Associates are lay women and men, both married and single, who wish to have a relationship with the Sisters of St. Martha of Prince Edward Island with a view to living a deeper Christian life while maintaining their present state of life in the world.
Associates bring an additional dimension to the congregational charism and ministry through their involvement in the temporal affairs of their lives. Their witness of Gospel values reaches into the home as well as the social, political, and economic realities of their civic and Church communities.
Associates meet once a month from September till June for prayer, formation and fellowship and are encouraged to set aside a day for retreat each year.
Associates may participate in the ministry of the Sisters as opportunities arise. Some already are engaged in programs at the Spirituality Centre, volunteering at SAFE and helping out at Burke's’ Welcome Shoppe, visiting and supporting our Syrian Ishmael family...(ministries). Others commit to visiting the sick and shut in Associates, Sisters and church members.
Associates elect their own directors and the congregation appoints Sisters to journey with Associates. The present co-directors are Eileen Clow, Mary MacLean and Sr. Gemma Dunn with Everett Stewart, Anita McGuigan, Sr. Lauretta White and Sr. Debbie Peters serving on an Executive team.
Associates plan an annual Memorial Ritual and Mass each fall for deceased Associates and Sisters of that year. This is an opportunity for Associates and Sisters to pray together and meet and greet.
Associates support Anderson House, an emergency shelter and home for abused women and their children. They financially support a boy Evang Mutelkia Gatobu in Kenya (since he was 12 years old) through Chalice Adopt a Child.
STATEMENT OF CHARISM
We Associates of the Sisters of St. Martha,
respond to the call of Jesus as St. Martha did in a spirit of simplicity, attentiveness and hospitality serving the needs of the Church.
Associates July 17, 2016
Co-Directors 2019 Mary MacLean, Eileen Clow, and Sister Gemma Dunn
ARCAN (Atlantic Religious Congregation Associate Network) consists of Associates and Sisters from congregations in Atlantic Canada. ARCAN was founded in 2002 to support the relationship between Associates and Sisters. This committee meets twice a year in Halifax to deepen and enliven the mission of ARCAN.
Our present ARCAN representatives are Mary MacLean and Sheila MacDonald.
ARCAN endeavours to host two Atlantic gatherings for Associates and Sisters – one in Halifax and one in Newfoundland every two or three years.