Few people might be aware of this, but in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 when the Convent was without electricity for 14 days, the Sisters of CSJB never missed an Office. Even when the world seemed to be in chaos and our future was uncertain, we prayed the Divine Offices of Lauds, Terce, Noonday, Vespers, and Compline without fail. We have done the same thing throughout the COVID-19 crisis. The mystical and ancient practice of praying the Psalms gives us a solid, stable, foundation for our souls as the world constantly pivots around us and shifts under our feet.
Sister Victoria has recently experienced a sense of calling to volunteer at the Jersey Battered Women’s Shelter in Morristown. She is currently exploring ways to join their efforts in person. Please join us in praying for her as she discerns her path there.
Sister Monica Clare also attended a virtual assembly of the Poor People’s Campaign on June 20 and a Zoom discussion on July 2. The July 2nd event included regional Poor People’s Campaign leaders from throughout New Jersey. If you’d like to learn more about the Poor People’s Campaign and find out how you can participate, go to https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/.
We sent Bishop Redfern quite a few of our favorites, and we hope that the prayer traditions of our Community will continue to sustain the vision of our Mother Foundress Harriet Monsell in new settings and in new ways. The Clewer Initiative launched a new app in July aimed at tackling modern slavery in rural areas. CLICK HERE to learn more about the app, and go to www.theclewerinitiative.org for more information on this ministry
Please Join us in Praying for
Doug, Janet, Sister Barbara Jean, Greg and Pat, Phoebe, Jay, Dean, Raajiv, Geri and family, Claire, Margaret and family, Larry, Kenneth, Louie, Annette, Michelle, Manh, Kristee, Judith, Suzanne, Anthony, Warren, James, Ingrid, Daniel, Nicole, Jennifer, Joyce, the Clewer Initiative, our Sisters in England, Virginia, Maureen, Michelle, Tiffany, Myles, for a new ministry for the former Daytop Buildings and grounds, Terry, Patty, and her family.
We would be honored to pray for you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any prayer requests.
Drone video of the former St. John Baptist School by the Rev. Cynthia L. Black, DD - rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Morristown
Our Heartfelt Thanks to:
Our many helpers, volunteers, and those who encourage us
Mendham Borough Mayor Christine Glassner
Willard Bergman, esq.
The Rev. Victoria McGrath and the people of All Saints Millington
Our generous donors
The Rev. Lorna Erixson and the people of St. Mark’s Mendham
The Rev. Cynthia L. Black, DD and the people of the Church of the Redeemer
Church of the Messiah
Our CSJB Associates and Oblates
And all those who have generously donated to the Good Shepherd Home, our Capital Campaign, and our general fund in spite of all the economic uncertainty.
CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW FOR:
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