Georgia woman joins congregation as agrégée candidate

November 23, 2011 by

On hand for the agrégée reception were, from left, Sister Diane Brin, Sister Helen Mick, new candidate Crystal Payment, Father Bill Hao, Sister Jodi Creten and fellow candidate Dian Hall.

Crystal Payment of Douglasville, Ga., became the newest candidate for Agrégée membership in the Sisters of St. Joseph during a simple ceremony Sunday (Nov. 20).

She is the seventh woman currently in the process to become an agrégée, a form of membership in the congregation that dates back to its founding in 1650 and that was revitalized by the sister in Concordia in 2006.

From left: Crystal's daughter-in-law Patrice, son Andrew, Crystal, granddaughter Megan and daughter Julie.

Crystal was received by Sister Diane Brin of Rome, Ga., representing the Leadership Council of the congregation, as well of her two mentors, Sisters Jodi Creten and Helen Mick of Atlanta. Also on hand was Dian Hall, an agrégée candidate who lives in Cartersville, Ga. The reception took place at All Saints Catholic Church in Dunwoody, Ga.

Crystal’s spiritual director, Father Bill Hao, gave her a special blessing at the end of the service.

The term agrégée — pronounced ah-gre-ZHEY — comes from the French for “attached to” or “aggregated with.” It is a form of membership in the religious congregation that dates back to our founding in 17th-century France, when Sisters of St. Joseph were either canonically vowed “principal sisters” or so-called agrégée or “country” sisters. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia re-established — and revitalized — this form of religious life in 2006. Today there are six women who have professed the vow of fidelity to God and to the congregation as agrégées.

Crystal and the other candidates will spend up to three years studying, both with their mentors and other members of the congregation, and ultimately  deciding if this form of religious life fits them and their spiritual needs.

For more information on the agrégée movement, contact Sister Bette Moslander at 785/243-4428 or

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7 Responses to “Georgia woman joins congregation as agrégée candidate”

  1. Anna Marie Broxterman on December 2nd, 2011 3:51 pm

    Welcome Crystal! Am delighted that you are discerning a CS J kind of life! Also grateful to community members present at the scene to welcome and celebrate with you.

  2. Anne M. Reinert on December 1st, 2011 8:58 pm

    I was slow to check the site, but, welcome Crystal and thanks to each of you willing to walk with Crystal on this journey. Blessings to each of you. S.Anne Martin

  3. Janet Mary Lander on November 29th, 2011 7:57 pm

    What a blessing!
    Welcome, Crystal.

  4. Missy Ljungdahl on November 28th, 2011 6:43 pm

    Congratulations, Crystal! Please know of my prayers for you at this time. Way to go, Georgia Gals.


  5. Marcia Allen on November 28th, 2011 10:16 am

    Congratulations to the Georgia Community! Thank you Diane, Jodi, Helen, and Dian – and Welcome to you Crystal. Blessings on your journey of discernment.

  6. Loretta A. Jasper csj on November 23rd, 2011 4:06 pm

    Welcome to the candidacy, Crystal. Having the welcome in your home parish reinforces the role of the agregee as “the country Sister”, or living among the dear neighbor.

  7. Jodi Creten on November 23rd, 2011 1:30 pm

    Nice write up of Crystal’s reception, Sarah! Thank yoou!

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