“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 Christian women and men who are part of the extended Franciscan family, specifically the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis. They 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 Sisters' healing charism. They give expression to their relationship with the Hospital Sisters 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 consistent with the Sisters' healing spirit.
By embracing more fully Franciscan values and the Sisters' charism of healing, Associates bring the healing presence of Christ to others in their daily lives that fit their own personalities and lifestyles. Associates meet monthly to share their faith on spiritual and Franciscan topics, share in the Sisters' spirituality, and join them in prayer, community, celebration and ministry. Associates do not take vows.
Associates are at the following locations:
Illinois: Decatur, Effingham, Highland, Springfield, and Streator
Wisconsin: Eau Claire, Green Bay, and Sheboygan
The introductory phase for an Associate Candidate consists of 10-12 orientation sessions. After the sessions, each person participates in a weekend retreat to pray and discern his or her specific commitment as an Associate. Interested in learning more? Please contact us.
Nancy Davis, Associate Coordinator
Hospital Sisters of St. Francis
P.O. Box 19431
Springfield, IL 62794-9431
217-522-3387, ext 664