Interested persons gather for conversation with other Associates and coordinators, after which, the potential associate and coordinator meet to discern whether a future commitment in the association is appropriate.
Formal preparation for association
Over the course of a year, potential Associates demonstrate a commitment to the way of life articulated in the Goals of the Associate Program. When an individual is ready, she or he makes a formal request to the coordinator describing how the Identity Statement is being lived. After mutual discernment, a decision is made to become an Associate.
Association is not a program, but a journey of conversion together with a specific religious order. Association is a spiritual renewal process that helps us develop a closer relationship with Christ and with one another. Those accepted for association may make a formal commitment in the presence of other Associates and RSCJ. This commitment is for one year and can be renewed.