relationship is a way in which adults outside of the vowed
membership can share in the mission and goals of a religious
congregation. The relationship is mutually creative, enriches,
supports and challenges both associates and vowed members
in their response to the Gospel. The essential element of
association is to widen and strengthen bonds with others
who affirm the goals and mission of a religious congregation.
Associates do this while maintaining their independent life
American Conference of Associates and Religious
and men who wish to enhance their spiritual life and who
are attracted to the spirituality of our Congregation become
interested are introduced to our members, to our spirituality,
and to our focus on bringing spirituality to reality in
every day life.
commit themselves to a life as true Christians with a focus
on an Incarnational approach to life and a commitment to
focus this Incarnational influence in some type of Service
in the Church.
of the Congregation of the Infant Jesus are persons who wish to
enhance the living out of their Baptismal commitment and deepen
their spiritual life through sharing in the Incarnational Spirituality
and the healing ministry of the Congregation.
vocation of the Associate, whether it be the married or single
life, and that of each Sister is highly respected and holds priority
in each of their lives.
NEW ASSOCIATES FOR CIJ'S 100TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR
Eleven people made their Associate commitment to the Congregation of the Infant Jesus on September 18 at a 10 AM Mass at Villa St. Joseph in Rockville Centre. Rev. Thomas P. Tuite, himself a new Associate, presided at the Mass which was attended by about 100 people. The new Associates are: Bob Bienemann, Jr.; Teresa Clese; Carol DeNoble; Margaret Ferreri; Mina Kearns; Janet Kennedy; Aileen and Bob Martellucci; Moira Rossiter; Peggy Sprague; and Rev. Thomas P. Tuite, Jr. A twelfh person, Ethel Lauricella, renewed her commitment for another year. The Associate Program is 21 years old this year.
interested in becoming an Associate:
- fills out
an application and forwards it to the Director of Associates
- is interviewed
by the Director of Associates
in and completes an orientation program
in a visitation and conference with the Director of Associates
Once the candidate
and Director of Associates agree that association with the Congregation
as an Associate is appropriate for the candidate and after a period
of at least six months the candidate:
- in conjunction
with the Director of Associates formulates a commitment with
- makes the
initial commitment for a period of one year
- after one
year, in conjunction with the Director of Associates, evaluates
the commitment experience and determines either to renew the
commitment for a period of not less than three years or to decline