Five New Members Welcomed as CSJ Associates
The newest associates: (Left) Lynette LaHay, (Back) Allen Grieve, Cindy Costello, (Front) Cindy Grieve, Tracy Brown
On February 3, in Holy Family Chapel at the province motherhouse, five people made their initial commitment 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.
Some join to find companionship on their spiritual journeys. Tracy Brown says of her commitment, "I found like-minded people who cared about the dear neighbor with the Sisters of St. Joseph Community."
Lynette LaHay, says, "I made this commitment to the Sisters of St. Joseph and their Associates because I want to become my authentic self – a child of God- and to be a part of a loving, kind community."
Many husbands and wives make their commitment together, such as Allen and Cindy Grieves. Allen says he will live out his commitment "through the daily living of the charism in my family, ministry and with the dear neighbor without distinction," and Cindy "by deepening my relationship with God and sharing this love and charism with my family, my community and by serving the dear neighbor."
Cindy Costello, sees association as a way to serve. "Like St. Joseph, I find myself called to quiet, faithful, behind the scenes service. I seek to live out this commitment of baptismal call by using my gifts to build up the kingdom of God through prayer, service and communion with the dear neighbor."
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.