Often, God speaks to the hearts of generous lay women and men as they go about their daily lives and draws them to the unique spirit of a religious community.
While they maintain their own lifestyles and work, CSJ Associates align themselves with the good works and spirit of the community. Through regular association and prayer experiences among themselves and with the Sisters, they grow in their own vocation to reflect God’s compassion and love in their homes, places of work, parishes and civic communities.
A CSJ Associate practices her "cuddle ministry" at a Hartford-area hospital.
A lay association of the religious community, they become another visible sign of oneness with God, each other and the world. The CSJ Associate commitment challenges Associates, along with vowed members of the community, to live the mission and Charism of unity and reconciliation in daily life..."as partners in the ministry of service, weaving a garment of care for your planet, her people...claiming a mission of unity and reconciliation...living and working that ALL MAY BE ONE."
Associates may form themselves into small geographically close groups in order to meet, share, pray and reflect with one another. Presently, there are many Associate groupings in Connecticut, including Newington, Waterbury, West Hartford and Fairbanks, Alaska.
Three Hartford-area Associates express the joy of fellowship and CSJ charism.
A five-person Associate Leadership Team carries on the coordination of Associate activities. Long-range plans include orientation of members on the history, spirit, early documents and works of the Sisters. At the same time, Associates take part in local prayer groups on a regular basis. Often, Sisters attend the prayer and/or reflection groups with the Associates. It is common for an Associate to spend time in ministry with the Sisters, another way in which the spirit and mission of the Community is extended into the larger civic community. For more on CSJ Associates, download this brochure or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (860) 233-5734.