Felician Associates – Our Partners
Almost since the beginning of formal religious life in the Church there have been individuals and groups of lay people who have allied themselves with particular religious communities in a variety of relationships. In recent years, many women and men have responded to God’s call to associate themselves with hundreds of different communities world wide. In a relationship most often called “association.” In each of the five (5) provinces of the Felician Congregation associate relationships are unique, continuously evolving forms. Some provinces have developed formal Associate Programs, others work with a variety of groups.
Chapter 14 of the Memoirs of the Felician Sisters, written in the 1800’s, describes the existence of associates in the earliest days of the Congregation.
Through our Baptismal call we identify with Christ’s invitation to all to hear and act upon the “Good News”. The early Church recognized the diversity of gifts needed to build up the one body in Christ (Romans 12:4-6). In the spirit of renewal, the Church calls all Christians “to a fullness of Christian life and to the perfection of love, and by this holiness, a more human manner of life.…” (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, paragraph 40).
Felician Sisters are called upon to share the charism, mission and vision of Blessed Mary Angela and to share the richness of the Franciscan tradition received from Francis and Clare of Assisi. As Felician Associates, Christian women and men are drawn to a deeper understanding and commitment to their baptismal call. The Felician Associate relationship may serve to support relationships with her/his parish or faith community.
Felician Associates support and promote the spirit and mission of compassion and mercy as they cooperate with Christ in the
spiritual renewal of the world.
Even though the world is not yet inclined to understand the value of piety, a need is surfacing for fostering it. This is evident from the great number of souls from all walks of life, who, desirous of a life of piety, until now have associated themselves with the Congregation and who reap great spiritual benefits thereby . . .
“True piety” includes an awareness of God’s presence and action in one’s life, deliberate cultivation of one’s spiritual life through personal and communal prayer, and striving to live the Gospel.