Community welcomes Associates

March 7, 2009 by

The Associates Ceremony drew sisters, family and friends to the Motherhouse Auditorium Saturday afternoon.

The Associates Ceremony drew sisters, family and friends to the Motherhouse Auditorium Saturday afternoon.

A packed house in the Motherhouse Auditorium welcomed CSJ Associates in a “Rite of Commitment” Saturday afternoon.

Sisters, along with friends and family of the new and newly recommitted Associates, filled every seat for the half hour ceremony that closed a weekend retreat at Manna House of Prayer.

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

The four women making their first commitment as CSJ Associates join in the blessing during the ceremony Saturday.

The four women making their first commitment as CSJ Associates join in the blessing during the ceremony Saturday. Standing at left is Sister Jean Befort and at right is Sister Marie Coleman.

The Associates who renewed 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 made their first commitment this weekend are:

• Susan LeDuc of Ames, Kan.

• Betty Bombardier of Jamestown, Kan.

• Carol Arts of Concordia.

• Rita Collette of Concordia.

Jennifer Spangler

Jennifer Spangler

Nancy Welsh

Nancy Welsh

Two women interested becoming Associates took 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.

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