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PARTNERS IN GIVING Development Office of the Salesian Sisters Daughters of Mary Help of Christians www.salesiansisters.org

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he Salesian Sisters in Louisiana are no strangers to severe weather conditions, as this photo from April 1980 attests, with Sr. Domenica Di Peri, Sr. Leslie Satter, and Sr. Louise Passero knee deep in flood waters. This is but one of hundreds of photos in our new Centennial History, The “Yes” Lives On (cover at left), due this Christmas. Story on page 3. Partners in Giving • Fall 2008


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Centenary Calendar Save these dates!

Dear Friends, A few weeks ago we got a glimpse of The “Yes” Lives On, our magnificent new Centennial History Book, which is the story of the lives and service of Salesian Sisters past and present, written by the late Sr. Josephine Carini. The answer “Yes” lives on in the title of the book, which speaks of the response of the Sisters to God since 1908. This “Yes” is what we celebrate today. This “Yes” is our response to the future, the “Yes” to the Salesian charism, “Yes” to our mission to the young and “Yes” to God’s plan for each and every one of us. The “Yes” Lives On will make a great Christmas gift! Some news to report: • Summer’s over – where did it go?! But as we start a new Salesian School Year, we offer our profound gratitude to all of you for making financial aid available for thousands of kids at a Salesian Sisters Summer Camp. Special thanks to our corporate sponsors, many of whom have extended matching gifts: Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, Chevy’s Fresh-Mex, Chubb & Son, GE, Home Depot, Liz Claiborne, IBM, IDT Family Foundation, Merrill Lynch, Verizon, and the William Wrigley Jr. Company. Thank you one and all! • Many Sisters have received new assignments for this school year. Kindly refer to the updated list on pages 12-13, and drop them a line! • Our worldwide Order of Salesian Sisters will send representatives from every Province to our General Chapter Meeting in Rome. Sr. Phyllis Neves, our Provincial, and Sr. Margaret Wilhelm, Provincial Delegate, will be there until November. The next issue of Partners in Giving will carry the exciting news! Peace,

October 30 The Partners Circle Ball benefiting the Salesian Sisters Education Fund for Inner-City Youth, and honoring the Salesian Sisters for their 100 Years of Service. The Venetian, Garfield, NJ November 15 Thanksgiving Basket Party benefiting the Salesian Youth Center/Villa Madonna School, and honoring Linda Crosby and Grace Lafferty for their service at Villa Madonna. Tampa, FL December 7 Salesian Sisters’ Annual Christmas Party North Haledon, NJ January 30, 2009 Salesian Sisters Annual Homecoming and Centennial Celebration Mary Help of Christians Academy, N. Haledon, NJ February 28, 2009 Florida Centennial Mass and Gala St. Joseph Parish, Tampa, FL April 25, 2009 Grand Centennial Celebration at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Gala Celebration aboard the World Yacht New York, NY May 16, 2009 Tri-State Centennial Celebration for all Salesian Schools, Alumni, and Friends North Haledon, NJ For more information on these events, to attend, or to get involved, please call us toll free: (877) 687-6867, e-mail fmadevt@aol.com, or visit www.salesiansisters.org. We hope to see you!

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Read All About Our First 100 Years!

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he long-awaited Salesian Sisters’ Centennial History Book, The “Yes” Lives On, will be ready in time for Christmas! This 248-page full color, illustrated book tells the incredible story of the Salesian Sisters from the first four who arrived in 1908, to the hundreds of Sisters who spread the mission of service to young people and the Church across the entire continent. Read all about it soon!

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A Joyous Celebration for Our Jubilarians!

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he Tides in North Haledon, NJ, was the lovely setting for the 2008 Jubilee Celebration of Salesian Sisters, held on August 3. Following a Mass of Thanksgiving in Saint Joseph Chapel, the jubilarians and their family members, friends, and Adopters settled down for a delicious dinner seasoned with reminiscences and expressions of gratitude. Above, Jubiliarians of the Salesian Sisters’ Eastern Province, joined by their fellow Jubilarians from the Canadian Province, gathered for a group photo with Sr. Phyllis Neves, Provincial Superior. Seated, left to right: Sr. Gerard Barattino (70 years), Sr. Frances Gumino (65 years), Sr. Phyllis Neves, Sr. Mildred Zanetti (65 years), and Sr. Agatha Cosentino (50 years). Standing, left to right: Sr. Mary Eileen Joseph (50 years), Sr. Maryann Schaefer (25 years), Sr. Rosemary Cordes (40 years), and Sr. Micheline Bertrand (50 years). PHOTOS BY LORRAINE CORSALE, HAWTHORNE, NJ Congratulations to all!

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Stephen Quesinberry of Richmond, VA, traveled all the way to New Jersey in honor of his adopted Sister and Jubilarian, Sr. Frances Gumino!

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Above, Sr. Rosemary Cordes with her mother, Rose Cordes, and family from Dover, NH.

Left, Sr. Danielle Gonzalez is warmly congratulated by Sr. Phyllis Neves, Provincial Superior, as she celebrates the renewal of her vows as a Salesian Sister.

Above, the Mayor of North Haledon, Randy George, addresses the celebration to express gratitude for the work of the Salesian Sisters in the community.

Right, Sr. Mildred Zanetti’s family and friends, joined by Sr. Carmen Morales, gather in honor of her special day.

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How Blessed We Are With Many Vocations!

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hen Sacred Heart Novitiate in Newton, NJ, was built 50 years ago, there were enough Novices (future Salesian Sisters) to keep the large facility functioning. With the passing of time, the number decreased, and the Novices were sent to the International Novitiate in Rome. About twenty years ago, Sacred Heart became a spirituality center for the Province. Since then it has served countless numbers of young people and adults as an oasis of peace and spiritual retreat. Now the two Provinces in the United States and Canada have been blessed with a good number of young women who are discerning a religious vocation. It has been decided that there be a house for initial formation in Bellflower, CA, and the Novitiate has re-opened as a part of Sacred Heart Center. On August 4, 2008, four Novices, two from the East and two from the West, entered the newly-established Sacred Heart Novitiate. Sr. Joanne Holloman has been named Directress of Novices. Presently there are 11 Candidates and, on October 5, 2008, six young women will take the next step and become Postulants. Thank you, Jesus!

The two Provincial Superiors of the U.S., Sr. Phyllis Neves (center, left) of the Eastern Province, and Sr. Sandra Neaves of the Western Province, visit with the four Novices who are well on their way to profession as Salesian Sisters: Christine Scott, Linda Gonzalez, Jaden Tran, and Josiane Phanord.

– Sr. Louise Passero, FMA At right, our Candidates: (seated, l-r) Joo Yun Park, Sophia Escobedo, and Kristie White; (standing, l-r) Amy Trujillo, Sara Ball, Gina Curini, Leeanna McGrath, Keri Cole, Merissa Loucks, and Olgamarie Chamorro. Below, Postulants gather with Sr. Phyllis Neves: (back row, l-r) Juliett Perez, Brigette Hanley, and Brittany Harrison; (front row, l-r) Janet Kellerr and Guerline Joseph. Not present: Alina Suarez.

hile we Salesian Sisters are grateful to God for His goodness in sending these fine young women to study their vocation, we invite other interested persons to “come and see.” The harvest is great . . .

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For more information, please contact Sr. Joanne Holloman, FMA, Sacred Heart Center, 20 Old Swartswood Road , Newton, NJ 07860. Telephone: (973) 383-2620. E-mail: shcenter@juno.com

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Partners Circle Ball to Salute the Sisters on Their Centennial!

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ark your calendars: the Partners Circle Ball will be held on Thursday, October 30, at the Venetian in Garfield, NJ. The Ball is our primary fundraiser for the Salesian Sisters Education Fund to enable needy children from the inner cities to attend a quality Salesian School. By unanimous acclaim of the “Dames of Mary Help of Christians Academy” nominating committee, this year’s Ball will be dedicated to the Salesian Sisters in honor of their centennial of service. Please plan on attending! Ticket information should arrive in the mail soon; you can also call us toll-free: (877) OUR-NUNS, or locally (973) 904-0102. The Ball’s Ad Journal – always a keepsake of the evening – will have a special dimension this year as we invite you to dedicate a page (or pages or part of a page) to honor one or more of the following: • •

The Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco A Salesian Sister(s)

Ready to party: the graduates of St. Michael’s School in Paterson, NJ, June 1921. St. Michael’s was the first school staffed by the Salesian Sisters in the United States.

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A Salesian alumnus/class/school or parish A friend(s) of the Salesian Sisters Offer your personal story and/or “thank you” to the Salesian Sisters Please note: honorees may be living or deceased Whether or not you plan on attending the Ball, please consider being part of the Ad Journal. Prices start at $50 for a quarter-page ad, and there are special pages as well as sponsorship opportunities available. The deadline for the Ad Journal is Friday, October 3. Please call Veronica Barrios in the Development Office for more information: toll-free: (877) OUR-NUNS, or locally (973) 904-0102. You can also e-mail Veronica at v.barrios@salesiansisters.org with your favorite photo and/or a dedication message. Please consider joining us for this Centennial celebration and salute our dear Sisters who have touched so many lives over the past 100 years. Thank you! Singing for Ol’ Blue Eyes: Students of Saint Michael's School in Atlantic City, NJ, formerly staffed by the Salesian Sisters, sang “Happy Birthday” to Frank Sinatra and his wife, Barbara, at the Golden Nugget Casino in 1982.

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SALESIAN SISTERS’ PARTNERS CIRCLE Welcome New ‘08 Members in Red!

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Partners Circle “Members”: Annual gift of

$500

ARIZONA

MASSACHUSETTS

NEW YORK

Ms. Tonia Kempfer A Friend

Ms. Josephine Petrillo Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Reading

Mr. & Mrs. Jack Betwarda Mr. Vincent Cagnetta Mrs. Joseph Clair Mr. & Mrs. Charles Curcio Mr. & Mrs. Charles Curcio, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. James Dell’Orto Mr. Edward DeLuca Mr. Joseph Hill Mr. John Lombardi & Family Ms. Carol Martindale Ms. Elizabeth Nardone Mrs. Joan Oliver Mr. & Mrs. Angelo Roncallo Mr. & Mrs. Angelo Silveri Mr. & Mrs. John Weaver A Friend

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

CONNECTICUT Mr. Frank & Ms. Clara Merenda Mr. & Mrs. Robert Mosey Mr. Daniel Tomaselli A Friend Anonymous

FLORIDA Mr. & Mrs. Mark Anderson Mr. & Mrs. Bernardo F. Arenas Mr. & Mrs. Carlos Baldor, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Carlos Baldor, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Javier Baldor Bianco & Mansfield, P.A. Mr. James J. Burrowes Mrs. Yoli Buss Mrs. Trudy Carey Dr. & Mrs. Antonio Castro Colonial Bank of Florida Mr. & Mrs. Ted Couch Mr. & Mrs. J.C. De Lotto Dr. & Mrs. Emilio Echevarria Mr. & Mrs. Luis Garcia Dr. & Mrs. Reynaldo Geerken Mrs. Rose Graziano Dr. & Mrs. Jack Guggino Mrs. Elsa Gutierrez-Janulionis Mr. & Mrs. Mark S. Reynolds Mr. & Mrs. Philip Rinaldi Hon. Judge & Mrs. E.J. Salcines Mr. & Mrs. Mark Spada Mrs. Peggy Theis Mr. & Mrs. Ron Yates Mr. & Mrs. Rene Zarate Mr. Bob Zurek

NEW JERSEY Mr. & Mrs. Gary Baccaro Mr. & Mrs. Robert Boland Mr. & Mrs. Larry Condit Ms. Elizabeth Crovella Mr. & Mrs. Frank Davies Dr. & Mrs. Frank De Maria Ms. Debi Debiak Mr. & Mrs. Robert Fox Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Giamonco Captain & Mrs. Victor Goldberg Mrs. Theresa Gutto Mr. & Mrs. Chris Layton Mr. & Mrs. Charles Lechner Mr. & Mrs. Doug Leonard Mr. & Mrs. Michael Losurdo Ms. Laura Mannarino Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Marangi Mr. & Mrs. John Peragallo Jr. Mrs. Ann Petrocelli Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Piotrowski Mr. & Mrs. Cameron Reid Mrs. Amanda Rodriguez Mr. & Mrs. John Soldoveri Mr. Joseph Spinelli Mr. & Mrs. William Stuart TD Banknorth Deacon & Mrs. Asterio Velasco

NORTH CAROLINA Mr. & Mrs. Paul Liotard Mr. & Mrs. Chester Michewicz, Jr.

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

TEXAS Mr. & Mrs. Bill Locklier

VIRGINIA Mrs. Dominique Faust

WEST VIRGINIA Mr. Guy Bucci

GEORGIA Mr. & Mrs. Charles Fantauzza

ILLINOIS Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Olivieri

KENTUCKY Mr. & Mrs. Jack Danehy

MARYLAND Dr. & Mrs. Andrew Saladino

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A new level! Partners Circle “Visionaries” he Salesian Sisters and the Partners Circle are proud to announce a new membership level, “Visionaries,” with the inaugural gift of $25,000. The Visionary level has been established by a cherished friend and supporter of the Salesian Sisters in loving memory of her late husband.

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Partners Circle “Associates”

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

CALIFORNIA

Annual gift of $750

Geraldine & Joanne Rizzuto

FLORIDA

Mr. & Mrs. Peter Christiansen Ms. Mary Gaine Mr. & Mrs. David McAleer

Mr. & Mrs. Declan Mansfield

NEVADA Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Murray

NEW JERSEY Mr. Anthony B. Della Cerra

NEW YORK Mr. & Mrs. Bill Leahy

CONNECTICUT

FLORIDA Dr. Braulio Alonso Ms. Judith Cataldo/ The Handmaiden Foundation Ms. Caroljeanne Harkins Dr. & Mrs. Rod Jurado Mr. & Mrs. James W. Lee Dr. & Mrs. Hernan Leon Mr. & Mrs. H. Tyson Lykes, II Mr. & Mrs. Robert Mace, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. James Major Mr. & Mrs. Frank Middendorf Mr. & Mrs. John Oliva, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Gene Perez Hon. Judge & Mrs. A. Rodnite

GEORGIA Mr. & Mrs. Michael Aquadro

NEW JERSEY Mr. & Mrs. Richard Badenhausen Mrs. Rosemarie D’Alessandro Mr. Alfonso Daloisio

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Mr. Al De Vincenzo Mrs. Joseph Festa Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Granatell Mr. & Mrs. Donald Hofmann Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Laino Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Massood Mr. & Mrs. Brian McAuley Mrs. John McMahon Mr. & Mrs. Mario Monaco Mr. & Mrs. Jim Muller Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Palladino Mr. & Mrs. Jack Ramsey Weaver Marine Agencies

NEW YORK Dr. & Mrs. Michael Altamura Ms. Lea Battiato Mr. John Cassara Msgr. William T. Rodgers Mr. & Mrs. Matt Sabatine

NORTH CAROLINA Ms. Marianne O’Doherty

OHIO Mr. & Mrs. Albert Klaben, Sr.

PENNSYLVANIA Dr. Allyson & Mr. Kevin Hardy

TEXAS Ms. Theresa C. Rauber Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Wooldridge

he Partners Circle was founded in 1991 to provide unrestricted funds for urgent needs of the Salesian Sisters and their mission. These include support for capital needs, scholarship assistance, technology upgrades, and funds for those unforeseen situations that require immediate attention. Your donation to this unrestricted fund empowers the Salesian Sisters to continue their mission – the education and evangelization of today’s children. There are eight levels of membership, starting at $500, and these are listed on these three pages. Won’t you consider joining this dynamic group? Please call us today: (877) OUR-NUNS. Thank you!

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Joseph J. McAleer, Sr., Heritage Society Major Bequests to the Partners Circle CALIFORNIA

ILLINOIS

Richard Meissner, Meissner Manufacturing

Mr. & Mrs. Larry Peterson

Ms. Celeste Tripi

NEW YORK

INDIANA FLORIDA

Mrs. Beatrice Lightfoot

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

Tony Amato Family The Carini Family Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Hoffman Mr. Anthony Petrocelli

NEW JERSEY

Mrs. Pearl Kalikow

Partners Circle “Stewards” Annual gift of $10,000

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

NEW JERSEY CALIFORNIA

NEW JERSEY

Marcalus Family Foundation Robert R. Waitts Foundation

Ms. Doriana Sobek

Mr. & Mrs. Tony Chernalis Mr. & Mrs. Robert Harkins Mr. & Mrs. Bill McLaughlin Mr. & Mrs. Rodger Rohde Ms. Roberta Ruocco

The Sabatine Foundation, in memory of Philip & Josephine Sabatine

CONNECTICUT A Friend

NEW YORK

FLORIDA Dr. & Mrs. Nelson Castellano Mr. & Mrs. James Millar Mr. & Mrs. Lee Pallardy

TEXAS

TEXAS

Mrs. Betty Turner

Mr. & Mrs. Fritz Duda, Sr.

Partners Circle “Founders” Annual gift of $2,000 CONNECTICUT Mr. Michael Guarnieri Dr. Joseph McAleer

FLORIDA Mrs. Janis Boyd Mrs. Pilar Caso Mr. Ernest “Cookie” Garcia Dr. Idalia Lastra

MASSACHUSETTS Ms. Patti Gauthier

NEW JERSEY Mr. & Mrs. Marco Brizzolara Mr. & Mrs. John Connors

Mr. Anthony Gulino Ms. Ida Gulino Ms. Nancy Gulino Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Hoffman Mr. & Mrs. Edward Korn Mr. & Mrs. Michael Massood Mrs. Kathleen Medore Ms. Antonia Meola Mrs. Moira McBride Murphy Mr. Stephen Papetti Ms. Rose Perone Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Pfeifer Mr. & Mrs. Mark Swartzberg

NEW YORK Ms. Jordon Carroll

Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Scala, Jr.

PENNSYLVANIA A Friend

SOUTH CAROLINA Mr. & Mrs. Tom Aldinger


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Leave a Legacy for the Salesian Sisters We depend on you!

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hrough your offerings, you support the mission of the Salesian Sisters to young people – for the next 100 years! Special gift planning may include gifts of: •

Cash

Appreciated stocks, bonds, or mutual funds

Life insurance/ Retirement plans

Memorial or tribute gifts

Wills

Living trusts

Charitable remainder trusts

Named scholarships and endowments

Real estate

If you would like to leave a legacy, our legal title is Missionary Society of Salesian Sisters, Inc., and our federal tax ID # is 22-6043753 Required to Take an IRA Distribution? If you are over the age of 70 & 1/2 and you are required to take taxable distributions from a traditional or Roth IRA, you may be interested in a special opportunity for tax-free giving to the Salesian Sisters. Please check with us or your advisor for more information. For more information, please call: Sr. Mary Rinaldi, Director of Development: (877) OUR-NUNS Christina McAleer, Director of Advancement: (203) 921-9224 Salesian Sisters • 659 Belmont Avenue North Haledon, NJ 07508-2301

Salesian Sisters join Fr. Steve Schenck, SDB, for a prayer service at the Altar of Mary Help of Christians in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.

Sisters Journey to DC to Offer Thanks

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he Salesian Sisters’ Centennial Celebration took to the road on August 5 as Sisters and young women in initial formation boarded a bus to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. The pilgrimage was intended to give thanks for Mary’s presence during the first 100 years of the Sisters’ ministry here in the U.S., and to seek her intercession for the future of our Institute and Province. Fr. Steve Schenck, SDB, offered a private Mass and held a prayer service at the Altar of Mary Help of Christians. There they commissioned Sr. Phyllis Neves, FMA, Provincial, and Sr. Margaret Wilhelm, FMA, who will be participating in the 22nd General Chapter in Rome, Italy, this fall. This is an international meeting of the entire Institute that is convened every six years to review the life of the Institute and to project its path for the next six years. Recalling Mary’s prayerful waiting for the gift of the Spirit at Pentecost, the Sisters prayed that the Holy Spirit might guide the minds and hearts of all gathered. As each Sister boarded the bus to return home, she left the Shrine with the renewed conviction that, truly, it has been Mary who has always watched over the Sisters, their work, and the young people entrusted to them throughout these 100 years, and that it is Mary who will continue to guide us during the next 100 years. – Sr. Marisa De Rose, FMA

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s quoted in the last issue of Partners In Giving, “Tens of thousands of young people and their families have been the recipients of a gratuitous love shared in a family spirit.” Who would have thought that, after 15 years, we would be part of this love still?

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Dropping our son, Patrick, off as a camper at age 3 and now as a counselor at age 18, we still feel the love and caring you offer at Camp Auxilium. He was apprehensive even at 18 to be left at camp, but your compassion for children has given him the confidence needed for his future endeavors. He wants to be a teacher of some sort and this summer strengthened his desire to do so. He

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t’s moving time! Here’s a handy list to locate your Salesian Sister. Please write, fax, e-mail – we love to hear from you! Provincial Office 655 Belmont Ave. Haledon, NJ 07508 (973) 790-7963 Sr. Phyllis Neves, Provincial Superior Sr. Antoinette Cedrone, Provincial Secretary Sr. Suzanne Dauwalter, Provincial Treasurer St. Joseph Center 655 Belmont Ave. Haledon, NJ 07508 Tel. (973) 790-7966 Fax (973) 790-5054 Sr. Dora Adames Sr. Mary Arciga Sr. Lucy Balistrieri Sr. Gerard Barattino Sr. Mary Baroni Sr. Amelia Callegarin Sr. Lydia Carini Sr. Mary Ann Caspary

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N EWS FROM O UR M AILBAG realized he “can” go forward and go for his dreams. He enjoyed every day working with small children and children his own age (The getting up early wasn’t his favorite part, though!). We cannot thank you enough for all you have done for him through these years. You and all of the Sisters are dear to our hearts. We pray for you every day.

Sacramento, CA am so happy to renew my adoption of Sr. Clare Kennelly. Just knowing she is praying for me and my family has brought me a sense of peace this past year.

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I also ask for prayers for my grandchildren as they enter the new school year. Thank you.

Meg and Mike Milligan Sandyston, NJ

Sr. Antoinette Cedrone Sr. Esther Cruz Sr. Antonia Cvetko Sr. Virginia D'Alessandro Sr. Angela De Capua Sr. Suzanne Dauwalter Sr. Virginia Dickey Sr. Frances Gumino Sr. Christine Hellen Sr. Catherine Hurley Sr. Emilia Kassab Sr. Balbina Lopez Sr. Carmen Morales Sr. Phyllis Neves, Provincial Sr. Louise Passero Sr. Carmen Peña, Animator Sr. Mary Pellicione Sr. Claire Perinio Sr. Jeanette Puglisi Sr. Anna Ragogna Sr. Grace Ruiz Sr. Yamile Saieh Sr. Rose Segarini Sr. Felicia Tanzella Sr. Ines Valentin Sr. Mary Winterscheidt Sr. Patricia Winterscheidt Sr. Mildred Zanetti Sr. Mary Anne Zito

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lease let my adopted Salesian Sisters know that I am coming upon my one-year anniversary of being breast cancer-free. Having two Sisters praying for another year has given me peace of mind. Thank you.

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St. Anthony Convent 172 Washington Ave. Hawthorne, NJ 07506 Tel: (973) 304-1736 Sr. Loretta De Domenicis, Animator Sr. Marisa De Rose Sr. Arlene Rubino St. Mary Mazzarello Convent 225 Washington Ave. Hawthorne, NJ 07506 Tel. (973) 423-0012 Fax (973) 423-4432 fmasuahaw@aol.com Sr. Ramona Beltré Sr. Letizia Bocanegra Sr. Frances Da Grossa Sr. Judith Suprys Animator St. Theresa Convent 112-23rd St. Kenilworth, NJ 07033 Tel. (908) 276-5028 Fax (908) 709-1103 Sr. Emy De Filippi Sr. Monique Huart Sr. Theresa Samson, Animator

Immaculate Conception Convent 2605 Crestwood Rd. Marrero, LA 70072 (504) 347-4887 Sr. Susan Bagli Sr. Maria Colombo, Animator Sr. Michelle Geiger Sr. Lise Parent Blessed Laura Vicuña Convent 226 S.W. 20th Rd. Miami, FL 33129 Tel. (305) 857-9186 Fax (305) 857-9148 Sr. Fanny Florez Sr. Theresa Gutierrez Sr. Patricia Roche, Animator Auxilium Center 14 Old Swartswood Rd. Newton, NJ 07860 Tel. (973) 383-2621 Fax (973) 383-3214 Sr. Karen Dunn, Animator Sr. Mary Louise Mazzocco Sr. Mary Palladino

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received your letter yesterday thanking us again for adopting Sr. Claire Perino. However, it is I who should be thanking you, for she has added another dimension to my life; both as a friend and the way she lives her life.

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I was raised Episcopal in a small town near Buffalo, NY, and nearly everyone belonged to some Protestant sect. We had a few folks who were Catholic and what I knew from them is that nuns were very strict and there was no meat served on Friday! This was during the 1950s and 60s. I worked for a Jewish hospital in one of the outpatient psychiatric day programs. The patients sponsored

Sacred Heart Center 20 Old Swartswood Rd. Newton, NJ 07860 Tel. (973) 383-2620 Fax (973) 383-3083 shcenter@juno.com Sr. Nivia Arias, Retreat Director Sr. Colleen Clair Sr. Joanne Holloman, Animator & Directress of Novices Sr. Mary Bertha Paquin Sr. Eileen Tickner Sr. Margaret Wilhelm Mary Help of Christians Academy 659 Belmont Ave. N. Haledon, NJ 07508 Tel. (973) 790-6202 Fax (973) 790-6125 mhca@maryhelp.org Sr. Catherine Altamura, Animator Sr. Antoinette Cabrera Sr. Cecilia Besi Sr. Domenica Di Peri Sr. Rosalie Di Peri Sr. Anita Durocher Sr. Danielle Gonzalez

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N EWS FROM O UR M AILBAG fundraisers. One came to me and said she had read about this Adopt-a-Sister program and asked if half the money could go there. The administrator said no because the hospital was Jewish and the money could be donated to the Jewish Federation. The patients were disappointed, so I said I would adopt a nun for no other reason than the patients would be happy – and we would all be prayed for! With Sr. Claire, I got more bang for my buck than ever expected! She is a

Sr. Kim Keraitis, Principal Sr. Theresa Lee Sr. Marisol Guzman Sr. Catherine Novo Sr. Ana Palacios Sr. Mary Rinaldi Sr. Maryann Schaefer Sr. Teresita Teran St. Mary Convent 196 Wayne Ave. Paterson, NJ 07502 Tel. (973) 790-6918 Fax (973) 790-9451 Sr. Pauline Joss Sr. Theresa Kelly, Animator Sr. Liz Ryan Sr. Ruth Stecker

St. John Bosco Convent 325 South Navy Blvd. Pensacola, FL 32507 (850) 456-3046 Sr. Rufina Delgado Sr. Isabel Garza, Animator Sr. Betty Ann Martinez

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wonderful role model. I feel grateful to have Sr. Claire in my corner and count on her and the other Sisters as friends. My yearly donation may have helped build the retirement home but, more than that, it has helped make me a better person. Michele Shaw Tobyhanna, PA Wouldn’t you like to Adopt a Sister? It’s easy, and as you can see it can be the source of many, many blessings. For more information, visit our website, www.salesiansisters.org, or call us toll-free: (877) OUR-NUNS. Thank you, and God bless you!

Corpus Christi Convent 135 South Regent St. Port Chester, NY 10573 Tel. (914) 937-4405 Fax (914) 937-6904 Sr. Margaret Rose Buonaiuto Sr. Agatha Cosentino, Animator Sr. Ines Molano Sr. Elizabeth Russo Sr. Denise Sickinger St. Joseph Convent 2102 North Gomez Ave. Tampa, FL 33607 (813) 876-4522 stjosephtampa@ hotmail.com Sr. Rosemary Cordes Sr. Lou Ann Fantauzza, Animator Sr. Gloria Machado Villa Madonna Convent 315 W. Columbus Dr. Tampa, FL 33602 (813) 223-2209, ext. 393 Sr. Helene Godin, Animator Sr. Mary Jackson

Sr. Clare Kennelly Sr. Florine Lagace Sisters in other Centers (International) Sr. Lucy Roces Istituto Internazionale Maria Ausiliatrice Via Ateneo Salesiano, 81 00139 Roma, Italy (+39) 06-87-27-41 Sr. Carmela Termine Sr. Teresa Valse Pantellini Via Appia Nuova, 171 00163 Roma, Italy (+39) 06-70-61-33-33 Sr. Mary Terzo S. Biagio Casa di Preghiera 00028 Subiaco, Roma, Italy Tel/fax: (+39) 07-7484-856 Sr. Mary Arciga A. Lopez Mateos 180 Colonia Ejidal Norte Zamora, Michoacan, 5960 Mexico (+52) 35 15 15 14 16

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o you have a happy occasion you would like to share? The Salesian Sisters will celebrate with you for an entire month. Or is it a time to celebrate a less-than-happy occasion? Our prayer for 30 days will celebrate this event in your life. Have you someone to thank? All of us will help multiply this gratitude to that special person. Is there a special person or event to bring to the attention of your friends? Then please “Give Us This Special Day”! Any event 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 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 than the Word of God? Let this exchange of time be an example of our concern and love for one another. Enjoy the fall season with its colors and celebrations. Enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas knowing that you are special to us and our prayers rise daily for you and your dear ones. Thank you, and God bless you.

Sr. Gerard Barattino, celebrating 70 years as a Salesian Sister, is congratulated by Sr. Phyllis Neves, Provincial. Sr. Gerard is one of several Sisters who reside at the St. Joseph Provincial Center.

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Family Treasures And Then We Were Five We all know by now the story of the first four Salesian Sisters who arrived from Italy in 1908 to begin our 100 years of service in the United States. But what about the next Sister? Let’s imagine how she might tell her amazing story. . .

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was the fifth pioneer Sister at St. Michael’s in Paterson. My name is Sr. Beatrice Curtis, and this is the way it happened. The first four Salesian Sisters who came in 1908 were all Italian and spoke only Italian with a smattering of English at best. There was dire need for someone who spoke the language and could teach them. Here is where I enter. I was just a young Sister from the English Province, professed only two years. At the time, I was in Chertsey working among the boys, a difficult task, but I gladly welcomed the sacrifices and tried to be kind and give good example with the help of Jesus and Mary. Lo and behold, one day my Superiors asked me something totally unexpected. Would I agree to go to the United States, to the new mission among the Italian immigrants that our Congregation had just opened there? I was 22 years old. Well, I was floored! This was the last thing I would have dreamt of doing. But I could not say no to Jesus. I gathered my few belongings (and they were really evangelically few!) and, summoning up all my courage, boarded a ship bound for America. What a welcome I received when I came ashore! Those four pioneer Sisters were ecstatic and I felt truly humbled that they should deem a

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young, inexperienced Sister such a treasure. What sacrifices in those first years when we lacked everything, even sufficient food at times! But we were happy to embrace the hardships for the good of the children who soon thronged to our school. The Sisters were good students and applied themselves well to learning English.

many new vocations came to join us, even some that I had taught at St. Michael’s, like Sr. Veronica Milyo, Sr. Virginia D’Alessandro, and the mother of Sr. Theresa Kelly. What a joy to see my pupils become Sisters! In my last years, Jesus gifted me with a share in His suffering. I would lay awake all night sometimes, refusing medication to relieve the pain because I wanted to receive Holy Communion in the morning. At that time one had to fast from midnight on. But it was well worth it to have Jesus in my heart.

Just as I was really settling in, these intrepid Sisters spread their wings and a new house was opened in Atlantic City. Guess who was asked to go? Yep, yours truly! Off I was again to a new adventure among the little ones whom I Happily, until I was dearly loved. God had bedridden, I was able given me the gift of to get to the chapel for working well with morning prayers even kindergarteners and though I needed to get first graders. I might up at 5 a.m. to be even say that I became ready. Sometimes I Sr. Beatrice Curtis, FMA an expert at it and I was on time and I (1886-1973) joyfully shared my would tell Jesus, expertise with other young Sisters as “Thank You! I made it!” At other they came along. times I would be late, and so I would apologize to Jesus, “I’m sorry, Sweet Of course, as a Salesian Sister, I had Jesus, I’m late!” many other tasks, and cleaning was one of them. At some point I was I want you all to know that the Sisters nicknamed, “the Sister with a dust were always very gracious and kind to mop in her hands.” I always felt loved me. Knowing my desire to be “up and, as I aged, I received another on things,” they would write out nickname, “Grandma.” Those young the subject of conversations, or Sisters seemed overworked at times summaries of conferences, or and I would encourage them to rest sermons for me. I would tell them, and to work for God alone. I guess I “God bless you! God love you! Our did feel “grandmotherly” but I loved Sweet Mother Mary smile on you!” them all so much. It was my only way to repay them for their thoughtfulness. The years flew by. The work in the U.S. and Canada flourished and – Sr. Mary Terzo, FMA

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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 supports the works of the Salesian Sisters & joins your loved ones to the prayers & works of the Sisters. 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: __$20

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r. Mary Carone entered the Kingdom of Heaven on July 25, 2008, at the age of 94. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Sr. Mary was the oldest of the seven children born to Anthony and Theresa (Lionello) Carone. “My childhood was a peaceful and happy one, lived in the warm atmosphere of a loving family,” Sr. Mary recalled. Since Mary was the eldest, she helped her mother in the home, and also her father in the grocery store. She matured quickly and became responsible in many ways. Sr. Mary loved the Blessed Mother from early childhood and it was this devotion that carried her through the challenging times. She was an active member of the Children of Mary Solidarity in the parish. The Children of Mary visited special shrines of Our Lady or religious orders dedicated to the Blessed Mother. Once, the group visited North Haledon, NJ, where the Salesian Sisters were located. Mary felt that she had indeed come home. She entered the Salesian Sisters’ community in 1938 and made her religious profession in 1940. She worked not only in schools but also with the young women studying to become Salesian Sisters. She was truly a mother for the young candidates and postulants and was always ready to listen. She was firm but kind and one could be sure that she would “forgive” any mischievous acts done by the young people. Asked how she viewed her life, Sr. Mary said, “I have never regretted one moment of my religious life. I have always been happy in my vocation. It is in prayer that I express my deep gratitude to the Lord, to Our Lady Help of Christians, and to all those Sisters with whom I have shared my life. I thank all for the graces, love, and attention lavished on me.” In 1991, because of her delicate health, Sr. Mary came to the St. Joseph Provincial Center in Haledon. She was always joyful and had an encouraging word to all who came to visit her. It was a delight to see her so serene and joyful. We will miss Sr. Mary, but we are certain that the good Lord will reward her for a life filled with good works.

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Memorials Received between July 12 and September 9, 2008 Fr. Paul Avallone, SDB Mr. & Mrs. John Sarcone

Fr. Joseph C. Linck Dr. Joseph McAleer

Joseph Brillante Mrs. Dolores Brillante

Fr. Joseph Ryan Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Quinn

Mary G. Bucci Mr. Guy Bucci

Juanita Salcines Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Antinori Mr. & Mrs. James Arnold Joyce Boyette & Robert E. Walker Norma Y. Boza- Keesler Law Offices of Buell & Elligett Ronald K. Cacciatore Mr. & Mrs. Jose Caldevilla Judge & Mrs. Monterey Campbell Mr. & Mrs. Simon Canasi Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Capitano Warren M. Cason Adalia Chirin Jeanne L. Coleman Mr. & Mrs. E. M. Contreras Virginia M. Covington Mary A. Cuellar Mr. & Mrs. Paul Danahy, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Alfonso A Dato V. Deane & A. DeFillipo Mr. & Mrs. L. David De La Parte Mr. and Mrs. Louis De La Parte Mr. & Mrs. Alfonso Diecidue Marilyn Downing Mr. & Mrs. Nathan Davis Domingo Diaz III Mr. & Mrs. Rodolfo Eichberg Echezabal & Associated, Inc. Kathleen G. Essrig Mr. & Mrs. Alvaro Fernandez Mr. & Mrs. E.M. Fernandez Mr. & Mrs. Eric Fernandez Josephina Fernandez Mr. & Mrs. Frank Frisco Mr. & Mrs. Alfonso Garcia Vincent D. Muto Gumersindo Garcia Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Garcia

Sr. Mary Carone, FMA Mr. Mark Fedeli & Cathy Cantasano Mrs. Josephine Pellegrini Peter Cuccoro Mr. & Mrs. Robert McCarthy Achilles P. DeVita Mrs. Anne Tamaroglio George & Baby Dubiock Mrs. Grace Dubiock Cecilia Faranetta Mrs. Jude Kehoe Patricia Harper Mr. & Mrs. Frank Davies Steven Ierubino on his 31st Anniversary Mr. & Mrs. Alex Ierubino Alfred Lalli Dr. & Mrs. Vincent J. Bagli

Tributes Received between July 12 and September 9, 2008 Sr. Frances Gumino, FMA Mr. & Mrs. Patsy Pagliaro Mrs. Carmela Seminerio Beverly Rohde Mr. & Mrs. Jack Usdin

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Mr. & Mrs. Modesto Garcia Mr. & Mrs. Constantino Gonzalez Josephine Gonzalez Mr. & Mrs. Louis Gonzalez Margarita Gonzalez Mr. & Mrs. Gilbert Fernandez Tena P. Fernandez Gilberto J. Hernandez Hill Ward Henderson, Attorneys at Law Levine, Hirsch, Segall, Mackenzie, & Friedsam, P.A. Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth M. Johns, III Kinney, & Fernandez & Boire, P.A. Mr. & Mrs. Fred Wesley Jones Mr. & Mrs. James William Jones Mr. & Mrs. Rod Jurado Mary Sanchez & Sharon Korte Mr. & Mrs. James Larussa Ralph Lavandera – Lavandera Electric Co. Sylvia Lavandera Mary Ann Lewis Mr. & Mrs. J. F. Lima Mr. & Mrs. Robert Lluis Mr. & Mrs. Phil Lo Cicero Mr. & Mrs. Walter Lopez Mr. & Mrs. Marcelo Maseda Maria Martinez Mr. & Mrs. Gerald McGinty, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Manuel Menendez, Jr. William T. Morgan, III Violeta S. MurgadoLombardia Mr. & Mrs. Charles Otero Mr. & Mrs. Jack Parrino Partners Circle Board of Trustees Mr. & Mrs. David Potter Mr. & Mrs. Evelio Prieto Mr. & Mrs. Fernando Quintanilla Angel & John Ranon

Mr, & Mrs. John Ranon Mr. & Mrs. Jisleno Rodriguez Aida Rowell Mr. & Mrs. James Russo Salesian Sisters Mr. & Mrs. Felix Sanchez Mary Sanchez Second District Court of Appeals for the State of Florida Ernest C. Segundo, Sr. S. & M. Siegel Nick J. Sinardi Mr. & Mrs. Dick Stowers Scott A Sutton Tampa Sweethearts, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. J. Thomas Touchton Mr. & Mrs. Anselmo Torrens Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Valdez Vigo Importing Mr. & Mrs. Jose Vila William F. Poe Foundation Bill Sciscente Mrs. Rose Ann Sciscente Annette Tolomeo Mr. & Mrs. Frank Davies Dr. V. Eugene Vivian Dr. & Mrs. Vincent J. Bagli ou may now adopt a Sister to pray for your deceased family member or friend for one year. It is a onetime gift; suggested donation is $160. Adoption forms are posted online at: www.salesiansisters.org, or please call toll-free (877) OUR-NUNS.

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Our Journey with the Pope, Down Under

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orld Youth Day – some refer to it as the “Catholic Woodstock.” If you get yourself caught up in the singing, dancing and general cheer of the event, I might just agree with them. But no – World Youth Day is truly a gathering of Catholic youth from around the world who believe in what they say they do and don’t mind letting the rest of the world know it. It’s a time of renewal – renewal in the hope the youth hold for us. Yes, World Youth Day assures us that there is hope in the youth of the world and that the Holy Spirit is still at work in us. To participate in a World Youth Day event is not simply five days of activities, but rather a journey, which for most begins almost a year or two before the actual event.

On July 15 we are present at the opening Mass, celebrated by Cardinal Pell. So many flags from many nations and about 250,000 young people from around the world have gathered at Barangaroo (Darling Harbour). July 16-18 finds us at our catechetical site, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Sefton, and animating some 300 pilgrims through music and liturgy. What an opportunity to give back what we have so generously received over the years! We met three visiting bishops and had the opportunity to talk to them up close and personal. On July 17, we finally welcome Pope Benedict XVI. Most of our group see the Holy Father go right past in the popemobile. Sr. Maryann Schaefer? She’s on a boat, part of the welcoming flotilla for the Holy Father! Just another “Catholic Woodstock”? By no means. To quote two of our participants:

For our group, these events were in the form of sharing, Mary Help of Christians Academy students were commissioned as Eucharistic Adoration, pilgrims to attend World Youth Day 2008 in Australia during Mass prayers, and the reflective “After seeing Pope Benedict, at St. Joseph’s Chapel. Pilgrim crosses were given to all. reading of “ePilgrimages” I went to Eucharistic sent to us from the Australian committee. Adoration at the Opera House with some of our group. I attend Adoration every Wednesday night, so I knew what A commissioning Mass was held for our pilgrims on July to expect, but when I walked in the room, something 9 at St. Joseph’s Chapel at Mary Help of Christians changed inside of me. I knew right then and there I was Academy. Sr. Phyllis Neves, our Provincial, gave out filled with the Spirit and Christ was definitely with me.” pilgrim crosses to all participants. “During catechesis, the bishop mentioned that WE are The journey towards Sydney began on July 11 at 3:30 the evidence of the Resurrection – how powerful is that a.m. Finding our way to JFK Airport, we boarded an Air statement? World Youth Day did inspire me to try harder Canada flight to Vancouver, then on to Australia. Two to be that witness – in whatever way I can – because I am days later, on the morning of July 13, we caught a evidence! I made a connection that if I live (or lead) by glimpse of Australia outside our airplane windows. example, I can be a witness for the Light. I hope that I can keep these words alive and keep following the Light!” On touchdown, the cabin is sprayed for any type of insect that might have gotten on board and then passengers Amen! And now the journey begins to the next World disembark for customs. Once through customs, our tour Youth Day in Madrid, Spain, in 2011! guide from Harvest Tours greets us and gets us to a waiting bus for our visit to Sydney. – Sr. Maryann Schaefer, FMA

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Above, excitement builds at JFK Airport as students and Sr. Maryann Schaefer wait for the LONG flight to Australia! Above, right: Mary Help of Christians Academy pilgrims Michelle Rosolie, Amanda Castellvi, and Tonya Schneider on the bus! Right, our first glimpse of the pope as his boat enters Sydney Harbor. Below, on the closing day, our Salesian group prepares to spend the evening vigil at Randwick Race Track, in anticipation of Pope Benedict’s farewell Mass. More than 500,000 people were in attendance!

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Salesian Youth Report VILLA MADONNA SCHOOL,TAMPA, FL – Synchronized diving has arrived! Each classroom teacher at Villa Madonna School nominated a student who dove into the 2008-2009 school year with enthusiasm, concentration, and focus. The youngsters received their very own Olympic gold medals from Sr. Helene Godin, Principal, and Mrs. Martaluz Pozo, Assistant Principal. There were no false starts at Villa Madonna School, which opened its doors on August 14 – only synchronized learning!

ST. MARY SCHOOL, PATERSON, NJ – Recently members of the Class of 1958 gathered for their 50th reunion. A visit to the school (below) was conducted by Sr. Liz Ryan, current principal, and teacher Sr. Pauline Joss. “It was absolutely wonderful seeing everyone this past weekend,” writes Ed, an alumnus. “Fifteen of us went through the school for the first time in 50 years. The high school now houses Pre-K and some lower grades. The outside of the school looks the same as it did in 1958. Much of the inside of the school remains the same (However I could not find where I carved out “Eddie loves Trudy”!). The Salesian Sisters gave us a first-class tour and genuinely enjoyed our company. At times they appeared to be

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having a better time than we were! “The school serves 258 students and most, if not all, come from low-income families. The families are charged a tuition which many cannot afford. Sr. Liz has established a scholarship fund to help families defray the cost of the tuition. The Reunion Committee has a surplus of $200, which will be donated to the scholarship fund.” Thank you, Class of 1958! If you, too, would like to make a donation, make the check payable to “St. Mary’s Scholarship Fund” and send to: St. Mary’s Elementary School Attn: Sr. Liz Ryan 95 Sherman Ave. Paterson, NJ 07502

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Two New Ways to Help Our Students he Student Sponsorship Program at Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, NJ, is a lifeline for our students in this time of financial uncertainty. Currently, we have sponsors for 91 students for this new school year. Only 17 more to go!

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(973) 904-0102. As we wait to hear from you, we assure you of our gratitude expressed in prayer. n Tampa, FL, Villa Madonna School is proud to announce the establishment of a scholarship in honor of Josephine “Josie” Campo. Her daughter, Diana Ekonomou, has set up a matching fund which will assist twice as many children at her much-loved Villa Madonna School.

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The Josephine Campo Scholarship Fund is timely as the Salesian Sisters must provide Villa Madonna with over $200,000 each year to admit children from the Salesian Youth Center as well as assist families in need. We invite you, in these tough times, to become an angel for education and sponsor a child. Please call us today: toll-free (877) OUR NUNS, or locally (813) 205-3195. God bless you!

ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST SCHOOL, PENSACOLA, FL – Just two weeks before the Salesian Sisters celebrated their 100-year anniversary on July 16, three Sisters officially became a part of a new school in the Florida Panhandle. Above, Sr. Isabel Garza, principal, Sr. Rufina Delgado, and Sr. Betty Ann Martinez join Fr. Joseph Callipare, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish, and Mary Anne Davis and the school’s kindergarten class for a welcoming photo. “We’re here because of the faith and persistence Fr. Joe had and the prayers of the parishioners,” says Sr. Isabel. “It was the plan of God.” Adds Fr. Callipare, “We rejoice that the Provincial Council and the Mother General of the Salesian Photo © 2008, Florida Catholic. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission. Sisters saw fit to the establish this new foundation.”

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hanks to our generous friends, thousands of inner-city kids attended a Salesian Camp this summer and had a safe, wholesome, learning, and fun experience. As these thank you letters attest, the children had a blast! Our Salesian Camps included Camp Auxilium in Newton, NJ; Camp Mary Help of Christians in North Haledon, NJ; Immaculata-La Salle High School/Escuelita Maya in Miami, FL; the Salesian Youth Center in Tampa, FL; and Immaculate Conception School in Marrero, LA. See you next summer!

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Back to School, But Help Is Always Needed ould there be a better gift than providing a quality, faith-filled, Salesian School education for a child? You can make it happen this new school year by supporting one of our Endowed Scholarship Funds! Please check one (or more), fill in the details below, and mail this page with your donation in the enclosed envelope. God bless you!

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New: The Josephine Campo Scholarship Fund, est. by her daughter, Diana, to aid Villa Madonna School students, Tampa, FL.

__ Yes! I want to help! The Sr. Wilma Sanchez Scholarship Fund, est. by her brother, Arsenio Sanchez, benefits students of St. Joseph’s School in Tampa, FL.

__ Yes! I want to help! The Corrado Scholarship Fund, est. by the children, to aid a freshman at Mary Help of Christians Academy.

__ Yes! I want to help! The Rose La Malva Scholarship Fund, est. by her children, gives financial aid to freshmen at Mary Help of Christians Academy.

__ Yes! I want to help! The Robert R. Waitts Scholarship, est. by his wife, Maggie, for students at Villa Madonna School and at Mary Help.

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The Joan Cullinan Scholarship Fund, est. by her husband & friends, memorializes the beauty & spirit of a September 11 victim.

__ Yes! I want to help! The Clair/Militello Scholarship Fund, est. by the Clairs, in honor of their parents, & by Fr. Benedict Militello, for Mary Help.

__ Yes! I want to help! The Frances Evelyn Grandoff Endowment, est. by her daughter, Betty, aids students with high academic potential.

__ Yes! I want to help! The Hope M. McAleer Scholarship Fund, est. by her family, will enable young women to attend Mary Help of Christians Academy.

__ Yes! I want to help! The Joseph J. McAleer Vocations Fund, named for the Partners Circle founder, est. by his family, will foster Salesian vocations.

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New: The Dr. Leigh Grieco Cascarilla Scholarship, est. in her memory by friends so young women can pursue higher education.

__ Yes! I want to help! The Ana Maria Auxilium Award, est. by the Baldor family, to benefit students at Villa Madonna School and at Mary Help.

__ Yes! I want to help! The Mary Santa Cruz Trout Endowment, est. by her family, was the first fund to aid students at Villa Madonna School in Tampa, FL.

__ Yes! I want to help! The Rev. August P. Bosio Scholarship Fund, est. to honor this Salesian priest by his friend, benefits Mary Help students.

__ Yes! I want to help! The Dolores & Victor De Lucia Scholarship, for students at Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, NJ.

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his summer, the “La Salle Fun Days by the Bay” summer camp was brought back to life in Miami, FL. For two summers, hurricane repairs and lack of usable space prevented us from opening camp. Thanks to our generous donors, we were able to reopen our doors to more than 100 youngsters, including these who challenged Sr. Teresa Gutierrez to a rousing game of UNO. Thank you, Immaculata-La Salle staff, alumni, students, and other area teachers who gave our campers a safe, fun summer!

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