Our daily commitment to morning evening prayer, the charism of love and care for the dear neighbour, was what attracted me further.
I had known of the Sisters of St. Joseph for many years prior to becoming an Associate. I met the Sisters at St. Michael’s Hospital, at Providence Villa and have worked alongside some St. Joseph Sisters in my various endeavours.
Sister Jean DeLuca became a friend when, a long time ago, we were introduced by a mutual friend while I worked in St. Patrick’s German parish.
When in 2001 Sister Jean spoke at our Sunday Mass about the history of the St. Sisters of St. Joseph she mentioned the Associate Program. I waited for Sister after Mass to find out more about it. As it sounded like something I would like to embrace, I pursued the idea.
After meeting with Sr. Roberta, I was introduced to St. Virginia who led the group of which I later became a member.
Our St. Joseph's Community group consists of two Sisters and six retired lay women. As I was interested in furthering and deepening my own prayer life, I found a framework in which it could happen, the group was that vehicle to assist me.
Our daily commitment to morning evening prayer, the charism of love and care for the dear neighbour, was what attracted me further. The monthly meeting with like-minded women and the get-togethers during the year with the whole body of associated and Sisters was interesting and exciting as I learned more about the history and charism of the the St. Joseph Sisters.
As a group we support the Christmas hamper program at St. Paul’s church and for the past two years I have served on the core committee.
Impact: sharing, praying, socializing, belonging
Since being in the Associates Program I have been able to have a more fulfilling and structured prayer life. The community gatherings for Commitment retreat, the Assembly day and the yearly weekend retreat are days of learning and sharing the faith and charism. The experience of being an associate is one of belonging to the body of Christ — a closer walk with God. My involvement in my parish is one way of living out the service to the dear neighbour.