Jennie, thoroughly enjoying herself with Sister Pamela in the Mendham Labor Day Parade September 6.
The Community of St. John Baptist founded and ran the St. John Baptist School for girls from 1880 until 1983, and so our year is still structured much like the school year. This means that September feels like a new year for us – a time for new beginnings.
On Monday, September 6, three of our Sisters and Jennie marched in the Labor Day Parade in Mendham, which was themed “Celebrating Volunteerism.” Sister Eleanor Francis, Sister Pamela and Sister Monica Clare joined members of Grace Lutheran Church to represent the Mendham Interchurch Committee in the parade. The weather was perfect, we saw many friends, and Jennie had a great time. We look forward to working with Mendham Interchurch to provide more exciting programs for the surrounding community in the coming year.
ST. MARGUERITE’S RETREAT HOUSE MAKES A NEW START OCTOBER 1, 2021
THE PONY BOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!
Sister Margo is also working on a coloring book based on the story of Pony. That book will available in the Nun Better Gift shop soon!
THE GOOD SHEPHERD HOME IN CAMEROON
THE GARDEN OF HOPE
From CSJB Associate Julie Crawford:
The Garden of Hope will benefit from the efforts of Life Scout Bret Kiefer of Boy Scout Troop 1 (yes Boy Scouts originated in Mendham). Bret will be honoring the garden as his service project. His project will include construction of the greenhouse and its foundation, installation of 2 large beds with higher reach access, fence and gate repair, relocation of the compost beds, and placement of a sealed tumbler compost bin.
Photos courtesy of The Sharing Project
DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE AND A LABYRINTH WALK
The Dances have always been held in our main chapel, but this year it was decided that it would be safest to hold the event outdoors. Luckily the weather was perfect, and we were overjoyed to see so many people attended. Many thanks to Janet Maulbeck, Interweave, and Andre Bernard for bringing these wonderful events to our campus.
ANGLICAN PRAYER BEAD WORKSHOP ON ZOOM
To register, contact Jan Paxton at email@example.com
Please place the words “Anglican Prayer Bead Workshop” in the email subject line.
Please note: The cutoff date for ordering beads is October 15
WARBLERS AT THE CONVENT
He also captured our resident hawk, and a little wood duck at the pond. Since our property provides a safe haven for so many species of birds and other wildlife, CSJB will be partnering with the New Jersey Audubon Society for bird walks and nature programs in the coming months.
Please enjoy the slideshow of Chris' photos of the birds at CSJB above.
You can see more of Chris’ great photographs on his Instagram account at www.instagram.com/neffisms
IN MEMORY OF SHERYL TREE (1951-2021)
We all give thanks for Sheryl’s friendship and for her life of service.
You may read Sheryl’s obituary here:
ST. JOHN BAPTIST SCHOOL ALUMNAE
CSJB OBLATES AND ASSOCIATES
PLEASE JOIN US IN PRAYING FOR
We pray especially for the poor, the marginalized, and the oppressed.
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
The DCLM Fund
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
WOULD YOU LIKE TO INCLUDE CSJB IN YOUR ESTATE PLANNING?
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.
Sunset over the cloister at CSJB
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COVID-19 Resources from the Diocese of Newark
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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