SCN ASSOCIATES

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.

We Are the Easter People – Associate Reflection

We Are the Easter People – Associate Reflection

On the bright Easter Monday morning April 2, 2024, in central Kathmandu city, half a dozen SCNAs (including two couples) gathered to celebrate their first Easter together in a deep spiritual way.

Belize SCNAs Deliver Meals Those in Need

Belize SCNAs Deliver Meals Those in Need

Last Friday, dedicated Associates in Belize came together to prepare and deliver 50 hot, homemade meals to the homeless population in the community. The effort is part of their commitment to reach out to the marginalized population. 

Compassion in Action

Compassion in Action

In March, Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Associates (SCNAs) took a significant step in their spiritual journey by making a commitment at the Mokama Nazareth Convent Chapel during a Mass presided over by Father Mariamlal. Hailing from Gaya, Patna, and Mokama, these lay individuals have dedicated themselves to serving the poor, inspired by the exemplary lives of Vincent de Paul and Mother Catherine. Their actions reflect a deep love for Christ, bringing them joy and happiness in their mission to assist those in need. This event marks a noteworthy moment in their lives, affirming their dedication to the values of compassion and service. We thank God for their commitment and the positive impact they are poised to make in their communities.

Advocating for Farm Workers

Advocating for Farm Workers

Felix Garza, SCNA, reflects on his extensive experience with farm workers, highlighting the challenges they face, including wage theft, exposure to harsh weather, and poor living conditions.

Integrating Biblical Concepts

Integrating Biblical Concepts

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.

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.

International Associates

Currently we have approximately 207 SCN Associates which includes Associates from Belize, India and Botswana.

Testimonials

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.

Maria M.

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 …

Diane B.

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!”

Evelyn F.

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.

Getting Started

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.