- Persons 21 years of age, ordinarily, or older
- Married couples
- Single women and men
- Catholics, as well as, persons from other religious traditions.
- To allow Sisters and Associates to explore together a call from God.
- To enable both the Congregation and the Associates to give mutual support in their commitment to living out the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- To share in mutuality with the Sisters, our gifts of the Spirit and to allow ourselves to be enriched with the gifts of others in the Church.
- To share in the mission and prayer of the Congregation.
WHAT DO ASSOCIATES DO?
- Meet regularly with a Contact Person
- Gather regularly with a group of other Associates and Sisters where possible
- Attend community events at Oldenburg when possible
- Try to integrate Franciscan values into every aspect of their lives
- Experience ongoing mutual support in faith and ministry
WHAT STEPS DO I TAKE TO BECOME AN ASSOCIATE?
- Pray to know how God is calling you
- Visit with an Oldenburg Franciscan Sister or Associate
- Contact the Associate Office
DIRECTION FROM THE ASSOCIATE OFFICE
Becoming an Associate is not like joining a club or even a church community. The decision to make an Associate commitment with a specific community is a life decision. Making this commitment is choosing a direction from which later decisions and relationships follow.
This decision is a preliminary step in the initial formation process. The process as a Prospective Associate is not a formality to go through for what has already been decided. When we look at the expectations of Assoicates and the public expression of the charism, which Associates witness to the world, the decision to make a commitment is more than an application process. It is a holy opportunity to discern the presence of a spiritual call. All discernment processes are intentional and take time. (NACAR Manual, "Lead with the Spirit")
ASSOCIATE BOARD MEMBERS: Alice Beresford, Louise Burns, Josephine Cleveland, Bill Daily, S. Lucy Driscoll, Linda Hilsinger, S. Kate Holohan, S. Maureen Irvin, Carolyn Meyer, Betsy Savare, Jane Schaefer, Janet Sturwold, and S. Carmela Whitton
For additional information about the Associates of the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, please contact Carolyn Meyer or Jane Schaefer, Co-Directors of Associates.