ST. ANDREW'S DAY
Her vow to continue the dreams that she and Charles had formed still continues in the ministry of the Community of St. John Baptist. In 2024, we will mark 150 years of CSJB's mission in the United States. We give thanks to Mother Harriet, to the Rev. Monsell, to T.T. Carter, and to Mariquita Tennant for their tireless dedication to God’s work and for the inspiration that enlightens us to this day.
Men's ward at St. Andrew's Hospital, Windsor, one of the early works of CSJB
Chapel at St. Andrew's Convalescent Hospital in NYC, circa 1919. The altar and reredos were later moved to the chapel in Mendham
In earlier times, Sisters would make beautiful, illuminated artworks on parchment for each other, and these have been lovingly preserved in our archives. When CSJB had branch houses, the Sisters had tea in the Library on holidays so that the branch house Sisters had a chance to socialize with those they had not seen in a while.
THE GOOD SHEPHERD HOME IN CAMEROON, WEST AFRICA
Two years ago we were informed of the case by the Reverend Monk brother Gabriel who pleaded with the Mother Jane Legacy to come to the aid of Tiran, we engaged two lawyers thanks to the Funds Dr. Waldman donated. After much pleading to the judge by our two Lawyers, Tiran being a Minor the judge had mercy and all charges levied by the court and the state council were cleared, thanks to the mother Jane Legacy foundation and team, Tiran was freed at last. Today Tiran is out and united with the family in another town. He is happy and grateful. Our mission is simple: "A world where the rights and dignity of the underprivileged are met" this is the beauty and soul of the MJLegacy. We are so grateful to everyone who support our mission. Thank you all.”
If you'd like to contribute to the Mother Jane Legacy Foundation, please email Sister Monica Clare at email@example.com.
CONCERT AT THE CONVENT
On November 19, we hosted a Concert at the Convent to benefit the CSJB Capital Campaign. Three members of the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra presented a piano trio featuring music from Schubert, Beethoven, Gershwin, and other composers. We are so grateful to all who came to our concert, enjoyed the superb music, and generously donated. Funds raised from the concert will go towards the repair and restoration of our buildings and grounds.
CLICK HERE to learn more about the CSJB Capital Campaign
MENDHAM FAITH LEADERS – LONGEST NIGHT SERVICE
OUR KNITTING MINISTRY
THE CSJB EPIPHANY PARTY SUNDAY, JANUARY 7
Please RSVP to Sister Monica Clare if you’d like to attend: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please email Sister Pamela if you’d like to bring food: email@example.com.
We hope to see you there!
REACHING OUT TO GOD’S PEOPLE
Many thanks to all who have donated to our 2023 Reaching Out campaign, and all who have already contributed in the past to this year-end appeal. Your generosity helps with our operating budget, which has been greatly impacted by the pandemic. It is not an exaggeration to say that all our donors keep CSJB alive.
In 2018, when the government stopped giving grants to religious organizations, we lost nearly 80% of funding for the upkeep of our property. We now rely heavily on donations from individuals and every amount, no matter how small, makes a difference. Thank you for keeping our mission and ministry alive.
CLICK HERE to read this year’s Reaching Out letter.
CALLING ALL SNAILS!
If you’d like to update your contact information with us, please email our Business Manager Darren Somerville at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make sure you stay connected.
ST. MARGUERITE’S RETREAT HOUSE
THE PHILADELPHIA 11 FILM
NUN BETTER CHRISTMAS SHOPPING!
SERMONS BY THE SISTERS
ASSOCIATES AND OBLATES
ST. JOHN BAPTIST SCHOOL ALUMNAE
St. John Baptist schoolgirl Deborah Almy Ransom posted this great photo in the SJBS Facebook group of a Christmas performance group from 1967. Deb played the cello.
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
The majority of our buildings, chapel furnishings, Convent and Retreat House furnishings, and ongoing ministry funds were made possible through legacies.
It is mainly through the kindness of legacy donors who believed in our mission that we have carried forward the plans of the Holy Spirit for our Community from 1852 to the present time. 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 HERE for information about becoming a Legacy donor.
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