45 Years of Associate Relationship
Over the past 45 years, the CSA Associates have served as companions to the Sisters of St. Agnes and to one another in their search for self, for wisdom, and for God. The CSA associate relationship began in 1975 based on the theology of common call as religious and laity to Christian discipleship. The Sisters of St. Agnes welcomed the first Nicaraguan associates from the city of Belén in 1989.
Mutuality in the relationship between the associates and the congregation became a cornerstone when an associate was named as co-director of the relationship the next year. Jan Parker, reflecting on her 29 years as a member of the associate community, said, “I appreciate the opportunities offered in the relationship to gather for sharing of faith and the opportunities to work together to make the world a better place.”
Caroline Coughlin Lampereur, an associate for 12 years, entered the associate relationship as it continued its emphasis on leadership development with educational and spiritual formation. She appreciates the growth that comes from working with others; “Associates are on a spiritual walk that can be done alone but walking together as a community offers so much more. Living out the mission and charism as associates sends ripples into our communities.”
Now in its 45th year, the Associate Community carries on the healing mission of Jesus, being people of hope and love. Kelly Robe, an associate since 1994, sums up the relationship in this way, "This is a wonderful community of spiritual beings who model love in action, presence, and being." Associates carry on Mother Agnes Hazotte’s commitment to serve where needed, incarnating the CSA charism and mission in their own lives and times.