Vatican II invited religious to provide opportunities for lay persons to join with them in a common vision to share ideals of prayer, community, and ministry.The call to holiness for lay people impels them toward charisms which are manifested most powerfully in religious congregations.
The Companions of Pauline of the Western Province of the Sisters of Christian Charity have the opportunity to serve with the Sisters in the ministries of the Church. Associates pray with the Sisters and enjoy fellowship with vowed members on certain occasions.Basic for membership is espousal of gospel values in the spirit of the Congregation and a willingness to share in its ministries, in act, in prayer and suffering.The essential requirement is that all share a common desire to live simply, to support each other and to share goods to better serve the poor.
Drawn together by a mutual call to a life of holiness in and for the Church, the Sisters of Christian Charity and the Associate members offer each other the challenge to live and share their baptismal commitment more intensely.In response to the calls of grace to foster the Kingdom here on earth, they share their faith, gifts, and life experiences as a means of mutual support and strength.They challenge themselves to an ongoing discovery of the vision of Blessed Pauline's charism and allow themselves to be possessed and transformed by God, and thus grow in their love for Him and their neighbor.
Associate members of the Sisters of Christian Charity are priests, single and married women or men who desire to embrace the shared vision of the Sisters' foundress, Blessed Pauline von Mallinckrodt, and touch the world with Gospel vision while remaining in their present lifestyles.
Margaret, a Companion of Pauline, "holds the world in her hands" at a recent prayer service.
A Commitment and an Invitation
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