In the vibrant tapestry of our global community, over 250 Sisters of Charity Associates weave threads of compassion and dedication across Belize, Botswana, Puerto Rico, India, and the United States. This diverse group, encompassing men and women, the young and the seasoned, those married and single, and embracing both Catholic and non-Catholic members, are united by a profound bond. This bond is the shared spirit of the Charity charism, a legacy illuminated by the lives of Mother Catherine Spalding, St. Vincent de Paul, and St. Louise de Marillac.
We warmly invite you to join us in prayer, hoping that more hearts will be inspired to partake in this beautiful ministry of love and service. Should your interest be piqued, and you find yourself curious about the enriching journey that the SCNA program offers, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are here to share, to guide, and to welcome you into this circle of compassion and communal service.
Pittsburgh Associates & friends joined the Sisters at Mass at St Louise to remember deceased Associates.
Sister Jane Karakunnel, the director of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Associates in India, conducted a bible study for the SCNAs in Chandapura, Bangalore.
The Belize City SCNA group assembled recently, advancing their efforts in organizing activities and setting definitive dates to achieve the objectives they established for the year. These objectives were shaped by the resolutions made during the General Assembly, focusing on enhancing spiritual growth for personal and communal transformation, reinforcing the bonds within their community, addressing the needs of those facing oppression and marginalization, and advocating for peace and environmental sustainability. After approximately three monthly sessions dedicated to planning and strategizing, their mission continues to evolve. The Associates are enthusiastic about deepening their collective spiritual journey, initiating projects aimed at supporting those in need and contributing to the preservation of the environment.
On the Feast of the Holy Family, marking the final day of 2023, Associates with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth embodied the true spirit of compassion and community in Mokama. In a heartfelt outreach, they extended their care to local widows, offering nourishment and the warmth of blankets. This gesture of kindness brought a sense of togetherness and support to those often overlooked, reinforcing the power of community and the enduring spirit of giving.
The SCNA Chattanooga Group celebrated Christmas with a delicious holiday meal at the Greenwood Terrace Community Center. The highlight of the evening was the annual filling of Christmas stockings for the children who reside in the Greenwood Community.
The distinguished alumnus and educator returned from retirement to lead Saint John’s School and to discover a space dedicated to her enduring legacy.
SCN Associate Vision Statement
The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Associates nurture and expand diverse, intercultural, and multigenerational relationships across the SCN global family, the larger Charity Federation and other partners to work for justice throughout the world.
Why be an Associate?
- To deepen one’s spirituality.
- To build community with other Associates and SCNs.
- To reach out in compassionate service to others in the tradition of Vincent de Paul, Louise de Marillac and Catherine Spalding.
- Responding to a vocational call.
Currently we have approximately 207 SCN Associates which includes Associates from Belize, India and Botswana.
I wanted to become an Associate to strengthen my life long relationship with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. The Associate relationship provides opportunities for spiritual growth alongside Associates and Sisters and that nurtures my soul.
It has been an honor to be an Associate of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth for the last 37 years. I have a deep love and respect for the beautiful work they do in reaching out to the poor and needy all over the world … Let us be known by our actions and not by our words alone …
I wanted to become an Associate because I wanted to develop a closer relationship to God through my interactions and support of others who have a similar belief in God. I love the sense of community I have with the SCNs and the Associates. We are one!”
SCN Associate Gatherings
Associates and Sisters gather twice a year for quality time to get acquainted in a congenial atmosphere where there is a balance of prayer, education, reflection and fun.
The Formation Process
The SCN Associate initial formation process offers a personalized and flexible approach for someone aspiring to become an SCNA. Major aspects include the use of a Mentor and the SCNA Initial Formation Study Guide. Depending on the individual’s ability to devote time to formation, the time frame necessary to complete the study of the topics of formation will vary.
After an interview, the interested person may apply to begin the Associate formation process.
After acceptance as an SCN Associate Candidate, the person:
- Completes the formation accountability check list.
- Meets during this period with the Director.
- Makes an initial two-year renewable commitment.
- Joins a faith group.
SCN Associate brochures are available from the Associate Office upon request. If a person is interested in becoming an Associate, the Director arranges an interview, provides background reading on the history and charism of the SCN Congregation, and invites the person to the next Associate gathering.