Sharing in a Franciscan Way of life and a Healing Spirit
"Sharing a common commitment through baptism, we recognize the unique Christian witness of the laity in the mission of the Church. We value their insights, and are challenged by their self-giving love.“ From the richness of our Franciscan heritage, we encourage each other in our response to the gospel. Hospital Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis General Constitution Article #59.
Associates are baptized Christian women and men who are part of the extended Franciscan family through an Associate relationship with the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis. Associates deepen their baptismal commitment by accepting God's call to live according to the gospel of Jesus in the spirit of St. Francis and to embody the Hospital Sisters' charism. By embracing more fully Franciscan values of prayer, conversion, simplicity and humility, Associates bring the healing presence of Jesus to others in ways that fit their personality and life circumstances.
Associates emphasize a strong sense of community and gather to share their faith on spiritual and Franciscan topics, share in the Sisters' spirituality, and join them in prayer, community celebrations and ministry. Associates give expression to their relationship through a written commitment renewed every two years. Their commitment consists of three parts: deepening their relationship with God, bonding with the Sisters and Associates in community, and witnessing gospel values in their daily lives consistent with the Sisters' healing spirit.
Associates are at the following locations:
Illinois: Decatur, Effingham, Highland, Springfield, and Streator
Wisconsin: Eau Claire, Green Bay, and Sheboygan
Persons from any Christian faith tradition who are 18 years of age or older and express a desire to become an Associate enter first an exploration phase. This is followed by a four-step discernment process that ends over approximately 12 months culminating with a weekend discernment retreat and formal commitment, if desired. Interested in learning more? Please contact us.
Nancy Davis, Associate Coordinator
4849 LaVerna Road
Springfield, IL 62707
217-522-3387, ext 664