DISCERNING GOD'S CALL
HOLY WEEK AND EASTER AT CSJB
Holy Week and Easter were especially joyful this year at CSJB because after three years, we were finally able to welcome guests at our worship and welcome our clergy friends to celebrate and preach. Many thanks to all who participated in this meaningful and joyful time with us. Special thanks to the Rev. Phil Carr-Jones, the Rev. Deacon Barbara Jensen, the Rev. Dave Jones, the Rev. Canon Andrew Wright, the Rev. Sheelah Clarke, and the Rev. Lorna Erixson.
Please click on the slideshow below for images from Holy Week and Easter.
THE GOOD SHEPHERD HOME IN CAMEROON
EASTER GIFTS SUPPORT LOCAL FOOD PANTRY
From CSJB Associate Julie Crawford
THE CONFERENCE OF ANGLICAN RELIGIOUS ORDERS IN THE AMERICAS
Superiors and Novice Directors from the Conference of Anglican Religious Orders in the Americas at Holy Cross Monastery
The 2023 CAROA conference is the first time the group has met in person since 2018. During the pandemic, annual business meetings have been held on Zoom along with monthly Superiors’ and Novice Directors’ Zoom support groups.
CAROA contains several committees, and Sister Monica Clare is part of the Communications committee which seeks to raise awareness of the existence of Episcopal religious orders. It was this committee that succeeded in adding Religious Life Sunday to the Episcopal Church calendar.
HISTORIAN VALERIE BONHAM IS VISITING
Valerie also brought us Mother Harriet’s cross, a book of watercolors painted by Mother Harriet, photos of the former mother house in England, and several other items of historical importance. We are very grateful to Valerie and to our English Sisters for sharing these treasures with us.
Canon Carter's chasuble, brought from England by the Rev. Valerie Bonham
Photo by the Rev. Victoria McGrath
COMMEMORATION DAY JUNE 24, 2023
EAGLE SCOUT COURT OF HONOR
ST. MARK’S SPRING MARKETPLACE – MAY 6
Searcher Olivia Robinson (L) looks on as Sister Pamela speaks to Interweave members and Sisters on the cloister.
On April 15, the Sisters welcomed Interweave to our campus again for the first time since March 2019. The pandemic had previously forced the move of Interweave meetings onto Zoom but finally, at long last, we were able to see them in person again. Interweave is an interfaith and interspiritual learning center focused on integrated spirituality for daily living. It began in 1980 under the leadership of the Rev. Robert Corin Morris and is currently led by CSJB Associate Janet Maulbeck. CSJB has served as one of the Interweave meeting places since 1985, so we certainly missed seeing the group here all these long pandemic months and we hope to see them again soon. CLICK HERE to learn more about Interweave’s upcoming programs and events.
GOOD NEWS GARDENS
From CSJB Associate Julie Crawford
From CSJB Associate Julie Crawford
What sets them apart from others is the Continuum of Housing options, including their Main Shelter, Transitional Housing Program (THP) for families, Mt. Kemble Home for senior women, Warming Center for street homeless in the winter and summer, Promising Solutions campus for single women in shared housing, and the 74 Affordable Rental Housing units they own and operate. They have a remarkable staff of over 50 individuals (full-time & part-time) and are governed by a Board of Trustees.
There are numerous ways you can assist in their mission as a volunteer or through donations.
CLICK HERE TO LEARN how you can help Homeless Solutions,
ST. MARGUERITE’S RETREAT HOUSE
This month we welcomed a retreat group from St. Luke in the Fields Church in Manhattan, the Hispanic Ministry of the Diocese of New Jersey, Interweave, and Maria Gillan/Kevin Carey’s Poetry Intensive to St. Marguerite’s
MANSION IN MAY
CSJB ASSOCIATES AND OBLATES
Please remember the family of Associate Julie Crawford in your prayers, as they mourn the death of her brother Judson who died on April 6. Judson's obituary can be FOUND HERE
A REMINDER: Any CSJB Associate or Oblate is always welcome to submit articles, poems, reflections, photos, videos, or whatever you feel would be a great addition to our newsletter. Just email Sister Monica Clare at email@example.com if you'd like to contribute.
If you'd like information on becoming a CSJB Associate, please email Sister Eleanor Francis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ST. JOHN BAPTIST SCHOOL ALUMNAE
From SJBS alumna Pam Nelon: “For your scheduling purposes: the next SJBS alumni/friends/family/ anyone who wants to come summer gathering is August 26th. As usual it will start before noon and ends whenever (usually 4ish), but feel free to come earlier and hang out. I will be there the day before and setting up that morning. Hope to see you there!” Please contact Pam Nelon at mailto:email@example.com to RSVP for the reunion or go to the St. John Baptist School Facebook page.
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
Sister Eleanor Francis attended the annual Clergy Renewal of Vows/Chrism Mass at Grace Church, Madison on April 4
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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 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
If you'd like to find out what's going on at other Episcopal Religious Communities, go to: www.caroa.net