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Be engaged as a Franciscan Associate

The Franciscan Associate program is an engaging way for women and men to pray, grow, serve and share in the mission and charism of the Sisters of St. Francis while maintaining their individual lifestyles.

Becoming an associate

Candidates for the associate program enter a year-long formation process as pre-associates. The pre-associate has a sister companion who will journey through the process with him/her. Candidates attend monthly classes on the lives of St. Francis and St. Clare, their spirituality and the history and mission of the Sisters of St. Francis. After this initial year, the new associate makes a commitment for three years at a time.

Relationship between sisters and associates

Sisters provide opportunities for associates to deepen their spirituality and grow in the love of Francis and Clare as well as their appreciation of the values of contemplation, poverty, minority and conversion. Associates are also invited to join in the celebrations and activities of the sisters.

Associates continue their commitment to ministry and respond to opportunities for growth in Franciscan spirituality. They strive to live the mission and charism of the sisters within their own individual lifestyles.

Welcoming Our New Associates and Co-Directors in Hawaii

Hawaii-Associates-300 WThe Hawaii-Southwest region of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities held an installation of Franciscan associate co-directors, and a commitment and recommitment of associates Nov. 18 at St. Francis Convent in Manoa. Associates Sister Patricia Schofield and Sister Miriam Dionese, both Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, were recognized for their years of service to the ministry. The new associate co-directors are Joy Yadao, Socorro Deguzman and Sister Marion Kikukawa. Kara Dreflak-Utley and Marina Talisayan made their initial commitments; Theresa Basta and Jason Goo recommitted for another three years. Sister Helen Hofmann, Franciscan Associate program director, led the ceremony. Associates Shirley Tamoria and June Segundo, with friends, enhanced the liturgy with their beautiful music and Hawaiian songs. Dinner and fellowship followed in the convent dining room with sisters from the region.

Welcoming Our New Associates in Peru

AssosciatesThe summer sun was shining brightly in Lima, Peru Jan. 13 as Sister Helen Hofmann accepted the initial commitments of Franciscan associates Maria Cunio and Grisenida Lopez at San Jose de Cluny.

Surrounded by sisters and associates, Sister Cristina Florez and Manuela Fachin, associate co-directors, presented Maria and Grisenida with their associate pins and Tau crosses.

Also during the ceremony, Cirila Lugo, Rosa Cuellar and Lily Villanueva renewed their commitments as associates.

Felicidades asociadas! (Congratulations associates!)

Photo caption: From left: Sister Helen Hofmann; new Associates Maria Cunio and Gresenida Lopez; Associate Co-Directors Sister Cristina Florez and Manuela Fachin.

Become an Associate


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For more information about a Franciscan Associate program in your region, contact:

Central New York Region
Sister Helen Hofmann

Western New York Region
Sister Alice Gilabert

Western Pennsylvania Region
Associate LaVerne Winkowski

East Coast Region
Associate Frances Acosta

Associate Jenny Echevarria

In Virginia, contact:
Associate Irmgard A. M. Autrey

Associate Joan Berger

Hawaii/Southwest Region
Sister Marion Kikukawa