Who Are We Today?
Today there are over 120 men and women in the Albany Province and over 630 in the congregation who have made their commitment as CSJ Associates. The CSJ Associates live in many areas and have groups established in Albany, Amsterdam, Binghamton, North Country, Rome, Syracuse, Utica, and other areas in the United States. They share in the spirit and spirituality of the Sisters of St. Joseph but do not profess canonical vows. With the sisters, the associates share the call to bring God's unifying love to all persons without distinction.
The CSJ Associate Logo
The circle in the CSJ Associate logo symbolizes unity. The clasped hands indicate collaboration in mission. The fleur de lis signifies our French roots.
THE CSJ ASSOCIATE BROCHURE
North American Conference of Associates and Religious
CSJ Associates, Los Angeles Province
CSJ Associates, St Louis Province
CSJ Consociates, St. Paul Province
CSJ Associate Candle
CSJ Associates Barb and Joe Cassella
CSJ Associates MaryAnn Dignazio-Louison and Pat Hunt
CSJ Associates Lauretta McGuirk and Marie Mangione
The Associate Program
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.
• Manifest FIDELITY to Jesus Christ through prayer, faith, and service;
• Endeavor to embody CHRIST’S RECONCILING PRESENCE in the world;
• Unite in PRAYER individually and communally with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet;
• Deepen ATTITUDES of wonder, reverence, gratitude, openness to change, growth and loving commitment.
In the earliest documents of the congregation from seventeenth-century France, association with the laity in spirituality and mission was a significant facet of Jean Pierre Medaille’s vision for the first sisters. In responding to the call of Vatican II, the sisters encouraged the establishment of associate programs. These associates share the charism but do not intend to be vowed members of the Congregation. In June 1985, ten associates made their first commitment. Read more about the history of CSJ Associates.
How Do You Become a CSJ Associate?
As you read about this program, you may feel that you are being invited to consider this form of association with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. A vowed member of the Congregation or one of the Associates may invite you to consider becoming an Associate.
Orientation is a period when you are introduced to the spirit and spirituality of the Sisters of St. Joseph and to the CSJ Associate community in your area.
CSJ Associates participate in a weekend retreat experience and renew their commitment annually.
How to contact us:
For further information, using the contact drop-down list below, contact one of these members of the Albany Province Associate Leadership Team:
Sister Alma Colette Jones, CSJ
Marge Mangan, CSJ Associate
Sister Clare Pelkey, CSJ
Kileen Stone, CSJ Associate
CSJ Associates Nancy Koltko and Barbara Conroy