Josephite Affiliates Core Group and Central Josephite Associates Leadership Team Gathering

4 – 6 September, 2009

The Josephite Affiliates Core Group hosted a weekend for 8 members of the Central Josephite Associates Leadership Team recently which followed on from the inaugural gathering held in Auckland last year.  Diane Strevens, Peta Lindstrom, Jane Gunson, Trish Clark, Monica Robinson, and three Sisters, Rita Cahill, Margaret Louisson and Jill McLoughlin arrived on Friday evening for a shared meal. A reflective prayer lead by Yvonne Munro, celebrating the centenary of Mary MacKillop’s death, followed to open the weekend.

On Saturday morning the Group began by sharing what kinds of things were happening for the Associates and for the Affiliates.  The three models of Associates, from Presentation Associate, Mary Anne Greaney, were outlined.  It was noted that Associates were moving from the earlier “Friends of the Sisters” who were there to support the Sisters … to those who were inspired by the charism and wished to live it in their daily lives.  The third type of Associates is partners in Mission – those who work with/for Sisters in a Josephite Ministry.  Carol Zinn’s csj video reflection – All is One preceded a sharing around the dream of the respective Associates/Affiliates teams and how this might unfold in the future.
On Sunday morning the two Groups shared ideas about pooling resources and having a more focussed direction i.e. seeing their ministry as responding to those who resonate with the Josephite charism and wish to have support in living this.



Glorious weather enabled our ngã manuhiri to visit the River Market on Saturday morning and a chance to take in the panoramic view of Whanganui from the Durie Hill Tower.  A tour of the Archives, Te Punanga Wetlands and Nazareth Rest Home on the Mt St Joseph site, a dinner with the Whanganui Sisters complete with entertainment and time spent taking in the fresh sea air at Mowhanau Beach completed what was a perfectly balanced weekend of sharing, reflecting and looking forward. 

Any questions or enquiries can be made to Josephite Affiliates Whanganui
c/- Adrienne Smith, Co-ordinator – contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
 or phone 06 345 5047 ext 3.

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