CSJ Associates renew commitment during retreat

CSJ Associates making their first or renewing their commitment at the annual CSJ Associates Retreat. Front row (left to right): Nancy Welsh, Stephanie Hudson, Joelyn Foy, Susan Riordan. Back row: Gerry Parker, Jennifer Spangler, Rosalita Flax, Catherine Seitz, Susan LeDuc, Mary Ray. Far back: Bill Riordan. Not pictured Vicki Appelhans

As part of the annual CSJ Associates Retreat, a new Associate made her first commitment Saturday while 11 other Associates renewed their commitment to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia. The spring weekend retreat took place March 24 to 26 at Manna House of Prayer in Concordia.

The 7 p.m. commitment ceremony was the highlight of a weekend filled with prayer and fellowship. The retreat concluded with Mass on Sunday morning at the Nazareth Motherhouse and dinner with the Sisters.

A CSJ Associate is a Christian adult who is committed to Gospel values, feels drawn by the charism, spirituality and mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph, desires to deepen one’s spiritual life, is willing to give oneself in service to the “dear neighbor” and is committed to building community. CSJ Associates are men and women from all ages and all walks of life. They meet regularly for prayer and sharing either in groups or one-on-one.

CSJ Associates renewing their commitment at the retreat were:

  • Susan LeDuc, Concordia-area group
  • Bill Riordan, Concordia-area group      
  • Susan Riordan, Concordia-area group
  • Gerry Parker, Abilene-area group
  • Vicki Appelhans, Manhattan-area group
  • Mary Ray, Manhattan-area group
  • Catherine Seitz, Manhattan-area group
  • Nancy Welsh, Manhattan-area group
  • Stephanie Hudson, Kansas City-area group
  • Jennifer Spangler, Kansas City-area group
  • Rosalita Flax, Western Kansas-area group

Joelyn Foy Ph.D., Manhattan-area group, made her first commitment. Other Associates have or will be renewing at area group meetings.

Also taking part in the weekend retreat were several Sisters of St. Joseph and two women who wanted to learn more about the CSJ Associates program. For more information about CSJ Associates, contact CSJ Associate Catherine Seitz at sdseitz@cox.net or Sister Janet Lander, janetmarycsj@yahoo.com or call 785/243-2149 or visit www.csjkansas.org/about/associates/ .

Currently, there are Associate members in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas and Missouri.

Special thanks to Sister Kathy Schaefer, who provided photos of Saturday’s events.

One thought on “CSJ Associates renew commitment during retreat

  • May 11, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    We are blessed with these folks that lovingly join us in prayer and good works. S.Anne.

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