Association is a call of the Spirit inviting women and men to participate with Sisters, Brothers and Priests in the ministry and prayer of their Congregations in today’s Church. This relationship expands the gifts of each congregation and enriches the faith community.
Association is open to Christian women and men who seek a deeper experience of Jesus Christ and the Gospel and wish to engage with the Sisters of Notre Dame in service to others. Acceptance as an Associate comes after a period of preparation and is based on a mutual discernment process. Associates make a one-year commitment, renewable annually, to live in the spirit of the Gospel and St. Julie Billiart.
"I believe that the Association model is a wonderful direction in the Church today. I have longed for a spiritual sisterhood of support and feel so blessed to have found it. St. Julie's vision, the empowerment of women and the keen focus on public service have attracted me to this community." - Dede Waters-Masters
For more than 25 years, the Sisters of Notre Dame have welcomed Associates into their lives, and both Sisters and Associates have been enriched by the relationship. Forming an integral part of the Notre Dame family, Associates join with Sisters in prayer, ministry, and friendship—doing together what neither could do alone. The Associate shares with the Sisters his or her own gifts, and the Sisters provide a supportive environment in which to grow.
"Association has given me spiritual companions who find God in the midst of their daily joys and struggles. It has also offered me the opportunity to share in the Notre Dame mission to promote global peace, social justice and service to the community. I have grown to love our foundress, St. Julie, a woman of courage and faith whose legacy lives on in the Sisters and Associates.” - Joanne Marie Thompson
For more information, click send an email to Jeanette Braun, SND.