Brian Farrell has an 18-year association with the Associates. It all started, Brian recounts, with a course on being a palliative care volunteer at Providence Centre, then operated by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto. Once the program was finished, he became the first volunteer on the palliative unit. He remained for11 years. He was impressed with the Sisters:
"It was in the care that the Sisters gave the patients and residents — they saw each individual as someone special. They knew everyone's name."
When he was invited to join a new group of CSJ Associates starting at Providence Centre, he readily accepted. He remembers one of the draws for him:
"Sr. Catherine Fenn's spiritual talk, you would definitely show up for that. She was so knowledgable, so spiritual in her life as a Sister. You could feel that Christ and God were very personal to her."
He describes the whole experience as having "a tremendous impact on my life." In the past, he has served on the CSJ Associate Core Team, which organizes events for local groups. He has also been active in other CSJ ministries like the Haiti mission. To him, being an associate is all about involvement with people:
"If you think about the CSJ practice of love of God and love of neighbour, being an associate is practicing this in your daily life."