Saturday, June 15, 2024
Concordia Sisters of St. Joseph

Concordia Sisters of St. Joseph

Loving God and neighbor without distinction: A pontifical institute of women religious of the Roman Catholic Church


Sisters celebrate CSJ Associates

The Sisters of St. Joseph gathered Saturday afternoon to welcome a new CSJ Associate, while renewing the commitment of eight other associates to the congregation. Also taking part in the ceremony were two candidates to become associates and two others — called “inquirers” — who have taken the first step in the process.

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The simple but solemn ceremony at the Motherhouse ended the annual weekend associate retreat, held at Manna House of Prayer.

CSJ Associates are Christian men and women from all walks of life who are committed to Gospel values and are 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.

Currently, there are associate members in cities throughout Kansas, as well as Missouri, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma.

Joining the congregation Saturday as its newest associate was Nancy Welsh of Topeka.

The two new candidates were Jane Christensen and Myrna Shelton, both of Concordia.

Each received a copy of the “Maxims of the Little Institute” and will spend the next seven to 12 months studying the charism, spirituality, history and mission of the congregation, praying with the associate community and preparing to make a commitment to live the mission of a CSJ Associate.

The two “inquirers” were Rosalita Flax of Ness City, Kan., and Jayne Prior of Overland Park, Kan. Over a period of about five months, each woman will attend monthly meetings with a sponsor in order to discern whether she is being called by God to be an associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

The CSJ Associates renewing their commitments were:

Carol Arts of Concordia.

Amber Charbonneau of Oklahoma.

Rita Collette of Concordia.

Stephanie Hudson of Kansas City, Mo.

Susan LeDuc of Ames, Kan.

Kathy Schaefer of Augusta, Kan.

Karma Smith-Grindell of Colorado Springs, Colo.

Jennifer Spangler of Overland Park, Kan.

As associates, they meet monthly with other associates and sisters, participate in the prayer life of the congregation and attend retreats, assemblies and celebrations of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia.

Sisters Janet Lander and Jean Befort led Saturday’s ceremony.

For more information on the CSJ Associate program, contact:

Sister Jean Befort at

or Sister Janet Lander at

or go to

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