New Associates received on Commemoration Day, L to R: The Rev. Paul Rajan, Mary Ballard, Eloise Monzillo Hiris, Elizabeth Loree, David Johnston, Linda Cook, and Ray Sperber
Commemoration Day is a long-held tradition at CSJB which celebrates our Associates, Oblates, and friends who are so vital to our mission and ministry. It is our annual way of saying thanks to everyone who does so much for CSJB. To all who could make it, thank you so much for being here and to those who were absent, you are in our prayers, and we will see you soon!
Click on the small images below to see a slideshow of Commemoration Day photos:
Many thanks to our hardworking online prayer team: Pat McKenzie, Janet Maulbeck, the Rev. Kevin Coffey, Doug McKenzie, Jan Paxton, and the Rev. John Rollins. If you’d like to join in the First Friday Zoom Prayers, please email CSJB Associate Pat McKenzie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALSO - We will be taking a break from the newsletter in July, so look for the next edition at the end of August.
CSJB IS ON PRESERVATION NEW JERSEY’S LIST OF THE TOP 10 MOST ENDANGERED HISTORIC PLACES
THE GOOD SHEPHERD HOME IN CAMEROON, WEST AFRICA
THE CSJB GARDEN OF HOPE
GOOD NEWS GARDENS: CELEBRATING POLLINATORS, GARDEN RULES, AND FOOD DISTRIBUTION
The Garden of Hope is thriving after all the heavy rains!
INTERWEAVE – SOWING SEEDS OF LOVE
The event is coordinated as a collaboration partnership of the Social Justice Teams from The Church of Messiah and St Lawrence the Martyr and The Community of St John Baptist. In addition to participating, the Community provides the printing services for the program.
Prayer from the Juneteenth Ceremony
Today, we commemorate the end of slavery in America.
This day partially reminds us of the progress made.
This day also partially reminds us of the progress we have not made.
We celebrate the freedom of black lives in our nation.
We grieve that we have not correctly reconciled racism in our nation.
You created each person in Your image.
The two greatest commandments call us to love You with all our heart, souls, and minds; Then, to love our neighbor as ourselves.
Your love for us motivates us to love each other.
If we do not love each other, then ultimately, we have not experienced Your love.
As much as we commemorate and celebrate Juneteenth, we grieve this day.
We mourn that our black brothers and sisters have not been loved as our neighbors.
We mourn that our black brothers and sisters have been treated less than created in Your image throughout history. So, Lord, we confess our sins and repent.
The healing and reconciliation we desire comes from the gospel.
On Juneteenth 2023, we ask You to guide our nation.
May the good news of the gospel motivate us to love each other.
May the ideals of our words match the practices of our lives.
May a fresh empowerment of Your Spirit unite us together.
Give us eyes to see and ears to hear Your will and leading.
Sr. Eleanor Francis will be leading a program entitled “Eastern Spirituality for Western Seekers.” It will be a day-long program In person on Saturday, October 14.
Please check for further details in the next newsletters.
ST. MARGUERITE'S RETREAT HOUSE
FROM SISTER ELEANOR FRANCIS
In Washington D.C. itself, I was thrilled to make a return trip to the U.S. Holocaust Museum, where I had done research on my mother in 2020. This time, the museum staff researched my grandfather, Jeno Neuwirth. I had previously known nothing about him except his name and birthdate. Now I have many documents. Most of them are in German, so our Associate Scott Bennett kindly helped with the translation.
--Sister Eleanor Francis
THE PILGRIM BOND - OUR FELLOWSHIP CONTINUES
ASSOCIATES AND OBLATES
ST. JOHN BAPTIST SCHOOL ALUMNAE
PLEASE JOIN US IN PRAYING FOR
We pray especially for the poor, the marginalized, and the oppressed.
OUR HEARTFELT THANKS TO
The DCLM Fund
The Ross Foundation
The S.A.D. Foundation
The Community of the Transfiguration
The Rt. Rev. Carlye J. Hughes
The Rt. Rev. Allen K. Shin
The Rt. Rev. Mary Glasspool
The Rev. Kevin Coffey
The Rev. Cynthia L. Black, DD, and the people of the Church of the Redeemer
The Rev. John A. Rollins
The Rev. Lorna Erixson and the people of St. Mark's Mendham
The Rev. Margaret Otterburn and the people of the Church of the Messiah
The Rev. Victoria McGrath and the people of All Saints Millington
The Rev. Anne C. Thatcher and the people of St. Peters Morristown
TO SUPPORT OUR GENERAL FUND
YOUR LEGACY FOR CSJB
Many thanks to all the kind people who have expressed interest in being CSJB Legacy donors. Our promise to you is that your legacy will continue God's work.
CLICK HERE for information about becoming a Legacy donor.
Sister Suzanne Elizabeth on the Convent cloister
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COVID-19 Resources from the Diocese of Newark
COVID-19 Information from the Centers for Disease Control
Dialogue from the Diocese of Newark
THE CLEWER INITIATIVE
PROGRAM founded by our Sisters in England and the Rt. Rev. Alastair Redfern
THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS!
Thank you to all our donors who raised over $480,000 to replace our 114-year-old septic system!
Next, we hope to replace the Convent stucco, St. Marguerite's roof, and restore our cemetery.
Thank you for supporting our Capital Campaign to help us continue God's work in our sacred space.
It's easy to help!
To donate by check, make your check out to:
St. John the Baptist Foundation
"Capital Campaign" on the ledger line of your check.
Mail to: PO Box 240
Mendham, NJ .7945
To donate by PAYPAL, go to
and in the "purpose" section of your online donation type "Capital Campaign."
Thank you for supporting our ministries of retreat and spiritual direction which are needed more than ever in today's world.
The State of New Jersey recently stopped giving grants for repairs to religious structures, so this has taken away half our funding for repairs and restorations. The COVID crisis has also negatively impacted our funding for these projects.
If you're interested in contributing to our Capital Campaign to help with these goals, or you'd like to learn about donating in other ways to the ministries of CSJB, CLICK HERE