COMMEMORATION DAY 2023
It’s almost June and you know what that means – it’s time to get ready for Commemoration Day at CSJB! Our celebration will take place June 24 with a festal Eucharist at 10:00 AM followed by luncheon on the cloister. The celebrant is The Rt. Rev. Mary Glasspool, Bishop Assistant in the Diocese of New York, and the preacher is the Rev. John Beddingfield, rector of the Church of the Holy Trinity in Manhattan. Please RSVP to Sister Monica Clare at email@example.com if you plan on attending. Commemoration Day is our small way of saying thank you to our many Associates, Oblates, and friends who make our ministries possible.
Also – we have set a new date for our 150th Anniversary Commemoration Day in 2024. Next year’s celebration will be June 15 at 10:00 AM and the celebrant and preacher will be former Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori.
Masks are optional in our diocese but are strongly encouraged at this event.
MYSTICAL, MAGICAL IRELAND
Father Michael with part of the group in Glendalough PHOTO BY ANGIE URBANIAK
From Sister Margo Elizabeth:
On the evening of May 17, a group of adventurous souls flew out of Newark International Airport for Dublin. It had been 4 long years since last visiting the Emerald Isle, thanks to the Covid 19 pandemic. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, all across the country for me personally it felt like a homecoming, and I prayed that the experience for the others in the group would be something they would never forget.
Here are some highlights from Julie Crawford, one of our associates and a dear friend of the community:
“This month Sister Margo shepherded a dozen new participants on the annual Celtic Journey to Ireland after a four year hiatus from COVID. As promised by Sr Margo, the experience was enlightening and it was an amazing gift to observe Margo as she reconnected with those she has met over the course of decades. This reflection is offered with gratitude to Sister Margo for coordinating the journey and for providing inspirational reflections and prayers to use along the way."
Dingle Peninsula from the 2023 Celtic Journey to Ireland PHOTO BY JULIE CRAWFORD
"No coincidence that light was evident in the photos along the Dingle coast, as Sr Margo
promised we all would be enlightened. May we all draw upon the energy and Spirit to push open new doors and to branch out of our comfort zones to embrace the diversity of Our Creator and World. May many new doors open for you. If you need a gentle nudge, consider her journey offerings: www.celticjourneys.org."
THE GOOD SHEPHERD HOME IN CAMEROON, WEST AFRICA
The Mother Jane Legacy Foundation, founded by the first child ever received at the Good Shepherd Home – Akwa Gilberto, recently did a medical outreach project in the village of Nsogwa. Gilberto is a medical doctor now, and he was interviewed on Cameroonian TV about his work at Nsogwa. Click on the video image to see the interview with Dr. Gilberto about his ministry of bringing medical care to the poor.
The ACTS Foundation, founded by Aben Cistus who grew up at the Good Shepherd Home, continues its work of teaching technical and computer skills to the poor. You may learn more about ACTS and how to help by CLICKING HERE.
If you are interested in becoming a Good Shepherd Home sponsor for as little as $40.00 a month, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
MENDHAM FAITH LEADERS
CLICK HERE for a flyer to hang in your church or workplace
VESTMENT COLLECTION TOUR
A CSJB Sister working on embroidery in the Church Workroom in 1918
MANSION IN MAY!
Three Fields mansion in Mendham
GOOD NEWS GARDENS
From CSJB Associate Julie Crawford
MOMS DEMAND ACTION RALLY
ST. ELSIE'S THRIFT SHOP
DAMAGE TO THE CSJB CEMETERY
ASSOCIATES AND OBLATES
Please join us in praying for the family of CSJB Associate Carol Berry, whose brother Warren Dyer passed away May 14.
We will be receiving several new Associates at our Commemoration Day celebration on June 24 at 10 AM in the Main Chapel. We hope to see you all there. Please RSVP to Sister Monica Clare at email@example.com if you’d like to come.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP for the reunion or go to the St. John Baptist School Facebook page.
June 5, 1928: Commencement and laying of the cornerstone for the new school building. Bishop Wilson Reiff Stearly, fourth Bishop of Newark, addressing the graduates. CSJB Sisters are at the left of the photo.
The Sisters of CSJB often preach in the Convent chapel and at local parishes. Here are some of the recent sermons:
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 Suzanne Marie, SSJD (Right) helps historian Valerie Bonham (center) load her suitcases in the car as Valerie returns to England from a month-long visit to CSJB. Sister Suzanne Marie is visiting CSJB from the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine in Toronto.
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