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CSJ Associates Celebrate Commitment Weekend and Welcome Six New Associates
On June 12, 2016, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and CSJ Associates of the Albany Province 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 the associates explored the theme of “The Tender Mercies of God’s Love.”
On Saturday morning of the weekend, the associates were inspired and challenged in a presentation by Utica CSJ Associate Kathy Poupart; Kathy focused her sharing on “We are lovers of the Beloved.” In the afternoon, Sister Mary Anne Heenan of the Albany Province Leadership Team welcomed and expressed gratitude to the associates. Later, CSJ Associate Annmarie Yellico facilitated a series of testimonies on the theme of mercy, presented by CSJ Associates Kathy Young, Dot Hathway, Monica James, Judy Eaton and Mary Craven and Sister Fran Eustace. The afternoon concluded with a prayer service in which all the deceased CSJ Associates were remembered. Saturday evening featured the movie, “Tender Mercies.”
With Rev. Geoffrey Burke as presider and CSJ Associate Dan Persico giving the reflections, the associates joined in celebration with a chapel filled 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 HERE and 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!