Associates Make Initial and Ongoing Commitments

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet | Associates Make Committments

On June 1 in Holy Family Chapel at the province motherhouse, more than 30 people made their initial and ongoing commitments as associate members of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

Associates are women and men, married and single, who are called by God to commit to extending the mission and sharing the spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet without becoming vowed members. There are more than 300 CSJ Associates who bring the CSJ spirit to their jobs, parishes and families as they share their gifts in works of justice and peace, care for the poor and for the earth.

Some associates are inspired by the spirit of  service set forth by the founders. “Our founding sisters’ mission was simple in word—help our dear neighbor. With this in mind they would go out daily into the neighborhood and see what the needs were,” says Roland Martir. “I commit to follow our founding sisters’ mission to go forth into our neighborhoods, identify what I see as needs and then do my best to put a plan into action to help our dear neighbor.”

Others, like Catherine M. Schodrowski, seek to model their experience of the sisters today. “The outpouring of love, dedication, care and joy the sisters bring to our world and all the peoples they meet, with such a magnificent humility, is an example that I will try to follow to the best of my ability.”

Brittany Rose is called to association because of the virtues and values she shares with the CSJs. “I promise to serve the dear neighbor as best I can and continue to grow in my spiritual relationship with God to become the person that He wants me to be,” she says.

Kevin Kelly seeks to incorporate these values in his daily encounters and relationships, pledging to “continue to utilize the mission and the charism, of the love of God and of the dear neighbor, with my family, my co-employees and those with whom I come into contact every day in my ministry.”

Many associates attribute the person growth they experience to the guidance of the members and mentors in the CSJ community. “I have discovered that my association with the Sisters of St. Joseph has helped me to find and be my best self,” says Virginia Brown.

Kay Komotos says, “In the last three years, my prayer life and my sense of mission have grown, and I feel that my association with the sisters has been a major influencing factor.”

Whatever the inspiration and the expression, the desire to live in right relationship with God is common to the associate experience—a journey expressed succinctly in the words of  Associate Pat Richey: “I commit to seek wisdom to know, courage to do and to do all with the Loving Hands of God.”

 

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