ASSOCIATE

Hi, I’m Pam Mason, and I don’t remember a time when I didn’t know and love “Notre Dame”.  I attended a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur school from Kindergarten through 12th Grade, and was captivated by the Sisters’ camaraderie, joy  and trust in the goodness of God.  From an early age, I knew that I had to be a part of that. 

During high school and college, I explored the possibility of the vowed life. It was during this time that I learned about Association.  This fascinated me because it would allow me to live a life of commitment to the Notre Dame charism, while at the same time being married.  At the age of twenty-three , I became an Associate, and two months later, a wife.  Being in partnership with the Sisters and other Associates, and believing in and trusting in the goodness of God is what has sustained me throughout my life.

Being an Associate is wonderful because it doesn’t matter what kind of life situation you’re in.  A commitment to believing in and spreading the goodness of God is something that anyone can be a part of.  With opportunities for prayer, companionship, support, and sharing in ministries, Association grounds us in who we are and who we are to become. Together we can do more, and together we can be more.


Sisters Notre Dame de Namur Associates Mission Statement

Rooted in Baptism, and enlivened by the charism of Julie Billiart and Francoise Blin de Bourdon, Associates are women and men who respond to Godís call to a special relationship with the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.

Continuing a strong educational tradition, Associates and Sisters work together to reverence the earth and to create justice and peace for all, especially poor women and children.

Through prayer, relationships, and ministries, Associates commit themselves to express in our time, as Julie did in hers, that God is good.

Who can be an Associate?

Associates are baptized women and men who feel called to join with others to deepen their spirituality and to work actively to further the mission of Notre Dame. They desire to integrate their lives of faith and ministry in the spirit of St. Julie Billiart.

What is the initial formation process?

For approximately one year, candidates participate in a preparation period that includes learning about Julie and Francoise, Notre Dame spirituality, the history and meaning of Association, the history of the Congregation emanating from its international roots, and Notre Dame ministries and social justice concerns. In the process, they experience the Associate Community and get to know some of the sisters. Following the preparation period, candidates may seek acceptance into the Associate Community.

Some candidates may need a longer preparation period. At the end of a reasonable period of time, the candidate and the community should come to a decision as to whether the candidate will move toward a commitment.

Describe the commitment.

Notre Dame Associates make a public commitment to follow their baptismal call through the spirituality and mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. Commitments are renewed annually.

What are the benefits of Association?

Associates are part of an international family of Notre Dame Sisters, Associates and Mission Volunteers. Associates form meaningful relationships with sisters and associates grounded in their shared spirituality and mission. Their individual ministries are brought into the context of the larger Notre Dame mission and become more meaningful.

Associates participate in the global communications network of Notre Dame, have access to educational and prayer resources and opportunities for shared ministries, including actions for peace and justice.

What are the responsibilities of Association?

Associates engage actively with their local associate community as well as with the larger Notre Dame family through communication, prayer, ministry and issues of justice.

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