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1 Magazine of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia onewith Vol. 1 No. 3 Fall 2012 those who are Hungry ANNUAL REPORT EDITION

2 Welcome to One With, the magazine of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia. This edition has a twofold focus: it features our Sisters and Associates who serve in Soup Kitchens in various cities, and it highlights you, our generous friends and benefactors who support us in our mission. Your generosity makes it possible for us to serve in active ministries such as those you will learn more about in this issue. Through your involvement in our Development Program, you help us to care for our elderly and infirm sisters who have spent their lives in prayer and active ministry to others, striving to live our mission of uniting all people with God and one another. How fitting that in this issue, we blend our Soup Kitchen Ministries with the annual report of you, our generous benefactors. Through the ministry stories in this issue, you will learn how Sisters and Associates share bread and caring presence with those in need. Relationships are formed and nourished. People are fed in body and spirit. Likewise, each name in the annual report represents the precious story of a relationship between you and the Sisters of Saint Joseph. It is about the bread of caring presence shared, relationships formed and nourished. Your generosity has fed us in body and spirit and enabled us to likewise feed others. We are most grateful. We especially appreciate the involvement and support of our Development Advisory Board members who assist us with great energy, creativity and love. Thank you for all the ways you support us and enrich our lives and mission. Please stay with us. May Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life who nourishes us and makes us one in Him, fill you with His own peace, love and joy. May He bless you for your generous heart. With prayerful gratitude, Sister Anne Myers SSJ Congregational President We invite you to learn more about us by visiting our website on Facebook /, at Blogspot www. and follow us on Twitter Magazine of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia onewith Inside Editor Cecilia W. Rupell Photography Mary Ellen Ford SSJ Julia Henke Connie Murphy SSJ Cecilia Rupell Contributors Amy Kusen Special Thanks Thérèse Ganly SSJ Pat Marnien SSJ Ann Moriarty SSJ Ann Seif SSJ On the Cover... Outside the SOME Soup Kitchen in Washington, DC., Mary Ellen Ford SSJ (center) poses with Dirk Whatley, Dining Room Volunteer Coordinator and Pali Payne, Summer Volunteer at SOME and current student at Howard University. Hunger... 3 SOME 6,000,000 Served Feeding the Hungry for Five Decades Feeding the Homeless and the Hungry Lucille Gerardi SSJ Associate & Dedicated Volunteer...14 The HIstory of SSJ and St. John s Church...15 Special Event Benefit...16 Annual Report of the Development Office... A1-A23 In Memoriam... back cover Sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia 9701 Germantown Avenue Philadelphia, PA General Council Anne Myers SSJ Carol Zinn SSJ Connie Gilder SSJ Mary Dacey SSJ Regina Bell SSJ

3 HUNGER Much is written about hunger not the kind where you missed a meal, but real hunger. Thousands of websites focus on the issue of hunger. Our televisions broadcast images of hungry children in third world nations. But to truly understand hunger, without experiencing it, one need only volunteer for an hour or more at a soup kitchen. It is there that you will come face-to-face with hunger. And, it will have a name. Hunger may be a child, a parent or a grandparent. Hunger may have a job and a place to call home, or hunger may live under a bridge or inside a refrigerator box. Hunger may even live next door. Whatever hunger s name may be, whatever its age and wherever it resides, it is real. Once hunger is known to you, once you meet it, once you feed it and learn its story, you will never forget it. As Sisters of Saint Joseph, we are called to a have a special preference for persons who are materially and socially poor. This call invites us wherever we are to be in union with them. We speak for and with them; we make our choices with their needs in mind; we hold them in our hearts in all situations in which we find ourselves. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we continue to respond to the unmet and critical needs of our contemporary society and world. This edition of One With features examples of how we are working to feed the hungry. 3

4 SOME 6,000,000 Served Washington, D.C. is home to our Nation s Capital and home to what is arguably the most important address in the Country 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. the White House. Less than two miles away is another address 71 O Street N.W. For thousands of people living in the District of Columbia, this address is the most important of all. It is a special place where the hungry, the poor, and the homeless are welcomed, fed and treated with dignity and respect. It is home to So Others Might Eat (SOME). SOME began in 1969 following an observation and a thought by one man Father Horace McKenna, SJ. He noticed a lunch truck feeding workers sandwiches and wondered what they did with the leftovers. Upon learning that the sandwiches were thrown away, Horace asked the driver for those sandwiches so that he might give them to the hungry people he met everyday at St. Aloysius. The first day 10 to 15 sandwiches were given out. Each day that followed, more was needed and more were given. At that time, Father McKenna could not have imagined that his initial effort would result in an inter-faith, community-based organization with a breadth of services considered the gold standard by other organizations with similar goals. SOME has seen steady progress throughout the years as it has grown to not only feed the hungry, but to work to eradicate the reasons for that hunger. Sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia, missioned to SOME, are a part of that history. Sisters Marie St. Paul Alspaugh SSJ, Mary Corbett SSJ, Elaine Dombi SSJ and Terry McCrossen SSJ are among those who previously ministered with SOME. Today, Sister Mary Ellen Ford SSJ, has the privilege and great joy of working for SOME. It is here that Mary Ellen lives the charism and mission of the Congregation as she loves the dear neighbor without distinction. After 43 years as an educator and principal, Mary Ellen has transferred her life experiences and administrative skills to her position at SOME where she serves as Assistant to the President. She has loved each of her ministries; however, working in direct service to the poor at SOME is an opportunity she especially treasures. I am grateful to God for so many blessings along the way like finding SOME, says Mary Ellen. The SOME Dining Room, housed in the main building at 71 O Street, was built in 1932 to house the Washington Animal Rescue League. For 45 years, this place described in an article as a house of dignity and humane consideration, saved and treated God s creatures. How poignant that today this same structure houses SOME, an organization where people in need are rescued and whose staff and volunteers strive to treat their clients with dignity and respect. Although it is an interfaith organization, there is no proselytizing of clients. SOME President Father John Adams says, To save the poor, you don t have to do it poorly. Each SOME facility offers a comfortable, pleasant environment that is clean and nicely decorated the clients deserve it. 4

5 Homelessness and Poverty in the District of Columbia 1 Fact: Today, more than 6,500 District residents over one-third of them in families are literally homeless. Fact: Homelessness among families increased 46% between 2008 and Fact: The District s poverty rate is 18.4% and nearly one in three DC children lives in poverty. Fact: The gap between the rich and the poor is greater here than almost anywhere else in the country. Twice a day, clients come one by one, two by two, and often with children in tow to SOME for a hot meal. Everyone is welcome; no one is turned away. Prior to entering the dining area, clients are seated in a nice waiting room. There, a television plays videos about SOME s programs. The walls of the main Dining Room feature enlarged photographs of SOME s services and clients. The room is set up cafeteriastyle and is used mostly by men. A separate dining room is available for women and families. SOME relies on volunteers to staff the dining rooms. Clients are handed a meal as they enter the dining room. Then they are seated and served beverages. The Dining Room does more than simply feed the hungry it is a gateway to the other services provided by SOME, many of which are located across the street. These services, says John, are all geared toward walking the journey with homeless people and hungry people and helping them along the way. These services include: addiction counseling; mental health counseling; affordable housing; job training; medical and dental services; parenting and budgeting classes. SOME programs are designed to end the homelessness of the poor, the elderly, and individuals with mental illness. Mary Ellen says, As much as you want us to help we will help. SOME has shower rooms where clients may shower and receive free sets of clothing. Free clothing is also available in the 5 Star Boutique, managed by Michelle Billups, former client and now a SOME employee. Michelle has worked hard to make the free clothing program a fun shopping experience for clients. Here, they can find clean, serviceable clothing ranging from casual to professional. Many clients become employees. Perry, came to SOME during his battle with drug addiction. After recovery, he began working in SOME s dining room as an employee. Of his journey, Perry says, When I walked into SOME, they talked straight to me and treated me like I was no less than they were. It made me feel a lot better about where I was and made me more determined to do what I needed to do. Bonnie, a 1996 alumna of SOME s addiction program, is now employed there as the Program Coordinator of Harvest House, a transitional-housing and job-readiness program for women. Bonnie says, Every day I practice the first-step principles and concepts that are now part of my life. It is important to be honest. And, it is hard to be honest without hurting feelings. But, that s the way with the disease of addiction; addicts must hear the truth. Affordable and reliable housing is important if the homeless, the mentally ill and the recovering addicts are to succeed. SOME has strategically developed both transitional and permanent Pictured Above: Russell Nichols (cook and Dining Room Host and a SOME success story) and Sister Mary Ellen Ford SSJ Pictured Opposite Page: SOME Dining room clients partake of a nutritious lunch. 1. SOME website 5

6 housing programs that work hand-in-hand with the treatment and recovery programs. Senior Care and Housing are provided at Kuehner House. Options include efficiencies and single rooms. Dwelling Place, a safe haven for abused and neglected seniors, is located on the third floor. It is the only facility of its type for seniors. The Senior Center allows for socialization. Programs are conducted in coordination with the D.C. Office on Aging. A full-time bus driver provides door to door transportation for attendees who are in need. It is difficult to determine exactly how many people are homeless or hungry in the District. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the 2010 poverty rate in the District was 19.9 percent, the third highest in the nation, behind Mississippi and Louisiana. Perhaps the greatest triumph of So Others Might Eat has been this to create an atmosphere in which there is no shame to be in need, where there is no stigma for accepting help, and no limit to what a renewed and replenished person can accomplish on his or her own. And this, to be a place where stereotypes of poor and homeless men and women can be erased, where volunteers, staff members, and donors can experience their own transformation through being part of the mission, makes SOME truly a place of Slow Miracles. 2 Photo: Mary Ellen Ford SSJ There is a great need for organizations like SOME in the District. As America s economy struggles, more and more people find themselves challenged. Today, SOME continues to strategically plan facilities and programs to meet the needs of elderly, the homeless, the working poor and the mentally ill. SOME works with the government and other groups to advocate for their clients. Many statistics illustrate how successfully SOME is meeting its mission (Statistics are available on SOME s website www. The people who come to SOME don t think about statistics they think about surviving another day they think about putting nourishing food into themselves and their childrens bodies they think about how grateful they are for SOME. 2. Excerpt from Slow Miracles: 40 Years of Restoring Hope and Dignity, Abolet Publishing Washington, D.C., Photo top: 5 Star Boutique Manager Michelle Billups Photo bottom: Standing outside Shalom House are SOME longterm volunteer Noah Nance, Mary Ellen Ford SSJ and Venus Burgess, Coordinator of Volunteers for the SRO program. 6

7 SOME Experience Sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia Who Have Served I worked in housing, at the first Single Room Occupancy (SRO) opened by SOME. My job was to interview women who would like to move into Shalom House, an SRO building offering a completely furnished bedroom and a door with a lock. The occupant could open her own door with her own key. Women came from the various shelters in D.C., from the streets, or from some situation that left them homeless. Shalom House residents needed Social Security and some kind of income. If employed, they were expected to give 20% of their income as rent all of which would teach them responsibility. Requirements for admission included being drug and alcohol free. Women recovering from alcohol addiction were expected to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings at least three times a week. Women with minor mental illness were eligible provided they took prescribed medication and attended SOME s program for those with mental illness, five days a week. I heard/saw many tragic stories, and learned anew how fortunate I was to have had two parents, both of whom were physically and mentally well, and a home where I could and was expected to return each day after school. Marie St. Paul Alspaugh SSJ I loved working and living there at 4th and T Streets N.E. walking the same streets where I lived as a child. The wonderful lay people we worked with were an inspiration; nothing seemed too much trouble for them. They cared for the people with such loving care and respect. Our experience at our local church, St. Martin s, was also good. When we began going there for daily Mass, the people were so happy. They said, The Sisters have come back. SOME s role in the community has been a far-reaching one. In so many areas SOME has established havens for the poor in the Washington, D.C. area. Beginning as a simple soup kitchen, it has branched out in numerous directions housing, educational facilities, care for the elderly and care for the mentally challenged. It seeems SOME s vision is boundless. Mary Corbett SSJ Starting in 1983, I was SOME s Summer Camp Director for 14 years. The camp provided the seniors with time away from home to have fun and to rest. I treasure my SOME years and the chance to work with people who really care about service to the poor. Terry McCrossen SSJ Pictured top: Marie St. Paul Alspaugh SSJ, Mary Corbett SSJ, Pictured bottom: Elaine Dombi SSJ and Terry McCrossen SSJ, all previously ministered with SOME. After 30 plus years of teaching in the Philadelphia Archdiocese, I felt called to work in the area of the Spirituality. During my search for this work, I had the good fortune to meet with SOME s Director Father John Adams. He could not offer me the position I wanted, but he did need an assistant to help with the everyday office management. In my second year, I was offered a full time position as addiction counselor in the clinical department. I ministered at SOME from 1997 to 2006, during which time I learned the myriad of needs of the homeless; I served in the kitchen to feed the hungry; I met the abandoned and/or abused seniors whom SOME housed until domestic legal and financial matters could be remedied; I experienced the care offered to the mentally vulnerable in the all-day care center. Homeless families were offered housing for the entire family. The medically and/or spiritually ill were treated professionally and respectfully. The genuine care offered by SOME and the earnest response of the homeless to seek health and housing and wholeness offered me a grand gift of a new appreciation for the People of God, both givers and receivers. Sometimes it was difficult to separate the difference between the givers and the receivers. I recall one 100 plus degree day when I, with the help of several men who were residents in our After Care addictions program, unloaded an 18-wheeler full of donated mattresses and placed them in a dusty warehouse. One mattress fell, causing a domino effect with the other mattresses, covering us in dust. We all laughed aloud. Later that day, we sat on the loading dock waiting for our ride back to SOME. With our feet dangling and the dust pouring down our skin, each man told stories of receiving first communion and of God in their lives. That was the most powerful religion class I was ever part of. Working at SOME opened a new world of knowing the beauty of God s presence in my dear neighbor in the poorest and yet richest. Elaine Dombi SSJ 7

8 Our Mother of Sorrows Church West Philadelphia Feeding the Hungry forfive Decades For more than 50 years, Our Mother of Sorrows Church in West Philadelphia has opened its doors to neighbors in need. For 31 of those years, Sisters of Saint Joseph have been part of that effort. Each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. (September through July), those who are hungry line up outside the church for a hot lunch. For those who are homebound and hungry, the church delivers a week s worth of dinners one day each week. Both programs require a dedicated staff and committed volunteers who draw inspiration from the founder of the program, Monsignor James Daly and from his successor, Sister Peggy Keane SSJ who coordinated the program for 30 years. Nancy Roche SSJ is the Parish Social Minister and director of the Hot Lunch Program today. She has managed the program since As a member of the Congregation, Nancy has been missioned in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. Her ministries Alexis, a guest of Our Mother of Sorrows Soup Kitchen in West Philadelphia and Sister Nancy Roche SSJ enjoy each other s company and conversation. have included positions of teacher, Pastoral Associate, Justice Coordinator, member of the General Council, and Director of Mission Services. Nancy has found each of those ministries rewarding; however, feeding those who are hungry has had a particularly powerful impact. For years Nancy had volunteered to deliver food and clothing to neighborhood outreach centers, but those efforts did not match the impact of the first time she actually handed food to a person who had not eaten in days. Nancy says, It is a privilege to be the upfront person, to be the face of love for those in need. 8

9 In a hallway outside the dining room, clothes are placed on tables so those in need may do a little shopping. Upon entering the dining room, guests signin and take a seat at the table. The table has been pre-set with the meal, a cup of juice, utensils and paper napkins. African violets placed along the table create a homey atmosphere. Once all 22 seats are filled, Nancy welcomes the guests and says a prayer. The diners are patient, but each waits for an Amen before eating the meal. There is conversation for those who are interested. As always, it doesn t matter to whom you pray or if you pray; you need only be hungry. When finished, diners may go back to the line, sign-in again and have another meal. Donated containers are provided for guests who wish to take the meal home. After a diner leaves, the table is cleaned and another meal is set. Alexis, a regular guest, has depended on the Hot Lunch Program for four years. Times are tough for Alexis, but she knows things could be much worse. Having once spent two weeks in Kenya on a missionary trip, she remembers the poverty well. Alexis says, Even on my worst day, I have it better. Many volunteers have been coming for years some used to eat here. The cook, Sherrie Lane (Chee Chee), continues a family tradition. Her mother began cooking in that kitchen 40 years ago. Chee Chee performs her work with great joy, dancing as she prepares and plates the food. The federal government provides much of the food that is served. The rest is comprised of donations by individuals and organizations. Holy Spirit Parish in South Philadelphia has a monthly cook-in day when the parish volunteers prepare casseroles of delicious meat sauce and pasta or hot dogs and beans. The casseroles are used for one of the meals for dining room guests. Nancy says, Volunteers from Saint John Neumann Parish in Bryn Mawr and Saint Martin of Tours Parish in New Hope often arrive with arm-loads of goodies from local vendors that provide tasty additions to the meals. There is a story about a small miracle that staffers like to share with new volunteers. The story tells of a time, roughly 40 years ago, when the soup kitchen was down to its last can of soup. Msgr. Daly placed the soup on the chapel altar and said a prayer that somehow more food would come. The next day a Campbell s Soup truck pulled up to the church with a truckload of soup. The Homebound Feeding is part of a regional program, Aid for Friends. Approximately 100 neighbors are provided with seven meals each week. Pictured above: Hot Lunch Program Volunteers and Nancy Roche SSJ. 9

10 Nancy Roche SSJ, delivers a bag of food to Helen, a client in West Philadelphia who relies upon the program. Helen s children and grandchildren are grateful for the program that helps her. It is one less worry they have for their loved one. Nancy visits with Helen a short while and heads back out to make more deliveries. On Tuesday mornings as many as 10 volunteers from Saint John Neuman Parish in Bryn Mawr come to the kitchen to prepare for the homebound program. They bring with them frozen dinners their parishioners donate weekly. They add those meals to the cartons of dinners Aid for Friends delivers every Monday. All the meals are carried to the dining room where the volunteers unpack, sort and fill bags that hold seven meals each. During the week the bags will be delivered to approximately 100 homebound neighbors. Each receipent will be offered a variety of dinners. Each bag holds a nourishing meal for each of the seven days ahead. In addition those dear neighbors receive a breakfast bag of such miscellaneous items as snack bars, applesauce and cereal. For food recipients with restricted diets, special care is taken and their bags are customized based upon their needs. Once packed, the bags are placed into the hallway and then taken to the freezer. They are delivered on Wednesdays and Thursdays by volunteers from the neighborhood and suburban areas. Nancy sees this outreach ministry as a powerful expression of the mission of the Sisters of Saint Joseph: to live and work so that all people may be united with God and with one another. Nancy says, Each day is filled with opportunities to network and to connect those who have great needs and those who want to make a difference by volunteering, donating, praying and advocating. There are also powerful moments of transformation. This is especially true when a phone call to a rehab center leads to a placement that is life changing for a guest who desires to turn the corner. Some diningroom graduates are now serving as volunteers. Our Mother of Sorrows is always happy to welcome volunteers. Participation is guaranteed to stretch your heart, says Nancy. 10

11 Pictured left: Volunteers pack food for Aid for Friends Program. Pictured right from top: Packed bags are placed in the hallway before being carted off to the freezer. Our Mother of Sorrows 1030 N. 48th St. Philadelphia, PA Nancy Roche SSJ makes a delivery. 11

12 Saint John s Soup Kitchen Newark, New Jersey Feeding the Homeless and the Hungry In Newark, New Jersey, they come from beneath bridges and overpasses, from alleyways and outside doorways, they come from cardboard boxes and park benches they come to Saint John s Church. They come not to pray, but to eat. Most are not Catholic; however, they are welcomed with open arms. Saint John s Feed the Hungry Program began in the mid-70s when hungry men who came to the rectory door were served sandwiches. Since then, the need for food has grown and today approximately 700 hot meals are provided daily, Tuesday through Sunday. In recent years, women began coming for food. To address that need, a Women and Children Center was created; it is managed by Sister Jane McKenna SSJ, who joined the Program in July 2008, as a full-time volunteer. From its earliest days, Saint John s has worked to demonstrate that the love of God demands a love of neighbor and has sought to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the people in the area. The church no longer provides daily Mass; it exists to feed the hungry. Volunteers from the parish, local businesses and the community arrive daily to prepare and serve breakfast and lunch. This soup kitchen receives no federal or state funding. All free will donations are provided by individuals, churches, synagogues, and businesses from within the community, as well as from people beyond Newark who recognize the church s good work. Shop- Rite is especially generous, says Jane. We often receive their pastries, bread, cereal and fruit among other items. 12

13 Breakfast isn t served until 8:30 a.m., but men arrive early to get a place in the food line that winds its way around the church. The church does not have an indoor facility sufficient to seat the men, but a canopied picnic area offers shelter and seats. Others sit on curbs, sidewalks or the lawn. The sidewalk is divided in two by a temporary fence, which provides a designated line area as well as a spot for leaning and resting while waiting. A row of tall tables is covered with clothes and clients peruse the merchandise. Whatever interests them goes into a bag or a pocket. Women, mothers or fathers with children and those with disabilities bypass that line. They eat inside the Women and Children Center, where all clients are greeted with a smile, given a choice of breakfast food, take a seat and are served. They eat in peace and safety. Above the dining room, other needs are met. The Medical Services Unit, staffed by a full-time nurse and two volunteer doctors (a podiatrist and a medical doctor come once a month) provides care to those in need. HIV testing is available three times a month. In addition, the church operates a weekly food pantry handing out over 100 bags of food to assist those in need. Adding to the SSJ presence Jane offers at Saint John s daily, are part-time volunteers Sisters Miriam Bernard Fitzsimmons SSJ, Joan Sullivan SSJ and SSJ Associate Lucille Gerardi. Although they have been coming to Saint John s for only a few years, the Sisters have many stories to share about those who use the services offered by Saint John s. The clients who come to Saint John s are in great need. Often they have lost employment or their home frequently as the result of an addiction, mental illness or other health problems. Here are some of their stories. Brenda ended up on the streets after she lost her job and was unable to find another position. She lived on the streets for 12 years and spent much of her time holding court in Penn Station. Brenda represented the homeless, advocating for them, and dealing with City Hall their behalf. After 12 years on the streets, Brenda finally got an apartment. Two weeks later she passed away. Jane went to Brenda s wake. It was the most joyful celebration of life that I have ever experienced. Everyone in attendance spoke so highly of Brenda and how she made them feel safe. For Jane, perhaps the most memorable comment about Brenda was At least she died with an address. Deborah, a client of Saint John s Soup Kitchen, upon each visit would announce, Sister, I m home. Although she earned two PhDs, was an author and expert on the study of religions in Appalachia, Deborah had fallen on hard times. She relied on Saint John s. Deborah was grateful for the food, says Joan Sullivan. She used to tell us, You ladies really know how to do this. You treat us with respect. You sit us down and you serve us. Others don t respect us. Another client is a woman known to the Sisters from her many past donations to Saint Aloysius School in Caldwell, New Jersey. She went through all of her money and became homeless. Each visit she said, I don t know what I would do without Saint John s. Her situation has improved; she now has housing and lives on welfare. Opposite page: Pictured in front of the rosebushes planted in 1872 by the Sisers of Saint Joseph are Miriam Bernard Fitzsimmons SSJ, Joan Sullivan SSJ, Jane McKenna SSJ, Lucille Gerardi SSJ Associate, and Vicki Fallon. Pictured above from top: Men wait in line for breakfast.women wait in line for breakfast. Nurse Kathleen McAdams in the Medical Clinic Patient room. 13

14 Jane, Joan and Miriam agree that working at Saint John s is one of the most rewarding of many wonderful experiences. I receive more hugs and kisses in one week at Saint John s than in I did in all my years as a teacher and principal, says Jane. Fortunately, in spite of their dire circumstances, many of the clients at St. John s maintain a sense of humor. My cheeks hurt from laughing so hard. I have received a real education. Joan says, I go home after a long day and feel a grace that comes from these women. She is a big fan of Jane and her work on behalf of the hungry. One of the greatest gifts Jane has brought to Saint John s clients is a sense of community. They look out for each other. They share with each other. Other volunteers feel strongly about the work that Saint John s does to feed the hungry. Jane illustrates that sentiment through the example of Trish who volunteers every Saturday. Jane says, Three weeks ago Trish proudly announced, It is my first anniversary of coming here. That s how much feeding the hungry meant to her. The Sisters hope that those who rely on Saint John s know that to us they are the dear neighbor and they are not alone. Saint John s Soup Kitchen P.O. Box Mulberry Street Newark, NJ Lucille Gerardi SSJ Associate anddedicated Volunteer Among the regular volunteers at Saint John s Soup Kitchen is Lucille Gerardi. Clients and volunteers at the Soup Kitchen are treated to her upbeat personality and sense of humor. Lucille has been volunteering there for six years. Lucille learned about the SSJ Associates in Mission Program from an advertisement in the St. Andrews Parish (Bayonne, New Jersey) bulletin. I attended the meeting and was hooked, says Lucille. The Sisters of Saint Joseph have always been a part of her life. As a student at Saint Mary Star of the Sea in Bayonne, Lucille learned first-hand how the Sisters live and work their mission of uniting all people with God and with one another. Retired after a career at Verizon where she worked as a repair service dispatcher, Lucille fills her days by giving back. Lucille says, Giving is my favorite part of why I volunteer. Since becoming an SSJ Associate 10 years ago, she has volunteered regularly. In addition to her work at Saint John s, Lucille volunteers at Saint Mary by-the-sea Retreat House in Cape May Point, New Jersey. As a volunteer at Saint Mary for eight years now, Lucille says, I feel like a part of the woodwork. When she goes to Saint Mary, she drives a car full of other volunteers. Otherwise, those volunteers would not be able to contribute their time. Lucille says, Saint Mary by-the-sea is holy ground. As soon as I walk into the house I feel a difference. Being there gives me a sense of serenity and peacefulness that is a blessing. I find a wonderful commonality among all kinds of people. And the view from the porch is priceless. It is the Sisters most of all who keep Lucille coming back to the retreat house again and again. I love being surrounded by the sisters, says Lucille. They keep the place going. Lucille says, Both Saint John s Soup Kitchen and Saint Mary are places of giving, and by giving, so much is received. Lucille Gerardi SSJ Associate 14 Photo: Connie Murphy SSJ

15 The History of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia and Saint John s Church The Sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia arrived in Newark, New Jersey in 1872 to open Saint John s Catholic School. They remained at the school until its closing in The Sisters were missioned to other places throughout New Jersey. The mission of the Sisters of Saint Joseph returned to Saint John s in 2008, when Jane McKenna SSJ arrived as manager of the Women and Children Center. A plaque on the outside wall of Saint John s Church commemorates the Congregation s service. It reads: Sisters of Saint Joseph, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Celebrating 125 Years of Continuous Service in New Jersey beginning at the Church of Saint John, Newark, October 8, The Congregation is also recognized in Paul V. Flynn s book, The History of St. John s Church, Newark. A History of St. John s without a reference to the work done by the Sisters of St. Joseph would be very incomplete. Since they first came in 1872 from the Mother House in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia they have nobly done their part in the Parochial Schools. Day after day, quietly, unostentatiously, yet ever effectually, have they worked, training the little ones, planting the seeds of truth and virtue in their minds and hearts, leading them by their never failing gentleness and sympathy, and above all by the example of their holy, self-sacrificing, laborious lives. The sick and the poor love them also, for the good Sisters have cared for them, have comforted them and aided them, have not forgotten them. To all the Parish they have been an inspiration, and it is but meet and proper that they should have their place in the list of the Church helpers. 1 Upon their arrival at Saint John s Church in 1872, the Sisters planted two rose bushes in the convent backyard. Today, those bushes still bloom. 1. Excerpt from Paul V. Flynn s History of St. John s Church, Newark Press of the New Jersey Trade Review,

16 Please join us for a special evening in support of the Sisters of Saint Joseph A one woman performance of The God Box: A Daughter s Story featuring author Mary Lou Quinlan November 16th, :00 PM Mount Saint Joseph Academy Auditorium 120 West Wissahickon Avenue Flourtown, PA Tickets are $25 in advance ($30 at the door) and include a copy of The God Box. To reserve tickets, please contact: SSJ Development Office About Mary Lou Finlayson Quinlan Mary Lou is the author of inspirational features for Real Simple and O, the Oprah magazine, as well as three books about women s lives. Her newest, The God Box, is a New York Times bestseller. She has appeared on the CBS EARLY Show, Good Morning America and TODAY in her role as CEO of NYC marketing firm Just Ask a Woman. Mary Lou is a graduate of St. Helena s Elementary School, Cardinal Dougherty High School, and Saint Joseph s University in Philadelphia. 16

17 Sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia Development Office Annual Report CIRCLES OF GIVING Financial Report A1 Saint Joseph Circle A2 McDermott Circle A2 - A3a Medaille Circle A4 - A14 Heritage Circle A15 In-Kind Gifts A15 Saint Joseph Guild A16 - A17 Tributes A17 - A21 Villa Memorial Wall A21 Thank You and Contact Information A22 17

18 Financial Report Total Revenue $2,608,618 Retirement $2,219,559 SSJ Welcome Center $160,989 4% 5% 6% 85% Saint Mary by-the-sea Retreat House $121,638 Other Ministries $106,432 Development Expenses $231,453 Sources of Donations Estates Memorials Villa Chance Drive Special Events Direct Mail Appeals Congregational Magazine Saint Joseph Guild 91% 9% Between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012, $0.91 cents of every dollar donated to the Sisters of Saint Joseph went directly to the Congregation s retirement or active ministry needs. Direct Costs Per Dollar $0.91 Indirect Costs Per Dollar $0.09 A1

19 We are grateful for the 2,625 General Benefactors whose gifs combined for a total of $93, this year. Our complete list of General Benefactors can be General Benefactors found by visiting our website: Thh is circle, our largest by far, includes donors whose gift s totaled up to $99. Companions $50,000 or more Benefactors $25,000 - $49,999 Saint Joseph Circle Patrons $10,000 - $24,900 Named after the patron of our Congregation. Companions $5,000 - $9,999 McDermott Circle Benefactors $2,500 - $4,999 Patrons $1,000 - $2,499 Companions Mr. Robert E. Brown, Jr. Mrs. Marie C. O Neill Burns Mary E. Christenson Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters Mrs. Margaret F. Deegan Mrs. Dorothy M. Dowling Estate of Rev. Msgr. James J. Flood Estate of Alberta C. Gallagher Estate of Helen E. Hall Ms. Kathleen Kiszka Estate of Helen D. Leonard Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Lisowski* * Monthly Donor In honor of Rev. D.I. McDermott, one of our most generous benefactors. Companions Estate of John J. Cahill Estate of Jane M. MacDermott Estate of Catherine A. O Dea PHA Interdiocesan Fund for Religious Estate of Abby Ann T. Van Pelt Griscom W.W. Smith Charitable Trust Benefactors Mr. Richard J. Barber Estate of Catherine Bergbauer Connelly Foundation Mr. Chris Matthews Estate of Ethel M. Morris Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Franklin Lakes, NJ Estate of Rev. Msgr. Thomas J. Scanlon Mr. Victor A. Viggiano Mr. John J. Mahoney Estate of Anne T. Maloney Mr. Robert M. Matteucci Ms. Margaret L. McCutcheon Rev. Msgr. Anthony W. McGuire Mr. and Mrs. Wallace H. Nunn Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Maple Shade, NJ Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Riethmiller, Jr. Tom and Salsey Sullivan The TJX Foundation, Inc. Mr. Christopher S. Van Hiet W. O Neil Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Alan M. Woodward Benefactors Ms. Mary M. Baker Colonial Oaks Foundation Patrons Mr. and Mrs. Andrew B. Abel Estate of Edna H. Bader Beneficial Foundation Better Home Plastics Corp. Estate of Marie Deavereaux Diaco Family Foundation, Inc. Estate of James F. Dugan Estate of Rev. Msgr. Brian J. Egan Estate of Gabriele Eisenbichler Estate of Patricia M. Gaynor Rev. Wilfred F. Maloney Estate of Mary McDonough Mr. and Mrs. Keith R. Nicholson Estate of Margaret Powers Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Riethmiller* Estate of Mary W. Sherry Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, CA Estate of Frederick J. Springer The Maguire Foundation Patricia L. Van Houten, TOP* Community Thrift Shop, Franklin Lakes, NJ Mr. Victor DeMaio Ms. Bernadine M. Dolinar Ms. Helen G. Drozdowski ExxonMobil Foundation Rev. Leo O. Farley Mrs. Stella H. Fellinger Mildred E. Fulginiti Glanzmann Motors Mr. and Mrs. Philip E. Guidi Ms. Mary C. Healey Holy Trinity Church, Washington, DC IBM Corporation Matching Grants Program Ms. Karen Insalaco Ms. Elizabeth Kilkenny Mr. and Mrs. John J. Langdon A2

20 Mr. and Mrs. James J. Maloney Ms. Kathleen M. Massarelli Mr. Joseph F. McCambley Mr. and Mrs. Brian J. McElrone Dr. Christine Caruso McKee Mr. and Mrs. Edwin M. McKeon Ms. Berniece M. McLaughlin Mr. and Mrs. William J. McMahon, Jr. Mr. John P. Moran and Family Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Flourtown, PA Ms. Alice Jean Munn Queen of Peace Parish, North Arlington, NJ Saint Monica Church, Berwyn, PA Ms. Theresa Schultheis* Estate of Margaret V. Smith St. Genevieve Parish, Flourtown, PA Union Benevolent Association, Philadelphia, PA Verrecchia Family Mr. and Mrs. John J. Vresics Mr. J. Eustace Wolfington Patrons Mr. Andrew J. Adamczyk Mrs. Sharon A. Adnams Mr. and Mrs. Ernest R. Behrens Mrs. Marie E. Benner Ms. Jane E. Bennett Mr. and Mrs. Frank D. Beskid Mr. Lawrence Biscontini Pat and Maureen J. Bonner Mr. Jay B. Bradley Bray Family Foundation, LTD Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation Mr. and Mrs. John J. Broderick Ms. Catrese Brown* Mr. and Mrs. Paul H. Bruce Mrs. Geralynn M. Bryers Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Buono, Sr. Mrs. Elaine H. Buzas* Mr. and Mrs. William J. Carlin, Jr. William and Winifred Carr Ms. Grace A. Carroll Mr. John C. Charlton Chubb and Son, A Division of Federal Insurance Co. Church of the Nativity, Burke, VA Estate of Patrick J. Ciervo, Sr. Estate of Agnes A. Coll Conewago Contractors, Inc. Mr. Martin J. Connor, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Conrad, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth J. Cooper Mrs. Barbara Costello Estate of Clare C. Costine CRA Financial Services, LLC Mr. and Mrs. Bobby A. Creech* Mr. James F. Crotty Mr. and Mrs. John F. Crotty Mr. James A. Daily Ms. Virginia Daley Ms. Maria I. Diesel Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Dollard Mr. and Mrs. John J. Donnelly Mr. Joseph M. Donnelly Mrs. Patricia M. Donnelly Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Duffy John and Dianne Dyer Mr. Thomas G. Evans Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Fetterman Mr. and Mrs. Mark F. Fishman Mr. and Mrs. Terrence J. Foley Jean L. Forest, MD Connie and Hank Fox* Ms. Julia E. Gallaher* Ms. Linda M. Garrison Ms. Henrietta C. Gavett Miss Bettyanne Geikler Mrs. Kathryn L. Gentile Ms. Catherine A. Gillespie Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Glessner Estate of Carl D. Grace Granite Run Buick GMC Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Gribb, Jr. Mr. Thomas M. Griffin Lorraine F. Gutowicz, MD Mr. Frederick W. Haid IV Mr. and Mrs. T. Roderick Henkels Rev. Joseph C. Hilbert Holy Family Academy Summer Luncheon Mr. Francis E. Jamison Mr. Samuel P. Jennings John Charles and Kathryn S. Redmond Foundation Mr. and Mrs. John F. Kane Mr. William J. Keating Mr. and Mrs. George J. Kelly* Mr. and Mrs. Larry E. Kittelberger* Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Kleschick Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Klock* Knights of Columbus Council #10910, Mebane, NC Mr. John C. Konen Ms. Judith M. Konen* Mr. Joseph A. Kredatus Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Lechliter* Mr. Gregory C. Leo* Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Lind Mr. Fred G. Livingood* Estate of Vincent J. Logan Mr and Mrs. Philip J. Lohr Rev. Neil J. Mahoney Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Maier Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Mauer, Jr. MBS Annie s Corner, Franklin Lakes, NJ Patricia A. McAdams* Mr. and Mrs. William N. McCambley Ms. Nancy M. McCarthy Mrs. Alicia M. McCormick Ms. Cathleen McCusker Estate of Thomas A. McGann, Jr. Mr. James A. McGovern Mr. and Mrs. Thomas S. McKeon Ms. Margaret G. McLaughlin Ms. Gloria C. McNutt Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. McParland Joseph and Astrid McVeigh Estate of Rev. Msgr. Francis X. Meehan Merck Employee Giving Campaign Mr. and Mrs. John A. Merlo Mr. and Mrs. Norman G. Michaud Mrs. Margaret C. Mohr Mr. and Mrs. Jack J. Morasco Lois and Jack Morasco Rev. Thomas M. Mullin Mr. James W. Murray Mrs. Anna M. Noel Notre Dame De La Mer Parish, Wildwood, NJ Ms. Mary T. O Donnell Mr. Joseph J. O Hare III Mr. Joseph J. O Mara, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Anthony C. Orsi Our Mother of Consolation Parish, Philadelphia, PA Our Mother of Consolation s Peace and Justice Committee, Philadelphia, PA Mr. William J. Page Lissa A. Perrone and Mary A. Mahon Mr. and Mrs. James J. Pettit Philadelphia Activities Fund, Inc. Dr. Olivia Pinkett Mr. George Prestoy Quinlan-Finlayson Family Fund Ms. Mari H. Quint Mr. and Mrs. Bernard J. Rafferty Raynes McCarty Mr. and Mrs. John R. Redmond Remington Group, INC. Ms. Joanna E. Renzi Mr. Thomas J. Rudden Mr. and Mrs. Arthur P. Ryan III Sacred Heart Parish, Glyndon, MD Saint Peter Alumni Association, Westernport, MD Saint Rita School, Alexandria, VA Sanofi Aventis Mr. and Mrs. John F. Scarpa Mrs. Stacey Schwarz Mary Ellen Shields, MD, PSC* Sisters of Mercy, Merion, PA Mrs. Helen B. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey L. Spangler St. Ann s Catholic Church, Charlotte, NC St. Mary Catholic Church, Colts Neck, NJ St. Monica s H. N. S. Men s Club, Berwyn, PA St. Patrick Church, Norristown, PA* St. Rita Church Home and School Association, Alexandria, VA Mr. Jack L. Steenwerth A3 * Monthly Donor

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