The St Louis Associates is a movement of lay women and men who choose to associate in a formal way with the St Louis Institute. Unlike the sisters, who take religious vows, associates make formal annual commitments of time and skills to the St Louis Mission. They too are guided by the vision of our founders.
The Associate movement began in 1984 in California, and expanded and developed in Ghana, Ireland and Nigeria. Today the Associate movement is flourishing throughout the Institute with more than 300 members. Sisters welcome and encourage associates to join them for prayer, celebrations, and those gatherings that focus on our search for oneness and its expression in our daily lives.
Formation is a key component of the Associate movement and this takes two years to complete. Elements included in all formation programmes are:
- The history, charism, and spirituality of the Institute
- The St Louis Mission Statement
- 21st Century theology, especially as related to the St Louis charism
- Personal development
- Exploration of lay spirituality and development of prayer life
- Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC)
At the end of the Formation process each associate commits for one year to:
- A specific ministry of their choice expressing the St Louis charism
- Living the charism in daily life
- Attending meetings and gatherings of associates
- Strengthening the bonds of union within the St Louis Family