jack Maniscalco and Sr. Mary Rinaldi shared stories of Luis Garcia’s life and his many good works. Luis was clearly overwhelmed and offered his love and gratitude to the Salesian Sisters and his many friends and family present.

Luis Garcia shares a moment of joy with his wife, Mary, after he is honored at the annual Thanksgiving Basket fundraiser.

The “Southern Dames,” our amazing fundraising committee, worked hard once again to make sure the evening was a success, and a success it was! $103,000 was raised from sponsorships, 80 beautifully themed baskets, and a silent auction. Congratulations to Laura DeLucia and Aggie Fernandez, who were the winners of the Publix and Home Depot gift certificates. Everything for the Thanksgiving Basket was donated, which allowed all funds raised to go directly to helping the children. The event provides much needed funds for the Salesian Youth Center and Villa Madonna School. Thank you to all who helped make the evening a great night! – Theresa Anderson

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At left, emcee Adriana Colina captivates the audience. At right, Dr. Jack Maniscalco, Tampa neurosurgeon and close friend of Luis Garcia, offers words of praise about the honoree.

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Sr. Clare Kennelly, Sr. Janet Keller, and Sr. Arlene Rubino of Villa Madonna celebrate their winning baskets.

Fourth grade teacher at Villa Madonna School, Pamela Perhosky, is excited to try to win baskets.

Jesuit High School student Charlie Duffy presents a winning basket to Leo and Elaine Diaz of Tampa, FL.

Photos by Mariela Gonzalez

Mark Anderson and daughter, Anna, of San Antonio, FL pose with their winnings.

Ten-year-old Nydia Ford, Salesian Youth Center member, takes the microphone from Adri Colina and presents her speech about the SYC.

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MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS ACADEMY, NORTH HALEDON, NJ – The McLaughlin Library was rededicated on November 14 with the unveiling of a beautiful portrait of its benefactors, Bill (above) and his late wife, Pat. Sr. Lise Parent, principal, and students were present and all heard Sr. Phyllis Neves offer some beautiful words. “Today, in a special way, our minds and hearts turn to our beloved friend, Pat McLaughlin,” she said. “May our young women here be forever inspired by the example of this great woman who spent her life touching the lives of others with gentle love, genuine concern, and great kindness. May our students continue her legacy to lead others, not merely by their words but, mainly, by their shining Christian example. And may this library always be a place where light shines in the darkness, where exciting new insights are gained, where both knowledge and wisdom are nurtured, and where many are inspired to live the solid, human, and Christian values learned here.” ST. JOSEPH HOUSE OF FORMATION, BELLFLOWER, CA – Our four Aspirants have moved into the second year of their formation as Salesian Sisters: Katie Flanagan, Kristen Gawlik, April Hoffman, and Chelsea Schuster. This stage of formation lasts ten months, and offers time to gain deeper insight into what it means to be a professed religious Sister. Now “Postulants,” these young women will continue their studies of Italian, music, and the lives of St. John Bosco and Mother Mary Mazzarello. They will also learn more about the Salesian charism and the way in which Salesians work with the young. Congratulations, Postulants. We are all praying for you!

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

new Partners Circle Members in 2013!

There are nine levels of membership, starting at $500, and are listed on these three pages.

Shown in RED

Won’t you consider joining this dynamic group in 2014, our 23rd year?  Please call us today: (877) OUR-NUNS. Thank you!

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

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

Angel Oliva Family The Dorothy Thomas Foundation


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

Mrs. Beatrice Lightfoot

New Jersey

New York Mrs. Pearl Kalikow

Tony Amato Family The Carini Family

Partners Circle “Visionaries” Annual gift of $25,000 Florida In memory of Henrietta Veronica Schmoll Rauenhorst

Partners Circle “Stewards” Annual gift of $10,000 Texas Mrs. Betty Turner

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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.

Salesian Sisters’ Partners Circle Welcome New 2013 Members in Red!

Partners Circle “Partners” Annual gift of $5,000 Florida Mr. & Mrs. James Millar

Mr. & Mrs. Rodger Rohde Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Weiner

New Jersey

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

Mr. & Mrs. Tony Chernalis In memory of Mr. & Mrs. C.H. Church, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Robert Harkins Mr. Bill McLaughlin Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Pfeifer

Pennsylvania Mr. & Mrs. Vincent DeBow

Partners Circle “Friends” Annual gift of $3,000 Florida Mr. & Mrs. Javier Baldor Dr. Idalia Lastra

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

Connecticut Mr. Michael Guarnieri Mr. & Mrs. David McAleer Dr. Joseph McAleer

Florida Mrs. Janis Boyd Anthony & Diana Ekonomou The Joseph J. Hermann & Rose A. Hermann Charitable Foundation Mr. Fredy Padovan

New Jersey

Partners Circle “Benefactors” Annual gift of $1,000 California


Mr. & Mrs. Robert Obenberger

Ms. Marianne O’Doherty


Mrs. Rosemarie D’Alessandro Ms. Debi F. Debiak Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Granatell Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Laino Mr. & Mrs. Dale Livi Mr. & Mrs. Brian McAuley Mrs. Arline Monaco Mr. & Mrs. Michael Massood

Mr. & Mrs. Peter Christiansen Mr. & Mrs. Salvatore Zichichi A Friend

Florida Mr. & Mrs. John Anello Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Caballero Terrell & Joe Clark Dr. & Mrs. Rod Jurado Mr. & Mrs. H. Tyson Lykes, II Mr. & Mrs. Jim Major Mr. & Mrs. Frank Middendorf John & Lydia Oliva Mr. & Mrs. Gene Perez


New Jersey

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

Mr. Robert Reiter



Mr. & Mrs. Bob Danch Allyson & Kevin Hardy

Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Clair

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 In Loving Memory of Sr. Adeline Salvetti, FMA

South Carolina Mr. & Mrs. Tom Aldinger

Annual gift of $750 Florida Mr. Declan Mansfield Fred & Anne Michaels

Louisiana Mr. John Keller

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

New York Mrs. Helen Leahy

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.

Partners Circle “Members” Annual gift of $500 Arizona A Friend

California Mr. Ian H. Graham Geraldine & Joanne Rizzuto

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

Florida Mr. & Mrs. Mark Anderson Mr. & Mrs. Carlos Baldor, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Carlos Baldor, Sr. Mr. James J. Burrowes Mrs. Yoli Buss Dr. & Mrs. Robert Cano Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Capitano Mrs. Trudy Carey Dr. & Mrs. Antonio Castro 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 Hon. Judge & Mrs. E.J. Salcines Mr. Charles B. Schmalz Mrs. Peggy Jones Theis Mr. Joseph Tomaino Ms. Maria C. Torreiro Mr. & Mrs. Ron Yates

Mrs. Stephanie Goldberg Mrs. Teresa Gutto Michael & Mary Losurdo Ms. Laura Mannarino Mrs. Diva Muller Mr. & Mrs. Bob O’Halloran Mrs. Christine Peragallo Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Piotrowski Mr. & Mrs. Cameron Reid Mr. & Mrs. John Soldoveri Mr. & Mrs. William Stuart

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

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

Ohio Mr. & Mrs. Dan Clair

Pennsylvania Mr. & Mrs. Jack Hedgecock


South Carolina

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Fantauzza




Joseph & Adelaide Olivieri

Mr. & Mrs. Bill Locklier



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

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

New Jersey Tiziana Anello, M.D. Ms. Bernice Bednarz Larry & Mary Anne Condit Dr. & Mrs. Louis A. Gambetta Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Giamonco

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Please Give Us This Day for Christmas!


he season of giving is upon us! What better gift than a day of prayer? Do you have a happy occasion you would like to share? The Salesian Sisters will celebrate with you. Is it a time to commemorate a less-than-happy occasion? Let the Sisters help. Have you someone to thank? All of us will help multiply this gratitude to that special person. So, then, please “Give Us This 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 Sisters, on that day, will pray for that person/event and for the person who requests prayer 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? Let this exchange of prayer be an example of our concern and love for one another. God bless you during this holy Christmas Season!

Peter Barna of Weston, CT, surprised his adopted Sisters with a visit: Sr. Claire Perino, Sr. Virginia Dickey, and Sr. Grace Ruiz.

Please Help Our Retired Sisters In Need! Please reserve this day/these days in 2014 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 and mail in the enclosed envelope. Thank you!

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A Little Child Will Lead Us Sr. Karen Dunn’s Letter


here’s no choice. If the traditional Christmas Carols are to be learned and the giggling sheep and cattle are to crawl near the Infant at the proper time during the Christmas pageant, then we must start early! Halloween spooks might still be in the air when flyers go home with marching orders for elementary school parents who must devise those halos and trumpets for their little ones. Teachers start on the to-do lists formulated in their minds since August: roles auditioned for; songs, lines and places rehearsed until they can be done blind. Practices in the gym threaded through sports schedules. If the beauty and magic of the Christmas Play is to be ready for mid-December, then energies must be harnessed and coordinated early. There’s no fending off Christmas. There’s no escape for its early coming with all its signature hype and busyness. As someone who loves the Season of Advent, I once considered this forced immersion into all things Christmas to be in conflict with the experience of the hope, preparation, patience, and waiting that Advent suggests. How can you live in anticipation of the holiday reality in which you are already swamped? My new take on this early launch of Christmas and the intruding preparations during Advent is not a weary surrender to the commercial or educational world. It is about an awareness of the truth of the “already here, but not yet” – that

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is, the mystery of God’s saving work already under way in our world, but yet still to be fully accomplished. It’s an embrace of the reality of the mystery of the God who breaks into our lives now, at this moment, but not fully so. It is God’s transformation of this messy, cluttered, and broken world into the new heavens and the new earth that He promised. It is a celebration of both present and future. I gained this insight from the children. Even the youngest child longing for the arrival of Christmas can, with

“Through all the days before Christmas, children carry a sense of the sacred and of wonder for what they do not see.” a sparkle in his/her eyes, count the days, knowing full-well that there is no hurrying them. Children live in a hope of something that they can already taste. They enter into the joy of anticipation, savoring the thrill of increasing Christmas lights in the neighborhood, of treats and parties, of visits, of presents under the tree. Through all the days before Christmas they carry a sense of the sacred and of wonder for what they do not see. Santa will surely come. It might be twenty days out, and yet they do not feel deprived while they wait for him to come. Their faces tell of the joyful energy they are experiencing while they do the waiting. And so children show us that patience and hope are not about the absence of

something, nor about waiting for what is missing. Hope is not waiting to be done with the present so that we can live in the future. Neither is it filling a void, or finally arriving at a defining moment. Hope is living where we are in the present situation, living the moment in full belief that God is already present and will continue to show Himself. It is about patience – the joyful patience – that stirs in us so that we live the present moment and live it fully with all attention and with love. I still look forward to the Sunday liturgies which bring me to that quiet place of longing and waiting for God to come. But I am attentive to what the children have taught me about not fending off Christmas. I can even embrace the madness and clutter of classrooms and broken routines and the commercial world gone wild. While I look forward in hope to the celebration of the mystery of the Incarnation, I know that God is already in my world, even now in the midst of preChristmas chaos. God is already here and my life can be radiant, capable of wonder, faith, and anticipation that God is with me and is still much at work in the world. It’s all good! A little child will, indeed, lead us! May you live in certain and joyfilled hope this Season! May you savor God’s Presence anew! Be sure of the joy-filled prayers of your Salesian Sisters for you and your dear ones!

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A Love That Lasts Forever

Received between October 2 and November 30, 2013

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

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



Fiorentina Alonzi Mrs. Rosalba Di Palma

Salvatore Seminerio Mrs. Carmela Seminerio

Jude Barcenas Ms. Flora Barros

Maria Sposaro Mr. George Truppo Mr. Thomas A. Ierubino Ms. Phyllis Bennett Ms. Susan Siljee Ms. Janice S. Wronko Mrs. Judith N. Crosta

Julia Blair Bobak Ms. Catherine Kleinsmith Joan Curry Ms. Dennice Wong Lawrence M. DeLorenzo Mrs. Cheryl Cerna Evelyn Grandoff Mrs. Betty Hickey

Shelley Grimes Mr. & Mrs. Reynee Dominguez Anthony and Jennie Gumino Mrs. Carmela Seminerio

Memorial for Name – DECEASED

Tribute for Name – LIVING

Occasion Please send an acknowledgement to:

Ruth and Ed Hoyt Mrs. Jean Barkovitz Geraldine Hutchinson Mr. & Mrs. Reynee Dominguez John Latorella, Jr. Mrs. Mary Ann Latorella

Name Address

Mary and Jimmy Lavelle Mrs. Jean Barkovitz

My Name

Pat McLaughlin Mr. & Mrs. John F. Cummins


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

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Braulio Ramil Mr. & Mrs. R. Dominguez

Danielle Terry Graziano Ms. Doris Loverich

Give the gift that lasts forever.

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Gloria Nadal Mr. & Mrs. Reynee Dominguez Theresa Paventa Mrs. Marilyn Bonfiglio

Domenic Titmas Mrs. Bernice Titmas Venera Vassallo Mr. Antonio Vassallo Peggy von Hahmann Mr. & Mrs. R. Dominguez

Tributes Received Oct. 2-Nov. 30 Sr. Esther Cruz Mrs. Marilyn Karlich Ryan Patrick Galloway Mr. & Mrs. Bill Galloway Sr. Frances Gumino Mrs. Teresa Shields Rick Klauser Ms. Marylee Puttre Toni and Joe Scillieri Mr. & Mrs. A. Amabile Mr. & Mrs. Dean Emerson Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Scillieri Sr. Mary Terzo Mr. & Mrs. James Devlin Sr. Margaret Wilhelm Mr. & Mrs. James Devlin

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Rest in Peace, Two Dear Mothers



ur thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to Sr. Brittany Harrison on the passing of her beloved mother, Janet, on November 13 in Libertyville, IL. She was just 63 years old. Janet leaves behind her husband of 35 years, Edward.

ur thoughts, prayers, and condolences also go out to Sr. Rosemary Cordes on the passing of her beloved mother, Rose, on November 24 in Dover, NH. She was 93 years old. Sr. Rosemary is an assistant at St. John Neumann High School in Naples, FL.

Sr. Brittany, who teaches at St. John Neumann High School in Naples, FL, composed a beautiful poem in memory of her mother, which we share below.

“What wonderful memories I have of Rose during her visits to Camp Auxilium and to Tampa,” recalls Sr. Lou Ann Fantauzza, currently principal of Corpus Christ-Holy Rosary School in Port Chester, NY. “In her presence I came to now a person who knew how to age gracefully – yes, that’s it! She was a person of grace whose smile would light up the entire room.

The Wake

Your soft, silvered hair ran between my fingers and I remembered when you used to brush my hair, yanking tangles and making me wince, but it was okay because you loved me. You’re my mom. I caressed your face and traced your wrinkles and I remembered when I first noticed the lines form by your eyes. I asked you what caused them; you said being happy, so I wanted to be happy, too. I had to find your favorite lipstick for the wake, and I remembered when I used to steal it and put it on my dolls. I wanted them to be pretty like you, but nothing compares to a mother. You’ll always be beautiful to me. The clothes I found for you flatter you, but it was so hard to find them. Everything I touched did

not seem good enough. I wanted to clothe you in gold and linen, and everything lovely, because I love you . . . oh how I miss you. Once, when I was praying, I felt your hands on mine and I cried. Big, big tears. Your callouses and scars seemed so many testimonies of love. and I never wanted to let go. Because I need you.

“When she would visit, Mamma Rose kept to her schedule to the ‘T’: She had her prayer time, her walk time, her visiting time, her time to ‘help out,’ and – oh yes – her Scrabble time! I will miss Rose’s beautiful smile and her graceful, grace-filled living. “Sr. Rosemary, your entire family has a great example to live up to, and I’m sure she is smiling down on each of you, in Heaven with your Dad, right now! May she be at peace knowing the loving, caring family that she raised will one day reunite with her in Heaven.”

It was too soon. Soon I will bury you but these memories will live, deep in my heart. Sometimes causing tears, sometimes a smile. Always you. Your soft silvered hair ran between my fingers and I said goodbye, but I know you’re still here. I know you’d never leave me. Someday I’ll see you again. I cannot wait. It can’t be too soon.

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r. Rosalie Di Peri, our close friend Joan Fontanella, Sr. Mary Terzo, Sr. Anita Durocher, and Sr. Antoinette Cabrera gather around the work table putting together the Doves of Peace appeal for Christmas to help Sr. Mary Rinaldi and the Development Office staff in North Haledon, NJ. The basket of Doves with your prayer intentions sits by the altar in the Provincial House chapel the entire month of December. God bless you!

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Wish Your Sister a Merry Christmas!


he holidays are nearly here! And here’s where to send your best to your Salesian Sister as well as the young women in our formation program. We’ve made a few changes to the list. 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, Animator Sr. Rosemary Cordes Sr. Brittany Harrison Sr. Jennifer Kane


CALIFORNIA St. Joseph House of Formation 9803 Muroc Street Bellflower, CA 90706 Telephone: (562) 866-7938 Postulants Katie Flanagan Kristen Gawlik April Hoffman Chelsea Schuster

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

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St. Patrick Convent 408 Cedar Street St. Charles, IL 60174 Telephone: (630) 338-8250 Website: Sr. Liz Ryan, Animator Sr. Isabel Garza Sr. Betty Ann Martinez 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, Animator Sr. Mary Arciga Sr. Theresa Samson Sr. Maryann Schaefer

LOUISIANA Immaculate Conception Convent 2605 Crestwood Road Marrero, LA 70072 Telephone: (504) 347-4887 Website: Sr. Carmen Peña, Animator Sr. Maria Colombo Sr. Michelle Geiger Sr. Hélène 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, Animator Sr. Dora Adames Sr. Catherine Altamura Sr. Antoinette Cabrera Sr. Amelia Callegarin Sr. Antonia Cvetko Sr. Suzanne Dauwalter (in Rome) Sr. Rufina Delgado Sr. Virginia Dickey Sr. Rosalie Di Peri Sr. Anita Durocher Sr. Frances Gumino Sr. Emilia Kassab Sr. Balbina Lopez Sr. Gloria Machado Sr. Inez Molano Sr. Catherine Novo Sr. Mary Palladino Sr. Louise Passero Sr. Mary Bertha Paquin Sr. Claire Perino Sr. Jeanette Puglisi Sr. Anna Ragogna Sr. Grace Ruiz Sr. Livia Setti Sr. Denise Sickinger Sr. Ruth Stecker Sr. Judith Suprys Sr. Carmela Termine Sr. Mary Terzo Sr. Eileen Tickner Sr. Mary Winterscheidt Sr. Patricia Winterscheidt Sr. Mildred Zanetti Sr. Mary Anne Zito

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And the Saints came marching in! A bright array of holy ones graced the St. Joseph Provincial Center on Halloween with their goodness and shared their stories. How did we book them? Why the heavenly cast was already here among us as each Sister chose her favorite Saint and donned the corresponding outfit, or as close as it could be, to bring that Saint back to earth. What a lovely evening to nourish the soul and body too, for the usual party was not lacking. After all, isn’t Heaven the wonderfully prepared banquet for all those who faithfully follow the Lamb, decked out in their most appropriate garments? Pictured are Sr. Mildred Zanetti (as St. John Bosco!), Sr. Balbina Lopez, Sr. Amelia Callegarin, Sr. Frances Gumino, Sr. Rosalie Di Peri, Sr. Rufina Delgado, Sr. Mary Winterschiedt, Sr. Mary Bertha Paquin, and Sr. Patricia Winterschiedt.

Mary Help of Christians Academy 659 Belmont Avenue North Haledon, NJ 07508-2397 Telephone: (973) 790-6200 Website: Sr. Phyllis Neves, Animator Sr. Ramona Beltré Sr. Mary Ann Caspary Sr. Colleen Clair Sr. Agatha Cosentino Sr. Esther Cruz Sr. Emy De Filippi Sr. Marisa De Rose Sr. Domenica Di Peri Sr. Catherine Hurley Sr. Mary Jackson Sr. Lise Parent Sr. Mary Rinaldi Sr. Teresita Teran Aspirants Mary DeMott Katie Nicosia Jennifer Patterson Kelly Schuster

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St. Theresa Convent 112 - 23rd Street Kenilworth, NJ 07033-1256 Telephone: (908) 276-5028 Website: SaintTheresa Sr. Theresa Lee, Animator Sr. Letizia Bocanegra Sr. Monique Huart Sr. Juliett Perez Sacred Heart Retreat Center 20 Old Swartswood Road Newton, NJ 07860-6221 Telephone: (973) 383-2620 Website: www.sacredheart Sr. Joanne Holloman, Animator & Directress of Novices Sr. Theresa Kelly, Retreat Director Sr. Guerline Joseph Sr. Florine Lagaçe Sr. Carmen Morales 2nd Year Novices Sr. Lindsay Durham Sr. Brigette Hanley Sr. Theresa Khong

1st Year Novices Sr. Christina Chong Sr. Marianne Cline Sr. Lillian Foxx Sr. Myriam Méus Auxilium Center 14 Old Swartswood Rd. Newton, NJ 07860 Telephone: (973) 383-2621 Website: Sr. Teresa Gutierrez, Animator Sr. Merissa Loucks Sr. Mary Louise Mazzocco 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, Animator Sr. Margaret Rose Buonaiuto Sr. Frances Da Grossa Sr. Elfie Del Rosario Sr. Joo Yun Park

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lease accept my donation to Mary Help of Christians Academy. You may use it wherever you see the need. My granddaughter received scholarship help while at Mary Help and it was a huge help for us. The education she received was invaluable. It was not just the academics, it was the whole package. We will be forever grateful. We have now put seven children through Catholic Schools and none of them can compare to Mary Help. I pray God will continue to bless you for your work. I remain gratefully yours. Elmwood Park, NJ


hank you for all the great work the Salesian Sisters do with the children. As an alumna of Mary Help, it “does my heart good” to know that my former teachers are being taken care of at St. Joseph’s Provincial Center. Arroyo, CA


t is with great joy that I continue my pledge to adopt Sr. Catherine

their daily prayer is a great comfort to us. We know you have our back – and that feels good. God bless all of you. Paramus, NJ




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Altamura. The Salesian Sisters are like our national treasure. I have always felt a comfort in knowing that the Sisters are there, praying for us in our need. Now that we are aging and serious health issues have entered our lives, it is even more of a comfort knowing that there are legions of Sisters praying for cannot possibly you.“I This is a great programexplain and I am lengths happythe to be part of to it. which my StateSchool College, PA Villa Madonna

family supported me when lease assure Sr. Claire Perino Ithat needed the most, butSheI we areitpraying for her. is a blessing in our lives – as all the can tell you that I would Salesian Sisters are. To know that the not be here without them.”


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NEWMAN CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, CHAMPAIGN, IL – Imagine a place where college students can have easy access to food, supplies, and even friendship; a place where students do not have to pay for necessities, which they cannot afford; or a place where those in need are welcome and can have assistance getting on their feet. There is no need to imagine this world any more, as the Newman Shares! Food Pantry has opened. “My hope is to reach out to those in need, as a non-judgmental people, helping their physical needs and silently reaching to their deep spiritual needs,” says Sr. Maryann Schaefer, organizer of the food pantry.

ACADEMY OF OUR LADY, MARRERO, LA – New Orleans City Business magazine recognized Academy of Our Lady as one of the Top Ranked Private Secondary Schools in its September 2013 issue. Congratulations! Academy Principal Sr. Michelle Geiger shows off the award with Mrs. Michele Coulon, assistant principal for curriculum, and Ms. Teri Verret, assistant principal for discipline.

When needy students arrive at the pantry, volunteers (above) greet them. Students then receive a shopping list with available items and select their items (below). “I hope the food pantry is able help all of those who wish to better themselves with education but can’t afford food all the time and support them in their pursuit of an education,” says Joel Sarmiento, sophomore.

The celebration continued with even more awards! Two Academy of Our Lady teachers were honored with Certificates of Merit by the Honorable Elton M. Lagasse for innovation in education. Mr. Joseph Bordlee has pioneered a dual-enrollment course with Southeastern State University allowing English V students to gain high school and college credit. Mrs. Carol Lessig has been accepted into the Engineer Your World program from the University of Texas at Austin and has piloted an engineering program at the school. Well done, teachers! You make us all very proud!

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Taking their seats at the United Nations are Mary Help students Emily Homler, Amina Drame, Yamilez Catala, Carla Robles, and Rachel Rigolosi.

MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS ACADEMY, NORTH HALEDON, NJ – Fifteen students and four chaperones from Mary Help spent an unforgettable day at the United Nations on October 21 for the “Youth and Migration” conference. Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez, SDB, archbishop of Tegucigalpa and president of Caritas International, delivered the keynote address, noting the importance of having the young people working in their communities to change minds and hearts and welcome the migrants among them. Migrants, he reminded the audience, are our brothers and sisters. “We should reach out to them to provide for them a home, a school, a parish, and a place where the young can meet and share as friends,” the Cardinal said. Mary Help Senior Karrington Hamilton was impressed. “The Cardinal spoke with such excitement,” she said. “I learned how one out of every seven people are migrants and one out of every eight migrants are under the age of 25.” Mary Helpers expressed their gratitude for the experience and are eager to respond to the dilemma at hand.

Above, Sr. Mary Jackson with Carolina Otero, Sharlene Perez, and Miss Allison Oblen. At left, Sharlene Perez meets Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez, SDB, a Salesian!

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The Joy of Teaching in a Salesian School

A Most Precious Gift


entrust them to you.” These words resounded in the heart of Mary Mazzarello as she struggled to find God’s plan for her life. They are the same words that continue to echo in the heart of every Salesian Sister whose vocation is to bring the love of God and the Gospel message to young people. The gift and joy of this vocation is lived in many different ways, roles, and places, but stems from the same love for Jesus and the passionate desire to share that love. It is with gratitude in my heart that I reflect on all the experiences that the mission among the young has given me over these many years as a Salesian Educator. From teaching first graders and then junior high students in Roseto, PA in the 1960’s to high school theology teaching at Mary Help in the 1970’s, back again to high school in Miami and to Mary Help in the first decade of the new millennium, the joy of teaching and evangelizing has always been a most precious gift. The “joys of teaching” included moments when, in a class of 1971 “cherubs,” a first grader’s Elmer’s glue wouldn’t come out of the bottle until he turned it toward me and it finally let the glue out, all over the front of my habit! Or when another first grader was crying because she couldn’t find her “pink and blue” book (otherwise known as the “Think and Do” book!). They included humorous moments when, for example, a high school sophomore, who had just come from biology class to our theology class, read aloud from the letter of Paul to the “amphibians”! Whether in the classroom, as a principal in Paterson, Tampa, and Clifton, or as a parish catechist and

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Sr. Theresa Kelly visits with students at Mary Help of Christians Academy.

DRE in several parishes over the years, the system of education taught by St. John Bosco has always proven to be right on target. Ministry in summer camps, youth centers, and retreat experiences have provided other

“So many young people have been changed for the better, thanks to time spent in our Salesian environments.” avenues of reaching the young in our Salesian style. So many young people have been changed for the better, helped to develop their potential, and have grown into young men and women ready to take their places in the Church and in society, thanks to time spent in our Salesian environments. Currently teaching theology and

scripture to our novices and other religious and lay people at the college level, and being involved for many years in catechist, parent, and adult faith formation, enable me to continue to share this gift with others who will, in turn, hand on the faith to many more young people. Everywhere and in every situation, being a Salesian educator as part of an educating community is a source of joy and an energizing challenge. In addition to the support experienced in our religious community, so many wonderful lay collaborators and benefactors support our work, and this has been and is a wonderful gift for me. Let us all look for guidance to Mary, the Star of Evangelization, and continue to embrace the challenge of being a Salesian Educator with loving fidelity and joyful enthusiasm. – Sr. Theresa Kelly, FMA

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Mrs. Lupo and her daughter, Gia.

Our Little Angel Ella and Kaya Teta.

The Teira Family.

CAMP AUXILIUM, NEWTON, NJ – Camp Auxilium Learning Center had their annual Halloween Fun Night & “Trunk or Treat” on October 25. It was a wonderful way to celebrate Halloween for the Camp Auxilium families and staff. The night was filled with child-friendly games and prizes. The “Haunted Classroom” was decorated in a fun, colorful way with little children in mind. The children enjoyed the fun obstacle course, and families opened their decorated trunks for “Trunk or Treat.” Every year Camp Auxilium hosts this event for families to enjoy the fall festivities in a happy and safe environment. For more information on Camp Auxilium Learning Center (caring for infants to full-day Kindergarten) please call 973-383-2621 or visit Under the Black Cat, the Anderson Family!

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STEM Education Thrives in Miami!


favorite adage of mine frequently used by my father is, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water!” As news reports come and go in their affinity for embracing more focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), Immaculata La Salle High School (ILS) in Miami, FL has developed a unique and diverse approach to STEM without losing its focus of growing strong, academically skilled, and socially-conscious young adults. According to the National Academy of Engineering, STEM careers will grow at twice the rate of other types of employment over the next six years. With more than one out of 18 workers employed in STEM, it is crucial that Catholic social values are represented in that burgeoning population. We found that STEM skills were already being taught in many of our courses, ranging from the management of software in Sound and Video Engineering courses and computeraided drafting skills in our 3D Animation class, to work with remoteoperated vehicles in Marine Science and the geometry and measurement skills necessary in our Costume Design classes. Likewise, challenge-basedlearning, a key engineering skill, has long been taught through our schoolwide group projects focused on social or environmental concerns in our local or the global community. How to frame student participation in Immaculata La Salle’s STEM rich learning environment remained as the final leg of our journey into 21st century education for the Catholic high school student. We contacted a number of universities to determine the best form of recognition for

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Courses in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) thrive at Immaculata La Salle High School. Above, Costume Design students learn the geometry of fabric patterns. At left, Marine Science students engineer an underwater remote-operated vehicle.

where “gracious professionalism,” a behavior reinforcing our Catholic conviction to support and consider others, is the key focus of event coordinators. students completing a concentration of STEM courses and activities. As a result, we developed our STEM Concentration Program. In addition to successfully completing work in a variety of STEM courses, students need to complete an “Introduction to Engineering” class where projectbased learning skills including team building and collaboration are reinforced. Students in this program are also required to reach out and find opportunities to work in the community through internships, professional certification, or competitions such as in First Robotics,

Literacy, both academically and spiritually, is the prime objective of our faculty and administrators. “Technology plays a major role in our lives, but we must also educate our students to be responsible digital citizens,” says Federico Padovan, Executive Director of the Department of Technology and Development. The administration and faculty at Immaculata La Salle are committed to sending our students into the 21st century world without washing away their Catholic identity! – Sr. Kim Keraitis, FMA, Principal

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ixth-grade students at St. Theresa School in Kenilworth, NJ, including Madison Hnatowski (above), are studying forces and motion. To better understand and visualize how gravity affects objects, they made paper helicopters and attached paper clips to them. They gave them a toss to let them fly and observed how quickly they fell to the ground. The students discovered that helicopters will speed to the floor because of acceleration due to gravity. Well done, future engineers!

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Christmas 2013 issue of Partners in Giving Magazine, the bimonthly publication of the Salesian Sisters Eastern Province

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