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Sr. Mary Rinaldi’s Letter

Save the Dates! Jubilarian Celebration

Dear Friends:

Sunday, July 7, 2013

There are 12 smiles on our cover and the brightest is on the face of the Sister at the center. On April 21, Sr. Antonia Cvetko celebrated her 100th birthday and 74 years as a Salesian Sister. You may recall that she was one of several Sisters who were forced out of Cuba when Castro took power. Sr. Antonia is set in contrast to the youthful faces of the Sisters and Novices, four of whom will profess First Vows on August 5. Only a profound love for Jesus could sustain a calling for three quarters of a century! Sr. Antonia, thank you for your fidelity. Pray for us. Some news to report:

11:00 a.m. Mass St. Joseph’s Chapel, North Haledon, NJ 12:30 p.m. Luncheon The Tides, North Haledon, NJ For more information, please call the Development Office: (973) 904-0102

Profession of Vows Sr. Jennifer Kane & Sr. Elfie Del Rosario

• In deep faith, hundreds of people dedicated a Mother’s Day Rose to be placed by the altar of Our Lady in May. We are now receiving your lighthouses dedicated to Dads for Father’s Day to be placed near good St. Joseph. All gifts support the care of our retired Sisters.

Monday, August 5, 2013 11:00 a.m. Mass St. Joseph’s Chapel, North Haledon, NJ

• Summer camp programs are being prepared in four states for hundreds of children. Once again, we are blessed with a $50,000 matching gift. Your help is needed to win this double blessing! See page 3. • This is another reminder to check with your employer for a matching gift. We have recently received matching money from Verizon, American Express, GE, Prudential, Morgan Stanley, Pfizer, and Bristol Myers Squibb. • We anticipate the Jubilees of seven Sisters on July 7! While each offers thanks to God, they also remember you who have been so supportive over the years. See pages 4-6. We Sisters commonly say that our “vacation” is a change of occupation for the summer. The young are always in our lives in one way or another. As we go about our mission, know that you are prayerfully remembered in all that we do. God bless you.

Mary Help of Christians Academy Class of 1963 50th Anniversary Friday-Sunday, September 13-15, 2013 North Haledon, NJ For more information, please contact Giovanna Falciglia Vollaro through the Development Office: (973) 904-0102.

Annual Gala Presented by the Dames of Mary Help


Friday, October 18, 2013 Watch for details!

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Salesian CAMP! Report

It’s Summer! Please Support Our Campers!


an you believe Summer is here?! The end of another wonderful, enriching Salesian School year brings new excitement among the Salesian Sisters as the Summer Camp season is upon us. Whether on the courts or in the classrooms, our Sisters and Camp counselors will keep eight Summer Camp programs in four states in perfect motion, through the goodness and generosity of friends like YOU! I am thrilled to let you know that, once again, friends from South Florida have promised a $50,000 matching gift challenge for camp with a deadline of June 30. With your help, we can double the number of children going to camp!

Hurry! Deadline is June 30!

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Please help us, once again, to make a dream come true for needy inner-city kids. A gift of $150 will fund one week of camp for a deserving child. Thank you, and God bless you! – Sr. Mary Rinaldi, FMA

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Congratulations, Sisters,


on your blessed Jubilees!

rances was born in the little coal mining town of Pittston, PA. Her parents were hard-working, faith-filled, simple people who loved each other and their four children very much. After some years, the family relocated to Paterson, NJ to be near the grandparents. It was here that Frances met the Salesian Sisters who prepared her for her First Communion.

made up for the loss of my parents with their loving kindness and care.”

At ten years of age, she lost her mother to pneumonia and her relatives all came to the aid of her father. Through the advice of the Pastor, Msgr. Carlo Cianci, her father entrusted his daughters to the Salesian Sisters in North Haledon. When tragedy struck and her dad was killed in a train accident, Sr. Frances recalls, “the Sisters

Although there was some opposition when Frances expressed her desire to be a Sister, her grandmother sided with her. Having received her degree from Seton Hall, Sr. Frances began her career as a educator and thoroughly enjoyed her ministry in teaching the


ildred a Sister? She is such a tomboy!” That’s what her father said those many years ago about a daughter who was more given to wearing overalls and playing ball than anything more “lady-like.” Her mother often said, “I have three sons, but four boys.” But here she is, a Salesian Sister for 70 years! God is full of surprises and works wonders with the raw material we provide. Mildred met the Sisters at Sacred Heart Parish in Clifton, NJ where they taught religious education. The girls flocked to them and some felt the call to join them. One summer Mildred had saved enough money to join the “Clifton Girls” for a weekend at Camp

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Sr. Frances Gumino, FMA 70th Anniversary

Sr. Mildred Zanetti, FMA

Sr. Frances’ spirit has remained young at heart and vibrant as she counts 90 years of her life, 70 as a Salesian Sister. “The Blessed Mother has been my guiding Star, Mother, and Helper. I feel her presence each day. I thank my Superiors and Sisters who shared with me their love, good example, and prayers throughout my happy life as a Salesian Sister. My soul praises the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!”

In love with life, Sr. Mildred gave her service as a financial administrator, looking after and working for the maintenance of buildings and grounds, and as a “Mildred of All Trades” and “Sister Fix-It.”

70th Anniversary Mazzarello in North Haledon and what fun they had! They pushed 13 beds together in the cabin and chatted all night. The Sisters were so cheerful and easy to talk to. It was a truly memorable weekend. At her return home, all she could think of was being with the Sisters, being one of them. Notwithstanding her father’s reaction, she did indeed become “one of them.”

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primary grades. She taught in various states and was principal in various schools in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, Rhode Island, Florida, and Wisconsin. Everywhere she went, she left the feeling of love and care that she herself had experienced.

Most of all, she is fondly remembered as a DriverEd Teacher at Mary Help of Christians Academy, a role she cherished and excelled in for many years. Her admonition to “buckle up” still echoes in many ears. Sr. Mildred’s step is a bit slower. Her main occupation is now prayer. Yet, the twinkle is still in her eyes, the smile on her lips, and her out-of-the-blue witty remarks still bring cheer to all.

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n Sunday, July 7, the Salesian Sisters will gather in North Haledon, NJ with family, friends, and Adopters to celebrate the Jubilees of seven Sisters. Their stories are on these pages. We are proud of our Jubilarians and of their joyful, serene perseverance. They are shining examples that faithfulness and promises kept are a reality possible, even today! Their fidelity adds up to 375 years of loving service and continued “Yes” to God’s call in our Congregation and in the Church. God bless you, Sisters, and Ad multos annos! – Sr. Mary Terzo, FMA

Sr. Amelia Callegarin, FMA

Sr. Dora Adames, FMA

Sr. Fanny Florez, FMA

60th Anniversary

50th Anniversary

50th Anniversary


r. Amelia came to the United States from Castions, Di Strada, Italy in 1954 with Mother Josephine Galassi and Sr. Tilde Galli. She was to learn English before going to the missions in India, as well as chef secrets from Sr. Gisella Buonfiglio, Sr. Anna Ragogna, and Sr. Rose Segarini. They were master cooks who not only made it very comfortable for her to learn in the kitchen, but she found delight in preparing wholesome meals for the Sisters. Later, Sr. Amelia took care of Sr. Anna Landoni and other Sisters in the infirmary. She learned by doing, by intuition, to move the bedridden, to change their position, to give food or drink. She shared the night shift with two other Sisters in caring for the sick and elderly Sisters. While her fellow Sisters “out there” are caring for young people, she is with her fellow Sisters “in here,” caring for those who have worked many years for the youth, and whose lives have been and continue to be a shining example. Although her mission never took her to India, Sr. Amelia knows her mission is here in the U.S.A. Her life has alwas been under the protection and guidance of Mary Help of Christians.


r. Dora came from a small country with a big heart, Puerto Rico, and a loving family. Her father, Juan was a compassionate Chief of Police. Her mother, Rafaela, was a homemaker who taught her daughter to have a spirit of service by helping anyone in need. But her parents did not share Dora’s desire to be a nun. Her father reminded her that she was a minor and could not leave without his permission until she was 21. So Dora continued to live at home and wait. In the meantime, she pursued her studies at the University of Puerto Rico and became a member of the Third Order of Carmelites. She also met the Salesian Sisters when Sr. Stella Ruiz and Sr. Jane Sanchez were sent by their Bishop to visit Puerto Rico. They were working with the Puerto Ricans who had emigrated to Paterson and Passaic, NJ. A friendship was forged and letters exchanged. In 1963, Sr. Dora made her first vows in Newton, NJ. She had finally reached her goal! After further studies at Seton Hall University, she began her apostolate as an educator of young people and taught in many schools of the Province.


r. Fanny traveled long and far to be a Salesian Sister – all the way from Bucaramanga, Colombia! Her family provided an atmosphere of simplicity and heart-felt faith. She was a good student, alert and eager. When asked by her spiritual director if she had ever thought of entering religious life, she promptly gave a negative reply, so he advised her to take the state examination and apply for a grant to attend the university. At the Feminine University of Bogotá, she received her bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and Chemistry. As Divine Providence would have it, her first teaching assignment was at a school administered and staffed by the Salesian Sisters. The seed was sown and Fanny watered it with her desire to be a Salesian Sister. She did her formation program in the United States. Her long journey was over – and also just begun. Her droll humor brings laughter and cheer, and her quiet presence has endeared her to many over 50 years of religious life, many spent teaching the sciences at Mary Help of Christians Academy. Now she gives her service in the main office at Immaculata-La Salle High School in Miami, FL.

Congratulations, Sisters,


r. Monique came to us as a Salesian missionary from Paris, France and, 50 years later, she still serves as a dedicated educator, catechist, and evangelizer. One might say she was “a Salesian from birth,” since her father was both a past pupil and a teacher in the technical school of the Salesian Priests. She says, “I recall knowing about St. John Bosco before knowing about Jesus, since the biography of Don Bosco and Salesian literature were always within my reach.” A summer camp experience in the French Alps brought her into contact with the Sisters “whose love of God radiated from their lives. I was attracted by beauty of the self-


ome fish are just hard to catch, but the Lord is a good fisherman. This sums up the discernment process of Sr. Marisa as she sought to know and follow God’s call in her life. Born into a loving and close-knit family in Elizabeth, NJ, she and her brothers attended St. Anthony School which was run by the Salesian Sisters. She and her family were very close and supportive of each other. When Marisa told her parents she was considering a religious vocation, they were not overjoyed. However, they supported and helped her during all the struggles of her discernment process. Her vocation was much influenced

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on your blessed Jubilees!

Sr. Monique Huart, FMA 50th Anniversary giving Sisters and their total dedication to us girls.” It was a combination of parental guidance and the example of the Sisters that led Sr. Monique to answer “Yes” to the call of Jesus Himself to Don Bosco’s family. Since 1967, she has labored in this part of the Lord’s vineyard, first as a

Sr. Marisa De Rose, FMA 25th Anniversary by the Sisters who taught at St. Anthony’s. She spent a lot of time with them and they invited her to pray with them and take part in special events in Newton and in Haledon. After a weekend “Mornese Experience,” she was sure that God was calling her. Then, this receded from her memory as she attended high school.

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teacher of Theology and French at Mary Help of Christians Academy for many years and then in various other states. Presently, she is the Director of Religious Education at St. Theresa Parish in Kenilworth, NJ. Her responsibilities are many and varied and she brings to each one her total energy and loving dedication. Sr. Monique sums it up saying, “The Lord has blessed me with a Salesian missionary vocation. It has proven to be one of the most life-giving and love-giving experiences of my life. I have had the occasion to share that love with thousands of young people and adults whom God has sent my way.”

But God does not give up and she again felt the call to be with the Sisters. Sr. Marisa asked for a sign from God and received it, but chose to ignore it. She asked again, and this time she listened. She made up her mind, and peace entered in. Twenty five years as a Salesian Sister have been lived as Sr. Marisa served in many places, meeting and working with many wonderful people. The Lord has been with her with His love and His guidance, and she is reminded over and over again that, “All things work for the good of those who love God, who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

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on’t you consider Adopting a Sister like Sr. Antonia Cvetko, 100 years young? Join our friends of all faiths who have experienced the transforming power of prayer and loving friendship with a Salesian Sister every day of the year. Whether the Adopted Sister is for yourself, a family member, or a friend in need of spiritual strength, you will find comfort knowing that your intentions will be remembered each day by your spiritual prayer partner. Please complete the form below or, to learn more, visit us online at or call us toll-free: (877) OUR-NUNS. Thank you and God bless you!

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Making Headlines Around the Province

A Night in Old Hollywood, via Port Chester!


n Saturday, April 13, 350 guests came together at Corpus Christi-Holy Rosary School in Port Chester, NY for the Third Annual Father Peter M. Rinaldi Awards Dinner. The evening’s theme was “Old Hollywood” and many dressed up in fantastic fashions from the 20s, 30s, and 40s. Wonderful tunes filled the air thanks to the Tony T Orchestra, who played all the great hits of the era. Michael Marchetti of Columbus Park Trattoria in Stamford, CT prepared an amazing feast. Honorees for the evening included three huge supporters of Corpus Christi-Holy Rosary School: Richard “Fritz” Falanka of Port Chester; Fr. Steven Schenck, SDB, the late Pastor of Holy Rosary Parish in Port Chester; and Monsignor Frank C. Wissel, Pastor of St. Mary Parish in Greenwich, CT. Like the late Father Rinaldi who showered his love and gifts amongst the students of the school he founded and the parishioners of Corpus Christi Church, so, too, have our honorees given generous amounts of time, talent, and resources to help us keep Salesian Catholic education alive for all children, especially the poor.

Above, Honoree Fritz Falanka (center) with his wife, Sandy, and family. Left, “Flapper” Emily Saunders got into the spirit of “Old Hollywood” with her husband, Tom.

Much fun was had by all, and the proceeds from the event will support tuition aid, programs, and school operations. Thank you all, and God bless you!

Below, the family of the beloved late Pastor of Holy Rosary Parish, Fr. Stephen Schenck,SDB, gathered to honor his memory. Photos by John Glover

Honoree Monsignor Frank C. Wissel with dear friends, Angela and Dr. William Piro of Dix Hills, NY. Monsignor holds one of the 100 teddy bears that were auctioned.

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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 so far in 2013!

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 2013, our 22nd year? 

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

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

Angel Oliva Family The Dorothy Thomas Foundation



Mrs. Beatrice Lightfoot

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

New York Mrs. Pearl Kalikow

New Jersey 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 Florida


Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Ekonomou

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.

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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. & Mrs. Bill McLaughlin Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Pfeifer

Pennsylvania Mr. & Mrs. Vincent DeBow

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

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

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

Florida Mrs. Janis Boyd The Joseph J. Hermann & Rose A. Hermann Charitable Foundation Dr. Idalia Lastra 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 Mr. & Mrs. Mario Monaco Mr. & Mrs. Michael Massood

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

Florida Mr. & Mrs. John Anello Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. 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

Georgia Mr. Robert Reiter

Massachusetts Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Clair

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

Pennsylvania Allyson & Kevin Hardy

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

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

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 Mr. & Mrs. Ron Yates

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


South Carolina

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Fantauzza


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

Ohio Mr. & Mrs. Dan Clair

Pennsylvania Mr. & Mrs. Jack Hedgecock



Joseph & Adelaide Olivieri

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

Mrs. Dominique Faust Mr. Michael Maurer

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

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Please Give Us 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 remember a less-than-happy occasion? Our prayer for 30 days will accompany this event in your life. Have you someone to thank? All of us will help multiply this gratitude to that special person. Is there a special person or event to bring to the attention of your friends? Then please, “Give Us This Day”! Any event or person or situation that merits special attention will be publicized on a bulletin board outside our chapel. All the Sisters will pray for that person, event, and/or situation and for the person who requests prayers for the day. Let this exchange of time be an example of our concern and our love for one another. Thank you.

Joining in an Easter hat Contest and parade are Sr. Antoinette Cedrone, Sr. Mary Winterscheidt, Sr. Patricia Winterscheidt, and Sr. Inez Molano.

Please Help Our Retired Sisters In Need! Please reserve this day/these days in 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

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Please detach and mail in the enclosed envelope. Thank you!

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Befriending Change Sr. Karen Dunn’s Letter


ith the arrival of spring and summer, we see new life bursting into flower. Daily schedules change to a different tempo as school lets out and colleagues take vacations. We, like nature, sense new energy in these changes. In fact, we’ve come to appreciate and anticipate the seasonal changes and we find comfort in the rhythm of life it affords us. But there are also the other seasons of our lives when come the changes that are not welcomed! The loss of loved ones. The desire to be near to those we miss; the changes that come with age; the chronic illness of a child; a relationship we cannot reconcile. They strike us and can leave us momentarily off balance, or else they can demand an energy and strength we do not think we possess. We witness such changes befalling a friend. We see peoples’ lives reduced to rubble in a disastrous spring storm. And we ourselves can become unnerved and fearful at the prospect of the future. Accepting and befriending the inevitable big and little changes that come to us in life are essential for our happiness. Our response to those changes is key to making us or breaking us. A positive and faith-filled response makes us stronger. Kicking against the goad, instead, can diminish us. God, who sees to the rhythm of the seasons, also attends to the seasons of our lives. We can rely

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on His promise, “for those who love God, all things work together for good” (Romans 8:28). A mere glance back at our lives assures us that we will be able to adjust to the newness that enfolds our lives in the midst of change. We can discover that there was hidden grace in every new situation. Most importantly, we can count on that faithful God who walks with us. We can believe that His strength and beauty will somehow well up right from within us and then radiate back

“Accepting and befriending the inevitable big and little changes that come to us in life are essential for our happiness. Our response to those changes is key to making us or breaking us. A positive and faith-filled response makes us stronger.”

Will deliver you from out them. He has kept you hitherto, And He will lead you safely through all things; And when you cannot stand it, God will bury you in His arms. Do not fear what may happen tomorrow; The same everlasting Father who cares for you today Will take care of you then and every day.

to us through our surroundings, especially in the goodness of people.

He will either shield you from suffering,

I recently came across some friendly advice of St. Francis de Sales (15671622) who speaks of the certainty of faith and trust:

Or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.

Be at peace.

Be at peace, And put aside all anxious thoughts and imagination.

Do not look forward in fear to the changes of life; Rather look to them with full hope as they arise. God, whose very own you are,

Francis’ advice is wise, advice that could become part of our daily prayer as we move through the seasons of change, in nature and in our lives.

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A Love That Lasts Forever

Received between April 6 and May 31, 2013 Sr. Lucy Balistrieri, FMA Ms. Lorraine Arnone Mrs. Rose Ricci

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. Give the gift that lasts forever. Enclosed is my Memorial/Tribute Gift of: ____ $25

____ $20



Memorial for Name – DECEASED

Tribute for

Sr. Mary Baroni, FMA Mr. Anthony Pacesa Knights of Columbus Incarnation Council #6364 Mr. & Mrs. Robert Selser Mrs. Roseann Mosseau Miss Holly Delohery Mr. & Mrs. John Connors Sr. Rose Laino, FMA Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Laino Howard Cunningham Mr. & Mrs. Richard Mehrman Mr. & Mrs. Jeremiah Ciancia Ms. Lynn Bruneau Mr. Thomas Toronto Edgewater Colony Inc. Allendale Volunteer Fire Department

Tributes Received between April 6 and May 31, 2013


Occasion Please send an acknowledgement to:

Sr. Virginia Dickey, FMA Mrs. Roseann Mosseau

Kathy Durig Mr. & Mrs. Richard Bauer Mrs. Edna Landsiedel Mr. Ted Durig Diana T. Gallagher Mr. William T. Gallagher Dr. Rod Jurado Mr. Peter Muehleck Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Garcia Theresa Narkiewicz Ms. Eleanor Fabiano Maria Pietrowski Mr. Kenneth Pietrowski Wanda Anna Roy Mrs. Nancy Kerestus Joe Yglesias Mrs. Jenifer Prado


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. Forms are posted

Sr. Antonia Cvetko, FMA Mr. & Mr. Al Matonak Mrs. Susan Zaleski

Name Address

Sr. Mildred Zanetti, FMA Mr. & Mrs. Vincent Pecoraro

My Name

Sr. Mary Rinaldi, FMA Ms. Marge Hnath


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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Anne DeGise Ms. Rosanne O’Neill Joseph Laudone Mr. & Mrs. Jack O’Meara

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Salesian Youth Report

Happy Times at Our Annual Spring Party!


n Sunday, April 21, more than 500 friends of the Salesian Sisters came together to join in the fun at the annual Spring Party, which raised $70,000 of much-needed financial aid for the students of Mary Help of Christians Academy. Emcee, Sr. Mary Rinaldi led the festivities that included raffle baskets of all sizes and a delicious lunch catered by The Market Basket of Franklin Lakes. Special thanks to our tireless planning committee, our volunteers, and all who helped make the day a success for the students of Mary Help.

Above, Sr. Anna Ragogna with Tony Laino. Right, Sr. Louise Passero is a winner! The Harkins Family and friends are all smiles!

Below, Happy winners at the Losurdo table!

Diva Muller with her daughter Pam and the Swartzberg family.

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Salesian Youth Report CHRIST THE KING SCHOOL, TAMPA, FL – On April 28, a beautiful statue of St. John Bosco was dedicated at the school where the Salesian Sisters administrated and taught for 30 years. Among the Sisters who attended the celebrations – and received a standing ovation during Mass! – were Sr. Susan Bagli; past principals, Sr. Judith Suprys and Sr. Kathy Keane; and the first principal, Sr. Mary Terzo. The Salesian Sisters left Christ the King School in 2003, but a strong center of Salesian Cooperators continues to serve on the faculty of the school.

CAMP AUXILIUM, NEWTON, NJ – Recently families and friends were invited to Camp Auxilium for a solemn Mass of Thanksgiving and celebration in honor of the “Awesome Five” who have cared for and educated the very young children for 25 years and more. How can we ever thank them for their selfless service? The “Awesome Five” include (front row) Marco Bisoglio, Gail Caffrey, and Linda Hammann, and (back row) Terry Winkler and Donna Meissinger. Joining in the celebration were Dan Coranoto, Deputy Mayor of Hampton Township, NJ (back row); and Salesian Sisters: Sr. Lou Ann Fantauzza, Sr. Theresa Samson, Sr. Karen Dunn, Provincial Superior, and Sr. Mary Rinaldi.

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Ask Not for a Sign, But Peace in Your Heart


have a special mission in life. My official badge hasn’t come in the mail yet, but I’m pretty sure it is safe to say that my special mission from God is to be an apostle of joy. I am to show the world that following Jesus is the source of joy.

In August of 2012, I entered the Salesian Sisters. I brought with me a significant amount of college debt. I wasn’t sure exactly how I would pay it off, but I really believed that Jesus had invited me to enter Salesian life at this time. So I peacefully came, trusting that if He could calm storms with a word, He could settle this tidal wave in my life. Many times my prayer was, “Jesus, I trust in you!” I also asked for the intercession of St. Joseph, whom the first FMA looked to as their economer, and of St. John Bosco, who began building the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians with essentially no funds.

I grew up in a small town in Missouri. My four brothers and I were brought up in the Catholic Church. There was a decent population of Catholics in area, but not many were visibly excited about being Catholic. I feel that if we really have the fullness of the Truth as we profess, we need to get excited about it. By high school, I had accepted that my childhood dreams of making it big on Broadway or of becoming a professional soccer player would not come to fruition. I began to think of what I wanted to do with my life when I had to grow up and get a “big kid” job. I desired to change the attitude that so many people seem to have towards the Faith and wanted to work in the Church somehow.

God is never outdone in generosity. I followed him to the Convent and He opened up opportunities that allowed me to pay off my college debt. Now that this tidal wave has passed and the ocean is tranquil, so is my spirit and I can follow His call in serenity and joy.

Not only have I experienced great peace in the past eight months of Formation (even though I obtained degrees in Theology and sometimes it really did feel like the “Not only have I Youth Ministry from Benedictine world was crashing down around me), experienced great peace, College in Atchison, KS. One of my but also I have had great joy in living professors advised me that, when I God’s dream for my life at this time. but also great joy in living need to make a decision, I should I believe the next step Jesus is inviting God’s dream for my life.” not ask God for a sign, but rather for me to take is to continue following peace in my heart. Peace is not the Him in Salesian Formation into same as serenity. He said peace is the acceptance of and Postulancy. I have made my petition (formal request) to be dedication to God’s will; it helps us remain firm in faith accepted as a Postulant for the 2013-2014 academic year. no matter the circumstances, even if the world is crashing down around us. His advice led me to a small town in My gratitude for all who have specifically invested in my northeast Missouri where I spent two wonderful years as Vocation spiritually and financially flows through my daily the Youth Director in a parish. prayers. Please pray for me as I continue to live my role as an apostle of joy. In the summer of 2011, I met a Salesian Sister for the first time and instantly connected with her and her spirituality. – Chelsea C. Schuster The following spring I visited the Convent in North Haledon and felt like I was home – not just comfortable o learn more about vocations and becoming a Salesian and “at home,” but that I needed to find some way to Sister, please e-mail the Vocations Director, Sr. spend more time there. I experienced deep peace. Again Colleen Clair:, or visit www. my professor’s advice reverberated in me. or


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Salesian Youth Report ST. THERESA SCHOOL, KENILWORTH, NJ – Three cheers for eighth-graders Alexa Karp and Kelsey Harder, who participated in the Archdiocese of Newark Catholic Challenge and made it to the final round. Under the guidance of Ms. Nancy Pakulski, Ms. Carolyn Pancurak, and Fr. Lito, the girls studied with determination. “It was like a spelling bee for religion and I was very nervous,” Alexa said. Good luck, girls!

ST. ANTHONY SCHOOL, HAWTHORNE, NJ – Congratulations to eighth-graders Kelly Murphy and Victoria Newman, who will be joining other middle- and high-school students from across the country to compete in the National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. The girls won the right to compete at the national level with their 10-minute qualifying performance, The United States and Japan: From Enemies to Allies, at the New Jersey History Day (for which they received their medals). This is the third time in the last five years that St. Anthony School has had students qualify for the national contest. Good luck, girls!

VILLA MADONNA SCHOOL, TAMPA, FL – Congratulations to the Boys Varsity Volleyball team and Coach Harrison. They won First Place in the Catholic League. Way to go, boys!

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Salesian Youth Report MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS ACADEMY, NORTH HALEDON, NJ – It was raining outside, but there was plenty of sunshine inside at the Second Annual Women of Distinction Luncheon held on May 8 at the Indian Trail Club in Franklin Lakes, NJ. Debbie Rohde and Rosemary De Pinto, luncheon co-chairs, along with the Dames of Mary Help and staff, transformed the club into a pink and green spring wonder. Eleven local vendors gathered to display and sell their fine products and all had committed to contribute a portion of their sales to support the students at Mary Help. The two guest speakers were Annie Above, Guest Speaker and Mary Help Alumna Annie Sanchez (left) with current Mary Help Juniors. Left, among the Dames of Mary Help who attended the Women of Distinction Luncheon were: Deborah Rohde (Co-Chair), Hilda Marmo, Twinkie Polizzi, Rosalie Stanton, Beverly Rohde, Maria Losurdo-Colangelo, Elizabeth Harkins, and Rosemary DePinto (Co-Chair).

Sanchez, the Valedictorian of the 1999 class of the Mary Help, and Sr. Caroljean Willie, S.C., Ph.D., a Sister of Charity. Annie, currently employed by Ernst and Young, spoke of her educational and spiritual journey and of her fulfillment of a lifelong dream to establish Debt Free Like Annie, a company to help clients achieve their personal and financial goals. And her work with Art in Motion, a non-profit

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organization, helps inner-city youth appreciate and explore the leadership and service through the arts.

serves as the NGO representative to the United Nations on behalf of the Sisters of Charity Federation.

Sr. Caroljean shared her extensive cultural experiences through stories and anecdotes, always emphasizing the theme that we all contribute to a piece of the puzzle that is our world. She is the author of Praying All Ways: A Intelligence Approach to Prayer and

The theme of our oneness was exemplified by both of our speakers. After lunch, guests were invited to complete their shopping and socialize. A truly special afternoon had passed! – Rosalie Stanton, Dame of Mary Help

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Salesian Youth Report VILLA MADONNA SCHOOL, TAMPA, FL – On stage for the “Mosaic” show are these talented second, third, and fourth graders, performing “In This World We Are Together” under the direction of Margarita Freire. Great job, kids! Can American Idol be far off?! “Mosaic” included pieces of art and performances from 75 students in the areas of dance, voice, photography and art, videography, music, and poetry.

ACADEMY OF OUR LADY, MARRERO, LA – The Academy welcomed the eighth grade and Freshmen class for the 2013-2014 school year and awarded Academic and Character Scholarships at a recent meeting. More than 350 future parents, students, and family members attended the presentation that culminated in the awarding of scholarships. Among the lucky recipients were 18 incoming eighth graders (above) who received the Catholic Education Grant. The grant is designed to recognize students and families who have shown a dedication to Catholic education and facilitate a smooth financial transition from middle school to high school. The grant is $1,000 for one year. Good luck, girls!

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The Joy of Teaching in a Salesian School

Playing All Day Long


iterally, I do play all day. It is part of my ministry as a Salesian Sister and I thoroughly enjoy playing! What do I play? I have a gift, God-given, that I share with many young people. It brings joy, enthusiasm, and pleasure to me and to all those with whom I share it. Yes, it is the gift of playing – of playing music! Music has been part of my life ever since I can remember. Becoming a Salesian Sister has given me ample opportunity to hone my skill and to use it for the benefit of the young people I serve. I taught music in our Salesian elementary schools in Paterson, NJ for 20 years. I also brought music to our summer camps. The children always participated willingly and with much joy. Some of the past campers say they continue to sing camp songs to lift their spirits, and they teach them to their children.

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Sr. Maryann Caspary with members of the Mary Help Choir at Six Flags Great Adventure, where the students took first place in the Festival of Music.

“I will continue ‘playing’ for as long as the Lord desires, bringing the joy of music as a hymn of praise to God.” I still play all day now that I am at Mary Help of Christians Academy. My fingers actively dance over the piano keyboard as I accompany our school choirs, student Masses, drama presentations, music classes led by Mrs. Lucia Cardona, and much more. I accompany our great high school choir under Mrs. Cardona’s direction and we present two concerts a year together with the Dance and Art classes.

For two years, we have participated in the Festival of Music at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ, competing with other choirs and bands. We won first place in the Women’s Choir Level both years! I am so proud to accompany these girls and their expert teacher. I received the beautiful gift of being a Salesian Sister, an educator of young people. It is a wonderful gift of Mary Help of Christians for which I am grateful each day. My “playing” is my apostolate, my mission, and the way I live out our Salesian Charism in St. John Bosco’s spirit of “Give me souls, take away the rest,” helping those I serve to be “honest citizens and good Christians” through the medium of music. I will continue “playing” for as long as the Lord desires, bringing the joy of music as a hymn of praise to God. – Sr. Maryann Caspary, FMA

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Salesian Youth Report ST. PATRICK CATHOLIC PRESCHOOL, ST. CHARLES, IL – The week of May 6-10 was Teacher Appreciation Week at St. Patrick’s. The teachers started off the week when they entered the school and saw the beautiful decorations in the lobby and on the doors to their classrooms – handmade by the students! The parents provided a delicious breakfast for the teachers and staff at the beginning of the week and a lavish lunch at the end of the week. Each teacher was showered with gifts and presented with a special “bouquet” of flowers made by the children. We love our teachers, including Becky Piernick, Julie Dale, Kerry Love, and Patriza Barone.

ST. THERESA SCHOOL IN KENILWORTH, NJ – On May 20, St. Theresa’s, under the direction of Mrs. Alice Gorombey and Mrs. Christine McCarthy, was one of 15 schools, a total of 174 students, who participated in the Union Catholic 17th Annual Forensic Tournament. St. Theresa’s team consisted of 11 students: Kristin Carpenter, Kelsey Harder, Alexa Karp, Olivia Olivella and Deanna Vagueiro (8th graders); Jonathon Kreinberg, Emma Munoz and Caroline Tramontana (7th graders); Molly Burke (6th grader); and Makayla Koski and Rachel Tramontana (5th graders.) Alexa was awarded a fourth place trophy in the “Humor” category, and Kelsey and Deanna a third place trophy in the “Duo” category. St. Theresa’s Forensic Team received fifth place overall. Congratulations all!

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tudents at Academy of Our Lady in Marrero, LA demonstrated the physics of floating boats using only duct tape and cardboard! Students were required to write a paper about the physics of floating boats; build model boats which are tested using pennies; self-evaluate; and then build an actual boat to float. Students, including the fastest rowers, Lauren Barrios and Linh Dinh (above), used the pool at Archbishop Shaw High School for the demonstration. “Students must row their boats across the pool and back, and then use a mathematical equation to determine the efficiency of their boat,” explains Physics teacher and Department Chair Carol Lessig. Talk about (not) getting your feet wet!

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