What does it mean to be an SSJ Associate in Mission?
Associates recognize that they have been called to live the same mission as the Sisters of Saint Joseph.
“We live and work that all people may be united with God and with one another.” Constitutions, Sisters of Saint Joseph
Therefore, Associates pray for the mission and translate these words into actions in their everyday living. This is their response to the universal call to holiness.
What is the process for becoming an SSJ Associate in Mission?
The first step is to talk to a sister or an associate or call SSJ Associates in Mission Office (215-248-7239).
After an initial conversation, you participate in an orientation process. This process is meant to help you discern your call as an associate as well as give you more information. A series of topics will be discussed with sisters and associates. The process ends with discernment and possible commitment to be an SSJ Associate in Mission. Commitment also brings the opportunity to participate in a Chrisitan Growth Group.
Why become an SSJ Associate in Mission?
There are a variety of reasons. These are some of the most common reasons:
- A desire to engage in a more intentional spiritual practice
- A desire for a faith community to pray, minister and celebrate God’s presence in life
- A desire to further social justice
- A desire for deeper meaning in life experienced when lived in the context of shared reflection and meaningful ritual.
Who are SSJ Associates in Mission?
Associates are Christian women and men, 18 years or older, with diverse backgrounds. Some associates who are deeply dedicated to our mission and spirit belong to other paths but are committed to spiritual growth and respect for our tradition. Frequently associates have a previous relationship with Sisters of Saint Joseph or Associates in Mission through membership, family, friendship or ministry. These relationships are deepened by sharing, as an Associate, in the charism and the mission of the Sisters of Saint Joseph.
What do we do as SSJ Associates in Mission?
The most important thing an Associate does is to live the mission in the daily circumstances of their lives. Wherever they are, their relationships are marked by inclusive love and care for the “dear neighbor without distinction from whom they do not separate themselves.” They share the mission by the witness of their lives.
In addition, Associates may choose to participate in a Christian Growth Group, retreats, community gatherings and celebrations. Some Associates volunteer on committees, boards or at our sponsored ministries.