Hundreds of lay men and women are partnering with Felician Sisters across North America as Felician Associates.
Married and single, widowed and divorced, mothers and fathers, college students to young professionals to retirees—Felician Associates are individuals from a variety of backgrounds, occupations, and life experiences who are united in their desire to embrace the Felician Franciscan charism and mission into their own ways of life.
Felician Associates are not vowed religious, but strive, as Christian men and women, to commit themselves to Felician Franciscan ideals, embracing life with simplicity, compassion, and mercy in their shared journey with the Felician Sisters.
Answering the Call to Serve
Felician Associates have answered the call to serve—to walk with the Felician Sisters in a collective journey of faith.
Upon acceptance into the Associate program, Felician Associates make a formal commitment, renewable annually, to prayer and service that includes:
- Living the Gospel in the spirit of St. Francis;
- Living a life of simplicity and joy centered in the Eucharist;
- Fostering a spirit of prayer in daily life;
- Striving to become the compassionate presence of Christ to all;
- Serving those in need and standing with and for the poor;
- Living a life of simplicity and joy centered in the Eucharist.
Serving with a Joyful Heart
Felician Associates can deepen their relationship with God and nurture their own personal spiritual development through a range of prayer and service opportunities from New Mexico to Connecticut, from South Carolina to Ontario, Canada. As a Felician Associate, there are numerous opportunities for additional personal and spiritual growth such as sharing faith experiences and life journeys, serving as a spiritual companion to one another, and praying with and for the Felician Sisters.
One can also participate in the Associate Program as a Prayer Associate, committing to pray for and with Felician Sisters and Felician Associates. Prayer Associates do not take part in service activities, as their association with the Felician Sisters is mainly one of prayer.