God is always calling us to a deeper commitment, whether it’s through single, married or religious life.  Whatever you’re being called to, something brought you to this moment . . .to this page.  We hope to help you find answers.

Sisters

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Open to single, Catholic women; permanent; canonical vows of poverty, chastity and obedience; 6 – 9 year formation process; live in “SSJ community”; finances governed by the vow of poverty. Find out more . . .

Agrégées

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Open to Catholic women; permanent; non-canonical vow of fidelity; usually a 2-year formation process, sometimes 3 years; continue with independent living arrangements; option to live in “SSJ community”; personal responsibility for finances, health care, retirement, funeral expenses and indebtedness. Find out more . . .

Associates

Open to men and women; annual, renewable commitment; 1 year formation process; continue with independent living arrangements; option to live in “SSJ community”; personal responsibility for finances, health care, retirement, funeral expenses and indebtedness.  Find out more . . .

 

Meet some of our SSJ Associates

meet SSJ Associate Carol Hermann

If you have ever received a call asking to donate bread or a  pie donations or to volunteer at  the Thanksgiving Dinner or Circle of Friends celebration, you were most likely speaking with Carol Hermann.  Carol is the development associate … Read More

meet SSJ Associates and biological sisters Joan McCain and Kay Hotchkiss

Meadville associates and biological sisters Joan McCain and Kay Hotchkiss became associates in 2009 with guidance from mentors Jerry and Loeta Derby. Joan and Kay are members of St. Hippolyte Parish in Frenchtown where they serve as Eucharistic ministers. Born … Read More

meet SSJ Associates Geraldine Gallagher and Gretchen Durney

Mother and Daughter Associates Geraldine Gallagher and her daughter, Gretchen Durney, were welcomed as associates in 2014. Geraldine’s mentor was Sister Geraldine Olon while Associate Renee Caldwell Calabrese was Gretchen’s. Geraldine is a member of Our Lady of Mercy Parish … Read More

meet SSJ Associate Betsy Williams

Elizabeth (Betsy) Williams became an associate in 2015. A late in life convert to Catholicism, she is an active member of St. Julia’s parish where she serves as a lector, Eucharistic minister and belongs to the Rosary Society.  After receiving her … Read More

meet SSJ Associates Ann and Gary Flick

If you attended liturgical events at the CLC, you probably saw Ann taking pictures and Gary playing the clarinet. Gary and Ann became associates in 2009 with Sr. Martha Howick as their mentor. Ann became acquainted with the sisters while … Read More

meet SSJ Associates John and Tammy Mang

Tammie and John Mang became associates in 2013.  Sister Mary Fromknecht was John’s mentor while Sister Marianne Stuckert was Tammie’s. John is an ordained Deacon and is assigned to Our Lady of Peace parish in Erie. In September, John became … Read More

meet SSJ Associates Mary Grace and Larry Lewis

Associates  for 14 years, Mary Grace and Larry Lewis reach out to the “dear neighbor” in many ways. They have been active members of Sacred Heart Parish for almost 60 years where Larry coordinated the roast beef dinner for the … Read More

meet SSJ Associate Sue Ann Wisniewski

Associate Sue Ann Wisniewski is Quality of Life Coordinator for our sisters who reside at the CLC.  Previously, she worked at the Neighborhood Network. Sue Ann says that sometimes she is referred to as “the boss”.  She chuckled, and says, … Read More

meet SSJ Associate Mary Lou Rathers

In an interview a few years ago, Mary Lou Rathers said that she became an associate because she desired to “deepen her spiritual life by actively living our mission of unity of neighbor with neighbor and neighbor with God.” She … Read More

meet SSJ Associate Mary Ann Zarnick

Mary Ann Zarnick just celebrated 35 years as an associate. A former Sister of St. Joseph, Mary Ann feels a closeness to the congregation. She values the spirit and spirituality of the SSJs, looks to the sisters for spiritual direction … Read More

Resources


SSJ Vocation Brochure… SSJE-BROCHURE_VOC


SSJ Associates Brochure… SSJE-BROCHURE_ASSOCIATES