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Sr. Joan Mahoney, CND

FIRST ASSEMBLY OF ASSOCIATES, Blessed Sacrament Province, April 17-19, 2015, Wilton, CT: The Associate Relationship, Past, Present and Future: Keynote: Sr. Patricia Simpson, CND, Marguerite Bourgeoys: Origins of the Associate Relationship. The registration forms will be mailed in late January, but please start making your plans to attend now. To encourage optimal participation, financial assistance will be available.


MISSIONING TO PRAY FOR ASSOCIATE COMMUNITIES: A number of retired Sisters and Associates have been asked to pray for and have a special relationship with a particular Associate community. Associate Joan Pesce gave invaluable service in contacting all involved. If any other Sister or Associate is interested in being a prayer partner for an Associate Community, please contact Sr. Joan at



On November 1, 2014, I attended the twentieth annual gathering of this group. The first session looked back at the last 20 years of NERA. Then we looked at considerations and options for letting go of some things and bringing forward others. Some of the comments were:

  • Each Community has its own charism to continue to bring forward.
  • Associates will need to be a part of the future of each community to continue the charism.
  • Realizing the limited number of vowed members Associates will need to be involved in mission, on committees and wherever they can be of service.

 The last session discussion was on what steps we can take to move forward. Some of the conclusions were:

  • Move forward energetically and be proactive.
  • Use technology that is available now.
  • Develop more leadership among Associates.
  • Expand membership.


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