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Associate Community Vision Statement

We, CSA Associates,
are a community of
women and men
called by the Spirit
to embody the charism
mission, and spirituality
of the Sisters of St. Agnes

We express love
in being, presence,
and action through
spiritual growth,
and courageous initiatives
for justice and peace

What is the CSA Associate Relationship?

CSA Associates are women and men who choose to have an intentional relationship with the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes through a formal commitment. Associates respond to their baptismal call and walk in solidarity with CSA within their vocational call and lifestyle. Associate Relationship is an experience of mutuality and collaboration within our distinct ways of life.

Currently there are about 100+ associates across the United States and 50+ associates in Nicaragua who desire to live the Gospel in the spirit and mission of CSA in their daily lives. Associates are financially and legally independent from the congregation.

"Being Associates has enabled us to grow in faith. We have built strong relationships with sisters and associates that have enriched our lives."

-Kathy and Bill Emmer, CSA Associates

Associates offer to the congregation a faith perspective from life experience and responsibilities in single or married life, in family, work, and society.

The Sisters of St. Agnes offer a spiritual tradition, and a distinct charism of serving people that is lived out in mission, ministry, and community.

Associates and sisters gather for sharing of faith and mutual support and collaborate as partners to further the mission of Christ and the mission of the Congregation in today's world.

What do Associates do?
  • Associates commit to prayer, spiritual growth, and ongoing formation.
  • Associates offer their talents with other associates and sisters in mission and service, believing in the dignity and giftedness of all people.
  • Associates share in the call to holiness, each with a unique expression of their call, valuing different perspectives and life experiences.
  • Associates network and collaborate with others to advocate for a society of justice, peace, and care for creation.

What Steps Does One Take to Become an Associate?

"To become an associate of the Sisters of St. Agnes is a true spiritual blessing and calling; continuing to champion social justice and commit to community service with a stronger spiritual understanding is a tremendous gift."

-Joyce Gau, CSA Associate

Becoming an Associate of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes begins with an application and a discernment process.

Each candidate journeys with a mentor, a CSA Sister or an Associate, assigned to accompany them along the way.

The mentor and candidate meet regularly over the course of a year. They discuss and reflect on spirituality, charism and mission and the history of CSA and associate relationship.

At the close of the year, if the candidate chooses, they submit a letter of intent to make a commitment to associate relationship with CSA.

Candidates go on to make their First Commitment in a prayer service. They join other associates and sisters in a spiritual journey of support, mutuality and mission.

Contact us

To find out how to share your unique gifts and talents with others while walking with the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes, contact the Director of Associate Relationship to learn more about becoming an associate.

Kelly Robe
Director of Associate Relationship
Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes
320 County Road K
Fond du Lac, WI  54937-8158

Phone: 920.907.2310

"Going through the associate discernment process enabled me to become more aware of moments where I felt the Spirit guiding me to who I am today and calling me to respond. It is my intent to continue embodying CSA’s mission, charism and spirituality in my various roles: familial, spiritual, professional, social, and academic"
-Anthony Koffman, CSA Associate

"I have a new awareness of my baptismal call and am eager to join with other CSA associates to carry out, with the charism, the spirit and mission of the Sisters of St. Agnes."

-Shannon Meagher, CSA Associate