Who are the Associates of Sisters of the Holy Family?
Women and men who want to have as a central focus of their lives the mission of Jesus and are drawn by the spirit or charism of the Sisters of the Holy Family.
Association with the Sisters of the Holy Family gives adult Christians the opportunity to deepen their commitment to living out their baptismal calling while extending the work of the Sisters.
What is the Charism of the Sisters of the Holy Family?
The charism or spirit of the Sisters of the Holy Family and their Associates is “to seek out and advocate for the poor and needy, especially families for the Kingdom of God.”
A charism is a divine gift given by God in Baptism and Confirmation.These graces of the Holy Spirit strengthen a person in the love and service of God and others.
Why become an Associate?
An Associate shares her/his faith, life experiences, talents and gifts in union with the Congregation of Sisters of the Holy Family. Each sister and Associate lives out her/his own baptismal calling to the mission of Jesus and in service to the SHF charism to “to seek out and advocate for the poor and needy.” Association recognizes that together we can live our baptismal calling more fully when we are strengthened by others who share a similar call to mission and ministry.
What is an Associate asked to do?
¨Share with the Congregation of Sisters and Associates their faith and life experiences;
¨Share in the life of the Congregation through ministry, prayer, friendship, hospitality and simplicity;
¨Bring the spirit of our founder, Sister Dolores Armer, to our waiting world by participating in a ministry according to each individual’s giftedness and circumstances.
A prospective Associate is invited to enter into a two-year exploration and discernment process. This is a time to become more familiar with the spirit, life, and ministries of the Congregation. Each prospective Associate has a Sister or an Associate as a sponsor during this process.
Are you curious about becoming an Associate?
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or write to us at:
|Associate Coordinating Team|
|Sisters of the Holy Family|
|P.O. Box 3248|
Fremont, CA 94539-0324
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