Meet Our New Associates

New Associates

New associates and their mentors: Back Row:  S. Linda Straub, Christine Holladay, Glenn Waeckerle, Allen Grieve, Joe Licata. Front Row:  S. Marilyn Lott, Joan Waeckerle, S. Bonnie Murray, Lori Fick, S. Rose Marie McKenna, Linda Licata

by Sister Mary Flick, CSJ

CSJ 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.

In the first of this series of pieces, we invite you to meet some of our newest associates and learn how their connections to the Sisters of St. Joseph enhances their lives.

Lori Fick is an active parishioner at Mary, Mother of the Church and in Metropolitan Churches United (MCU). She also volunteers weekly at Nazareth Living Center retirement community. Before retiring, she was a special education teacher at Oakville High School. She is married and has four children and four grandchildren. She said her strong connection with Nazareth led her to the associates, and she is looking to strengthen her prayer life.

Christine Holladay met Sister Linda Straub while a student at Washington University in St. Louis. Her life-long quest to uncover her “truth about the world” led her to the RCIA program at the Catholic Student Center where S. Linda ministered. She is director of graduate support at De La Salle Middle School in the Ville Neighborhood of North St. Louis. Working with low-income, urban youth, she says, “Daily I get to live that ideal of serving the dear neighbor without distinction, educating students, families and the community about how to get to college and be successful in post-secondary education.” She is drawn to association through her desire to seek a closer connection with God and a connection with a community of individuals who work to see God in every person they meet and interact with.

Joe and Linda Licata have three grown children, and three grandchildren. They are involved in their parish, Mary, Mother of the Church, in South St. Louis County.

Joe works for First National Bank of St. Louis in the Commercial Services/Cash Management area. He says he has “a passion to do good.” He has attended various missions and programs through his parish. ”I have been impressed with the Sisters of St. Joseph’s commitment to service and aid to the areas that they serve. I believe that many of my strengths can help in my service to the sisters and I pray that I can grow my commitment further.”

Linda, too, has been very active in their parish, and works in the parish office. She has been involved in a parish bible study, a mothers’ prayer group, and the ACTS retreats. She met the Sisters of St. Joseph who were fellow parishioners. “They are pious, yet fun-loving and down-to-earth and truly beautiful servants of our Lord.” As for her role as an Associate, “I hope I can bring God’s love to others as the sisters do.”

Joan (Kertz) and Glenn Waeckerle are parishioners at Mary, Mother of the Church. Joan is a native of Ste. Genevieve and was taught by the Sisters of St. Joseph at Ste. Genevieve parochial school. She retired from the FBI in Washington, D.C. after 35 years, and has volunteered in a number of agencies in St. Louis since 2008, and has been active in her parish. She says she felt drawn to association by “the bond of spirituality, prayer, friendship and mutual respect between the religious and associate communities. I hope to bring a spirit of service to the community through my volunteer work in the St. Louis area.”

Glenn works as a benefits administrator at Ameren, where he has been employed for 36 years. He met the CSJs through a 10-week video presentation he was leading on the Theology of the Body at his parish. He has also been active in the parish Alpha program and ACTS retreats. A frequent participant at daily Mass, prayer is important to him, as is sharing his faith. As an Associate, he says he hopes to “live in the manner that others see Jesus in me, following the sisters’ charism.”

For more information about association visit our association page.

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