Dear Neighbor Spring 2016

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Published by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden, Pennsylvania

spring 2016

Serving God

and the dear neighbor Sisters of St. Joseph / spring


without distinction

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B ✛ leadership team letter

bringing mercy to our neighbors

About the cover We welcomed

Leadership Team members, from left, are Sisters Sharon Costello, Barbara Czyrnik, Diane Cauley and Mary Pellegrino.

more than 300 guests to our

Dear Neighbor,

Chapel for a public

The quality of mercy is not strain’ d - Shakespeare

concert with beloved composer Dan Schutte. Story begins on Page 4.

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This line from Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” comes to mind as we consider the state of our world during this Jubilee Year of Mercy. Shakespeare weaves threads of deceit, revenge and religious intolerance leading to this famous soliloquy in which a woman, disguised as a man, reminds the highest court in the land that true justice has no meaning without the temperance of mercy – that the quality of mercy is not strained when extended to those most in need of healing and truth. Sisters of St. Joseph / spring


Inside this Issue

The Easter season is filled with occasions and reminders of the ultimate fruit of mercy – new and resurrected life. The scriptures of the season tell of so many of our ancestors in faith whose lives were turned inside out and upside down by an encounter with the risen Christ who answered hate and intolerance with love and forgiveness and who offered peace in place of fear and anxiety. Our faith assures us that Jesus already has triumphed over hate and intolerance, fear and anxiety, and yes, even death, so these things need no longer have power over us unless we give it. Through your kindness, prayers and generosity (as shown in this annual report), you have helped to make the hope of Jesus’ resurrection and new life real for so many of our dear neighbors. The names of our benefactors and all of our unnamed dear neighbors are for us like a Litany of Saints whom we honor and cherish in this season of new life. There is much in our world today to strain the quality of our mercy. There’s terrorism and violence, political stalemates and ideologies and the tyranny of our own fears. And yet, we know that when we cooperate with the healing hope of the resurrection, with you, and with others to bring mercy and healing to our neighbors and our world, that the quality of our mercy will not be strained. In this Year of Mercy, let’s continue to partner with one another in bringing the spiritual and corporal works of mercy to a waiting world.

Leadership Team

‘Sing A New Song’


An Open House


Signs of Hope


Advancing The Gospel






Development Letter


In Loving Memory


Annual Report


Sharing Our Bounty


Volunteer Couple


Stroll Through Time


Barbara Hecht – Editor Phone: 724-869-6566 Email: Dear Neighbor Contributors Barbara Hecht Director of Communications Alison Lucci Communications Specialist Sister Karen Stoila, CSJ Director of Development Sister Gerrie Grandpre, CSJ Staff Photographer Sister Ruth Bearer, CSJ Editorial Assistant Sister Norma Bandi, CSJ Proofreader Barb Sterchele, Omega Design Group Design/Layout Permission must be granted for reprinting articles that appear in the magazine.

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✛ year of consecrated life

‘sing a new song’ Beloved composer stirs hearts, souls

More than 300 guests welcomed beloved composer Dan Schutte to the “heart of our home” for an uplifting and inspiring afternoon of prayerful song and reflection in celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life in the Chapel. Many said they particularly enjoyed the opportunity to sing along with Dan as he played guitar and piano and appreciated how he creatively wove story-telling into his music. For Dan, the concert on September 13 in the Motherhouse Chapel was like a spiritual homecoming.

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“It was like returning to a place that I’d saved somewhere deep in my memory, a place of great peace and holy people, a place greatly blessed by God and alive with the Spirit,” he said. The prayerful celebration was a homecoming, too, for Elaine Steich, who stepped into the Chapel for the first time and was reminded of the “beautiful faith” her parents instilled in her. “I wanted to attend the event to enjoy the music and see the composer who fills my heart and mind with song on Sundays,” she said. “In addition, I was treated to a joyful remembrance experience with my Dad, who has passed away. My Dad, Joe, was a longtime leader of my home parish’s folk Mass music group and was the weekly prayer group leader. Dan’s performance reminded me of my childhood when I listened to my Dad practice Dan’s music and then share his talents at Mass.” Sisters of St. Joseph / spring


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see a face to go along with the music and to see the passion with which he plays the guitar and piano.”

Steeped in sacred scripture and Ignatian spirituality, Dan’s music has anchored people of faith for generations. He is one of the best-known and most influential composers of Catholic music for liturgy in the English-speaking world. Some of his most celebrated songs, such as “Here I Am, Lord,” “City of God,” and “Sing a New Song,” are from his years of collaboration with the St. Louis Jesuits. Dan invited audience members “to take a journey to the God of hearts” as pilgrims who are universally called to holiness. He creatively interspersed songs with reflections on Pope Francis, Ignatian spirituality, the Gospel, and his own life. Dozens of local parish music directors, choir members and cantors were attracted to the event because of the influence Dan’s music has had on them in their music ministries. Regina Kemena, who cantors at Our Lady of Fatima in Aliquippa, said, “Dan’s music speaks to my soul. It is so meaningful. It was so nice to page 6

Joy and Steve Calvo, choir members at Sts. John and Paul in Franklin Park, said they were both amazed and deeply moved by Dan’s performance, not only as an outstanding musician but also as a captivating story teller. Sister Stella Cronauer accompanied 10 guests, including the pastor and music director, from Immaculate Conception Parish in Fairmont, Va., where she is a pastoral associate. For Sister Rosemarie Schwartz, music and drama teacher at Sacred Heart Elementary School in Pittsburgh, the weekend was a “wonderful experience” because she had the opportunity to play with Dan the previous day, which was the Golden Jubilee celebration. Because Dan does not travel with his guitar, Sister Rosie was honored to offer him her cherished acoustic Martin D-28, a high school graduation gift from her parents in 1974, to play at the concert. In addition to our Sisters, the pews were filled with a broad representation of men and women religious from other communities. Among them was Sister Mary Christopher Moore,


Provincial Minster of the Felician Sisters of North America, who summed up her experience:

“The Dan Schutte

event was more than a concert as he repeated several times. It was a time of peaceful, prayerful re flection

accompanied by beautiful melodies and soul-

stirring words. A lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon!”

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O ✛ year of consecrated life

opening our home, hearts

Greeters at Gilbert Street are, bottom from left, Sisters Nancy Kline, Patti Rossi and Honora McCawley; top from left, Sisters Judith Kenaan, Dolores Partsch and Janis Franklin.

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In celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life, Sisters who live and serve in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese opened their home at 812 Gilbert Street in Johnstown to local parishioners following weekend Masses in mid-August. Sisters warmly welcomed nearly 40 guests, ranging from children to seniors, for conversation, home-baked goods, and history lessons about the Sisters’ roots and ministries in the diocese. One young mother, with her young children in tow, shared her experience as a counselor with the Sisters at the kitchen table and was eager to learn about the Sisters’ service in the community. Sisters were stationed in rooms where large boards were conversation starters. Pictorial boards illustrated the Sisters’ roots and contributions to the diocese and their current ministries. As they left, guests were given a Maxim magnet and accompanying reflection as keepsakes.

Sisters who live and serve in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese are: Sister Janis Franklin Social Worker Catholic Charities Sister Judith Kenaan Associate Catholic Chaplain Ebensburg Center Sister Nancy Kline Chaplain Conemaugh Memorial Hospital Sister Genevieve Martineck Associate Catholic Chaplain Ebensburg Center Sister Honora McCawley Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) instructor St. John Co-Cathedral Presenter St. Joseph Spirituality Center Sister Dolores Partsch Adult Literacy Instructor Cambria County Prison and Library Sister Jane Stephen Rosko Lector, Eucharistic Minister Our Lady of the Alleghenies Member Auxiliary of Lilly Fire Department Sister Patti Rossi Director Altoona-Johnstown Mission Office Sister Carol Ann Ziecina Coordinator for Spiritual Care Conemaugh Health System page 7

M ✛ justice

modeling their parents From Kentucky to El Salvador, siblings carry hope

Following a shared trip to El Salvador to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the martyrdom of four churchwomen, Sister Sarah Crotty and her sister recently reflected on the life-shaping impact of their upbringing, which began in Erlanger, Kentucky. In the Crotty family of five children, mother and father, who were knit together by their shared faith, embraced Catholic social teachings and modeled how to practice it in their home, parish and community. “My parents, but especially my father was rabid about justice. Most especially in his time (1960s and ‘70s) and in his work, he saw racial discrimination and it made him angry. Within his work, he did what he could to promote equality. And my mother treated everyone the same. She enjoyed and cared for and about everyone without distinction,” recalls Sister Sarah. Her older sister, Liz, remembers praying for the people in Vietnam regularly at meal times, inviting African American children into their middle-class neighborhood to play four-square and hopscotch, tutoring youth in reading at the Boys Club, and teaching swimming to physically disabled children. All was

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encouraged by her parents, and all took place while Liz herself was a child moving into the teen-aged years – from ages 7 to 15. Liz of Charlottesville, Virginia, is a nurse practitioner at a rural community health clinic. With encouragement from Sister Sarah, Liz traded a “factory-style healthcare clinic” for a community clinic. “She was right, I am now in a culture of care I feel good about and look forward to growing myself and this clinic,” acknowledges Liz, who stepped into the new position nearly a year ago. She continues to volunteer with Remote Area Medical in southwest Virginia and participates in local health fairs which draw thousands of residents from the surrounding Appalachian mountains and beyond for free medical and dental care. “We have the same issues as developing countries in many areas here. Inner cities, the Rust Belt, and rural communities all have many unmet needs,” she says. Sister Sarah also is trying to respond to the many unmet needs of those who are economically disadvantaged through her ministry at Focus on Renewal, a comprehensive multi-service non-profit organization that serves the Sto-Rox community, just southwest of Pittsburgh. Since 2006, she has served as Associate Director of Focus on Renewal, which works to empower the development of spirit, mind and body of individuals so that they may live their lives in a dignified and full human way. Both Sister Sarah and Liz were part of a delegation of 117 women religious who traveled in November to El Salvador through a program sponsored by SHARE El Salvador and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. During the weeklong stay, the delegation visited sites and heard first-hand testimonies by people who knew the martyred women who were assassinated by the Salvadoran military for their advocacy on behalf of refugees and the poor. Sisters of St. Joseph / spring


The delegates also visited the site where Archbishop Oscar Romero was martyred in 1980. They explored root causes of migration to the U.S., learned of current challenges impoverished communities face, including increasing violence, and witnessed ways in which grassroots groups are organizing to build a better future. What lingers in Liz’s memory of San Antonio Los Ranches is a cornucopia of joyful senses: The hospitality of the Salvadorans at the hotel . . . the taste of puposa . . . fireworks . . . kids and dogs running happily and freely . . . women selling embroidered shirts . . . homemade flags waving . . . music blaring “Ode to Joy” . . . a candlelight shrine for the martyred women. . . , and, notably, the absence of barbed wire and semi-automatic guns on the shoulders of men. “The people and the town of San Antonio Los Ranchos impressed me as the place where the Salvadorans persevered in their vision and hope for a beloved, just community and are trying to live their dream there. There was much to lament in El Salvador but this place has hope and joy,” Liz says. The signs of hope were palpable to Sister Sarah as well. “Despite the trauma, injustice and atrocities they have experienced, the people we encountered were full of hope and joy and love,” she says. “They continue in poverty to fight the good fight. They continue to call and act for justice. They work to transform a society that has continued to attempt to degrade, dehumanize and silence them.” While in El Salvador, Sister Sarah says that she glimpsed, in a very tangible way, the Paschal Mystery. “In life there is a rhythm of living and dying, of suffering and joy. Out of suffering, out of death, comes new life. This is still mystery to me. Why is it so? How does it happen? But it seems that almost because of the deep suffering, El Salvador is a place of profound beauty – it is the profound beauty of the human spirit that continually rises again.” page 9

A ✛ leadership

advancing the Gospel National organization recognizes two of our Sisters When a national organization

representing Catholic sisters convened this past summer, two

of our Sisters were Sister Mary

invited to center stage for special recognition.

Sister Mary Pellegrino, who serves on the Leadership Team, was voted in as president-elect of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious page 10

(LCWR) by the nearly 800 members attending the group’s annual meeting in Houston, Texas. Sister Janet Mock, who completed a three-year term as executive director of LCWR in December 2014, was honored as the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Leadership Award from the organization. Both humbled and honored by her election, Sister Mary expressed “great enthusiasm and gratitude for being part of evolving religious life at this time in history.” She said, “We are living in unprecedented times faced with unprecedented choices, and the outcomes of which will influence and shape the future of all of creation. I think that within this context we are both learners and leaders, and it will be important that we continue to discern the most appropriate use of our moral influence in service to the Gospel.” Sisters of St. Joseph / spring


Congratulations, Sisters!

Sister Janet

Sister Mary is serving a second fiveyear term on the Leadership Team as Congregational Moderator. In her acceptance remarks, Sister Janet extended particular gratitude to the Baden Sisters. “My community, small as it is, has always had a heart for mission that is extraordinary – from China, to the First Nations, from Brazil to Liberia, from Jamaica to Nicaragua – stretching us always to see beyond ourselves,” she said. “And yet these women will sit for hours and chat and play cards or Scrabble, talk politics, laugh and cry and share the state of their hearts. They are truly wonderful and it is among them that I am most at home.” Sister Janet, whose leadership roles have crossed local and national levels, also delivered a keynote address, “Surprised by Joy: Springs of the Great Deep Illuminating Religious Life,” at the annual assembly. In September 2011, Sister Janet assumed the position of interim director of the LCWR, and was appointed executive director in April 2012. Sisters of St. Joseph / spring


Sister Pat Phillips, right, and Gallitzin Commons, received a Platinum Award for “Excellence in Resident Services” from the Professional Affordable Housing Management Association. Sister Pat manages Gallitzin Commons, an annex to the Motherhouse that provides independent living space for Sisters. Sister Patti Young, left, plans and coordinates many of the events and opportunities available to Gallitzin Common residents. Sister Janice Vanderneck and Casa San Jose received the “Seeds of Justice Award” during the 27th Annual Harvest Dinner Celebration. As Executive Director of Casa San Jose, Sister Janice accepted the award, which is given annually to people or organizations that make extraordinary contributions in advancing Just Harvest’s mission to end hunger and poverty. Sister Donna Marie Beck was recognized at the annual Young at Heart gala for her significant role in taking the music therapy program at Villa St. Joseph from concept to creation. Sister Donna Marie is a Life Time Achievement Award winner of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). Upon her retirement from Duquesne University, she was inducted into the Century Club of Distinguished Duquesne University Alumni. page 11

R ✛ memories

reconnecting after decades Sr. Fran welcomes ‘first grader’ and her family

Kelly (Vavro) Malena recalls her firstgrade teacher, Sister Frances Hurley, as a “wonderful teacher and a loving person” at St. Bernadette School in Monroeville. Kelly also remembers the rocking chair and “hug rug” that comforted the children in Sister Fran’s classroom – and her family’s annual trips to the Sisters of St. Joseph Harvest Festival. “Each year after we were finished at the Harvest Festival, we would go on a tour of the chapel, the beautiful shrines, Stations of the Cross, and cemetery,” Kelly wrote in an e-mail. Now living in Greenville, South Carolina, Kelly wanted to re-trace the journey of her cherished childhood memories and share them with her husband, Scott, and their two young children, Clare, 3, and Kevin, 18 months. While on a recent family vacation, Kelly re-connected with Sister Fran in Baden who was thrilled to reminisce with her, catch up with her story and meet her family.

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Serving as hostess and tour guide, Sister Fran walked the family through the Motherhouse with visits to Sister Fran’s local community, the chapel, the parlors, and statues, such as the one that depicts the “Death of Joseph” at the convent’s original entrance. A brisk and sunny October afternoon offered a beautiful backdrop for a leisurely stroll on the grounds where Kelly was drawn to the Stations of the Cross and the refurbished Grotto where she pointed out the shrine of Mary to her daughter. The stop at the cemetery was particularly meaningful to the family because Kelly’s great-great aunt was Sister Euphrasia Condron who died in 1965 at age 78. Sister Euphrasia, who taught in 13 schools in the dioceses of Pittsburgh Sisters of St. Joseph / spring


and Altoona-Johnstown, returned to Baden in 1952 when she lost vision in both eyes. Shortly thereafter, she took Braille lessons, learned to operate a Braille writer, and eventually helped produce Braille books and talking books for blind children. In an undated newspaper clipping glued into a family Bible, Sister Euphrasia is quoted as saying: “I could scarcely wait to get home from work to study my Braille lessons. My hands get itchy for the Braille writer . . . . I believe that God led me into it, and since He has been so good to me, I must do all I can to help the blind.” Kelly expressed her appreciation for the background on Sister Euphrasia from the Archives and noted in her email before her visit: “My grandma remembered all of the beautiful sites from her childhood when she visited her aunt, Sister Euphrasia, in the convent.” Kelly says that she hopes that the visit to Baden is the first of many

family vacations that will include a Catholic dimension for their children. “This was all so special. What an absolute delight to see Kelly after all of these years and to meet her lovely family,” says Sister Fran, who could still recognize a glimmer of the 6-year-old student from the 1988-89 class in the young mother. And what about that “hug rug”? Sister Fran, formerly known as Sister Robertine and who taught first graders for nearly 50 years with 28 years at St. Bernadette, explains: “I was always aware of young children often being shy and sometimes uncomfortable, so my classrooms always had a hug rug. I told the children if they ever felt lonely or just felt like they needed a hug, they could step on the rug.” While there was no classroom rug for the Malena family to step on, Sister Fran was generous with hugs of joy and gratitude. page 13

D ✛ development letter

dear partners in mission How can we thank God enough for all the joy we feel because of you?

1 Thes.3:9

As I write this letter of gratitude for your gifts to the Sisters during fiscal year 2015, I want you to know that the quote from St. Paul to the Sister Karen Stoila, CSJ Thessalonians is felt by every Sister of St. Joseph of Baden. The year 2015 was a painful year in many ways in the history of the world, especially as the refugee crisis and senseless violence were our constant reality. But in the midst of a world where values seem upside-down and inside-out, there will always be the presence of God to call us to fuller and deeper life.

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With your generosity and willingness to share in our life and our ministry, we are able to remind others about the fruits of the Holy Spirit - charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness - alive in our hearts and present in our world in the midst of suffering. Many of you saw the beautiful photo of Sister Janet Mock with Pope Francis on the cover of our last magazine. Both of them have a smile that brings the light of Christ into our midst. Sister Janet shared some reflections with our Sisters at the installation of our current Leadership Team. Her words carry so much meaning for us as Sisters and for our future. Because you have done so much to help us continue to live in the present and build up the reign of God now and into the future, I share them with you. They express what you Sisters of St. Joseph / spring


Save the date of June 6th for our 18th annual Golf Classic at Sunnehanna Country Club in Johnstown. As a golfer or a sponsor, you can help us “drive to a million” in cumulative fund-raising dollars since the golf outing began. This year, we hope to reach our milliondollar mark. For more information, e-mail Sister Karen Stoila at or call her at 724-869-6592.

In loving memory Sister Mildred (Ildephonse) Boeh, 102 March 4, 2016

mean to us as our family, friends and generous benefactors: Every religious community has a lens through which we read the Gospel. For Sisters of St. Joseph, we articulate that lens as the great love of God that draws all creation into one. We said publicly that we believe that (our) way of approaching life is not limited to those who make profession as a Sister of St. Joseph. Those who associate formally with us, those who are drawn to partner with us in ministry, those who work with us do so because they too are attracted by God’s great love. For Sisters of St. Joseph / spring


these people, their work is not just a job; it is a way of life that gives what they do profound meaning. When we look through the lens that is the great love of God and love of neighbor without distinction, we see you and your goodness to the Sisters of St. Joseph. You have added great love and great meaning to the manner in which we care for our Sisters and our dear neighbors. Thank you for sharing so generously in our life and our mission. Sister Karen Stoila, CSJ Director of Development 724-869-6592

Sister Elizabeth (Regis Marie) Brown, 79 February 16, 2016 Sister Donna Marie Tahaney, 80 February 6, 2016 Sister Teresa Katherine Cheslock, 90 January 15, 2016 Sister Mary Eileen (Lucian) Mackaness, 90 January 11, 2016 Sister Mary Louise (Aurelia) Collins, 80 October 11, 2015 Sister Patricia (Sebastian) Tittler, 78 August 27, 2015 To read more about our Sisters or to make a memorial contribution, please visit our website at page 15

✛ annual report to donors

sources of contributions July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015

July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015

$550,000 $500,000 $450,000 $400,000 $350,000 $300,000 $250,000 $200,000 $150,000 $100,000 $50,000 $0 Gifts from Individuals

Restricted Donations for New Boiler

Planned Gifts

Sisters' Patrimony Gifts


Commemorative Gifts

Special Events

In Kind Gifts

National Religious Retirements Collection

2014-2015 Gifts from Individuals (Major Gifts, Appeals, Newsletters, Unsolicited) $489,403 Restricted Donations for New Boiler $42,263 Planned Gifts (Wills, Trusts) $92,188 Sisters’ Patrimony Gifts $279,413 Grants (Corporations, Foundations, Organizations) $185,753 Commemorative Gifts (In Memory, In Honor) $69,737 Special Events (Golf Classic, Lottery Calendar, MGHS Brunch, Spring Luncheon) $185,590 In Kind Gifts (Golf Classic) $18,577 National Religious Retirement Collection - November 2014 $213,485 Total $1,576,409

uses of contributions July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015

$550,000 $500,000 $450,000 $400,000 $350,000 $300,000 $250,000 $200,000 $150,000 $100,000 $50,000 $0 Development/ Communications Expenses

Present and Future Care of Elder Sisters

Ministry Support

Special Event Expenses

Motherhouse Expense

General Operating Expenses

In Kind Gifts

2014-2015 Development/Communications Expenses $260,435 Present and Future Care of Elder Sisters $372,628 Ministry Support (Casa San Jose, Foster Care, Peace Camp, Prison Ministry, $401,079 Spirituality Center, Grounds and Eco-Projects, Neighbors in Need, Pet Therapy, Other) Special Event Expenses (Golf Classic, Lottery Calendar, MGHS Brunch) $42,344 Motherhouse Expense - Directed to New Boiler $42,263 General Operating Expenses $439,083 In Kind Gifts (Golf Classic) $18,577 Total $1,576,409

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✛ annual report to donors Circle

Compassion of

July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015

Anonymous (2)

Anthony J. and Michelle Guzzi

Estate of Vivian R. Boal

Margaret R. Kane

Estate of William A. Burgunder

Albert J. and Diane E. Kaneb

Estate of Barbara L. Burton

James S. and Lori Rausch

Dean A. and Mary Calland

Sisters of St. Joseph Auxiliary

Diocese of Pittsburgh

Anna M. Stedina

Eaton Corporation

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

EMCOR Group Inc. Richard F. Ferrucci

W. O’Neil Foundation

Helen M. Force Gardiner Howland Shaw Foundation


Joy of

Anonymous (2)

The Moloney Family Charitable Fund

Estate of Paul L. Kram, Jr.

Peter R. and Sue Osenar

Joseph Grimes

Bernadette F. Revicky

Hopkinton CC Charitable Foundation


Hubbell Inc. Jefferson Regional Medical Center Lennox International Inc. John F. and Jane Malloy Robert G. and Patricia Maloney


Zeal of

Anonymous (4)

Dr. Andrew C. and Ursula Chough

Estate of Mary Jo Cadigan

CJL Engineering

Estate of Rose T. Madonna

William R. and Patricia Collins

Dorothy Agostine

Robert G. Currier

Enrico D. Arzenti

Marta M. David

Pete and Suzanne Avila

Dennis and Kim DiPerna

Baker Tilly

Vincent Donatelli Family Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation

Lawrence and Constance Barone and Jeannie Brennan

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Emcor Services Scalise Industries

Dolores O. Bassett

John R. Erck

Thomas G. and Joan Bigley

Richard W. and Beth Farmer

Dr. Julia E. Blum

Wayne Foley

Robert A. Bracci

Kathy Galleher

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Gary D. and Lauretta Gordon page 17

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July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015

Rev. Keith E. and Rev. Janet B. Grill

James J. and Dr. Alison M. Mirasola

Sisters of St. Joseph - Clarence NY

Michael Gross

Philip and Patricia Muck Charitable Foundation

Sisters of St. Joseph - Watertown, NY

Michael J. and Debra L. Gubanic Dr. David and Marilyn Harcum Joseph and Kathy Haver

David P. Nauman and Rebecca Degrosky Edward J. and Nancy Norberg

Janice M. Hayes

Carole A. Ortenzo

Alfred E. Jones and Frances Bridgeman Jones Memorial Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation

Thomas and Joyce Pappert Thomas M. and Christel Parrish

William E. and Carolyn Keslar

Leo N. and Evelyn L. Pohl

Phillip S. Kimball The James Jr. Fund Inc.

The Platt Family Foundation Prudential Foundation Matching Gifts Program

Knights of Columbus Queen of Peace Council #5367

William S. Rank

Ladies of Bethany

Kenneth G. Reese

Joan Lavery

Paul A. and Cindy Rank

Harry and Becky Lewis

Rev. Andre N. Remillard and Lillian M. Remillard

Craig S. and Ellen Liberatore

S. Edward and Katherine Renner

Jerry and Annette Lindley

Daniel A. and Judy Rowley

Marcus & Shapira LLP

Timothy G. and Carol Rubritz

Robert G. and Jane Mazur

Gordon E. and Jo Anne Scherer

Conrad J. and Susan McGuire

Mary Ellen Schuessler

David J. and Susan Merison

Gerald A. Serrino

John M. Miller

Nacol B. Sharkins

John and Patty Miller

Charles E. and Ellen Sheedy


Peace of

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St. Veronica High School Class of 1963 Staley Capital Advisers Dennis and Regina Stover Helane C. Tobin Dr. Gregory T. and Dr. Leslie R. Trecha Dr. Christopher and Barbara Troianos Steven and Betty Uzupis Michael C. and Linda Vojtasko Steve Wagner David G. and Marianne A. Walsh Gregory J. and Lori Weimer Wesco Distribution Inc. Linda T. Whitford Rick and Patricia Williams John J. Young

Anonymous (8)

Robert A. and Arleen Barth

Agility International Inc.

Edward W. Bartosh

Robert J. and Susan Alman

Elizabeth W. Bauernschub

AmeriServ Financial

LaVerne S. Beckett

Frank T. and Mary Ellen Anania

Christopher C. Benec

John M. and Anne Marie Arzenti

Joseph S. Beri

William S. and Shirley Balint

Ralph Betters

Ronald Barbati

Stanley J. and Linda Biel

Aurella J. Barch

Christine R. Bissert

Lawrence R. and Kathleen Barkowski

Michael P. and Elaine Blake

William and Susan Barrett

Borough of Baden Sisters of St. Joseph / spring


✛ annual report to donors

July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015

Richard E. Bosco

Walter E. and Annette Davis

Bernard R. and Clare Gillis

John Boyle

Debo Moving & Storage

Nicholas C. and MaryLu Giver

John L. and Elizabeth Branson

Linda G. DeBor

Mark W. and Melissa Good

Ken and Sheryl Brodie

Mark A. and Christina Degonish

Robert B. Greene

Carol Ann Brown

Neil and Carol DeLuca

Drew and Doris Grivna

Frances J. Brown

Thomas J. and Ruth Demko

Robert W. and Christine Grochowski

William P. and Justine Brown

Pamela B. Dereta

Jeff H. and Elaine Groezinger

Robert L. Brush, Jr.

James F. DiBenedetto

Judith L. Guttilla

Amy L. Bubash

Joseph G. Dillon

Dr. Louis M. and Lynn Guzzi

Frances E. Bungo

Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown Mission Office

Dennis D. and Barbara Habowski

John and Gina Dioguardi

Robert T. and Linda Hales

Thomas J. Burgunder Max E. and Helen Callaghan David S. Cavanaugh

Mary Jo Dressel

Daniel P. Cellini

Joseph L. and Mary Driggs

Catherine A. Charnock Vincent F. and Anna Cimino City Theatre Company Inc. Jonathan D. and Pamela Clark Charlene K. Clarke

Barry and Aida Dugan Mary A. Durra Gabriela Dusaniwskyj Anita L. Dwyer John R. and Gertrude Echement

James J. Colaianne, Jr. Concurrent Technologies Corporation Mary J. Connaughton

William and Kathleen Englert Michele Fagan Richard A. Finoli

John A. and Kris Connolly

Francis J. Fisher

Mike and Elizabeth Connor Daniel J. and Barbara Connors E. Lynn and Rosemary Contrucci Marie T. Coschigano

Karen S. Fisher Rosalia M. Flaherty Kevin M. and Donna Flannery Elizabeth A. France

Frank G. and Adelfa Coyle

Alan H. and Anna Maria Francis

Calvin Cramer

Mary J. Frankenberry

Paul A. Crandell

Denis J. Frost

Edward Crum

Molly Fulling

Cura Hospitality William W. and Anna Jean Cushwa Byron K. and Lana Custer Edward J. and Maureen Dabrowski Donald R. and Mary Jane D’Amico David Z. and Noreen D’Argenio Sisters of St. Joseph / spring

Daniel B. Donahoe


Marcia Gallina Advised Fund of Cumberland County Foundation, Inc. Blaine W. and Mary Anne Galonski Brother Allen Ganz, FSC Tom J. and Carole Garner

Dr. Maureen Haggarty Walter C. and Mary Hall Joan E. Hallinan Patricia A. Hammond, CSJA William J. and Margaret Hannan Gregory A. and Gail Harbaugh Stephen Hegner Dawn E. Heilman Joseph M. and Patty Henry Janet E. Hicks Highmark Matching Funds Dan L. and Vanessa Hummel Antonino and Mary Clare Incardona Raymond R. and Marie Jacko Jeffrey and Susan Jackson Richard P. and Dorothy Jacob Andrew T. and Pearl Johnson Dorothy A. Kala James S. and Frances Kalmer Lisa M. Katulis Dr. Edward G. Kelly James E. and Margaret Kervin Thomas R. and Antoinette Kessler John R. and Mary Kilkeary Dr. Wayne K. and Rebecca Kinning Karen J. Knox page 19

✛ annual report to donors

July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015

William H. and Pamela Kredel

Albert J. Morian, Jr.

William F. and Susan Scherfel

Michael J. and Virginia Kubek

Edward, Gail and Elizabeth Moschetti

Edmund N. Schuster

Kathleen M. Kundar

Brother Charles E. Mrozinski, FSC

John J. and Susan Sciarretti

LabChem Inc.

Lawrence L. and Marianne Murray

Capt. James E. and Suzi Sheehan

Daniel H. and Larna Lackner

Virginia F. Muth

Sisters of St. Joseph - West Hartford CT

Don and Monica Lane

James A. and Mary Nania

Paula Soto

Lois M. Lang

Jack and Louise Napor

Marian M. Langer

James F. and Maureen Nelson

Robert N. Spinelli and Christine A. Crawford

Paul R. and Patricia Lebanik

Raymond M. and Jean Niedenberger

Joseph and Myra Leone

Jenny Novak

Judith M. Lewis

Michael O’Brien

Melissa Lewis

Janet Ofodile

Jeffrey F. and Mary Llewellyn

Lawrence T. O’Neill

Mark J. and Fran Llewellyn

Barbara M. Onn

William H. and Carroll Logsdon

Mark J. Orient

Dr. Margaret M. Lyday

Shannon Oster

JoAnn Maher

Vincent C. and Beth Palilla

John N. and Constance Marasciula

Linda A. Panchura

Albert D. and Eileen Massi

Park Swim Club

William P. and Kay Mausteller

Mark E. Pasquerilla

Donald K. and Donna McBee

George A. and Patricia Pecoraro

Patrick J. and Diane McCann

Thomas W. and Kathleen Peske

Richard A. and Lisa McCanna

Peter and Tricia Pesut

Rev. Msgr. Stephen A. McCarren

Karen M. Petruny

Richard W. and Lauren McCarthy

Gilbert M. Pielin

Ellen McCracken

Robert A. and Christine Pietrandrea

Linda V. McKeehan

Poland Funeral Home Inc.

Louis K. McLinden, Sr.

Mitchell G. Possinger

Terry and Donna McNamara

Paul J. and Patricia Prucnal

Daniel McNulty

Bernard J. and Patricia Rabik

David E. and Marilyn Meehan

Andrew Raszewski

Patricia J. Meyer

Mark E. and Margaret Rentler

Charles J. and Betty Minor

Richard D. Riordan

Mon Yough Catholic School

Rita M. Riordan

Dr. John I. and Betty Moraca

Dennis B. Roddy and Joyce A. Gannon

Barbara J. Moretti

Rohrich Toyota

Michael A. Morgan

Thomas and Marilyn Schaub

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Dr. Frances H. Squires St. Alexis School St. James School St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing Class of 1964 Thaddeus S. and Jacqueline Stasiak Jefferson J. and Ruth Stensrud Angela M. Stevens Patricia Swartzlander, CSJA Ann M. Sweeney Stephen and Joyce Tambolas Mary Ann Tarnovich Dr. David G. and Amy Thimons Cynthia R. Tierno Thomas P. and Donna Timcho Dr. Nick Trombetta Stephen P. and Debra Turcsanyi Richard and Lura Vereb Dianne Vernet Theresa L. Vidas Violeta C. Viray Dorothy A. Vojna William S. Warren Mark Welch James A. and Joann Wick Patrick M. and Kelly Wiethorn William A. Wiles Mary G. Wolf Jerry F. and Nancy Wood Mary Kay Wood

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✛ annual report to donors CIRCLES OF GIVING Circle of Compassion $10,000 or more

July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015

St. Joseph Legacy Society

Circle of Joy Up to $9,999

The St. Joseph Legacy Society recognizes those individuals who witness the spirit of generosity modeled by our patron, St. Joseph. Members of the Society are honored for any planned gift, no matter the amount.

Circle of Zeal Up to $4,999 Circle of Peace Up to $999

The Sisters of St. Joseph are grateful to the following benefactors for bequests given during fiscal year 20142015. May God reward their selfless generosity with light, happiness and peace in God’s eternal home.

Circle of Grace Up to $249 We express our deep and heartfelt gratitude to 2,403 Circle of Grace donors whose yearly contributions up to $249 have blessed us greatly with a cumulative gift of $141,597.15. We regret that we are not able to publish the individual names, but we hold their names in our hearts and in our prayers.

Vivian R. Boal

Ida M. Klepper

William A. Burgunder

Paul L. Kram, Jr.

Barbara L. Burton

Rose T. Madonna

Mary Jo Cadigan

Helane C. Tobin

The Fontbonne Circle Named in honor of Mother St. John Fontbonne, who restored the Congregation in Lyon, France, in 1808 after the French Revolution, the Fontbonne Circle formally recognizes those whose cumulative lifetime gifts to the Sisters of St. Joseph and their ministries have reached $10,000.00 We thank these benefactors who generously support the mission and ministries of the Sisters of St. Joseph. As builders of God’s great love, they partner with us to make Jesus known and to apply the Gospel to all realms of human life.

Joseph Grimes Michael and Debra Gubanic Hopkinton CC Charitable Foundation Margaret R. (Peggy) Kane

Sisters of St. Joseph / spring


Robert and Patricia Maloney W. O’Neil Foundation Bernadette F. Revicky

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✛ eco projects

sharing our bounty

Volunteer gardener sees value in sustainability

Alice with Sister Lyn page 22

Sisters of St. Joseph / spring


As the growing season waned in late October, Sister Lyn Szymkiewicz and volunteer Alice Valoski harvested the last 12 pounds of romaine lettuce from a garden on the grounds of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Some of the lettuce would be delivered to the local food bank, some would be tossed as salad in the Sisters’ dining room, and the wilted, brown leaves would be fed to the resident chickens. Since 2009, Alice has volunteered alongside Sister Lyn - planting, mulching, weeding, watering and harvesting the produce from the two community gardens and the Sisters’ garden on the Motherhouse property. Alice of Sewickley was one of the first local residents to sign up to tend a raised bed in Miriam’s Garden, the first of the two community gardens. While visiting a friend at Villa St. Joseph, Alice picked up a flyer promoting the gardens and was immediately drawn to participating.

“I enjoy gardening and wanted to help others

Alice, a registered dietitian who grew up with family gardens, appreciates and values the multiple benefits of community gardens:

“Community gardens encourage food security and a sense of community by giving people an opportunity to work together to grow their own food or food that can be shared with others. These gardens can improve the health of participants by

who might not have access to fresh nutritious

increasing their consumption of fresh produce and

food,” she says. “Often times, food that is donated

increasing their physical activity by working in

to food banks and soup kitchens is high in calories the garden. People who participate learn how to with few nutrients.” grow their own food.” Sisters of St. Joseph / spring


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Alice says she was delighted to don “the bee suit” and learn more about the “amazing insects” from Sister Lyn, a certified beekeeper. She also credits Sister Lyn with improving her gardening skills, becoming a better steward of the environment by controlling pest and weeds more safely and organically, and offering her an opportunity to help others have access to nutritious foods. Alice, who likes all vegetables, would pick “a juicy, sun-ripened heirloom tomato” as her favorite.

At an early age, Alice got her hands dirty in the garden. “When I was a child my family always had a garden. We ate fresh vegetables from the garden during spring, summer, and fall. Then we canned or froze the excess for winter. As a child I don’t think I appreciated how fortunate I was to have fresh, home-grown veggies.” Alice recalls the generosity of her uncle who was always quick to share “extra” produce with friends and neighbors. That spirit of kindness resonates with Alice, who each growing season donates between 100 and 200 pounds of produce from Miriam’s Garden to local food banks and soup kitchens. “Alice’s successful harvests of produce witness to her superb gardening skills,” says Sister Lyn, who is Director of Grounds and Eco Projects for the Sisters. “She has gone beyond the call of volunteering in the gardens. She is a ‘go-to’ person for me. Alice often made it possible for me to go to a conference or take a weekend off from watering the gardens because she so freely volunteered to take over those responsibilities.” The community gardens, as well as the raising of chickens and tending bees, are part of Earth Tones, a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph. The ministry not only produces vegetables, eggs and honey, but also hand-crafted items, such as soaps and lotions, from the beeswax. page 24

Occasionally, after working in the garden, Alice says she would enjoy stopping by the convent “to share a smile and some of the delicious tomatoes” with the friends she has nurtured over the years: Sister Bridget James O’Brien, Sister Mary Dominic Ravotti, Sister Anne Celine Mutscheller and Sister Anthony Costlow.

Earth Tones: By the numbers in 2015

GARDENS F R GOOD 134 volunteers, 851 hours

606 pounds of produce for sisters

651 pounds of produce for the needy

BEES F R BEAUTY 10 hives 500+ pounds of honey

CHICKENS F R CHANGE 8 chickens 23 dozen eggs for sisters 40 dozen eggs for the needy 80 dozen eggs sold for sustainability Sisters of St. Joseph / spring


F ✛ YouTube

featuring our volunteers Couple connects ‘Luca’ with hospice patients

With a tasty treat in hand, Kathy Hogan gently guides Luca to the bedside of a hospice patient. Luca, a certified therapy dog, nuzzles closer and softly rests her head alongside the woman. Through Pets with Heart, Kathy and her husband, Garry, have been bringing Luca to the Good Sisters of St. Joseph / spring


Samaritan Hospice floor at Heritage Valley Beaver for more than a year. Their Tuesday visits are a cheerful part of the week for hospital administrators, hospice floor staff and just about everyone they meet in the hallway or on the elevator. “It’s a very special journey that families on the hospice floor are walking on and to be able to go with Luca and bring a little bit of sunshine in such a sad situation is just remarkable,” Kathy says. Working with a therapy dog was on Kathy’s “bucket list” of things she has always wanted to do. She noticed the Pets with Heart brochure while picking up her own dog from the groomer. She kept it and later recognized Sister Pat Montini and

her golden retriever, Luca, while visiting a friend at Villa St. Joseph. “There was an immediate connection between Luca and Kathy and Garry Hogan,” Sister Pat says. “She asked if she would be able to take Luca on a weekly visit to the hospice at Good Samaritan and even went to training classes with Luca.” Sister Pat and Sister Sharon Costello created Pets with Heart to offer comfort, joy and healing to God’s people. Together, the Sisters and their dogs offer a gentle presence to people at hospitals, schools, nursing homes and community centers. They are thankful for volunteers, like Kathy and Garry, who help spread the charism, or spirit, of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Visit our YouTube channel at to meet Kathy and Garry Hogan and learn more about Pets with Heart. page 25

S ✛ sacred space

strolling through time History, architecture of chapel captivate guests

When Cheryl Chupa stepped into the Sisters of St. Joseph Chapel for the first time, she was moved by its soothing and simple beauty. “I felt totally embraced by peace,” said Cheryl, who lives in Aliquippa and photographs church steeples as a pastime.

Debby David of Harmony Township said she regularly visits churches and she counts St. Michael in Chicago and St. Stanislaus in Pittsburgh, among the most magnificent. “It’s so exciting to note the many differences in design and décor, but all of them - even this chapel - focus on the beautiful centerpiece of the altar,” she said. Cheryl and Debby were among the first-time visitors to the Chapel who learned about its rich history, stunning architecture, and sacred traditions in a “Stroll through Time” event. The hour-long presentation by Archivist Kathleen Washy on March 13 coincided with National Catholic Sisters Week.

Archivist Kathleen Washy page 26

In opening remarks, Sister Barbara Czyrnik of the Leadership Team said:

“Welcome to the heart of our home . . . to this sacred space that has surrounded hundreds of Sisters of St. Joseph, Associates and friends with the warmth and light of God’s presence. This is where we pray, where we sing, where we grieve, where we celebrate.” For Nancy Yanyanin and Lorraine Walley, former Mount Gallitzin Academy parents, the presentation stirred memories of their children processing down the Chapel aisle for their first Holy Communion, Confirmation, and other faith gatherings. Nancy said she was drawn to the event because of its close proximity, the opportunity to learn something new, and the spiritual setting. “What a peaceful and beautiful place. It was an inspiring afternoon that left us wanting more,” said Sisters of St. Joseph / spring


Paulette Green, a 1972 graduate of Mount Gallitzin Academy. Designed in 1923 by architect Carlton Strong, the Chapel was constructed in 1924. Strong, who practiced architecture in New York

before locating to Pittsburgh, is well-known for his regional design of Catholic parishes, universities, and convents. He is best known for designing Sacred Heart Parish in Shadyside. The afternoon event attracted 120 guests from Beaver, Butler

and Allegheny counties, including history and architectural enthusiasts, former students of the sisters, and parishioners from Our Lady of Peace, St. James, St. Titus, St. Catherine, and St. Ferdinand. Sisters of St. Joseph Associate Carol Brown invited two first-time visitors to the program, and they were quick to point out the striking resemblance in architecture between the Chapel and their parish, St. Joseph in New Kensington. Their church also was designed by Carlton Strong. Among the guests were David, Ed and Celeste Parrendo, whose late father Nicholas designed four stained glass windows in the oratory, located near the Chapel in the community building. Mr. Parrendo began his 66year artistic career at Hunt Stained Glass Studios in Pittsburgh, and

eventually bought the business. Henry Hunt, the founder of Hunt Studios, designed and manufactured the stained glass windows that grace the Chapel. Six windows are featured in the sanctuary, including St. Joseph and the Nativity. Along the walls are 44 additional windows, half of which represent saints. “Kathleen’s presentation was well researched and enlightening, and I enjoyed the visuals. She only needed to add music of the Sisters to make it perfect,” said David Parrendo. Following the presentation, guests mingled with approximately 30 sisters and continued the conversation about the history of the Chapel and the Congregation.

Ed, Celeste and David Parrendo Sisters of St. Joseph / spring


The event, which was funded by a National Catholic Sisters Week mini-grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, was among a series of projects across the country that organizers planned to “instruct, enlighten and bring greater focus to the lives” of Catholic sisters. page 27

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notes from our neighbors Blessed Sacrament School in Natrona Heights first opened its doors in September 1954. We were all members of the very first third grade class in the brand new school building . . . . So here we were all little children walking into a new intimidating environment waiting to see who our teacher was going to be. Our teacher was Sister Mary Arnold (Sister Jacqueline Ketter). . . . Sister Mary Arnold brought a smile to our faces and light to our life. Each day as we entered our classroom, Sister greeted us with a smile and happiness. You could tell she loved answering God’s call. Some of us were fortunate to have her in sixth grade also. For all the years that Sister Mary Arnold and all of the others who have given their lives to God’s service, we thank you. To each of you who taught us studies, the Ten Commandments, prepared us for First Communion and Confirmation, please do not think your hard work was in vain. So much of your hard work and teachings remain with us in the world today. We pray for all of you. We thank all of you and ask that God bless you all . . . . Janice (Friel) Kaufman, Colette (Oravitz) Kaufman, Kathleen (Traenkner) Butera, Guy Lattus, John Matjasko Sisters of St. Joseph / spring page 28