Who Are We
Sharing the same dream with the Sisters of St Joseph, that of drawing all together into one in God, we try to bring unifying and reconciling love to our world, desiring to be a reflection of the great love of God for all people and to collaborate to further the mission of the Congregation in today's world.
Who Might Become An Associate?
Any sincere adult who:
- is committed to Gospel values;
- feels drawn by the charism, spirituality and mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph;
- desires to grow and deepen one’s spirituality;
- desires the experience of community;
- is willing and able to serve others;
- is mature enough to be an effective member of a group.
What Is Involved?
- Intent to live the charism, spirituality and mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph in our personal lives, work and ministry as lay people.
- Attendance at monthly gatherings to share faith and prayer.
- Supporting one another in spiritual growth.
- Responding to the needs of the world in partnership with the Sisters of St. Joseph.
- Experiencing community among ourselves and with the Sisters.
- Praying individually and with the Sisters of St Joseph.
Origins of Associates
Father Jean Pierre Médaille SJ and the first six Sisters, founders of the CSJ’s, felt that collaboration with lay persons was integral to the congregation. Associates were chosen to join the Sisters in carrying out their mission. Together they shared the same dream of drawing all together into one in God.
Following the Second Vatican Council (late 1960's) the Sisters sought to reclaim the Associate Movement which had disappeared from the early foundation and in 1987 approved the formal establishment of the Associates. Our first group was formed in Sarnia in 1989. Today groups are established throughout Ontario in Windsor, London, Woodstock, Chatham, Sarnia, Maidstone, St. Thomas, Kingsville and Simcoe, Grand Bend, as well as in the Zana Valley, Peru, South America.
Director, Associates Office
485 Windermere Road, Box 487
London , Ontario N6A 4X3