Associates Make Ongoing Commitments

Associates Mary Ann Daust-Buehler, Kathy Busam, Sharon Auer and Allen Grieve made their ongoing commitment on November 20 during the Associate Thanksgiving Celebration at the Carondelet Motherhouse. View more pictures on Smug Mug

Who are associates?
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.

Today, the more than  300 associates continue to 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.

Why become a CSJ Associate? Hear from our newest associates in their commitment statements:

"Your vision, dream and humble beginnings I find remarkable," says Sharon Auer. "I embrace this commitment as a gift from God.  I want to continue to grow in the spirituality of St. Ignatius and St. Frances de Sales and to find God in all things.  I want to continue to grow spiritually, share my heart and to be aware of God’s presence."

"A little over ten years ago, I walked into Nazareth Living Center and had this peaceful, warm feeling come over me that is difficult to explain." says Kathleen Busam. "Over the years working at Nazareth, I have found what exquisite women the Sisters are and am very proud to be associated with them in this very special way.  I promise to professionally and personally assist the sisters in their many works of mercy and justice and to always be open to and love the dear neighbor.

"I wish to make my ongoing commitment to the Sisters of St. Joseph and fellow associates as I have learned through them to accept God’s challenges as I journey through life and work with others," says Mary Ann Daust- Buehler. " I have witnessed their patience, love and peacefulness as they minister and live.  The comfort and spirituality of my associate prayer group has been my strength.  I plan to expand my union with the larger community and help them with events."

"From their founding, the Sisters of St. Joseph were known as the Congregation of the great love of God.  Their practice of living His love, and spreading that love to the dear neighbor, without distinction, is what I want to do, for the rest of my life," says Allen Grieve. 

 "It is my fervent hope, that I will live in a way that is witness to God's great love; through service to others, through communion with, and love of all of God's creation, and sharing of any, and all, gifts I may have, by God's grace."

Read more about Allen's experience in a car accident and how his involvement with the CSJs supported his journey to wellness.




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