ICE CREAM SOCIAL!
ARE YOU READY FOR 150?
THE GOOD SHEPHERD HOME IN CAMEROON, WEST AFRICA
Sister Mary Lawrence (L), Sister Zilla (R), and Father Yuh (center) with staff and children on baptism day at the Good Shepherd Home
Ndomenga Dickson, who grew up at the Good Shepherd Home and is now an accountant, says: "With this being a period of the holy baptism, the Good Shepherd Home is not left out as some 26 children of the home received their Holy Baptism. All of this was possible thanks to the efforts of the Sisters of our Chaplain the Rev. Yuh Emmanuel who has for the past month been overseeing the teaching of Christian doctrine to the children." All the children are Dickson's little brothers and sisters, as they grow up all their lives at the home, are not offered for adoption, and remain a loving family for life.
If you are interested in becoming a Good Shepherd Home sponsor for as little as $40.00 a month, please email email@example.com for more information.
FIRST FRIDAY PRAYERS ONLINE
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 Oblate Pat McKenzie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ST. JOHN BAPTIST SCHOOL REUNION
St. John Baptist School Alumnae at the reunion
The all-class reunion of St. John Baptist School was held at St. Marguerite’s retreat house on August 26, and as always, the turnout was great and the conversation was even better. Alums wore purple SJBS t-shirts and caps designed by Karen Augustine Miller (‘65) with their class year proudly displayed. Pam Nelon (‘69) says: “A great day. Good food and great friends. Just an FYI: Next year is CSJB’s 150-year commemoration so we thought we'd celebrate that with a bigger and better summer gathering.
BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS
ANTI-TRAFFICKING EVENT OCTOBER 22 AT 1:00 PM
All are welcome. Please email email@example.com to register.
Many thanks to our CSJB Associates the Rev. Nate Darville and Eloise Hiris for making this event possible. CLICK HERE for a flyer to hang in your church or other public space.
A LEGACY GIFT GIVES US A NEW HOOD
Shout out to First Call Fire Protection for all their great work!
ANOTHER CHAMPION TREE AT CSJB
New Jersey Forest Service Certifies CSJB Eastern White Pine as NJ Co-Champion
THE CSJB GARDEN OF HOPE
OUR BOY SCOUT TROOP 130 HAS ITS FIRST EAGLE SCOUT
From Scout Leader Lawrence Morris:
CSJB is the official charter organization for Troop 130. The Troop holds meetings, campouts, and other activities on our property and we are always so proud of these outstanding young men.
KEEPING HISTORY ALIVE IN CAPE MAY
PRINCETON THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY COLLABORATORY
Here lies the perfect answer to prayer: The Collaboratory. Crawford encouraged Elizabeth Girady to team up with Sr Monica Clare at The Community of St John Baptist as her spiritual leader for The Princeton Theological Seminary Collaboratory application. The Messiah Vestry was on board to form a team of 4-6 to assist Girady if she was chosen for the 10-week training program.
In September, Elizabeth and a team from Messiah will attend a 3-day workshop in Princeton with teams from around the country to explore ways to engage young adults (ages 23-29) with spiritual opportunities and fellowship. In addition to the workshop, Elizabeth will receive 2 hours of online training weekly for 10 weeks and a $500 stipend to develop a pop-up event for the targeted audience.
The Ministry Collaboratory @ Princeton (the Collaboratory) disseminates findings and creates resources emerging from Princeton Theological Seminary’s recently completed young adult innovation hub, The Zoe Project (2017-2021). This four-year initiative is funded by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.'s Young Adult Initiative.
Research gleaned from the Zoe Project will be shared to identify ways in which congregations and young adults effectively work together to bless their communities. The Collaboratory will identify the strategies and forms of support that seem most helpful to congregations and most empowering to young adults in forming relationships as they find creative ways to work together toward a goal both parties can point to as meaningful and perhaps even “sacred.”
OUR INTERFAITH MINISTRY
The next Interfaith program open to all is The Environment from the Standpoint of the
Abrahamic Religions It will be December 6 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
The presenters will be Rabbi Deb Smith, Shabiha Sheikh, and me. Please save the date.
Summertime Harvest for Homeless Solutions
Homeless Solutions Annual Fundraiser: Providing a Hand UP, Not a HandOUT
Homeless Solutions offers shelter, services, and supportive housing to the homeless and working poor in Morris County, New Jersey. Each year they host a fundraiser event focused on women. This year marks the 16th Annual Women’s Day which will be hosted at Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit. Woman's Day Annual Event Info and Registration
SERMONS BY THE SISTERS
The Sisters of CSJB often preach in the Convent chapel and at local parishes. Here are some of the recent sermons:
CLICK HERE for Sister Deborah Francis’ sermon for Proper 12 Year A
CLICK HERE for Sister Deborah Francis’ sermon for Proper 5 Year A
CLICK HERE for Sister Deborah Francis’ sermon for Proper 7 Year A
CLICK HERE for Sister Linda Clare’s sermon for Proper 6 Year A
CLICK HERE for Sister Linda Clare’s sermon for Proper 9 Year A
CLICK HERE for Sister Monica Clare’s sermon on Matthew 13
CLICK HERE for Sister Monica Clare’s sermon on Matthew 15
ASSOCIATES AND OBLATES
CSJB Oblate Cathy Brunson preaching in the CSJB chapel on July 16
Calling all CSJB Associates and Oblates: If you’d like to contribute a photo, prayer, or any other items to our monthly newsletter, please email Sister Monica Clare at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you!
Here’s an inspirational quote from Richard Rohr, sent by Oblate Pat McKenzie: “Over a lifetime of practice, contemplation gradually helps us detach from who we think we are and rest in our authentic identity as Love. At first this may feel like an “identity transplant” until we learn how to permanently rest in God.”
Our Oblate meetings for the coming program year will be September 9, November 11, January 13, March 8 and 9 (Oblate retreat), and April 27.
If you are interested in information about how to become a CSJB Associate or Oblate, please contact Sister Eleanor Francis at email@example.com.
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
BELOW: A slideshow of all the beautiful things growing around the Convent gardens this summer:
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