ST. MARGUERITE’S HAS REOPENED!
THE GOOD SHEPHERD hOME IN cAMEROON
If you’re interested in becoming a GSH sponsor, or in sponsoring a child’s education, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.goodshepherdhome.org
PONY IS IN THE NEWS
MENDHAM FAITH LEADERS – 2nd ANNUAL THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE
We will also be holding a Service of the Longest Night (aka Blue Christmas) - December 21st at 7pm via Zoom. This is a service that recognizes the holidays are not 'holly and jolly' for everyone. It connects our experiences today with biblical stories of 'long nights of the soul.' Together, we will acknowledge the complexities of the season while illuminating hope. Details are still being finalized, so keep checking our EVENTS page for details and registration.
The Mendham Faith Leaders group includes CSJB, Brookside Community Church, Grace Lutheran Church, Hilltop Presbyterian Church, Mendham United Methodist Church, and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.
THE GARDEN OF HOPE
If you'd like to volunteer in our Garden of Hope, or if you'd like to find out more about it, please email Sister Linda Clare at email@example.com
SISTER VICTORIA MICHELLE’S ANGLICAN PRAYER BEAD WORKSHOP
RETREAT AND GUEST HOUSE LEADERS GROUP
Leaders of the House of the Redeemer (Episcopal), Penington House (Quaker), Hephzibah House (Christian), Menno House (Mennonite), and Seafarers International House (Lutheran) gather every six weeks to brainstorm and exchange practical tips on managing a Christian guest ministry during COVID-19. Most of all, the leaders of the various houses continually hold each other in prayer. CSJB gives thanks for this wonderful group of faithful people and we keep you and your ministries of hospitality in our prayers.
HAVE YOU BEEN TO THE NUN BETTER SHOP LATELY?
SISTER MONICA CLARE IN ENGLAND?
Sister Monica Clare will also be giving an Advent quiet day at the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin on Saturday, December 11. Please contact the Rev. James Ross Smith at JrSmith@stmvnyc.org for more information.
BIRD UPDATE FROM OUR AUDUBON FRIENDS
New Jersey Audubon Society Communications Director Chris Neff visited the CSJB campus with Martin Slayne, Mendham Township Environmental Commission Chair, on October 8 and they were delighted to see a black-throated blue warbler. Chris says that particular bird is not often seen out in the open. Martin said “You have a wonderful property to watch the wildlife. Quite an environmental haven!”
All the photos in the slideshow above are by Chris Neff. You can see more of his great photographs of birds and all kinds of other creatures on his Instagram account at www.instagram.com/neffisms
from sister linda clare
ASSOCIATES AND OBLATES
ST. JOHN BAPTIST SCHOOL
PLEASE JOIN US IN PRAYING FOR
Sister Eleanor Francis and Sister Victoria taking a walk with our friend Melissa
All who are suffering from COVID, for all who have died from COVID, and for all who have lost loved ones to COVID,
For the civilians and military personnel in Afghanistan and all regions affected by war.
For all those affected by mass shootings,
For peace in the Middle East,
For all healthcare workers and other essential workers,
For our Searchers who are discerning a call to the Religious life,
Bill and Carol
Carolyn and Bruce
The Clewer Initiative
Sam and her children
Geri and family
Greg and Pat,
Jack Grier’s family
Jarad and Monica
Jeff and his children
Jessica and Brendan
John and Family
Juli and Gil
Larry and his daughter
Linda and Paul
Margaret and family
Maureen and Donald
Pat and Ellie
Rebecca and her family
The Singh family
Sister Barbara Jean
Susan and family
The family of Mary Flood
William Benefield, Sr.
We would be honored to pray for you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any prayer requests. If you have requested prayers and don't see the requested name on our list, we offer our apologies. Please email the Superior and we will add the name here.
OUR HEARTFELT THANKS TO
All who have contributed to the children of the Good Shepherd Home,
All who have contributed time, talent, and donations to help reopen our retreat house.
Our many helpers, volunteers, and those who encourage us
All our CSJB Oblates, Associates, Alumnae, and friends, and:
Detail from the Black Cope, embroidered by CSJB Sisters in the early 1900s
Peter J. Arney and George W. Jordan III
Chris Chrystal and Myram Borders
Hans Dekker and the Hyde and Watson Foundation
Rosina B. Dixon
Kay & Frank Failla
Susan Fuller and family
Mayor Christine Glassner
Bill and Gay Grier
The Rev. Deacon Cathy Brunson
Elizabeth S. Halpin
Father Joe Hennen
The Very Rev. H. Scott Kirby and family
Linda Lee Mundy
Janet Maulbeck and Interweave
Patrice and Doug McKenzie
Jane and Peter Mercer
Mayor Sarah Neibart
Susan and Joseph Pigott
Jack and Penny Rohrbach
The S.A.D. Foundation
The Community of the Transfiguration
The Rt. Rev. Carlye J. Hughes
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
Jennie keeping watch at the Convent door.
Because the pandemic suspended our ministry of hospitality for 19 months we, like many nonprofits, are having a very difficult time covering our monthly operating costs.
If you'd like to help us continue our ministries, please consider making a gift to our general fund through our online Paypal portal:
WOULD YOU LIKE TO INCLUDE CSJB IN YOUR ESTATE PLANNING?
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.
Your planned giving would help to ensure that the dreams of our Mother Foundress, to continually address "the needs of the day," will live on into the future. We welcome gifts for specific purposes and ministries, for our Capital Campaign to restore and repair our sacred space, or for the general operating fund of the Convent and Retreat House where we welcome an average of 2,000 visitors per year.
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!
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