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Sr. Karen Dunn, Provincial Superior, joins the young women presently in formation to become Salesian Sisters: (standing, left-right) Julie Watts, Candidate, Macon, MO; Stephanie Donham, Postulant, Kokomo, IN; Sr. Sydney Moss, Novice, Tempe, AZ; Christina Chong, Candidate, Livingston, NJ; Lillian Foxx, Candidate, Chicago, IL; Sr. Merissa Loucks, Novice, Villa Park, IL; Marianne Cline, Candidate, Jefferson City, MO; Laura Boden, Candidate, Plover, WI; Myriame Meus, Candidate, Artibonite, Haiti; Ana Ramos, Postulant, Mt. Vernon, NY; Megan Zeugner, Postulant, Bartlett, IL; (kneeling, l-r) Novices Sr. Alaina Zachmann, Austin, TX; Sr. Joo Yun Park, Long Island, NY; Sr. Elfie Del Rosario, Union, NJ; and Sr. Jen Kane, Corning, NY. Photos by Lorraine Corsale

Dear Friends,

Sr. Mary Rinaldi’s Letter

This issue of Partners in Giving showcases the future of our Province and its mission to the young. The 15 young women on the cover and above have completed a year or two in their formation to follow Jesus in the Salesian way of life. In September, six more will join as Candidates. Our blessings abound!

Recently, on a flight from Ft. Myers, FL to Newark, NJ, I sat next to a lady in seat 21E. Politely she wanted to know what I was about. We talked about the Salesian mission to the young as I explained that I was on a fundraising venture. She responded, “It must be nice to visit rich people and ask for money.” I smiled gently and told her, “It’s not the rich who give, but, in my experience, it is people with faith who give!” The various coupons in this issue are meant as an

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opportunity for you and your family and friends to be part of our great God-given mission. Summer is racing to a close, as are our Salesian Summer Camp programs. The Sisters report a season like none other: We made our $50,000 match, and each camp reported that they were filled to capacity each week. Thank you one and all who made a child’s summer safe and a lot of fun. Enjoy all the happy photos on pages 16-17. It is always due to you, our “faithful friends” and our “friends with faith,” who give. In the name of our Sisters, thank you. Peace,

P.S. The traveler in seat 21E sent a check for $500.

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Please Help Our Future Salesian Sisters!


ere’s the Good News: In today’s cluttered, noisy and busy world, young women are hearing God’s call and responding to it generously! We are witnessing enthusiasm and joy as our Candidates (step 1), Postulants (step 2), and Novices (step 3) travel their formation journeys to become Salesian Sisters! Truly, the smiles on these 15 young ladies in our cover photo and at left speak volumes! They are among the 24 young women presently in religious formation, ensuring a bright future for our Order and its mission, especially in the education of children.

women in their four years of preparation. Our expenses – $18,000 per year per person, covering tuition, room and board, and insurance – are great, but the rewards are much greater!

Financial hardship must NOT stand in the way of their call! Please help us. Your gift for the new “Bride of Christ” is much needed. It costs $18,000 In turn, these young women keep you in prayer, especially during early morning per candidate per year Holy Mass.

for four years to cover tuition, room and board, and insurance.

“The enthusiasm of these young women reminds us that God is very much alive in our world and that young people still carry dreams and generous hearts,” says Sr. Karen Dunn, Provincial Superior. “God calls and they are ready to give Him their all. The Church has a strong future and St. John Bosco’s face remains in it!”

“The finest young women the Church has to offer are feeling and answering this deep call from Christ,” says Sr. Colleen Clair, Vocations Director. God has blessed our Salesian community in so many ways – holy founders who are now Saints, a unified presence throughout the world and the largest religious order in the Church. We want to continue that, but we need your help!”

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

Won’t you send in a gift today, using the coupon below? Thank you, and God bless you!

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Congratulations, Sisters,

on your blessed Jubilees!


n Sunday, July 8, the Salesian Sisters gathered with family, friends, and Adopters to celebrate the jubilees of six Sisters. Their stories are on the following 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! We sound the trumpet for Sr. Claire Perino’s 65 years; Sr. Jeanette Puglisi’s 65 years; Sr. Mary Palladino’s 60 years; Sr. Anita Durocher’s 50 years; Sr. Helene Godin’s 40 years; and Sr. Eileen Tickner’s 25 years. Their fidelity adds up to 305 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 Palladino (right) enjoys the celebration with Sr. Livia Setti.

– Sr. Mary Terzo, FMA

Who wants cake? Following the Anniversary Mass, the Jubilarians with their families gathered at the Tides in North Haledon, NJ, for a lunch reception. Six classmates of the jubilarians serving in Australia, Canada, and Texas returned to our Eastern Province to join in the day’s festivities. Congratulations, all! Photos by Lorraine Corsale

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Sr. Claire Perino, FMA

Sr. Jeanette Puglisi, FMA

Sr. Mary Palladino, FMA

65th Anniversary

65th Anniversary

60th Anniversary


r. Claire says, “In my life, I owe everything to the protection of Our Lady. Before I was born, my mother consecrated me to the Blessed Mother. This was done because my mother’s only sister died at childbirth.” Thus sums up her 65 years of religious life as a Daughter of Mary Help of Christians. Born in Italy, Claire was an only child for 11 years, until her sister was born. Then she felt free to answer the insistent call of Our Lord to follow Him more closely. She was drawn to the Salesian Sisters from an early age, having frequented the Oratory at Turin, where her grandparents had known St. John Bosco. Although her father was reluctant, on her 18th birthday he promised Claire he would give her whatever she wanted. She asked to leave home and join the Salesian Sisters. Her mother whispered to her, “I knew that Our Blessed Mother would take you for herself.” Sr. Claire went to Mexico, then the U.S., serving in California, New Jersey, and New York. She continues to serve the Lord through her ministry of attending to the spiritual needs of her many prayer partners and friends through her letter writing and telephone conversations. With her smile and caring heart, Sr. Claire is a treasure for everyone who meets her.

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r. Jeanette recalls, “It was 1932 when my father brought his family from the beautiful island of Sicily to settle in Paterson, NJ. The Great Depression was at its height, and my mother and father had a difficult time raising their five children, but they trusted in Divine Providence and went ahead.” Thus began Sr. Jeanette’s life at St. Anthony’s Salesian Parish where she came to know Jesus and fell deeply in love with Him and Our Lady. Right from her First Communion she knew she wanted to reciprocate Jesus’ love for her. As she grew into a teenager, her parents did not want her to “hang around those nuns,” the Salesian Sisters who taught at the school. Although her parents objected, her mother finally relented and brought her to North Haledon on the feast of the Presentation. She regards her life as a Salesian Sister as “truly blessed with joy, peace, and happiness. I enjoyed my work with young people and found fulfillment in my mission with them and with the Sisters, sharing joys and sorrows in my Salesian communities.” Sr. Jeanette is always with a smile on her lips and words of warm welcome for everyone she meets. Her life is a blessing to our Province, for which we are ever grateful.


r. Mary was born in Vaccheria D’Alba, Italy in 1932 and lived on a farm. She remembers vividly her First Communion when she had a glimpse of her vocation, as she touched the silk belt around her waist and whispered, “Dear Jesus, I want to bind myself to You forever!” However, World War II interrupted her dream to be a teacher, helping young people to learn about God and Our Lady. Her older brother was drafted into the army and ended up in a concentration camp. Her younger brothers were taken captive and had to serve in the Nazi S.S. Army. Sr. Mary herself faced death twice because she would not reveal her brothers’ hiding place. Finally in 1945, the family was reunited and, in 1948, Sr. Mary was able to leave home and join the Salesian Sisters in Nizza, Italy. The attachment to her family was very strong, but stronger still was Jesus’ call to come follow Him as a Salesian Sister. Sr. Mary tells us, “I look back on my years of religious life with tremendous thanks to God and to so many who have been my special friends and helpers over the years. I can only say God has never given up on me. I am grateful to all who walked with me on the journey. Forever I will sing the greatness of the Lord!”

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Congratulations, Sisters,

on your blessed Jubilees!

Sr. Anita Durocher, FMA

Sr. Helene Godin, FMA

Sr. Eileen Tickner, FMA

50th Anniversary

40th Anniversary

25th Anniversary


r. Anita was born in Saint Severin, Quebec, the 14th of 16 children. In her home, the Family Rosary was prayed daily and all participated. Her mother had great devotion to Our Lady and she obtained a cure from her for her little Anita who had eczema when she was four years old. It was by chance that she came to know of the Salesian Sisters through a visit from her cousin, a Salesian Priest. He was really on his way to another family member’s home. The rest is history. Sr. Mary entered in Pointe Verte, Canada, coming to New Jersey for her Novitiate. Sr. Anita’s life was spent ministering to her Sisters, attending to household chores, cooking, and the laundry. “I enjoy being with the Sisters, ministering to them ‘behind the scenes’ as they minister directly to the children and young people,” Sr. Anita says. “I sense the presence of Mary in my life very intensely, especially during times of trial, difficulty, and doubt. Mary has always seen me through!”

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r. Helene was born in Canada into a family of seven girls and one boy. Love abounded from their parents and each other. Their home was full of creativity, experiences, kindness, and every form of communication. Sr. Helene was invited to go on a retreat at Pointe Verte, 500 miles from her home. Her sister, Diane, was already there preparing to be a Salesian Sister. Helene could go there and visit her sister while finding out more about the Sisters. She ended up remaining there for high school and completing her initial formation for becoming a Salesian Sister. In her life ministering to young people, Sr. Helene brings the wealth of her personal and spiritual formation, her gentle but firm leadership, her readiness to help others, and her spirited wit that so readily creates a joyful climate. When asked her uppermost sentiment as she gazes over the forty years of her religious life, Sr. Helene readily answers, “Gratitude!”

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r. Eileen was born in Rochester, NY, often voted “the friendliest town in America.” She was raised in a home of love, happiness, and service to others as her parents were always involved in organizations that reached out to others in need. With her three older brothers, she was taught fairness, loyalty, and trust. The family traveled extensively throughout America and Europe. Eileen’s attendance at Christendom College taught her the great and simple “whys” of our Catholic Faith, and the seed of her religious vocation was planted and began to blossom there. She began her formation program with the Salesian Sisters at 22 years of age. During her years as a professed Sister, Sr. Eileen has taught various grade levels from high school to first grade. “Ease of accomplishing duty was a gift the good Lord did not deem to grant me,” Sr. Eileen states. “Instead, He gave me a deep abiding love and a compassionate heart for all people – gifts which have served me well as a Salesian Sister!”

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Making Headlines Around the Province


t. Joseph’s Provincial House in Haledon, NJ, played host to the English Language Translation Group’s annual meeting, June 22-July 25. This scholarly group of Salesian Sisters from around the world assembled to translate from Italian into English the second volume of Pathways in History: The Development of the FMA Institute (1943-1957). This text covers the difficult years of the Salesian Sisters during World War II; the expansion of the Institute, especially in Asia; the visits of Mother Linda Lucotti to South America and to parts of Europe that suffered most during the war; and the trials of our Sisters under

the Communist regimes of Eastern Europe and China. The book should prove of great interest to all those Sisters who wish to know more of the story of our worldwide Institute of Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. This work was a real experience of the international nature of our Institute! Members of the English Translation Group included Sr. Florita Dimayuga (Philippines), Sr. Maire O’Byrne (Ireland), Sr. Lily Perumpettikunnel (India), Sr. Louise Passero (U.S.A.), Sr. Pat Devine (Great Britain), and Sr. Ednamary Macdonald (Australia).


taste of the Wild West came to St. Joseph’s Provincial House, thanks to those rootin’ tootin’ cowboys and ‘girls, Pat and John Connors and Terry and Joe Laudone. They transformed the premises into a real barn, with cacti and buffalo skeletons, as the dining room became the “Wild West Chow Down.” Some of our Sisters were “Wanted” (left), with aliases like Karen the ‘Kid’der, Pauline the Prankster, Mischievous Mildred, Squeaky Clean Suzanne, AngelFace Anna, and Fun-loving Frances. Clearly, the Sisters’ “Retirement Center” is never very retiring, but full of fun, with a little encouragement from good friends!


here was a veritable “Treasure Trove” at Mary Help of Christians Academy on July 25, filled with vintage and unique items donated to the Salesian Sisters over the years. With limited space to hold all these amazing pieces, the Sisters decided to hold a special sale, with proceeds benefitting the Salesian Sisters’ Summer Camps. Anita Moreano-Zale, an alumna of Mary Help, volunteered her time and knowledge of antiquities and appraised many of the items, including Murano glass, Otagiri and Tiffany vases, vintage paintings, costume and antique jewelry, and even a wedding gown and veil from 1945. The Treasure Trove raised $3,500. Thank you, all!

News from Adopters Like You!


on’t you consider Adopting a Sister? Join our friends of all faiths who have experienced the transforming power of prayer and loving friendship 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 intentions will be remembered each day by your spiritual prayer partner. Please complete the form below, or to learn more, visit us online at www. or call us toll-free: (877) OUR-NUNS. Thank you, and God bless you!

Above, Ana Maria Hunt of Orlando, FL and Isabel Pita of Tampa, FL visit their Adopted Sister, Sr. Helene Godin. At left, Steve and Debra Quesinberry of Richmond, VA, with their Adopted Sister, Sr. Frances Gumino.

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

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

Dorothy Thomas Foundation

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

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

New York

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New Jersey Tony Amato Family

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

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

New Jersey Marcalus Family Foundation

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New York The Sabatine Foundation, in memory of

Philip & Josephine Sabatine

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

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

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


A Friend

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Partners Circle “Friends”

Marianne O’Doherty

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

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

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California Geraldine & Joanne Rizzuto

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

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

Georgia Mr. Robert Reiter

Pennsylvania Mr. & Mrs. Vincent DeBow

Massachusetts Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Clair

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pennsylvania A Friend

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

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

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

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Illinois Joseph & Adelaide Olivieri

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

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

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

Ohio Mr. & Mrs. Dan Clair

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

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

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

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

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Texas Mr. & Mrs. Bill Locklier

Virginia Mrs. Dominique Faust Mr. Michael Maurer

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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

When members of the Salesian Kids Club of St. Anthony School in Hawthorne, NJ, visited the elderly Sisters at St. Joseph Provincial Center, they dressed up in Salesian finery, to the delight of all!

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 love for one another. Thank you.

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



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The Wallet Sr. Karen Dunn’s Letter


ow many times have you walked away from a newscast feeling lighthearted? In a 20-minute segment, there is plenty in the news to alarm us, and plenty to deepen a fear that our values as a people are being sucked away from us, and that our kids are lost. It can be downright disturbing. So we may walk away inwardly wringing our hands or virtually covering our ears and eyes in disconnect.

Slowly, a hand went up. A young boy made his way through the group toward Don Bosco to claim the wallet. Later on, a gentle conversation took place where a father and son renewed their trust in each other.

How can we engage in our world without being taken down by it?

Besides capturing that unique style of relating to the young so dear to the heart of a Salesian Educator, the story of the lost wallet also speaks of the Salesian way of responding to people and to the reality in which we are daily immersed. One wallet. Two items: one incriminating; the other laudable. Don Bosco responded to the laudable one.

During the mid 1800’s, St. John Bosco had numerous places where boys might find a home. Many came into the industrializing cities without their families in search of factory or masonry work. The kids who were found by Don Bosco enjoyed safety, security, friendship, family, and faith One wallet. Two items: in his houses. Some boys went out to work; others spent the day with one incriminating; Don Bosco in school, learning the the other laudable. 3R’s, their faith, and a trade to make them employable. At night, there was Don Bosco responded warmth, loud and hard-played games, to the laudable one. a meal, prayers, and a bed to sleep in. And, as in any home, there were some ground rules. One such rule was against pocket money. With several hundred boys under one roof, money could quickly open doors to temptations that would destroy the air of family, serenity, honesty, and trust. One day, a wallet was found outside one of the dormitories. Whatever the 1850 Italian poor boy’s version of a wallet might have looked like, this one contained money. Whose was it? Which of Don Bosco’s boys broke the rule? At the traditional “Good Night” – Don Bosco’s beloved custom of giving an inspirational word of faith to the kids before they headed off to bed – Don Bosco raised the wallet in the air. “Who lost this wallet?” A deafening silence . . .Who would have the nerve to claim such a wallet with the offending cash in it? More silence. With his characteristic smile, Don Bosco gave it another quick wave in the air. “Whoever lost it has a great devotion to Our Lady because her medal is very carefully tucked inside it.”

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Brilliant man of God and of his times that he was, Don Bosco knew how to appreciate everything that was positive. The Salesian Family Charter – a wonderful description of the distinguishing elements of the Salesian Family – highlights this. Don Bosco knew how to “appreciate everything that was positive in human existence, in created realities, in historical events … to be part of the flow of culture and human development in his own times, encouraging what was good and refusing to lament over what was not” (Article 7). Here lies our challenge and our mission as Salesian Family. While not closing our eyes to evil and its effects around us, we refuse to get stuck in lamenting the negative. Instead, we focus upon the good; we rejoice in it; we capitalize on it. From that point of departure, we build more of the good: stronger relationships, deeper virtue, sturdier character, renewed faith, etc. And in regard to the young, we always appeal to them to choose what is true, beautiful, and enduring. When we look at people, at culture, and at reality, we see the despicable and the laudable. We know which one the Salesian will wave in the air. The Salesian will not lament, but build! Happy continuation of summer to each of you! May the Lord bless your days with His grace, with summer breezes, and with refreshment for your spirit!

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A Love That Lasts Forever

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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 joins your loved ones to the prayers of we Salesian Sisters and supports our good works. The name of your loved one will appear in our Partners in Giving magazine – a priceless gift to those you love.

Jean Altamura Mr. Patrick Chitwood The Gossard Family

Cindy Villalba Mary Help of Christians Academy Class of 1992

The Ferguson, Gallagher, and O’Halloran Families Mr. & Mrs. Bob O’Halloran

Helen D. Woerner Mrs. Pamela Rybinski Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Di Salvo Mr. & Mrs. Lucio Porrello Mr. John Stricker Mr. Thomas Lawlor The Woerner Family

Thomas Hand Mr. & Mrs. John Connors Joseph J. McAleer, Sr. The McAleer Family

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School mourns loss of Bishop and friend


mmaculata-La Salle High School students, faculty, staff, and alumni have lost a great teacher and spiritual mentor: Bishop Agustin Alejo Román Rodriguez, who passed away in Miami, FL, on April 11, 2012. He was 83 years old. ILS was not a school where he officially worked, but it was a place where Bishop Román would celebrate Mass, administer the Sacrament of Reconciliation, speak at gatherings, and walk around campus. His joy was truly evident with a chapel full of students. Immediately the Mass became a means of evangelization and a way to live his motto: “Woe to me if I do not evangelize!” At other times, you would find Bishop Román, even in his 80’s, walking around the property with a plastic bag picking up garbage. You could even find him on some occasions at the ILS summer camp, simply walking and speaking to the counselors and campers. It brought him much joy to know that the children of Miami had a safe place and a clean environment to enjoy their summer holidays. The students, faculty, and staff at ILS appreciate the time they shared with their great neighbor, teacher, and friend. Bishop Román remains in the heart of Immaculata-La Salle. – Elena Capablanca

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ILS students work on their capstone portfolio projects using Apple iPads.

IMMACULATA-LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL, MIAMI, FL – Beginning with this new school year, Immaculata-La Salle will distribute Apple iPads to their student body. This 1:1 program aligns with the school’s Technology Mission Statement: “Technology initiatives will provide powerful resources with which students will engage in challenge-based meaningful learning that will encourage them to analyze, collaborate, discover, and create, thus preparing them to become responsible, Christian citizens of the digital world.” “Technology has changed the very nature of learning and provides our teachers with better and more innovative tools for educating our students,” says Sr. Kim Keraitis, Principal. This summer, the iPads were put to the test during an Applied and Emerging Computer Technologies course. The Applied course allowed students to learn hardware and software troubleshooting and prepare them for the CompTia A+ certification exam. The Emerging course taught them about Digital Citizenship, Online Safety and Security, Fair Use and Creative Commons, Virtual/Augmented Realities, 3D technologies and more. From tests and quizzes to homework submissions, the iPad experience allowed the classroom to be truly paperless. “The iPad allows students to take what they learn, connect it with other concepts, and create something new,” says Fredy Padovan, ILS alumnus and Executive Director of Development and Technology. “It allows teachers to reach each student with instructions and support, as well as provide immediate on-line assessment of their progress.” For more information on the 1:1 program, visit:

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his year, the Salesian Sisters welcomed 2,500 children from inner-city areas around New Jersey, New York, Florida, and Louisiana to their Summer Camp programs. Boys and girls enjoyed up to five weeks of swimming, boating, dancing, hiking, computer classes, singing, the Good News, and other fun activities to fill their days, as you can see from these photos. Thank you to the Salesian Sisters, counselors, families, and, of course, everyone who sponsored “summer camperships” this year! God bless you all! Photos by Sr. Agatha Cosentino, FMA

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Salesian Youth Report MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS ACADEMY, NORTH HALEDON, NJ – The Ana Maria Auxilium Award grants a full scholarship to a student from each class, 7th-12th, for the upcoming year. It was established to honor the memory and spirit of Ana Maria Baldor-Bunn (1972-2002). Ana Maria was diagnosed with cancer while pregnant with her first and only child, William. Before she passed away, she said, “One should seize the day and enjoy the moment and make the best of what God lays before you. If you have been wanting to do something with your life, do it now and never delay.” Students are nominated and endorsed by their families, friends, and teachers. Each student is a good and honest Christian and uses her gifts and talents for the service of others. She exhibits a conscientious approach to academics and activities, and her family actively supports and enhances the spirit of Mary Help.

The winners, shown above with Mr. Javier Baldor, Chairman of the Salesian Sisters Partners Circle and who represented the Baldor Family at the award ceremony with his daughter, Sofia (at his left), are: 7th

Grade – Siobhan Morissey; 8th Grade – Alejandra Cruz; 9th Grade – Roesha Andre; 10th Grade – Catherine Livi and Elizabeth Livi; 11th Grade – Shiann Hernandez; and 12th Grade – Shannon Cieciuch. Congratulations! IMMACULATE CONCEPTION SCHOOL, MARRERO, LA – Kindergarten students in Sally Gaudet’s class nurtured larvae into adult monarch butterflies as part of a science lesson on the life cycle of a butterfly and a reading lesson on how animals change. The students watched the caterpillars daily as they fed on milkweed and eventually formed into chrysalises. After a few days of anticipation, the caterpillars emerged as monarch butterflies and the students concluded the lesson by releasing the fully-grown butterflies back into their natural habitat.

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The Joy of Teaching in a Salesian School

Witness to a Transformation


eligious Sisters are a novelty in Naples, FL. In fact, most of the students at St. John Neumann Catholic High School had never seen a real “nun.” What they did know about Sisters came from urban legends, rumors, or stories told by grandparents that somehow involved rulers and knuckles. So, while some people rejoiced when Bishop Frank Dewane of the Venice Diocese announced the Salesian Sisters were coming to staff St. John Neumann, the students were filled with dread. They envisioned strict discipline, brutal punishments, and a prison-like atmosphere taking over their beloved school. When Sr. Susan Bagli, Sr. Brittany Harrison, and I arrived in Naples, we were received with wary caution. Sensing the apprehension and mistrust of the students,we made every effort to be present to these young people in the style of St. John Bosco. We participated in their lives, listened to their stories, encouraged their creativity, cheered on their successes, offered occasions for fun, provided vibrant, youth-friendly opportunities for worship. Yet when Homecoming came around, we realized we had made little headway when we heard the rumor, “The Sisters won’t let us dance at the Homecoming Dance.” What kind of monsters were we? We dispelled the “no dance” rumor, and they danced at their dance. But we sensed little progress. We plodded on. I remember telling the Sisters one night, “This is a sad place. So little spirit, so little joy. We need to get this kids out of this reality to see something bigger than themselves.” Then the idea came – let’s bring the whole school to La Salle

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High School in Miami for the feast of Don Bosco. Then, let’s bring some La Salle students to Naples to conduct retreats for our students. Thanks to the Salesian Sisters’ Education Fund and the hospitality of Sr. Kim Keraitis and the La Salle Community, we were able to load up four buses and cross Alligator Alley. I enjoyed watching the reaction of our Naples students as they were welcomed with the usual Miami energy and enthusiasm.

I told the police officers at Dairy Queen, “These kids are business. They are just being kids.” Their expressions ranged from fear to disbelief to awe and wonder. You saw from their expressions, “This spirit cannot be real. They’re putting on a show for us.” The day progressed, and the Neumann bunch sat side by side with their new “friends” as they participated in the liturgy with Fr. Steve Ryan, and enjoyed lunch, games, music, and dancing. By the end of the day, when I looked at the faces of our students getting on the buses, I thought I was seeing something I had rarely seen in Naples – Joy! That was just the beginning! That night 13 students from La Salle, along with teachers Tanya Acosta and Fredy Padovan, came to Naples for two days of student retreats. The evening after the first retreat, the Miami gang joined us for a basketball game against a local school. By the end of the very close

game, everyone joined in creating an energy that filled the gym. I had promised the Miami students we would go to Dairy Queen after the game. Of course their new friends came right along. Soon Dairy Queen was filled with wall to wall, noisy, excited kids. When two police officers entered the side door, looking very stern and official, I asked, “Did someone call you here?” They were called in because of a disturbance to business, and I said, “These kids are business. They are not fighting. They are not being rude. They are not using profane language. They are being kids.” My response did not deter them. I don’t know what possessed me next, but I yelled out, “Party at the convent.” Sr. Susan and Sr. Brittany ran out to get food as I escorted the masses to our house. Just as I was asking myself, “What did you just do?”, I saw magic beginning to happen. There was music, dancing, laughing, joy! The Salesian adults present stood back in awe as we watched it happen. Don Bosco was present and smiling that night. In the end, Dairy Queen did apologize and delivered free ice cream for the faculty. The Sisters were no longer “monsters” intent on making life miserable for children. We were people who defended them, cared for them, offered them a chance to celebrate, to grow, to thrive. That week, we saw the transformation of St. John Neumann Catholic High School. – Sr. Pat Roche, FMA

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Salesian Youth Report

Happy 75th, Villa Madonna School!


appy 75 years, Villa Madonna School! On June 9, Villa Madonna alumni, students, and community members joined the Salesian Sisters in Tampa, FL, to celebrate this milestone with a Mass and dinner celebration. It was emceed by a former student and local celebrity, Adriana Colina. Among the guests were one of the first students, Angel Oliva from 70 years ago, as well as students from each of the decades. Twenty-one Sisters were present to celebrate the difference each made in the lives of the children of Villa Madonna.

surprises for the guests. Part of the celebration included current students in the choir and the band, and the Sisters’ outstanding performance of their school song, “You Are All Beautiful”. Also included in the evening was Glenn Permuy, paying tribute to the Salesian Youth Center’s 16 years of existence which is a large part of the history of Villa Madonna School.

The bittersweet part of the celebration came as Villa Madonna said goodbye to two longtime staff members who were part of the Villa Imagine the amazement of the guests when Alicia Gonzalez Neve, family for over 30 years. Linda Crosby and Sr. Mary Rinaldi’s phone rang during her a.k.a. Sr. Liz Ryan. Aurora San Julian, congratulations on your presentation of the history of Villa. Alicia retirement! Gonzalez Neve, the benefactor who gave her home that became Villa Madonna School, “called” Sr. Mary and Thank you to all the alumni, staff, students, parents, made a posthumous guest appearance! Sr. Liz Ryan committee, and sponsors who took part and helped make dressed up as Mrs. Neve and performed a wonderful skit that included the history of Mrs. Neve’s generosity and this wonderful evening a resounding success!

Salesian Sisters who worked at Villa Madonna School over the past 75 years, join retiring employee Linda Crosby for a group photo.

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Villa alum Tariq Sharrief and his sister, seventh-grader Talia, join their parents, Tarls and Lori, also an alum of Villa.

Diana Campo Ekonomou visits her dear friends, Sr. Domenica Di Peri and Sr. Loretta DeDomenicis.

Thank you to our sponsors! Principal Level Diana and Tony Ekonomou Joe and Anne Garcia Glenn Permuy Sr. A Friend Honor Roll Level US AmeriBank A Friend Gulf Shore Bank In Loving Memory of Dulce Maria Garcia Generous Villa Parents Jeff and Susan Turner MGQ and Associates Rowland Reading Foundation

Villa Madonna Alumni who joined the celebration gather for a group photo. Even the Salesian Sisters’ very own Sr. Nivia Arias attended Villa Madonna School!

Gus and Courtney Santorella traveled in from Jensen Beach, FL and enjoyed time with their Adopted Sister, Sr. Maryanne Schafer.

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Sr. Alina Suarez enjoys the party with Sr. Margaret Rose Buonaiuto and Nancy Cushing.

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Salesian Youth Report SALESIAN YOUTH CENTER/ BOYS & GIRLS CLUB, TAMPA, FL – The Rick Goings-Outstanding Volunteer Award sponsored by Tupperware Brands was presented to Tracy Semper (shown with kids at left) for her continuous volunteer work at the Salesian Youth Center. The presentation took place at the Salesian Golf Tournament on June 9, of which Tupperware was a sponsor. Thank you to Rick Goings, Chairman and CEO of Tupperware Brands, and thank you, Tracy, for your love of the Salesian Youth Center!

CORPUS CHRISTI-HOLY ROSARY SCHOOL, PORT CHESTER, NY – June 18 was Cardinal Dolan Field Day! The children knew that Archbishop Timothy Dolan had become a Cardinal, but what type of celebration would have an impact on their lives? None other than a field day in the Cardinal’s honor, complete with water slides, bouncy ponies, slip-n-slides, etc. to celebrate this special event in the life of the local Church. The children will never forget the event, and neither will they ever forget their new Cardinal!

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Save the Dates! Mary Help of Christians Academy Alumnae Picnic Day Saturday, August 25, 2012 Noon – 4:00 p.m. North Haledon, NJ

MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS ACADEMY, NORTH HALEDON, NJ – Jillian Gorman, one of 59 graduates of the Class of 2012, poses with Sr. Mary Bertha during the Mary Help commencement on June 2. Jillian, profiled in the last edition of Partners in Giving, suffers from AML Leukemia. Her battle against the disease inspired the entire school. Jillian now heads to Seton Hall University this fall. Congratulations, Jillian! God bless you and all the graduates!

Pack some sandwiches, swimsuits, and your family for one last summer hurrah. Mary Help would like to invite the alumnae to enjoy a picnic and pool day at their alma mater. You provide your family and snacks and we provide the beautiful grounds at no cost. (Pool will have lifeguards and a kiddie section and there is a playground as well.) For more information, please call (973) 904-0102.

A Night in Old Havana Presented by the Dames of Mary Help Friday, November 2, 2012 Woodcliff Lake Hilton Woodcliff Lake, NJ The Dames of Mary Help is the women’s auxiliary fund-raising committee for the Salesian Sisters and their school, Mary Help of Christians Academy. This year’s Gala will feature dinner, dancing, entertainment, and live and silent auction items. Honorees to be announced. Proceeds will benefit the Financial Aid Fund at Mary Help. Watch for details!

ST. PATRICK’S PRESCHOOL, ST. CHARLES, IL – Look out below! Students in Mrs. Pascale Rapp’s class had a ball with the First Annual Preschool Easter Egg Drop. Each child, with the help of their parents, built a contraption (without using tape!) to hold a raw egg and survive a drop from the fire escape. Each chose how high they wanted to drop their egg. Some went all the way to the top! The creativity and imagination that the children showed through their designs was very impressive. Most eggs remained unharmed, but all kids had a great time.

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The Thanksgiving Basket Saturday, November 10, 2012 Salesian Youth Center/Boys & Girls Club, Tampa, FL Honorees to be announced. Details to follow!

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