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153 Washington Place
Passaic, NJ 07055
(973) 470-0844

Friday, January 4, 2019

Happy Feast Day!

Today on the Feast of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton we send greetings to the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, NJ,  who have been so supportive and active in the founding and growth of the Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women.  A brief history of the Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth can be found here.  During the pre-beginning and beginning stages of the Center, Sister Marion Scranton, SC, (then Vice-President of Mission at St. Mary's General Hospital, Passaic) provided valuable guidance. For the first few years of the Center's existence, Sister Mary Culhane, SC, taught English and Art. The Center continues to be graced with the presence of Sister Patricia Reynolds, SC, who teaches our quilting class.  Additionally, we collaborate frequently with Sister Anne Moroney, SC, Director of Community Health Outreach at St. Mary's General Hospital and with several departments at St. Joseph's Health, Paterson, NJ (a sponsored work of the Sisters of Charity).
Sister Patricia Reynolds, SC

Sister Marion Scranton, SC

Sister Anne Moroney, SC, accepts donations of baby blankets from our crocheters.
Sister Mary Culhane, SC

Monday, December 31, 2018

Last Year's Words, Next Year's Words

In "Little Gidding," the last of North American poet T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets, he writes, "For last year's words belong to last year's language/And next year's words await another voice."  

While we reflect on the many blessings of 2018 at the Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women, we welcome the voices of 2019, secure in the knowledge that the God who has brought us here will continue to provide for us as we journey forward together.  

After 5-plus years of growth toward providing a peaceful, safe and welcoming place for the women of Passaic, we continue to rely on your generosity to carry us through.

In reality, we cannot find enough words -- last year's or next year's -- to express adequate appreciation for the faithful support we have received from near and far.  So, we will allow the theme of the entire five years of our existence to carry our New Year's message -- "Thank you and God bless you!"

Thursday, November 22, 2018

We Give Thanks!

Although it is said that a picture paints a thousand words, we believe that this picture paints thousands and thousands of words:

This is a very recent picture of our Wednesday English class taught by Marie Russoniello Mead.  There are women in this class who have different countries -- and even different continents -- of origin.  Seemingly, they gather each week to learn English.  In the process of learning English, however, they build relationships -- and relationships are empowering. And, according to the mission statement of the Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women, " . . . when women are empowered, the family is strengthened."  We believe that strengthening families is one of the greatest things we can do to serve God's people in Passaic.  

While this picture has the potential to paint thousands of words, we share it with you today to convey just two words -- THANK YOU!

On this Thanksgiving Day, we THANK YOU for helping us to provide a peaceful, safe, welcoming place for our women to express their needs.

We THANK YOU for assisting our women to form supportive relationships.

We  THANK YOU for providing the means -- through your donations and other support --  for over  11,000 visits by the women of Passaic during the first five years of the Center's existence.

Without our many supporters, this ministry would be impossible.  

We are grateful to those of you who have responded so generously to our fundraising letter.  (If you have not received the letter please contact us.)

If you have not yet viewed our fifth anniversary video, please click here to see how far the Center has come.  

Thank you and God bless you!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Renovations begin at St. Anthony's

Our good friends at St. Anthony's Parish, Passaic, will begin to renovate the church building this week.  You might recall that the church's ceiling collapsed on Holy Thursday, 2017. After many months of assessing, planning and fundraising, a prayer service was held on October 30 to mark the beginning of the renovations.  CBS 2 was present for the prayer service and blessing.  Here is a link to the news report.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018


We are so very grateful for the assistance of all our donors during the past five years.  As we approach the holidays, we wanted to make you aware of some of the needs of the Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women.  If you are able to assist with any of these needs, please contact Sister Ann Marie at or (973) 470-0844.

Diapers:  Any size, but especially sizes 4 and 5.  
Baby wipes
Copy paper: white
Paper towels: Select-a-size would be best
Toilet tissue
Facial tissue

Shop-Rite gift cards: To share with those who need food during the holidays
Target gift cards: To share with the women and/or to purchase needed items for the Center
Staples gift cards:  To purchase office supplies for the Center

We are grateful for any assistance you can give. 

Thank you and God bless you!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

New Video is Up!!

As we continue to celebrate our fifth anniversary, the Center's new video has been posted on the website.  Please visit our homepage,, and scroll down to view the video.  As always, we are grateful for your support of the Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women. 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

All Kinds of Celebrations . . .

While we celebrate the Center's fifth anniversary, we also want to commemorate the recent special days of our co-sponsoring religious communities.  We remembered the Sisters of Charity on September 27, the Feast of St. Vincent DePaul and on September 29, Foundation Day of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, NJ.  Thank you, Sisters of Charity, for your years of dedication to the Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women.  

Today on the Feast of St. Francis, we remember the Franciscan communities who have served us faithfully -- not only the Franciscan Sisters of Peace, the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God (SMIC) and the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother who currently staff the Center, but also those communities of Franciscan women and men who have supported us in so many ways through the years.  

Here are some photos of the Sisters we celebrate:

Sister Frances, SSM

Sister Elaine, FSP (left) and Sister Pat, SC

Sister Margaret, SMIC

Sister Eleanor, SMIC (right)