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CSJ Associates Celebrate Commitment Weekend and Welcome Six New Members
On June 14, 2015, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and CSJ Associates welcomed six new associates during a Eucharistic Liturgy in the chapel of St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham, NY. The Commitment Liturgy followed a weekend in which Sisters and CSJ Associates explored the theme of hope at a morning that included a panel entitled “Joseph, Man of Hope,” featuring panelists CSJ Associate Eileen Davenport, Sister Fran Eustace, Sister Fran Gilchrist and Tracy Watson. The discussion was followed by a presentation, “North Country Mission of Hope,” led by Sister Cathy Kruegler. In the afternoon, the associates reflected on presentations by Andrew Lunetta (Pedals to Possibilities) and Bill Mullins (Residents Encounter Christ Ministry). Saturday concluded with a candle-lighting ceremony during which participants remembered deceased associates.
On Sunday, during a Eucharistic Liturgy at the Provincial House, Mary Craven, Eileen Davenport, Elaine Holtzer, Marlies Palka, Diane Saladino and Kathleen Tait made their first commitment as CSJ Associates. Also, during the Liturgy, nearly 120 CSJ Associates renewed their commitment for another year after spending the weekend on retreat at the Provincial House.
With Rev. James Daley as presider and CSJ Associate MaryAnn Dignazio Louison giving the reflections, the associates joined in celebration with a chapel filled to overflowing with CSJ Associates, Sisters of St. Joseph, family and friends. During the Eucharistic Liturgy, the Sisters of St. Joseph expressed their support and gratitude to these men and women who live and work as the Sisters do in uniting all persons and all creation with God and with one another in God.
The new CSJ Associates promised to live according to the ideals and values of the Sisters of St. Joseph, to bring those values to their home and workplace and to join with the Sisters in transforming the world, according to the Gospel and with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
The CSJ Associates are men and women who embrace the charism of unity and reconciliation and participate in the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. The CSJ Associate community lives out this call of the Spirit in their daily lives.
To enjoy a slideshow of the Commitment Weekend, click on the photo below of the CSJ flag (or click HERE), then scroll down to the bottom of the new page! See Sisters of St. Joseph and CSJ Associates as they share the dream of bringing God’s unifying and reconciling love!