The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth include an important group of individuals – SCN Associates. They are people of God of all faiths and backgrounds who commit to living out the SCN Mission and charism in their own lives, to deepen their spirituality, to build community with other Associates and Sisters, and to reach out in compassionate service to others in the tradition of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Louise de Marillac and Mother Catherine Spalding.
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.