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The Salesian Sisters in Haiti It’s Time to Give Haiti A “Big Push”!


nstead of my usual letter to you, my Friends and Partners, I invite you to come with me on a journey to another world. The trip doesn’t take very long, milewise, but it is a distant, all-too-distant cry from the world we are used to living in. It is peopled by human beings just like you and me. However, they live a very different reality. It could be called the land that everyone forgot all too quickly, except for some daring people picking up the pieces to build a better tomorrow. Where are we going? Only a hop, a skip, and a jump across some water to Haiti, two years after the terrible earthquake. We no longer hear much about the devastation. It is no longer newsworthy to much of the world. But, thank God, it is still getting loads of attention from our Salesian Sisters working there who are taking

Two years after the earthquake, rows of tents donated by other charitable organizations still serve as schools for thousands of children, who continue to smile amid the hardship.

Above, little girls at peace with each other, and thankful for their meal of rice and beans.

dreams do not evaporate nor their faith. They give these children a vision for the future. They nourish them with more than food.

At right, 5,000 children are fed every day using these pots in this outdoor kitchen!

care of thousands of children and seeking to educate them and help them grow up healthy and full of hope.

The children – oh, the children! I have never seen so many truly happy faces and radiant smiles! Their joy is contagious and they seem oblivious to the lack of what we deem essential. A small pan of cold water suffices to bathe and wash their uniforms, which are always spotlessly clean. A bowl of rice and beans EVERY DAY satisfies them, especially when it has a microscopic

What are they doing? The best they can, and then some. Full of enterprising, Salesian creativity, they do miracles with next to nothing, making group homes and schools rise up out of the rubble. Not all at once, for as monies evaporate, work is halted until more comes in. But their

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piece of chicken in it. Just look at the girls on our cover, peeking out from their school tent! Yes, learning takes place in a tent or a roofed pavilion or old barracks without books or computers or any other learning tools except for a notebook, a pencil, and a courageous teacher with a chalkboard. Yet they are eager to read and write and do math, to learn geography and history and to sing. Oh, how they sing with all their voice and heart!

along. Others are educators, preparing the students for a better tomorrow. Young women are joining the ranks as vocations come to add new strength and vigor to all the activity for these forgotten ones. The vision of each one is on the future, a better one for the children. It is difficult to express the impact this trip has made on me. I still see the children’s smiles in my sleep, their Desperate poverty still grips songs are still ringing in my Haiti. A typical sight of a ears, their joy still warms my woman peddling her wares heart. As I was going from amid the rubble in the streets. town to town, I kept thinking of all of you, our “Partners in Giving.” Two years ago we raised money to help build a school. What if we all pulled together again to give the dream of these Sisters and children another BIG PUSH? We have been God’s hands in working miracles before. Couldn’t we do a grand one for them? Jesus said, “Whatever you do for the least of My little ones, you do for Me.”

The beautiful handwriting of a student in a Salesian School. He writes, “I love my country and my wish is that it develops and that all Haitians can live as brothers.”

Nonetheless, the Salesian Sisters are educating thousands of children in conditions that are unthinkable for us. Where do they live? Some are orphans or abandoned children or have been farmed out as housekeepers. Some are street children. The Sisters take in as many as they can to nurture them and give them a place to sleep and to call home. When possible, parents do all they can to have their children educated by the Sisters. It is a value for them. Some children live in slums that are nothing compared to what we call slums. There is no running water or plumbing, no electricity, no windows, no walls . . . just cast-off materials held together by nothing. Life goes on. Hope continues to build the dream. The Salesian Sisters have rolled up their sleeves and are working miracles with their love and courage. One Sister feeds 5,000 (!) children every day using a trailer left by the Mexican government. She cooks the beans and rice in large vats sitting on five open burners fed by a flimsy gas line. She is the picture of joy! Other Sisters are planning new buildings to house schools and group homes and chapels and seeking the material assistance as they go

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Sr. MaryClair Jean (second from right) and her courageous community of Salesian Sisters welcomed Sr. Suzanne Dauwalter (third from right) and Sr. Mary Rinaldi to the Provincial House in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

We may be struggling in these tough economic times here in the U.S. However, a little from many will go a long way for those who have nothing in Haiti. So please help us. Turn the page to find out how. God bless you! – Sr. Mary Rinaldi, FMA

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Haiti’s kids thank YOU!

The Salesian Sisters in Haiti need $150,000 to construct two new school buildings and move the children out of tents. Let’s join together as Partners and make a BIG PUSH and raise this sum! Above, Construction workers completing the framing of a new Salesian Sisters’ school in Haiti. At right, the model for the future: a village for orphans and schoolchildren at Croix des Bouquets, Haiti, which will be called the “Children’s Center of the Good Shepherd.” At right, Sr. Rose Monique Jolicoeur goes over architectural plans with benefactor Bob Greene of Buffalo, NY.

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Making Headlines Around the Province

Festive Fun for All at Our Christmas Party!


n December 11, more than 550 guests attended the annual Salesian Sisters’ Christmas Party at Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, NJ. The festive atmosphere, a delicious meal from The Market Basket of Franklin Lakes, and even a visit from Santa Claus himself amidst the many beautiful gift baskets made for a wonderful time filled with Christmas spirit. Thank you to all who supported this amazing event – you helped raise $78,249 for the Mary Help of Christians Academy Financial Aid Fund! Also, congratulations to the winners of the Christmas Challenge Sweepstakes: A Trip to Walt Disney World: Geraldine DeRose, Toms River, NJ (mother of Sr. Marisa) 1,000 VISA Gift Card: Samantha Scutieri, Cranford, NJ

Sr. Mary Rinaldi, our amazing hostess, calls out gift basket winners, assisted by Ariane Nagrosst of the Salesian Sisters Development Office and Nita Rajani, a Salesian Sisters’ Candidate. Below left, Sr. Anna Ragogna enjoys the company of the Laino Family of Paterson, NJ.

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Below right, Sr. Esther Cruz with Marilyn Karlich of Monroe, NY, and her daughter, Deborah, of East Greenbaum, NY.

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Sr. Karen Dunn, Provincial Superior, with Dr. Allyson Hardy of Cresco, PA, and baby Brayden. Above, Sr. Rosalie Di Peri and Sr. Domenica Di Peri were joined by family members! Below, Sr. Christine Hellen with her long-time adopters, Michael and Mary Losurdo of Saddle River, NJ.

Sr. Guerline Joseph and Sr. Josiane Phanord with friends and family.

The gymnasium was filled with families and fun!

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Jeanne Jenusaitis of Chatham, NJ, Sr. Lise Parent, Sr. Theresa Lee, and her mother, Edith, of Rivervale, NJ.

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r. Mary Rinaldi received a surprise phone call one chilly December morning, with wonderful news. A friend, who has chosen to remain anonymous, wanted to donate 40 pallets of disposable diapers to Mary Help of Christians Academy – that’s over 10,000 diapers! This donation could be a God-send for so many mothers and children in need – but the question was: How to share the wealth? Immediately, the Sisters began reaching out to their students and families, friends and other community organizations who also served children in need. Soon, phone calls and text messages began coming from all over New Jersey! The Sisters at Camp Auxilium in Newton, NJ, need diapers for their new nursery school. In Kenilworth, NJ, St. Theresa School recently launched a new toddler program. And Oasis: A Haven for Women and Children in Paterson, NJ, could share the diapers with the women and children they serve. Bill McLaughlin, a trustee of the Salesian Sisters Partners Circle and for Oasis, remarked, “Every day, mothers ring the doorbell at Oasis and ask for food and diapers for their little ones. What an amazing blessing this donation is, and just in time for Christmas!” One young mother who received some diapers said, “Diapers are so expensive nowadays – I am so grateful to the Sisters for sharing this blessing with me, and with other mothers like me who are struggling.” The Sisters were able to distribute diapers to families and fellow charities in the community, helping to make this Christmas a little happier. Thank you to the Friend who made this all possible. May your generosity be returned one-hundred-fold! At left, Jannina Barros-Oblitas of Paterson, NJ, and a Mary Help alumna, helped distribute the 10,000 donated diapers.


he Salesian Sisters have joined TD Bank’s “Affinity Membership Program,” which provides us with an opportunity to earn annual cash donations. We are thrilled with how easy it is for our friends to participate in this program, and there is no cost to do so. Here’s how it works: • If you are an existing TD Bank customer, you can call or visit any TD Bank location and tell a bank representative you would like your account linked to: Missionary Society of Salesian Sisters Affinity Program, Code: A1214.

known only to them. All balances and other account information are kept confidential; only TD Bank will have that information. • No withdrawal is ever made from your account. • At the end of the year, TD Bank will donate its own funds to the Salesian Sisters, based on a percentage of our members’ balances. We need a minimum of 40 members to qualify, and there is no limit on the amount of TD Bank’s potential donation.

• All checking, savings, money market, CD’s, and retirement accounts are eligible, as are brand new accounts.

Have you joined TD Bank yet? We hope that you will participate!

• TD Bank will place a notation on your account(s),

Thank you, TD Bank!

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new Members in 2012! Shown in RED


There are nine levels of membership, starting at $500, and these 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!

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

NEW JERSEY Marcalus Family Foundation Robert R. Waitts Foundation

Joseph J. McAleer, Sr., Heritage Society: Major Bequests CALIFORNIA


Richard Meissner, Meissner Manufacturing

Mrs. Beatrice Lightfoot


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

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



NEW YORK Mrs. Pearl Kalikow

Mr. & Mrs. Larry Peterson

Partners Circle “Partners”:


Annual gift of $5,000

The Sabatine Foundation, in memory of Philip & Josephine Sabatine



Mr. & Mrs. James Millar



Mr. Anthony J. Carroll Mr. John Cassara

Mr. & Mrs. Tony Chernalis Mr. & Mrs. Robert Harkins Mr. & Mrs. Bill McLaughlin

Mr. & Mrs. Vincent DeBow

Mr. & Mrs. Fritz Duda, Sr. Mrs. Betty Turner

A Friend


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


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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.

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

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

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

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

CALIFORNIA Geraldine & Joanne Rizzuto

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


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


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

Ms. Lea Battiato Mr. & Mrs. James Dell’Orto Mr. & Mrs. John W. Lombardi Msgr. William T. Rodgers Mr. & Mrs. Matt Sabatine



Mr. Robert Reiter

MASSACHUSETTS Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Clair

NORTH CAROLINA Ms. Marianne O’Doherty

Dr. Allyson & Mr. Kevin Hardy

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 Mrs. Kathleen Medore Ms. Antonia Meola Mrs. Moira McBride Murphy Mr. Stephen Papetti Ms. Rose Perone

NEW YORK Ms. Jordon Carroll Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Scala, Jr.


SOUTH CAROLINA Mr. & Mrs. Tom Aldinger

Annual gift of $500 ARIZONA


A Friend

Mr. John Keller



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

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


Dr. Tiziana Anello Mr. & Mrs. Gary Baccaro Ms. Bernice Bednarz Mr. & Mrs. Larry 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 Ms. Laura Mannarino Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Marangi

Mrs. Suzanne Kremheller Mr. & Mrs. Robert Mosey A Friend Anonymous

FLORIDA Mrs. 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 GutierrezJanulionis 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 Theis Mr. Joseph Tomaino Mr. & Mrs. Ron Yates Mr. & Mrs. Rene Zarate

GEORGIA Mr. & Mrs. Charles Fantauzza

ILLINOIS Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Olivieri


Partners Circle “Associates” Annual gift of $750

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 Dr. & Mrs. Michael Altamura Mr. & Mrs. Jack Betwarda Mr. Charles Brown Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Clair Mrs. Rose Mary Clair Mr. & Mrs. Charles Curcio Mr. & Mrs. Charles Curcio, Jr. Ms. Claire Dell Ms. Maria Rinaldi Gasparro Mr. Joseph Hill 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. & Mrs. Chester Michewicz, Jr.

OHIO Mr. & Mrs. Dan Clair

FLORIDA Mr. Declan Mansfield 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

SOUTH CAROLINA Mrs. Sandra M. Freeman

TEXAS Mr. & Mrs. Bill Locklier

VIRGINIA Mrs. Dominique Faust

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n August 15, 2015, Salesians around the world will celebrate the 200th Anniversary of St. John Bosco’s birth. Last year, a four-year period of prayer, reflection, and learning leading up to the Jubilee was launched, with the following themes: • August 16, 2011 - August 15, 2012: First year of preparation: “Knowledge of Don Bosco’s History.” • August 16, 2012 - August 15, 2013: Second year of preparation: “Don Bosco’s Pedagogy.” (Teaching Method) • August 16, 2013 - August 15, 2014: Third year of preparation: “Don Bosco’s Spirituality.” • August 16, 2014 - August 16, 2015: Year of Celebration: “Don Bosco’s Mission With and For the Young.” “The preparation for the Bicentennial will be a time of grace in which we are called to a deep personal conversion and a qualified pastoral renewal, precisely to ensure the continuity of the implementation of the dream of Don Bosco, which is God’s dream,” says Salesian Rector Major Pascual Chavez, the ninth successor of Don Bosco.

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Watch for activities and events in the year ahead! And please continue to pray to Don Bosco for the success of the mission of Salesian Sisters, Salesian Priests, and the extended Salesian family around the world!

Prayer to St. John Bosco St. John Bosco, Father and Teacher of youth, docile to the gifts of the Spirit and open to the reality of your times, you were for the young, especially the little ones and the poor, a sign of the love and special care of God. Be our guide as we walk the path of friendship with the Lord Jesus, so that we may discover in Him and in His Gospel the meaning of our lives and the source of true happiness. Help us to respond with generosity to the vocation we have received from God, so that in daily life we may be builders of communion, and may collaborate with enthusiasm and in communion with the whole Church in creating a civilization of love. Amen.

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In Our “Kitchens” Sr. Karen Dunn’s Letter


his year, the Salesian family is gearing up for the celebration of the 200th anniversary of St. John Bosco’s birth by taking a closer look at his personal story. The unique charism of this 19th-century giant in the realm of everyday spirituality was certainly a gift of God to the Church. This gift, however, was cultivated and took form in a kitchen, the kitchen of Don Bosco’s widowed mother, Mamma Margherita (Margaret). Her cause of canonization is under way, and for good reason. Here we see a woman of strong faith who, with great purpose and care, gave herself to the raising and formation of her children. The influence of that effort is 200 years strong!

respect, and a belief in the innate goodness within them. It charges the Salesians to create an environment that will make it easy, almost natural, for the young person to make the right choices. The friendly presence which, in loving trust of that goodness in them, provides guidance and examples that call the child to faith, to relationship with God, to become his or her best self, to grow to that “full stature in Christ.” So, what about our own “kitchens,” those places where we meet our children and young people? Do we harness the power of grace and the awesome responsibility of forming them?

Hers was a style of parenting that was proactive, creative, and deliberate. Margherita helped her children to be self aware in the presence of a provident God, and to respond to life with the qualities of grace inherent in each of them. Young John learned his prayers in the kitchen of their poor farmhouse in Becchi, Italy. He listened as his mother spoke of the closeness of a loving God. He watched as she fed a desperate refugee from their meager provisions.

Are time, warmth and life shared at our tables? Is our faith taught and cultivated?

Statue of St. John Bosco and his mother, Venerable Margherita Bosco, in Turin, Italy.

As his inquisitive mind pounded her with questions, she respectfully listened, and then thoughtfully responded. When John spoke of his dreams, he could count on her endorsement, encouragement, and high hopes for him. And he saw her sacrifices in helping to realize them. He took note of Margherita’s patience and faith when tensions ran high in family conflict. He experienced forgiveness first hand as his mother would spare him punishment when she saw he realized his error and felt true remorse. In that kitchen of his childhood Don Bosco learned a style with the young that today we call the “Preventive System,” an approach to the young building on faith,

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Do we listen to dreams, whether childlike or mature, whether articulated or unspoken? Do we anticipate and applaud the very best in our children and in the young whom we meet while we are out and about?

Do we model patience, sacrifice, forgiveness? Do we help them aspire to greatness? In an age when many worry that we are losing our children, parents can take comfort that, even today, the greatest influence on our young people is wielded by adults, especially parents. All of us who touch the young somehow in our day can take courage and inspiration from Mamma Margherita. We, too, can become agents of formation of the young, bringing them to holiness, great character, and faith. And this can happen right in our “kitchens” and neighborhoods.

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A Love That Lasts Forever 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.

MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS ACADEMY, NORTH HALEDON, NJ – Just before midnight on Sunday, January 22, more than 40 Salesian Sisters and students prepared to journey to Washington, DC, for the annual March for Life by gathering for Mass in St. Joseph’s Chapel. Fr. Richard Bay offered a special blessing for a safe four-hour journey and their selfless witness to the plight of the unborn and the scourge of abortion. They joined the more than 100,000 people in Washington on January 23, the 39th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in this country. Great job, ladies!

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

____ $20



Memorial for Name – DECEASED

Tribute for Name – LIVING

Occasion Please send an acknowledgement to: Name Address My Name Address

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

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Memorials Received between December 2, 2011, and February 2, 2012 Mary Bagli Mrs. Diva Muller

Mary Garcia Mr. & Mrs. William F. Meyer

Mario Biagi Mrs. Claire Feaster

Helene Guella Ms. Noreen Saywell

Robert Bisoglio Salesian Sisters

Juan Ramon Gutierrez Mr. Orlando Aleu Mr. & Mrs. Alvaro S. Alfonso Haydee & Josefina Berasategui Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Bromley Mr. & Mrs. Pablo Camarero Mr. Angel Cedeiras Mr. & Mrs. Vincent L. Conti Ms. Maria Cosio Ms. Nilda M. Cruz Municipio De Camaguey Ms. Lissette Elguezabal Federacion Exalumnas Salesianas Inc. Mrs. Hilda Barro De Fernandez Mr. & Mrs. Ramon Fajin Mr. & Mrs. Robert Gerard Mrs. Laura Mannarino Ms. Thalia Miehl Mrs. Jennifer Demarzo Newton Northeast Remsco Const. Ms. Teresa Rioseco Mr. & Mrs. Carlos Rodriguez Dr. & Mrs. George Rioseco, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Eduardo Sabates Salesian Sisters

Stephanie Brock Mr. & Mrs. George Gutierrez Carole Byrd Mr. & Mrs. Richard Gough Fr. Clement Cardillo Mr. & Mrs. Robert Sprich Camille D’Amato Kornutick Ms. Carol Kasper Lawrence DeLorenzo Mrs. Cheryl Cerna Dan DeRose Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Hancewicz Giuseppe DiCariano Ms. Anna Lisa Lombardi

Tributes Received between Dec. 2, 2011, and Feb. 2, 2012

Steven Ierubino Mr. Alexander R. Ierubino Joseph Kennelly Salesian Sisters

Susan Agia’s 70th Birthday Mrs. Lisa Aziza Agia Linda Heffernan Mrs. Elissa M. Krajewski Virginia Jones Mr. Ken Jones Ms. Louise Jones Sr. Teresita Teran, FMA Ms. Elna R. Zeilinger

Anne Larywon Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Alizio Rasheeda Ali Gary, Charlie, Chris, & Tyler Blumenfeld Mr. & Mrs. Bruce J. Flanz Ms. Kathryn Hornsby Donna Johnstone-Walsh Jamaica Hospital Medical Center Risk Management Mr. & Mrs. John R. Kelley Meredith Liebold

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Martin, Clearwater & Bell, LLP Daisy Mendez Mr. Olimpio A. Russo Maggie Ward Mr. & Mrs. Bryan Wilson & Family Sr. Veronica Milyo, FMA Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Richards

Henrietta Veronica Schmoll Raeunhorst JS Turner Family Foundation Claudia Clair Solewin Konikowski Insurance Agency Mrs. Louise Porcelli

Robert Rimm Ms. Beatrice T. Giunta

Domenic Titmas Mr. & Mrs. Frank Di Martino Mrs. Bernice Titmas

Martina Roberts Ceglia Ms. Carol Roberts

Walter Szydlowski Mrs. Dolores Szydlowski


he Salesian Sisters extend their deepest condolences to Sr. Teresa Gutierrez on the passing of her father, Juan Ramon Gutierrez, who died in Miami, FL, on December 20, 2011. He was 91 years old. Originally from Camaguey, Cuba, Juan lived as a responsible citizen, always grateful for the many opportunities of living in the U.S.A. He came to this country to reunite with his three older children whom he had sent to be saved from Communism. Juan was known by the Salesian Sisters as Sr. Teresa’s dad and “the man with 11 lives.” Every time he got ill, he was at death’s door. In the 1970s, he received blood from young women who were Salesian Sisters prospects. He fought to live, to be with his family, with nature, the trees, and his farm animals. Juan will be remembered as an honest, hard-working family man who even in his sickness worked to do his part to provide for his family. It was this “sickness” that allowed him to spend quality time with his many grandchildren. Juan is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Angela Tellita Aragon; two daughters, Sr. Teresa Gutierrez and Elsa Janulionis; and two sons, Juan A. Gutierrez and Jorge Gutierrez. Any remembrances may be send to the Salesian Sisters for their continual work for youth.

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This New Year, Please Give Us This Day!


o you have a happy occasion you would like to share? The Salesian Sisters will celebrate with you. Is it a time to celebrate a less-than-happy occasion? Our prayer for you on your special day will celebrate this event in your life. Have you someone to thank? Then please “Give Us This Special Day”! All of us will help multiply this gratitude. Any and every event or person or situation that merits special attention will be publicized on a bulletin board outside our chapel on your special day. All the Sisters, on that day, will pray for that person, event, and/or situation and for the person who requests prayer for the day. The Sisters enjoy taking part in your family’s joys and, also, sorrows. You have become part of our family, and that is a wonderful exchange of love and concern for each event. The Lord has assured us, “Where two or three are gathered in My Name, I am among them.” What better assurance can we have? Let this exchange of time be an example of our concern and love for one another. God bless you!

Sr. Mary Baroni ringing in the New Year with her Adopter and friend, Pat Connors of Wyckoff, NJ.

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



Day 1 (Month, day):


Day 2 (Month, day):


Day 3 (Month, day):


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

Name Address


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Mary Help Students are “Ready to Lead”!


n December 11, 22 ninth and tenth graders from Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, NJ, were able to attend the the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s “Ready to Lead” (R2L) program in Brooklyn, NY, under the direction of Janet Arias, a Mary Help alumnae and an alumnae of CHCI’s internship programs. Nearly 170 students from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and from across the greater New York area gathered at the Genovesi Center at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights to learn about key concepts regarding college planning, financial aid, and leadership development. The participants were joined by a variety of inspiring and influential leaders and celebrities including Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, Congresswoman and R2L spokesperson, Nydia Velasquez, and actor Wilmer Valderrama and singer Kat DeLuna, who surprised the students with an impromptu performance. Attendees were able to participate in three powerful

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workshops that will add to their success when they enter the college application phase. To further encourage high school completion, college attainment, and introduce students to the importance of developing professional relationships, Brian Duron, Region Executive for the New York Metro Region & Director of Governmental Affairs of Banco Popular North America introduced the Mentoring Power Hour. During this activity students were able to interact with over fifty recognized leaders and professionals from the greater New York City including representatives from Banco Popular, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, CHCI Alumni Association, MTV Networks’ Latino/Hispanic Employee Affinity Group, and members of the Brooklyn Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Thank you to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus for generously underwriting the bus transportation for the entire group. It was a day that the girls will never forget. Hope to see you next year!

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The Joy of Teaching in a Salesian School

Middle School: The Time of My Life!


n early August, I arrived in North Haledon, NJ, to begin yet another adventure. Being the Assistant Principal of Mary Help of Christians Preparatory Middle School definitely carries much responsibility; yet, it also carries with it the advantage of being among the young during a particularly formative time in their lives.

team and improve their skill level. They also enjoy clubs such as sign language, photography, guitar, drama, Wii, and the Salesian Club (a servicebased club). Our dance program is another highlight. The girls perform in concerts and recitals. Our Student Council members have brought new ideas and new activities to the school.

One question that came to mind was: How are the days going to flow without being in the classroom with the young people? Then I realized that I would be present in the classroom, just in a different way. I have learned more from our students in the past six months than I ever could have taught them. Frequent classroom visits have afforded me the opportunity to see our young ladies in action. As I spend time in the classrooms, I hear the students answering questions in French or Spanish, watch them solve complex algebraic equations, witness their presentations, skits, speeches, and projects. What talent is demonstrated here at Mary Help of Christians Middle School! The students shine brightly in the classroom and that light continues to sparkle beyond. Through school the young ladies have numerous opportunities to discover their diverse God-given gifts. When many middle schools in our area have cut their sports programs, our school families and benefactors have made the necessary sacrifices to keep our sports program alive. It is a thrill to watch the girls as they create a

discovered that there is no orchestra or Broadway voice more beautiful than the sound of young people enjoying the simple things of life. Our eighth grade class has become an historic one. They are the first class to be enrolled in the middle school since sixth grade. This is the school’s third year in existence. Here are some of their thoughts and sentiments: Being at Mary Help has given me respect towards others and has shown me the positive way of life. – V.A. Mary Help builds confidence. One of my classmates was shy and didn’t talk to anyone. Now she has friends and talks in class. We all know how nice she is. Mary Help is a family. – T.S.

At the annual Christmas Party, Sr. Mary Jackson was joined by her parents, Andrew and Barbara Jackson of Painted Post, NY.

It’s amazing how these young ladies can motivate their peers. Our new National Junior Honor Society members who exemplify Leadership, Service, Character, and Scholarship were inducted at the end of January. The faculty and I are delighted to help our young ladies grow into confident and caring young women. At times it can get loud in the hallways between classes. The noise travels as they greet one another, celebrate a test score, or simply get excited because they are passing each other in the hallway. (Remember those days?) I hear the noise and look at their faces: they are happy! I have

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I have been going to Mary Help’s summer camp since I was six years old. As soon as the Middle School opened, I came running and brought my friends with me. The faculty has been like a second set of parents and the students, my sisters. For this I am eternally grateful. –V.T. During my first week as Assistant Principal, I found a book that was left on my desk, entitled How to Survive Middle School. Now well into the year, I could write a book called Middle School: The Time of Your Life! Our young ladies are creating memories and learning values that will be the foundation for their adult life. It is our mission to make these memories positive, fun, and Christ-centered. – Sr. Mary Jackson, FMA

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ACADEMY OF OUR LADY, MARRERO, LA – Academy of Our Lady students in Family and Consumer Science’s Clothing and Textile class not only learn sewing techniques as a class requirement, they use those skills to make a difference. Thanks to a $1,200 service learning grant from the Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation, the class was able to put its sewing skills to use and make fifty warm blankets that are now in the hands of needy community residents. Under the direction of Linda Draggon, home economics instructor, 19 students selected cloth in a variety of patterns, measured and made the blankets, and then delivered them to the St. Jude Community Center in New Orleans. The center, which provides a food bank and other services to residents in need, distributed the blankets to its clients. This project has become an annual event for our Clothing and Textiles class and is only one of the many ways our students put their faith into action by helping their community.

ST. THERESA SCHOOL, KENILWORTH, NJ – St. Theresa’s celebrated St. John Bosco’s Feast Day on January 31 with a Children’s Mass and a “visit” from Don Bosco, a.k.a. sixth-grader Manuel Grova.

Above, preparing the blankets for distribution at the St. Jude Community Center are seniors (clockwise from left to right) Arielle Andrew, Ashlyn Taylor, Taylor Sperandeo, Sydney Lassere, Alyssa St. Amant, Taylor Tassin, Laura Theriot, and Han Vo.

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Salesian Youth Report Mary Help of Christians Academy, North Haledon, NJ – On January 25, parents, teachers, and fellow students gathered in St. Joseph’s Chapel to watch the annual induction of Mary Help students as members into the Regina Mundi Chapter of the National Honor Society. At right, Vice Principal Dominic Stimola hands the NHS certificate to Jessenia Rodriguez, a senior, as proud Principal Sr. Lise Parent looks on. Congratulations to this exceptional group of young ladies – this achievement is a true testament to their commitment to academic excellence at Mary Help, and beyond! Below, middle school students from Mary Help brought Christmas cheer to the retired Sisters at the St. Joseph Provincial Center, including Sr. Inez Molano.

Save The Dates! Salesian Sisters’ Spring Party Sunday, April 22, 2012 Mary Help of Christians Academy North Haledon, NJ

Dames of Mary Help Inaugural Women of Distinction Luncheon Tuesday, May 1, 2012 The Brownstone, Paterson, NJ

Villa Madonna School’s 75th Anniversary Celebration Saturday, June 9, 2012 Tampa, FL

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Salesian Youth Report St. Patrick’s Catholic Preschool, St. Charles, IL – Students sang like angels in December, when the 2, 3, and 4 year-olds performed a Christmas pageant. The children sang beautiful songs and performed a short reenactment of the night our Savior was born. After the performance, parents and special guests gathered in the downtown school cafeteria for cookies, cake, and company. Also, Santa stopped by to deliver hugs and a small treat for all preschoolers and children in attendance. A wonderful time was had by all!

SALESIAN YOUTH CENTER, Tampa, FL – It looked like Santa’s Workshop when, in conjunction with the Christ the King Parish Toy Drive, the CKS (Tampa) Dads Club hosted a school-wide toy drive in December to benefit children. More than 500 toys were collected for distribution to the Salesian Youth Center, St. Vincent de Paul Society, and St. Peter Claver. Sr. Clare Kennelly and all the SYC family and friends thank you!

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Salesian Youth Report Mary Help of Christians Academy, North Haledon, NJ – Mary Help’s student choir paid The Dames of Mary Help, the volunteer fundraising auxiliary group, a beautiful compliment this Christmas Season. The students dedicated their annual “Christmas Concern” concert to the Dames, and gifted each with a poinsettia and even a special song! Mrs. Lucia Cardona, Mary Help’s music teacher, personalized the lyrics of the Christmas classic “Jingle Bells” so the girls could sing their appreciation: “Thank you Dames, thank you Dames, thanks for all do!” Great job, ladies!

Dames of Mary Help present for the concert included (left-right) Marie Hess, Lisa Cammarota, Liz Harkins, Carol Bevilacqua-Gentile, Maryann Harkins, Hilda Marmo, Pat McLaughlin, Beverly Rohde, Rosalie Stanton, Maria Colangelo, and Patty Franzetti. Not pictured: Janet Arias, Susan Benson, Linda Christiansen, Bobbie Dawson, Rosemary DePinto, Diana Dolling-Ross, Christina McAleer, Ariane Nagrosst, Twinkie Polizzi, Debbie Rohde, Sr. Mary Rinaldi, Maryann Riordan, and Deirdre Ward.

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Winter 2012 issue of Partners in Giving Magazine, the bimonthly publication of the Salesian Sisters Eastern Province

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