Explore the Pathway: Consociates, part of a nontraditional tradition.

Consociates are people of diverse life-styles and spiritual traditions committed to living the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ) within the context of their lives and responsibilities.



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Welcoming New Consociates and Consociate Candidates

On May 1, 2019, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates welcomed fourteen new Consociate Candidates and celebrated the commitments of ten new Consociates. The ritual was held at Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel.

Those making Consociate commitment include: Sandy Burton, Mary Freitag, Laurel Gamm, Cindy Herbst, Michelle Hueg, Celeste Mazur, Pat Niska, Hannah Pierson, Deb Sheats, Mary Treacy O’Keefe.

New Consociate Candidate, embarking on a two-year candidacy, include: Liz Anderson, Melissa Andrie-Her, Marcia Bailey, Lisa Fink, Lisa Fobbe, Marilaurice Hemlock, Nancy Higgins, Bridgette Kelly, Kathy Klietz, Michelle LeBlanc, Anne Melendez, Lil Morff, Lindsay Schaefer, Monica Shafer.

See photos of the Commitment and Welcome Ritual here.

What drew you to the CSJ Community?

“I was drawn to this community because of environmental justice, social justice, and the work of strong, talented women who simply never, ever give up.”

Connie Bowen
CSJ Consociate

“It’s all about the mission for me, ‘loving God and neighbor.’ It’s the greatest commandment and what I have always felt most called.”

Hannah Pierson
CSJ Consociate

“What drew me to the CSJ Community is the Charism of the CSJs, ‘always moving toward profound love of God and dear neighbor without distinction.’ and ‘meeting the needs of the time.’ The CSJs have done so much in this community. I want to help carry their legacy forward.”

Debra Sheats
CSJ Consociate

“I was and am drawn to the CSJ Community because of the warmth and gentle openness of the people I first encountered and continue to encounter! I’m grateful to be among women religious who are exercising their love muscles by practicing the art and discipline of seeing God in all.”

Laurel Gamm
CSJ Consociate

“My attraction to the CSJ Community is the co-creation opportunity that allows us to participate in God’s plan. My commitment to growing in spiritual wisdom for myself and with others will make this a blessed and sacred union.”

Mary Freitag
CSJ Consociate

“I firmly believe in the CSJ ideal of moving toward a profound love of God and neighbor without distinction. I want to surround myself with like minded people who see the Christ in everyone. There is a spiritual energy that is felt when I am in the presence of the CSJ sisters and Consociates.”

Sandy Burton
CSJ Consociate