As an Associate


SCL Associates are women and men invited to partner with the vowed members of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth “to witness and share the mission of Jesus who calls us to love God with our whole hearts and to love our neighbor even as God loves us.”

Associates share and demonstrate the characteristic spirit of the vowed members of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. With the Sisters, Associates respond to the call to holiness and to extend the Gospel message. They seek to enrich their lives as Christians though prayer, spiritual formation and networking.  They witness, advocate for social justice and demonstrate a preferential option for persons who are poor.

Throughout the year, Associates meet, pray, interact and minister with other Associates and Sisters. In some parts of the country, Associates meet regularly and are involved in prayer and charitable outreach as a group. Regional gatherings of Associates occur regularly in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and Montana. 

Associates in Action

Susan Nyp

Criteria for Becoming an Associate

•Be 18 years of age or older.
•Desire to participate actively in the SCL Community through a non-vowed association.
•Agree to remain financially independent of the SCL Community.
•Agree to participate in the prayer and activities of the Associate program.
•Enter a year-long discernment process.
•Complete a formal application.   

Becoming an Associate

A Sister of Charity of Leavenworth extends the invitation to become an Associate. The individual then completes an Initial Interest Form and spends the next year in an initiation process getting better acquainted with the Community, Sisters and Associates. At the end of that year, the person completes a written application. Upon acceptance by the Community Director, the new Associate ritualizes his or her commitment and renews this commitment annually.

For more information, contact
Terri Butel, Director of Associates



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