Four from Salina & Concordia join CSJ Associates

In a simple ceremony at the Nazareth Motherhouse Saturday afternoon (April 2), three women and one man made commitments as Associates to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia. At the same time, two new candidates to become CSJ Associates were welcomed by the community of sisters, and seven Associates renewed their commitments.

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Also on hand were five people called “inquirers,” who have formally expressed an interest in becoming a CSJ Associate and are in the first stage of the process.

The ceremony concluded the annual Associates Retreat held at Manna House of Prayer in Concordia.

The most touching moment of the afternoon was when Sister Ann Glatter read a letter to new Associate Jane Christensen of Concordia, from her daughter Sister Julie Christensen. Sister Julie was not able to attend the ceremony because of a conflict with her duties in Youth Ministry, but in her letter she said she was able to answer the call to religious life because of her mother’s deep spirituality and love of God.

The other new Associates are Myrna Shelton of Concordia and Bill and Susan Riordan of Salina. They bring the number of CSJ Associates to more than 30 in Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico.

The new Associate Candidates are Catherine Seitz of Manhattan and Rosalita Flax of Ness City.

The Associates renewing their commitments were Sheryl Bahr of Rossville, Kan.; Karma Smith-Grindell of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Nancy Welsh of Topeka; and Carol Arts, Betty Bombardier, Rita Collette, Susan LeDuc, all of Concordia.

The inquirers were Annette and Tim Coonrod, Linda and LeRoy Splichal and Trudy Ringer, all of Belleville.

CSJ Associates are women and men who are committed to Gospel values, desire to deepen their spiritual lives, give themselves in service to the dear neighbor, are committed to building community and feel drawn by the charism, spirituality and mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph. They meet regularly for prayer and sharing either in groups or one-on-one, and often take part in the congregation’s events.

For more information, click on one of these links:
Why be an Associate?
The Associate life
The steps toward becoming a CSJ Associate

Or, read one of the stories written by these special people who already serve as CSJ Associates:
Dave and Jayme Schwantes
Ora Rede

For more information, contact one of these sisters or associates:
Sister Jean Befort at
OR Sister Janet Lander at
OR Associate Karma Smith-Grindell at
OR Associate Stephanie Hudson at

3 thoughts on “Four from Salina & Concordia join CSJ Associates

  • April 3, 2011 at 8:47 am

    The CSJ-A’s(Sisters of St. Joseph Associates) are a gift to the Mission and charism of we CSJ’s. Not only is it a delight to journey with our Associates…it is total honor as well.
    Thanks God for each of you…for the Mission.

  • April 2, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Congratulations are in order for the new Associates and to the order….I have to admit that it was especially good to see Sr. Ann Glatter and others that I knew so well. Sisters…Liberata, Betty Suther, & Janet LeDuc . You are all looking good!

  • April 2, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Welcome to our New Associates, and all who renewed their commitments and to our new inquirers. Good to see the pictures.

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