Become an Associate or Agrégée

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Become an Associate

The Associates are a community of lay people who feel a commitment to living their lives according to the charism of the Joseph community, "Love of God and Dear Neighbor Without Distinction, that All May Be One." Associates are Moms, Dads, Grandparents and single people. Associates meet monthly to pray and build community in Local Associate Communities (LAC). They participate in God's call to love and serve according to their life style.

The Associates are invited to retreats and workshops on:

  • Catholic Social Teaching
  • Anti-Racism and Transforming our Communities
  • Lent and Advent Days of Prayer
  • Prayer and Spirituality

Associates participate in various service activities, including:

  • Volunteering at convents and Maria Regina nursing home
  • Social justice initiatives, including the Long Island Immigration Clinic
  • Card-writing campaigns to homebound Sisters several times a year

If you seek a deeper love of God and neighbor and desire to be part of a praying, faith sharing and supportive community, you might want to consider becoming a CSJ Associate. 

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Become an Agrégée

The term Agrégée - pronounced ah-gre-AHEY - comes from the French for "attached to" or ``aggregated with."  It is a form of membership in the congregation that dates back to the founding in 17th-century France, when Sisters of St. Joseph were either canonically vowed "principal sisters" or so-called Agrégées or "country sisters."  They did not make vows of poverty, chastity and obedience but they lived according to the constitution of the Sisters of St. Joseph just as the Sisters did. 

Modern Agrégées are women who commit themselves to active and inclusive love of God and the dear neighbor as expressed in the spirit and spirituality of the charism and mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph. They take up the rights and responsibilities of membership in the community through a non-canonical vow of fidelity.  

Interested in becoming a Sisters of St. Joseph Associate or Agrégée? Want to learn more? If so, send an email to