Laity

Untitled-1.jpgRecently Sr. Catherine Schwemer, a member of the Community of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ spoke to a group of La Salette Associates at the National Shrine in Attleboro. MA. She is the Executive Director of NACAR (North American Conference of Associates and Religious) which includes some 200 Associate congregations. This is the third part of her sharing on La Salettes and Associates.

Every family has its structure – necessary for accomplishing simple and sometimes more complex goals. So also with Religious Life and those called to be Associates. We will give a general description of the structures of Religious Institutes and Associates as well as their relationships within their our communities and between Vowed Religious and Associates.

Untitled-1.jpgRecently Sr. Catherine Schwemer, a member of the Community of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ spoke to a group of La Salette Associates at the National Shrine in Attleboro. MA. She is the Executive Director of NACAR (North American Conference of Associates and Religious) which includes some 200 Associate congregations. This is the second part of her sharing on La Salettes and Associates.

NACAR recently did a study of Associate-Religious Relationships. A very large group participated in this study – 45,000 Associates from the United States and 20,000 Associates from Canada. Here are some attitudinal lessons from this survey:

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Workshop Day on Associates with
Sr. Katherine Schwermer (bottom row, left)


Recently Sr. Catherine Schwemer, a member of the Community of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ spoke to a group of La Salette Associates at the National Shrine in Attleboro. MA. She is the Executive Director of NACAR (North American Conference of Associates and Religious) which includes 200 Associate congregations. It serves Associates and Vowed members as they proclaim their call from God to live the Spirit, charism and mission of their particular Religious Congregation. Its Vision Statement is as follows:

True to our founding charisms, we, the members of NACAR, strive to broaden and deepen our understanding of the Associate-Religious relationship by:
 

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La Salette Associates: Who Are We?

A. Who We Are:

We, as members of the La Salette Associate Program (of the La Salette Province of Mary, Mother of the Americas), are people who associate ourselves closely with the La Salette Missionaries - their life and mission. We include diverse groups of men and women throughout North America and our program is similar to other La Salette Associate Programs around the world (Europe, Africa, North and South America and in the Philippines).

What the New Testament Says About the Laity by Rev. Dr. Thomas Leclerc, M.S.

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We are led through what the New Testament says - and doesn't say -about the laity. Rev. Dr. Thomas Leclerc, M.S., who completed his doctoral Scripture studies at Harvard, gives us a rather startling "reality check" concerning this topic.

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La Salette Missionaries, Province of Mary, Mother of the Americas

Our Community: The Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette are deeply rooted in the Apparition of Our Lady of La Salette which occurred near the hamlet of La Salette in southeastern France on Sept. 19, 1846. The Missionaries were founded in 1852 by Bp. Philbert de Bruillard, Bishop of Grenoble, France, and presently serve in some 25 countries.

Our Province: The Province of Mary, Mother of the Americas, was founded in 2000AD and is one of several provinces in the congregation. The members of this Province serve mainly in the countries of Canada, the United States and the Region of Argentina/Bolivia.

Our Mission: Our La Salette ministry of reconciliation responds to the broad vision given by Mary at La Salette as well as in response to the needs of the Church. As reconcilers, we together with the laity take seriously Mary’s mandate: “You will make (Mary’s) message known to all (her) people.”