Who are the SSM Associates?
The SSM Associate Movement, whereby laypersons who wish to be formally joined to the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother in their search for holiness in the service of the Church, began in June, 1983. These Associates, while not members, share in some of the spiritual heritage of the Congregation and bring their own giftedness to the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother for the sake of the kingdom.
Associates are men and women of deep faith who respond to their Baptismal Call to nurture and deepen their spiritual life. They embrace the values and ministries of the Sisters and encourage each other on their spiritual journey with mutual acceptance and respect.
SSM Associates accept the uniqueness of this call and pledge their giftedness, with the Sisters, to build the Christian community of faith.
Why become an SSM Associate?
Associates are given the opportunity to:
♦ Grow spiritually through days of sharing, retreats and fellowship
♦ Study, reflect and integrate the Franciscan spirit in their lives
♦ Build Christian community and further the kingdom of God through shared ministries
♦ Collaborate with others in advocating for those who suffer because of poverty; and in fostering a society of justice, peace and love
What does an SSM Associate do?
You may meet our Associates in a wide variety of ministries. Here are some examples:
♦ Parish ministries such as being a Eucharistic minister, teaching religion classes to youth or participating in parish musicians groups/choir
♦ Community ministries such as Meals on Wheels, collecting clothing, food, toys and other items for the needy or visiting nursing homes and the homebound
♦ Social justice and advocacy ministries
♦ Volunteering their time and talents in a wide range of other ministries – from grief counseling to spiritual growth activities to collecting supplies and donations for the SSM missions
What does it take to become an SSM Associate?
♦ A strong desire to share gifts and talents with the Sisters in furthering the kingdom of God
♦ The willingness and the ability to actively participate in realizing the mission and ministry of the Sisters
♦ A mature interdependence and openness to grow
♦ The ardent wish to deepen one’s own spiritual life
What are the responsibilities of an SSM Associate?
♦ Attend cluster meetings
♦ Participate in planned Days of Sharing and Retreats
♦ Devote time each day to prayer and mediation
♦ Participate in Community and Associate events
♦ Be involved in ministries which further the Mission of the Church
How Do I Become an Associate?
1 – A person desiring to become an Associate is referred by a Sister or Associate to the Associates Coordinator
2 – The Sponsor and the prospective Associate share mutual expectations in a personal interview
3 – The prospective Associate participates in an orientation process, prayer and reflection
4 – The prospective Associate completes an application which is then reviewed
5 – The terms of the Mutual Agreement and Expression of Commitment are reviewed at a meeting with the Associates Coordinator
6 – The Agreement is approved by the Congregational Representative
7 – There is a Ceremony of Commitment and Acceptance
Learn more about becoming an SSM Associate by contacting:
815 S. Westhaven Drive, Suite 100
Oshkosh, WI 54904
MEET OUR SSM ASSOCIATES HERE