IN THE MISSION OF NAZARETH

Associates

The Association of the Holy Family is a practical expression of the intention of Blessed Mary of Jesus Good Shepherd to involve the laity in the Mission of Nazareth. It involves mutual cooperation and spiritual exchange between the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth and members of the Association. The Associates are presented with an opportunity for solid formation, a deepening of their personal relationship with God, and involvement in the apostolic mission through participation in the life, spirituality and mission of the Congregation.

The Association functions in every Province of the Congregation. Families who desire to share the mission of the Nazareth Sisters are invited to become members of the Association. Members actively participate in formation and apostolate of the Association. Children of the members do not belong to the Association but form a group called Children of Nazareth. Official admission into the Association takes place after a period of suitable preparation from between one to two years.

Associates undertake various apostolic involvements. The first task of a member is to give witness to Christian family values within one’s own family, in the work place, and in society at large. This is accomplished by the associate’s efforts to strengthen family bonds following the example of the Holy Family of Nazareth. Associates have a special veneration to the Holy Family, imitating its virtues in their personal and family life, and spreading devotion to the Holy Family. Apostolic involvement finds its expression in daily prayer in unity with the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth for all families of the world. Associates pray also for the Church and the Holy Father, and for the Congregation and its Mission of spreading the Kingdom of God’s Love.

 

 

 

AUSTRALIA

 

 

 

BELARUS

 

 

 

CRACOW

 

 

 

FRANCE

 

 

 

PHILIPPINE

 

 

 

USA

 

 

 

WARSAW

Association of the Holy Family

Report as of December 31th, 2019

Province Members Groups Sisters who are leaders Married couples / Both spouses/ Children of Nazareth Candidates and interested persons
USA 262 21 21 14 20 10
Australia 35 3 2 6 20
Warsaw 187 14 15 77 148 24
Cracow 93 5 5 37 85 63
JGSh 43 1 1 18 20 8
Philippines 96 6 6 9 30
Belarus 20 5 2 6 140 25
Total 736 55 52 167 413 180

FORMATION in 2019

Province       retreat     1-day meetings 2-3 day meetings Other forms Total participants
USA 5 174 Approx. 2000
Australia 7 1 Approx. 130
Warsaw 10 110 3 10 Approx. 2000
Cracow 1 49 4 9 Approx. 2000
JGSh 7 2 1 Approx. 200
Philippines 6 60 50 Approx. 1 400
Belarus 3 45 3 2 Approx. 720
Total 25 452 12 73 Approx. 8 450

SISTERS OF THE HOLY FAMILY OF NAZARETH AND THE ASSOCIATION OF THE HOLY FAMILY

 

The Sisters at the Generalate hosted an international meeting of the Sisters responsible for the Association of the Holy Family from 3-10 March, 2017. The meeting was attended by Sisters representing all seven Provinces of the Congregation and from the Ukraine Region. Mother Jana  Zawieja, Superior General,  presided over the meeting…