• Eight Associates now serve in Silver City area

November 2, 2009 by

Longtime CSJ Associate Oralia C. Rede, left, chats with congregational president Sister Marcia Allen before the associates commitment ceremony at St. Marys Spirituality Center in Silver City Oct. 30.

Longtime CSJ Associate Oralia C. Rede, left, chats with congregational president Sister Marcia Allen before the associates commitment ceremony at St. Mary's Spirituality Center in Silver City Oct. 30.


Jovita Foster

Jovita Foster

Doris Lugo

Doris Lugo

The number of Associates who help serve through St. Mary’s Spirituality Center has doubled with the recent commitment ceremony of four Silver City, N.M., women.

In a ceremony that focused on all the service Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia and their Associates provide in the Silver City area, the four were formally welcomed into the congregation.

They are Doris Lugo, Jovita Foster, Margaret M. Ogas and Vickie Ogas.

Four longtime CSJ Associates — Jerry Richard, Jayme Schwantes, Dave Schwantes and Oralia C. Rede — also renewed their commitment to the Sisters of St. Joseph during the ceremony Oct. 30.

Margaret M. Ogas

Margaret M. Ogas

Vickie Ogas

Vickie Ogas

Sister Marcia Allen, president of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, attended the ceremony and potluck dinner at Marian Hall, next to St. Mary’s Center. She thanked the Associates for their efforts in a wide range of ministries and for their commitment to the community.

In addition to operating St. Mary’s Spirituality Center, Sisters and Associates are active volunteers throughout the community, working in conjunction with The Volunteer Center, El Refugio, Single Sock, and many other service projects.

Sister Marcia and three other members of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia Leadership Council — Anna Marie Broxterman, Jean Rosemarynoski and Mary Jo Thummel — were visiting Sisters Rita Plante and Rosemary Farrell, who live and work in Silver City.

Oralia C. Rede

Oralia C. Rede

Jerry Richard

Jerry Richard

Sister Rita is the director of St. Mary’s Spirituality Center while Sister Rosemary is a play therapist working with children at El Refugio.


CSJ Associates are Christian men and women who seek participation in a faith community through sharing and communal prayer. They recognize the spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia in their own hearts and seek a closer association with the sisters and others.


For more information on CSJ Associates, click HERE.

Dave Schwantes

Dave Schwantes

Jayme Schwantes

Jayne Schwantes

Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia have served in Silver City for 83 years. The earliest sisters to serve in that area of southwestern New Mexico were Sisters of Mercy, who arrived in the 1880s. That congregation eventually sold their facilities in Silver City to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Tipton, Ind., who served until the early 1920s. In 1926, the sisters in Silver City became affiliated with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, who have served in the area ever since.

St. Mary’s Spirituality Center is at 1801 N. Alabama St. in Silver City, N.M. The phone number there is 575-538-3350. Sister Rita may also be reached by email, at rplante@zianet.com

Sister Anna Marie Broxterman, standing, chats with Deacon Bill Hoguine, chaplain of Gila Regional Medical Center, and his wife during the potluck that was part of the associates ceremony in Silver City Oct. 30.

Sister Anna Marie Broxterman, standing, chats with Deacon Bill Hoguine, chaplain of Gila Regional Medical Center, and his wife during the potluck that was part of the associates' ceremony in Silver City Oct. 30.

Sisters Rosemary Farrell, foreground, and Rita Plante join in prayer during the associates ceremony Oct. 30.

Sisters Rosemary Farrell, foreground, and Rita Plante join in prayer during the associates' ceremony Oct. 30.


Sister Marcia Allen, president of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, praises the Silver City community for all their service. Sister Marcia attended the associates ceremony as part of a visit to St. Marys Spirituality Center and other Silver City ministries.

Sister Marcia Allen, president of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, praises the Silver City community for all their service. Sister Marcia attended the associates' ceremony as part of a visit to St. Mary's Spirituality Center and other Silver City ministries.

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3 Responses to “• Eight Associates now serve in Silver City area”

  1. Mary Fran Simons on November 16th, 2009 10:23 pm

    So happy to see our beautiful associates in Silver City. For many years I have been impressed by each one’s devotion and fidelity.

  2. Missy Ljungdahl on November 16th, 2009 10:09 pm

    What a GREAT write up and pictures! Yahoo for all that is happening in Silver. Keep up the good work.

  3. Christine Doman on November 11th, 2009 10:10 am

    Wonderful report of our important mission and ministry with Assoicates in the Silver City community! May God continue to bless and enliven our common purpose and mission with Rita and Rosie as faithful CSJ’S present and loving members.

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