Our Mother Foundress Harriet Monsell is remembered in the church calendar each year on March 26. Her dream to provide healing and hope to a troubled world still lives on in the Community of St. John Baptist as we continually find ways to, in her words, “meet the needs of the day.”
SISTER BARBARA JEAN
We also made cards for Sister – most notably a multi-page 8.5x11” booklet by Sister Margo Elizabeth on Sister Barbara Jean’s favorite show – Star Trek! Sister Barbara Jean thanks everyone who sent cards, flowers, and gifts to her for her birthday. She says it’s the best birthday she's ever had.
GARDEN OF HOPE - A GOOD NEWS GARDEN
By CSJB Associate Julie Crawford.
Photo: Teamwork break. The scouts also did some leaf blowing and black walnut nut removal. They also spent some time clearing the labyrinth of sticks and leaves. In the foreground is the old patio in need of restoration. As a Good News Garden, placement of spaces for contemplative gardening is a goal. The Convent is in search of options for restoration of this Sacred Space. Reverend Pamela Dolan recently presented for Good News Garden on Contemplative Gardening.
THE GOOD SHEPHERD HOME IN CAMEROON
To learn more about the Good Shepherd Home, go to www.goodshepherdhome.org
To learn more about the Good Shepherd Academy, go to www.imaginingtomorrow.org
Searcher Diana Baudelaire, from Washington State, will be visiting CSJB in June. She’ll quarantine at our cottage for five days, then test for COVID. If her test is negative, Diana will stay at the Convent for the remainder of her visit.
ST. MARGUERITE'S RETREAT HOUSE
Sister Monica Clare presented an evening Zoom retreat for All Saints Millington on March 14 entitled “Creative Ways to Pray”. She led participants through prayer and meditation techniques that are different from the more traditional ideas of prayer.
To register for the March 30 retreat, please go to: https://aleph.org/virtualprograms/. If you need further information please contact Sr. Eleanor Francis at firstname.lastname@example.org or call
ASSOCIATES AND OBLATES
Carol Ann Boccino, the mother of CSJB Associate Ken Boccino, died on March 19, 2022. Her funeral was held on March 24 in Freehold, NJ. Please join us in praying for Ken and his family at this difficult time. Carol’s obituary can be FOUND HERE.
ST. JOHN BAPTIST SCHOOL ALUMNAE
BOOKS BY CSJB SISTERS
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 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
The restoration of the Convent in 1960 was made possible by a legacy gift. Before that gift, the Sisters lived at St. Marguerite's for ten years because the Convent repairs were too expensive to undertake.
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 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 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