Associates of the Sacred Heart Identity Statement
Living the Transforming Love of God
We, the Associates of the Sacred Heart, are attracted by and live the spirituality of the Society of the Sacred Heart. With the Religious of the Sacred Heart, our common mission is to discover and make known the love of the heart of Jesus. We give witness to the love of God expressed in Jesus, in humanity, and in creation. This love calls us to collaborate in God's transformation of our lives and the world around us.
As Associates we commit to
faithfulness to personal prayer, with individual spiritual guidance and formation to discern God's call in our lives
ongoing spiritual formation in the knowledge, understanding, and living of the call of our charism: to be "wholly contemplative and wholly apostolic"
regular attendance at group meetings that foster faith sharing and relationships among Associates and RSCJ
attentiveness to the needs and suffering of the world and to living God's love in our daily lives.
Our vocation as Associates is in mutual relationship with each other and RSCJ. We grow from prayer, collaboration, support, and encouragement of each other. Each local group constitutes a unique community. Each community will create an atmosphere of inclusion so that each Associate is supported on her or his spiritual journey and is encouraged to exercise leadership locally and nationally, with the group committing shared resources to support the participation of all.
Created May 1, 2008
Becoming an Associate
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.