Redeemer Associates are women and men who:
- Acknowledge a common call in Baptism to live Gospel values.
- Desire association with the Sisters as a means for personal and spiritual growth.
- Gather to deepen their understanding of and relationship with the Sisters of the Redeemer.
- Share in the Redeemer charism and mission through prayer, service, and celebration.
- Are a sign of God’s healing presence in our broken world.
Rooted in Jesus the Redeemer, Associates share in the charism, mission and core values of the Sisters of the Redeemer through times of prayer, service, and celebration with the Sisters and other Redeemer Associates while maintaining our own lifestyle.
All Redeemer Associates are committed to spiritual growth and development through prayer, spiritual readings, and Eucharistic Celebrations. Spiritual direction is encouraged.
Redeemer Associates also participate in monthly gatherings and prayer groups with the Sisters of the Redeemer.
Members are invited to make a one-year commitment to participate in the Redeemer Associate relationship with opportunity for annual renewal on Redeemer Day, the Congregation’s Feast Day Celebration.
Redeemer Associates participate in the ministry of the congregation through service activities such as volunteering in pastoral and social outreach ministries to the vulnerable and elderly and in daily activities of family and professional life. In this way, Associates carry the mission where Sisters may not be able to reach.
In union with the Sisters and led by the Holy Spirit, each lay Redeemer Associate is encouraged to participate with joy, simplicity, compassion, hospitality and with recognition of each person’s uniqueness and giftedness.
We invite women and men with whom we share our values and who desire to commit themselves to our spirit, charism, values and mission, through prayer and ministry. The application process involves a written application and personal interview. The applicant meets routinely with the Redeemer Associate Director and may participate in monthly gatherings in preparation for Associate membership.
Members may also participate in distance membership or as prayer partners if not able to actively attend in gatherings and ministry.
Symbolism of the Associate Commitment
Redeemer Associates receive a symbol at each level of commitment to the Redeemer Associate relationship. Upon initial commitment, a candle is received and at the time of re-commitment, Associates receive a medal. Each symbol carries the image of the Paschal lamb – the Redeemer.
Throughout the centuries, the universal call to participate in the life and mission of Jesus Christ has taken root in the heart of countless women and men to live the Good News in words and actions. Vatican II, in 1965, emphasized the role and rightful place of the laity in the Church. Acknowledging that some persons may be called to a more formal relationship with the Sisters, we responded by establishing an Associate program in 1998.
If you are interested in becoming a Redeemer Associate, please contact Lynn Keiner at 215-914-4006 or firstname.lastname@example.org.