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Sr. Mary Rinaldi’s Letter Dear Friends: I think this could be the happiest issue of Partners in Giving yet – it’s bursting with smiling faces, coverto-cover! – starting with the happy cover photo of swimmers at Camp Auxilium in Newton, NJ, watched over by Sr. Guerline Joseph. This scene was repeated hundreds of times at Salesian Camps from New York and New Jersey to Louisiana and Florida. And it’s all thanks to YOU. For the eighth summer in a row, we met our $50,000 matching gift, enabling more than 1,725 boys and girls to be off the streets and sidewalks and welcomed in a wholesome, safe, and fun atmosphere. We are so grateful! Enjoy the wonderful photos on pages 16-20. Some news to report: • Our Jubilee celebration was spectacular! Each of my fellow Jubilarians join in thanksgiving for all the cards, gifts, wishes, and prayers which poured in for us. We have lots of photos to share from our special day on pages 3-8. • As this edition of Partners in Giving went to press, we celebrated Vocations in a big way, with four Postulants entering the Novitiate, the next step in their journey to become Salesian Sisters. We will share our joy in the next issue. • Camp toys are being stored away to make room for desks and books, as the new Salesian school year is right around the corner. To continue our mission among the young, you remain a very vital part. Through our website you are welcome to make a gift and assist with a child’s education: please visit

All smiles for Sr. Mary Rinaldi (50th anniversary) as she joins Sr. Lise Parent, principal of Mary Help of Christians Academy,and Pat Middendorf of Sanibel, FL, at the Jubilarian celebration.

Save The Dates! “Builder of Dreams” The Annual Gala Fundraiser for Mary Help of Christians Academy, presented by the Dames of Mary Help honoring

Sr. Mary Rinaldi, FMA on her 25th anniversary as Director of Development Friday, November 14, 2014 The Venetian, Garfield, NJ Please watch for details!

Our Annual Christmas Party

• The Salesian Sisters and Priests around the world join our Holy Father, Pope Francis, in his special plea for peace. “Remember that all is lost with war; nothing is lost with peace,” the Pope says. And it begins with fervent prayer, which is needed now more than ever. Please see page 23.


Sunday, December 14, 2014 Mary Help of Christians Academy, North Haledon, NJ


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Congratulations, Sisters,

on your blessed Jubilees!

May God Bless Our Jubilarians!


aturday, July 12, was a joyous day for our Province! More than 400 family members and dear friends gathered at The Grove in Cedar Grove, NJ, to celebrate the jubilees of 12 Salesian Sisters. Together their fidelity adds up to 650 years of loving service and a continued “Yes” to God’s call in our Congregation and in the Catholic Church. Alleluia! Newark Auxiliary Bishop Manuel Cruz, a long-time friend of the Salesian Sisters and Priests, celebrated the beautiful Mass, with many priests concelebrating. Music and singing

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were masterfully provided by our Sisters and young people in formation. In his homily, Fr. Jim Heuser spoke of the God who chooses and loves the Salesian Sisters. The Jubilarians are 12 charismatic women whom God helps to be fonts of grace for the young, he said. Bishop Cruz added his warm words of congratulations, telling all to look to the Sister Jubilarians as proof that holy perseverance is possible and that the vocation to religious life is a gift to the Church. The meal that followed was taken in an atmosphere of Salesian family spirit

as guests intermingled, took pictures, reminisced, and thoroughly enjoyed being together to celebrate this in-spiriting and inspiring anniversary. We capture some of the excitement and love in photos on these pages. We thank our God and our dear Mother Mary for the fidelity lived by our Sisters amid joys and sufferings as they remained faithful to their mission of evangelization among the young and their families, wherever they have served and serve. We sang our hymn of thanks on this day – and every day! – Sr. Mary Terzo, FMA

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Congratulations, Sisters,

on your blessed Jubilees!

At left, Sr. Mary Terzo (50th anniversary) celebrates with her family and Bishop Manuel Cruz.

Below, Sr. Grace Ruiz (50th anniversary) is joined by her family and friends.


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Sr. Anna Ragogna (60th anniversary) celebrates with her dearest friends.

Above, Sr. Antoinette Cabrera (60th anniversary) greets her Adopter, Vincent Fevola of Toms River, NJ. Right, Sr. Gloria Machado (65th anniversary) is escorted by her Adopter, Laura Esposito of Chatham, NJ.

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Congratulations, Sisters,

on your blessed Jubilees!

Above, Sr. Margaret Rose Buonaiuto (40th anniversary) is joined by her Mother, Albina, and family members.

Left, the ballroom was packed for the celebration of Mass before lunch.

Photos by Craig Janos


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Above, Sr. Esther Cruz (60th anniversary) visits with Fr. Enrique Carona. Left, Sr. Mary Winterscheidt (70th anniversary) greets Kathy Hughey.

Sr. Teresa Gutierrez (40th anniversary) celebrates with her Mother, Tellita, and family.

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Congratulations, Sisters,

on your blessed Jubilees!

Above, Sr. Pat Winterscheidt (65th anniversary) visits with Colleen Hampton. Right, Sr. Phyllis Neves (40th anniversary) processes in.

Sr. Mary Rinaldi (50th anniversary) and her family from San Antonio, FL.


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

new or upgraded Partners Circle Members in 2014!

There are nine levels of membership, starting at $550, and are listed on these three pages. Won’t you consider joining this dynamic group in this, our 23rd year? 

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

Angel Oliva Family The Dorothy Thomas Foundation

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Partners Circle “Visionaries” Annual gift of $27,250


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

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New Jersey

New York Mrs. Pearl Kalikow

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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.


PC = A member of the Partners Circle National Board of Trustees

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Partners Circle “Partners” Annual gift of $5,500

Partners Circle “Friends” Annual gift of $3,300


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Pennsylvania In Loving Memory of Sr. Adeline Salvetti, FMA

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Partners Circle “Benefactors” Annual gift of $1,100 California Mr. & Mrs. Robert Obenberger


Linda & Peter Christiansen PC Mary Bridget Gaine A Friend

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

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Mr. & Mrs. Brian McAuley Kathleen & Vic Medore Mrs. Arline Monaco Mr. & Mrs. Michael Massood


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

Missouri Ms. Marianne O’Doherty

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Louisiana Mr. John Keller

New Jersey Mr. Anthony B. Della Cerra

New York Mr. Walter Lazarcheck Mrs. Helen Leahy

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Drs. Andrea & Sean Farrier PC Mr. & Mrs. Luis Garcia PC Mrs. Elsa Gutierrez-Janulionis Mr. & Mrs. James W. Lee Mr. & Mrs. Mark S. Reynolds Rene & Phyllis Rodriguez Hon. Judge & Mrs. E.J. Salcines PC Mr. Joseph Tomaino Ms. Maria C. Torreiro Mr. & Mrs. Ron Yates

Georgia Mr. & Mrs. Charles Fantauzza

Illinois Adelaide Olivieri

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

Annual gift of $550 North Carolina Mr. & Mrs. Paul Liotard Mr. Chester F. Michewicz, Jr.

Ohio Mr. & Mrs. Dan Clair Dale & Lynda Kovach

Pennsylvania Mr. & Mrs. Jack Hedgecock

South Carolina Anonymous

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

New Jersey Tiziana Anello, M.D. Larry & Mary Anne Condit Dr. & Mrs. Louis Gambetta PC Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Giamonco Mrs. Teresa Gutto Ms. Laura Cosentino Mannarino Mrs. Diva Muller Mr. & Mrs. Bob O’Halloran Mrs. Christine Peragallo Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Piotrowski Mr. & Mrs. Cameron Reid Emanuel N. Sarantis Mrs. John Soldoveri Mr. & Mrs. William Stuart

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

OUR MISSION The Salesian Sisters’ Partners Circle provides Financial Assistance and Volunteer Services to the Salesian Sisters and the Young People in their Care for the Advancement of Education, Vocations, and Community Life.

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

Sr. BettyAnn Martinez, Sr. Claire Perino, and Sr. Joo Yun Park enjoy a beautiful day outside the Provincial House in Haledon, NJ.

Please Help Our Retired Sisters In Need! Please reserve this day/these days in 2014 or 2015 in honor of my special intention to support the Endowment for the St. Joseph Provincial Center for our Retired Sisters:



Day 1 (Month, day):


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

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Two Sides of the Same Coin Sr. Karen Dunn’s Letter “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in loving-kindness and faithfulness…” – Exodus 34:6


Being faithful and having faith: two sides of the same coin. Being faithful demands loyalty, acceptance, even patience. Having faith, we might say, is possessing a loving trust in the faithfulness of the other. In her words and in her position, that Mom was faithful to all she knew of her husband and was loyal to him. He did not disappoint.

65 years, 60 years, 50 years, 40 years! Lifetimes given in love to God, in service to the young, in loving-kindness! They have lived in faithfulness to God who has never disappointed them and who has traveled with them through the hard moments of life, having faith while all along giving them inexplicable joy.

ome time ago I engaged in a team process of evaluating a child’s academic and emotional needs. At the end, the best setting for the little Through witnesses like these, God girl’s placement into First Grade chooses to remind us of His own became clear. Mom embraced faithfulness to us. Their fidelity this obvious choice, but Dad speaks eloquently of the relationship resisted. The preferred road for the child “Our own experience; the example would mean extra financial sacrifice for the this Mom left to me; the witness of family. Was this option our Sisters and of countless others we necessary, really…? There were some heated know – are all testimony to the faithful conversations and some God who ‘knows we are good’ and who painful moments between will stay with us until the ‘end of the the two.

We know too many instances of broken faith which riddle the story of our fallen humanity. We ourselves are, at times, glaringly imperfect in our loving, our loyalty, and our faithfulness.

But God who is true day.’ He trusts and will stay with us remains faithful to us The school year closed until we ‘make right decisions’ in our even in our brokenness. and I ran into this Mom relationships and our lives.” Our own experience; the one bright summer example this Mom left afternoon. Waiting for to me; the witness of our Dad to come around Sisters and of countless others we to accept the need of the child that God has with each of us and know – are all testimony to the was agonizing, and the window shows how our lives can be anchored faithful God who “knows we are of time to make a decision in a compassionate God. good” and who will stay with us was quickly closing. As our until the “end of the day.” He conversation came to an end, It is the God who will be with us to trusts and will stay with us until there was a thoughtful pause. A navigate the decisions and struggles we “make right decisions” in our great peace suddenly came over of life, who sustains and inspires us relationships and our lives. her. Then I heard this young to embrace everything that is good, woman utter beautiful words that who forgives our sins, and who heals Our grateful prayers are easily revealed to me such simple and our woundedness until we reach that raised for our Jubilarian Sisters profound faithfulness that they fullness of life He promises us. God and all our collaborators and continue to replay within me is faithful and worthy of trust! friends. A blessed remainder whenever this topic surfaces. “My of the summer, rich in the husband is a good man,” she said. God’s faithfulness is also revealed in beautiful seasonal traces of God’s “At the end of the day, he will our Salesian Sisters who celebrated faithfulness and love! make the right decision.” Jubilees this summer. Seventy years,

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A Love That Lasts Forever

Received between June 5 and August 4, 2014

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

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


Anthony Ignoffo Ms. Doris V. Loverich

Margaret Ingoglio Mr. & Mrs. Arnold Pucillo

Joan Kennelly Woerner Mr. Kevin Kennelly Ms. Glenda Kennelly Mr. J. Ford Kennelly

Anthony DiPierto Mr. & Mrs. Arnold Pucillo Dr. Vincent J. Bagli Mr. & Mrs. James Bagli Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Scala Catherine Mansfield Dr. & Mrs. John G. Sullivan Donald L. Schrieber Mrs. Colleen R. Schrieber Michael Dunn Maureen McGuire Dr. Joseph De Mattia Mr. & Mrs. Ismael Lopas Anthony Cicatelli Mrs. Dolores Cicatelli

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Memorial for Name – DECEASED

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Rose & James Marchese Mr. & Mrs. Roger Marchese Catherine Loy Quinn Ms. Catherine Quinn Joseph Olivieri Ms. Mary C. Revane Ms. Beatrice J. Emahiser

Shea Lynn Surnear Ms. Victoria Pieta Cesira D’Agostino Ms. Dolores Metzger Nicholas Marchese Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Altamura Cesira Barone D’Agostino Ms. Karen Zaretski Rita Calderaro Mr. & Mrs. Robert Dougherty Mr. Douglas A. Lindheimer Mr. & Mrs. Lou Avezzano & Family

Juan Ricardo Diaz Mr. & Mrs. Reynee Dominguez Nidia Dominguez Roldan Mr. & Mrs. Reynee Dominguez Felix Modesto Hernandez Mr. & Mrs. Reynee Dominguez Eva Seratelli Mrs. Nancy Bagli



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

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Received between June 5 and August 4, 2014 Mr. Elisa Saulino Felicia & Elisa Saulino Family

Sr. Mary Rinaldi, FMA 50th Jubilee Msgr. Edward J. Kurtyka

Marciante Family Mr. & Mrs. Luigi Marciante

Sr. Virginia Dickey, FMA 35th Jubilee Mrs. Roseann Mosseau

Sr. Denise Sickinger, FMA Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Szczeblowski Sr. Grace Ruiz, FMA 50th Jubilee Mrs. Roseann Mosseau

All FMA Jubilarians Most Reverend Frank J. Rodimer

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We Will Dearly Miss Msgr. Wissel


he Salesian Sisters lost a great friend when Monsignor Frank C. Wissel, pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Greenwich, CT, passed away on June 19, 2014. He was 76 years old. With the support and encouragement of his parishioners, Monsignor generously reached across the border to help needy students at Corpus Christi-Holy Rosary School in Port Chester, NY, for many years. He supported the “Hope for the Holidays” toy drive and the “Adopt a Family for Christmas” program, and donated to tuition aid for students and the summer camp program. The teddy bears which have become a popular fixture at galas for Corpus Christi-Holy Rosary School and Mary Help of Christians Academy – raising thousands of dollars for education – were always donated anonymously by Monsignor. He was a good and holy priest, and we will dearly miss him. Following his farewell Mass on June 8, Msgr. Frank C. Wissel greeted Sr. Mary Rinaldi, Sr. Margaret Rose Buonaiuto, and Sr. Elfie Del Rosario. (Photo by John Glover)

Rest in Peace, Mrs. Soufi Mansour of her daughters to religious life. That touch of divine Providence was for her a source of joy.

Soufi Mansour, mother of Sr. Emilia Kassab, FMA, passed away on April 27, 2014 in Palm Harbor FL. She was 86 years old. Here Sr. Emilia offers a tribute to her Mom, as we offer our deepest condolences and prayers.


y mother can be compared to the valiant woman of the Scripture. She was strong, practical, and creative in conducting the affairs of her home. She lived a life of poverty and hardship due to my father’s long illness and subsequent death when he was very young. We were originally ten children; two, however, went to Heaven when they were still very young. My mother wanted her six daughters and two sons to receive a solid Christian education, thus she

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spared no sacrifices or hard work to send all of us to Catholic school. Mom was a humble and gentle woman. Her deep faith in the Lord sustained her through the many challenges she had to overcome in her life. She used to hide her sufferings with a smile and never complained, trusting in the loving Providence of God. God rewarded her by calling one

During the past two years, she suffered much on account of her failing health. Yet, she continued to bear pain in silence, expressing often her gratitude to God for the many blessings received during her life. She loved the Blessed Mother in a special way and felt her motherly presence tangibly at her bedside. When she could no longer attend Mass in the parish on Sunday, a priest went to bring her Communion every week. Jesus came to take my mother to the heavenly home on the day of the canonization of two great Popes: John XXIII and John Paul II. She left us like an angel, quietly and serenely, just as she had lived.

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Salesian CAMP! Report

CAMP AUXILIUM LEARNING CENTER, NEWTON, NJ – Happy faces among the 500 boys and girls who enjoyed a fun, safe, and wholesome experience at Salesian Camp this summer!

VILLA MADONNA SALESIAN CAMP, TAMPA FL – Sr. Clare Kennelly (above) and Sr. Susan Bagli (right) are surrounded by only a handful of the 225 boys and girls who had an absolute ball at camp this summer!

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Salesian CAMP! Report

MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS CAMP, NORTH HALEDON, NJ – Who doesn’t like eating watermelon – or any other of the dozen fun activities at Salesian Camp? More than 300 boys and girls enjoyed a summer to remember, all made possible thanks to the generosity of so many donors.

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IMMACULATA-LA SALLE SALESIAN SUMMER CAMP, MIAMI, FL – More than 600 boys and girls enjoyed a kaleidoscope of fun in the sun this summer, as shown in these marvelous photographs.

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Salesian CAMP! Report

SALESIAN BIBLE CAMP, KENILWORTH, NJ – The theme for this year’s Bible Camp, held at St. Theresa’s School, was “Jesus Calls Us.” Activities included instruction, reflection, music, and crafts. Forty junior high and high school students volunteered as monitors for our 100 campers. As you can tell from these photos, a great time was had by all!

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The Joy of Being a Salesian Educator

“She is in my school...”


llow me to share some stories with you. I was enjoying a great meal at the “Here I am, Lord” Dinner for Religious in St. Charles, IL where I had been working for three years as the Preschool Director. I was entertaining everyone at my table telling them funny stories about our preschoolers. Suddenly, I spotted Noah, one of our preschoolers, who was coming in with his parents. I couldn’t wait to introduce him to those sitting with me. As smiley Noah approached, and before I could even say a word, he pointed at me and exclaimed, “She is in my school.” We all burst out laughing. He just beat me to it. Here’s another story: Vivian, a PK3 student was standing next to me when her classmate, Dillon, asked me how I was feeling. My knee had been hurting lately and the children had been praying for me. When I answered the child that I needed more prayers, Vivian began by making the Sign of the Cross using her pointing finger and solemnly prayed: “Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts...” I couldn’t stop laughing and she didn’t know why. Later, her teacher told me that they had just learned how to say grace that week.

It was the best adventure of my life. Sr. Phyllis Neves, our former provincial, called me and asked me if I was ready for the challenge. I said “Yes,” with no idea of what this meant. A few months later, I was already meeting with our three incredible teachers figuring out how to start. Together we formed a tight and strong preschool. Within two years, we went from 43 to 92 students. And it continues to grow. The Lord is now calling me to work with God’s little flock as Preschool Director at The Auxilium School in Newton, NJ. It has been very hard to leave St. Patrick’s, but with God’s grace and Mary’s intercession I am able to do it.

Vivian, one of our pre-schoolers at St. Patrick’s in St. Charles, Illinois.

“I have been privileged and honored to work with the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven! Children are trusting, simple, and innocent.”

I have been an educator for many years. It all started as a child when I would play school with my siblings, cousins, and friends. I would always be the teacher and they would be my students. Timetables, spelling bees, coloring, and drawing lessons were the order of the day. No one seemed to mind my teaching techniques.

already teaching preschool. Primary grades were always my favorite. Teaching young children to read, write, draw, sing, and put on plays was a dream come true.

At the age of 12, the Lord called me to the Salesian Family. I entered the convent at 15. Six years later, I was

My last assignment brought me to the Midwest to St. Patrick Catholic School to begin a brand new preschool.

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I have been privileged and honored to work with the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven! Children are trusting, simple, and innocent. They live in the “present” and find life exciting and amazing. They do not worry about the future nor harbor resentments. They love to touch, smell, and see everything and they always have questions for us. They are humble and sincere and, in their simplicity, they make us laugh. In the month of May, I visited The Auxilium School. As I walked around the beautiful campus, I was struck by one of the toddlers who pointed at the cross hanging around my neck and said, “Jesus.” How awesome that was! He was able to recognize Jesus at such an early age. Didn’t Jesus say, “Let the children come to Me?” Well, this little one already knows Him. – Sr. Isabel Garza, FMA

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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 with a Salesian Sister, every day of the year, through our Adopt a Sister Program. Whether the Adopted Sister is for yourself, a family member, or a friend in need of spiritual strength, you will find comfort knowing that your intentions will be remembered each day by your spiritual prayer partner.

adopted Sr. Mary Winterscheidt over four years ago. She was Godsent. Her prayers and letters have helped me tremendously through a trying time in my life after the death of my husband and my son’s openheart surgery. At my advanced age, I have now lost both parents and have no siblings. Sr. Mary is always there – for the sisters I never had. I needed someone I could really trust to confide in and believe again. I must say, Sr. Mary has more than achieved this in all counts and on many more occasions. Her letters are so uplifting and I so look forward to them. I consider myself a “soul sister” ‘til we meet again once more in Heaven. Thank you. Avon, CT

In Haledon, NJ, Joan Fontanella visits with Sr. Mary Palladino and Sr. Mildred Zanetti.

Please complete the form below, or to learn more, visit us online at, or call us toll-free: (877) OUR-NUNS. On behalf of the Salesian Sisters, thank you for your generosity, and God bless you!

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Salesians worldwide respond to Pope’s appeal for peace


his summer, Pope Francis launched a new appeal for peace: “Remember that all is lost with war; nothing is lost with peace.” The Salesian Rector Major, Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, SDB, who is the the 10th successor of St. John Bosco, has written to the worldwide Salesian Family about the importance of responding to the Pope’s appeal with hope and faith. Pope Francis recalled the 100th anniversary of the First World War, which began on July 28, 1914. The “Great War” “caused millions of deaths and immense destruction,” he said. It was a conflict “that Pope Benedict XV called a ‘senseless slaughter,’ and that ended after four long years, resulting in a fragile peace.” Pope Francis hopes that “we do not repeat the mistakes of the past, but should take account of the lessons of history, and respond to the demands of peace through patient and courageous dialog.” “We should remember that all is lost with war; nothing is lost with peace,” the Holy Father continued. “I think especially of children, who are deprived of hope and a future, of dead children and wounded children, of orphans and children playing in the aftermath of war who do not know how to smile. May there never more be war!” Fr. Fernández urged all members of the Salesian Family, young and old, to heed the Pope’s request. “I was touched by his final words, ‘It is time to stop. Please stop, I beg you with all my heart, please stop.’ I am convinced that most men and women of good will in our world share this request. What is certain is that everything is lost with war, and everything is to be gained with

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peace! Pope Francis made an explicit reference to children whose life has been destroyed and who are robbed of all hope. And while war is a tragedy and a horror for parents and grandparents, it is the end for children who are the most defenseless and who cannot understand what is happening.” Prayer is needed urgently, now more than ever, Fr. Fernández continued. “Allow me to ask that we join in this prayer of the Holy Father, that we pray with true faith that the Lord may touch all hearts, including the hearts of the people who can decide to put an end to the wars that are going on at present. May God grant us the grace of being always bearers and builders of

“Remember that all is lost with war; nothing is lost with peace. May there never more be war!” His peace. Let us pray that this great pain be converted into the New Life of the Risen Lord. We pray that we may always strive for peace, and we pray for children and adolescents, who suffer the most. May the Lord continue to let His hope shine upon us.”

valuable asset – prayer, and a life that witnesses to the love of God, Father of all, who does not exclude anyone from the banquet of life and joy.” Mother Yvonne added that the 16,000 Salesian Sisters around the world would make a renewed commitment to build communion in the community, and to their mission of educating the younger generations.

The Mother General of the Salesian Sisters, Sr. Yvonne Reungoat, FMA, responded by declaring the Institute’s full acceptance of the Rector Major’s request to join the call of Pope Francis for peace around the world.

“We are convinced that peace is built with small everyday gestures, cultivating positive thoughts, inculcating respect for the dignity and the rights and duties of every human being, acceptance of diversity as a richness, the value of dialogue and every culture,” she said. “In asking for the gift of peace, our thoughts turn especially to the suffering of children, young people, and women – the most vulnerable and defenseless in society.”

“‘Stop, please,’ is also our word and our wish,” Mother Yvonne said. “We want to do something concrete as part of our commitment to peace in the world. We think that prayer is our first contribution to the building of this

“Together we ask the Lord for a true peace, a lasting peace, a peace founded on justice, and we pledge our solidarity, particularly in the field of education,” Mother Yvonne concluded.

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tanding before the statue of St. John Bosco on the campus of Archbishop Shaw High School in Marrero, LA, are Academy of Our Lady students Madison Boudoin, Dawn Dupont, Kayley Matthews, and Allison Chartier, and alumna Rebecca Melanson. They joined other area students in Gospel Roads New Orleans, a service program organized by the Salesian Office of Youth Ministry, to help out at soup kitchens, community centers, and elementary schools. Well done, ladies!

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