Associates to gather for annual retreat

March 3, 2009 by

Eleven Associates, along with guests, sisters and a few other participants, will arrive at Manna House of Prayer Friday afternoon for the Sisters of St. Joseph annual associates’ retreat.

This year’s program is titled “The Transformative Power of Reconciling Love: Our Charism” and will be presented by Sisters Janet Lander and Jean Befort.

The Associates who will be renewing their commitment are:

• Marsha DeDonder of St. Mary’s, Kan., who made her first commitment in 2006.

• Stephanie Hudson of Kansas City, Mo., who made her first commitment in 2006.

• Kathy Schaefer of Augusta, Kan., who made her first commitment in 2006.

• Karma Smith-Grindell of Colorado Springs, Colo. who made her first commitment in 1985.

• Mary Fairfield of Washington, Kan.

The Associates who will be making their first commitment this weekend are:

• Susan LeDuc of Ames, Kan.

• Betty Bombardier of Jamestown, Kan.

• Carol Arts of Concordia.

• Rita Collette of Concordia.

Two women will take part in a rite of welcome. They are:

• Jennifer Spangler of Overland Park, Kan.

• Nancy Welsh of Topeka, Kan.

Others taking part in the retreat include Sisters Loretta Jasper, Janet LeDuc, Rosabel Flax, Jean Rosemarynoski and Anna Marie Broxterman, and a handful of relatives and friends of the Associates.

Sister Janet said the retreat provides a “way for sisters and associates to reflect on our charism together,” while also serving to “build unity, a oneness” by bringing together women to get to know and understand each other better. After the retreat Friday evening and all day Saturday, the participants will come to the Motherhouse Auditorium for a ceremony at 4 p.m.

To learn more about the Sisters of St. Joseph’s Associates program, click HERE.


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  2. Jeanette Wasinger, csj on March 6th, 2009 9:52 am

    Dear S. Janet, S. Jean, Associates and Guests,

    I am with you in spirit and in prayer as you enter into the retreat today. I am delighted to read your names on the website and to know who is gathered for this graced event. May you find your hearts dancing with anticipation, joy and openness to God’s transforming work.

    With love,
    S. Jeanette Wasinger

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