Sisters of Charity of Nazareth include an important group of laypeople who make an extra commitment to make a real difference in the world. They are SCN Associates. Men and women of all faiths and backgrounds who commit, to living out the SCN Mission in their own lives, to deepen their spirituality, to build community with other Associates and Sisters, and to reach out in compassionate service to others in the tradition of St. Vincent de Paul, Louise de Marillac and Catherine Spalding.
SCN Associate brochures are available from the Associate Office upon request. If a person is interested in becoming an Associate, the director arranges an interview, provides background reading on the history and charism of the SCN Congregation, and invites the person to the next scheduled “Look and See” formation weekend.
The SCN Associate formation process is based on the teachings of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). It is designed to offer women and men a way to live out their baptismal call within the tradition of spirituality and mission of Vincent de Paul, Louise de Marillac, and Catherine Spalding.
After an interview, the interested person, who attends one formation weekend, may apply to begin the Associate formation process.
After acceptance as an SCN Associate candidate, the person:
- Participates in six formation weekends over a two-year period
- Meets several times during this period with the Director or Council
- Makes an initial two-year renewable commitment
- Joins a faith group
All initial commitments are made at Nazareth, Ky., at the conclusion of the annual Associate retreat which is held in close proximity to the September 27th feast of St. Vincent de Paul.
SCN Associate Events
The purpose of the formation process is to enhance the baptismal call of women and men to be in mission to the People of God through the activities of their daily lives. The weekends offer quality time to get acquainted with Associates and SCNs in a congenial atmosphere where there is a balance of education, prayer, reflection and fun.
Currently we have approximately 250 SCN Associates which includes Associates from Belize, India and Candidates in formation in Botswana.
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Becoming an SCN Associate gives you the opportunity to establish a more formal relationship with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and the Congregation’s ministries.
In Botswana, Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and Associate members officially welcomed six lay-women to begin the Associate formation program, a special commitment to make a real difference in the world. They lit candles expressing their desire to fully enter the program and live out the SCN Mission in their own lives. They were given mustard seeds to symbolize the exploration, growth, and living the charism of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth as they deepen their spirituality, build community with other Associates and Sisters, and reach out in compassionate service to others in the tradition of St. Vincent de Paul, Louise de Marillac, and Catherine Spalding.
After a year off, the SCNAs in Dangriga finally came out to be together. Sister Carlette travelled down to Dangriga this weekend to meet with the SCNAs.
On February 27th SCNAs Jean Payne and Karen Frank, Judy Raley, SCN and a host of CHI Memorial employees, physicians, volunteers and community partners held a Vaccination Fair at Brainerd High School for the vulnerable minority population.
Associate member Maggie Vargas reflects on finding gratitude in the middle of a pandemic.
The Chattanooga SCNAs were honored to participate in a local community-wide initiative called FUSE.
On the Foundation Day of SCNs in India, nine SCNAs came together in Provincial House of Patna. During Mass two of them, Kamala Devi and Fulmantj Xess, renewed their commitment. Four of them who made a commitment last year could not come.
After hearing her departure from this world, SCNs and Associates in Botswana gathered in small groups in their geographical locations, to comply with the COVID-19 regulations, for memorial services and thanksgiving Eucharists. In their small groups, all SCNs and Associates recalled their fond memories of Tootsie’s life.
On 23rd Aug. the seven SCNAs of Mokama came together at Bethel, along with Sisters Sujita Kullu, Swarupa Rani, and Jane Karakunnel. After a short reflection on the day’s gospel, they shared how they have been inspired by the life and ministry of Sister Olive Pinto in Mokama Parish.
SCNs Bridget Vadakeattam and Blanche Correia chaired the session on 5th August, 2020.
Through Sister Marilyn Shea, who contacted Associate member María Melendez in Puerto Rico, Sisters received information about “La Fondita de Jesus,” an organization that cares for the homeless.
An update on Associate activities around the Patna Province from December 2019 to May 2020.
The SCNA Chattanooga group held its first virtual gathering on Tuesday, May 19.
Our Virtual Faith Group began out of a recognized need for companionship through a faith group for SCNs and SCNAs that are physically distant from one other. Our faith group has members from California, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Puerto Rico, Washington DC, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
Nazareth Retreat Center held a retreat in conjunction with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Associates. This is the second time that these two members of the SCN family have been able to work together in this way to help spread the mission, values, and charisms of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.
SCN Associate Mentors met on Thursday, January 23 for their first Learning Circle meeting of 2020. Several joined via Zoom which has been a valuable tool for connecting and building the SCN Associate Relationship.
Sisters and Associates, 20 from the Louisville, Kentucky, area, joined together for Christmas dinner in the newly renovated hospitality room at the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth apartments, “On the hill.”
The Chattanooga SCNA faith group gathered at the Greenwood Terrace Community Center for their annual Christmas dinner. The group celebrated with Greenwood residents, stuffed stockings, and delivered Christmas gifts for the children.
Approximately 50 Sisters and Associates gathered on Sunday, December 1, 2019 to begin Advent in prayer, sharing and socializing. The gathering was sponsored by the Louisville Area Network Associates.
Charity Alive is a group for young men and women, between the ages of 18 and 35, whose mission is to build and maintain a relationship with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. The group meets for fellowship and service work throughout the year. They also meet with the sisters for prayer on their Nazareth, Ky., campus.
Earlier in the year, Belize City Associates wanted to do an outreach program for a community with challenges. In particular to reach out to young people challenged by social ills, crime and violence, who for the most part, are under the impression that they are forgotten.
This highly acclaimed honor is given to women who volunteer their time to improve the quality of life of others, establish standards that inspire and encourage other women to achieve their full potential, provide leadership, and influence decisions that shape and define their community.
Associates and the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth gathered at Metsimotlhabe on Saturday for their formation day combined with the celebration of the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul. The theme of the day was “Baptize and Send” the theme of the Extraordinary Mission Month declared by Pope Francis.
Five Associates made their first commitment on the occasion of the feast of St. Vincent De Paul.
This past weekend, as SCNAs gathered in prayer in Nazareth, Kentucky, and SCNs Ann Whittaker and Anne Marie O’ Shea were present to Associates in North Shore, Massachusettes.
Sisters and Associates gathered at Nazareth for a weekend gathering entitled, “Put Out Into the Deep”. Judy Gomilla, MSC served as the main presenter.
Bethlehem High School honored Sharon Cecil, SCNA, as Alumnus of the Year at the annual Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony.
Karen Sloan, SCNA, was honored with the Catherine Spalding Award at the annual CHI Memorial, Chattanooga Service Awards Banquet on August 15.
The SCN Associate Core Council recently met in Chattanooga, TN for a Strategic Planning Session.
Seamstresses at St. Lawrence Church in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky have sewn T-shirt dresses to send to students at The Little Mountain School in Guatemala. Marcie Heil, SCNA, chairperson of the Peace and Justice ministry at St. Lawrence initiated the program.
Catch a glimpse of Camp Maria Retreat Center like never before with these aerial views of the retreat center’s campus in Leonardtown, Maryland. An SCNA gathering was held there this past weekend during which this beautiful footage was captured.
Men and women of all faiths and backgrounds who commit to living out the SCN mission in their own lives, to deepen their spirituality, to build community with other Associates and Sisters, and to reach out in compassionate service to others.
Starting on February 22, 2019 and ending on February 24, 2019, a retreat was held in conjunction with Nazareth Retreat Center and the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Associates – marking the first time that these two parts of the SCN family have worked together in this capacity.
Sisters met with three SCN Associates in Mokama. They are in front – two men and one woman. Another woman was called to work and couldn’t come to the gathering. There are also three candidates in Mokama, not pictured.
After years of long distance and virtual relationships, we were very excited to finally meet face-to-face with our Associates and Sisters in Belize! One Associate put it in perspective: “It was nice to finally meet our ‘sisters and brothers’ in Christ.”
The SCN Associate Office continues building relationships in Belize City by visiting SCN and SCNA ministries.
The SCN Center in Belize City welcomed Andy Meyer, SCN director of Associates and Tammy Mattingly, office coordinator on Sunday for a week-long visit with SCNAs and SCN Ministries.
Patricia Diane Hawkins (in red) renewed her commitment as an SCN Associate this morning on a snow-covered Nazareth campus. Diane has been an Associate since 1995 and today, made a lifetime commitment! Witnesses to this achievement are (from left) Associate Office...
The Louisville Network hosted “Call to Women-A Season of Hope” on Sunday, December 9 at the Hospitality room at Nazareth Home Campus. Sisters and Associates were eager to gather for prayer and hospitality during the season of Advent.
On Thanksgiving morning, Judy Raley, SCN and several Chattanooga area Associates participated in the Grateful Gobbler Walk benefiting the Maclellan Shelter for Families.
SCNAs Andy Meyer, Tootsie Gish and Tammy Mattingly shared about the SCN Associate Program and described the individual journeys they have taken to become an SCN Associate.
SCN Associate Director Andy Meyer, his wife Diane Meyer and Associate Office Coordinator Tammy Mattingly traveled to Memphis, TN this past weekend to visit Sisters and Associates in the area.
Sister Judy was saluted for her unwavering faith, keen mind, pioneering spirit and loving concern for the needs of the Chattanooga community.
Sisters, Associates, and Associate candidates gathered in Lobatse, Botswana, for the forth formation day for the SCcandidatestes. The theme for the day was “Call to Holiness”. The day included an input on the theme, time for reflection, prayer, time for the sacrament of reconciliation, Eucharist, renewal of commitment, and an anticipated celebration of the Feast of St. Vincent.
Betsy Kammerdiener, SCNA, served as a reflector for the SCNA weekend, and shared the following thoughts at the close of the weekend on Sunday morning.
How do you get started on something brand new? It’s risky. You’re being asked to go toward a place you’ve never gone before. You are disrupting your comfort zones and making yourself vulnerable to others.
Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on Sept. 21. It is a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. This year the focus is on the Right to Peace.
Associates of the Chattanooga, Tennessee, area gathered for their monthly meeting on Aug. 21 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Soddy Daisy, Tennessee. Monsignor Al Humbrecht presented an overview of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the call to holiness in today’s world.
Andy Meyer, director of the SCN Associates is traveling the North East this week with visits to Pittsburgh, Maryland, and Boston. Tuesday evening’s meet and greet was at Camp Maria where he met with Associates and inquirers.
The Belize City SCNAs along with Sister Beverly Hoffman came together recently to package small gift bags of basic toiletries and fresh fruit to give to senior residents of Sr. Cecilia Home. The group went and sang Christmas Carols and interacted with the Seniors as part of their Christmas service project. It was a festive time and lots of old time Belizean Christmas songs were sung, and the residents danced and SCNAs danced too!
Our Faith group that meets at Nazareth on the third Sunday of each month in the meeting room behind the front desk in O’Connell Hall had dinner at Old Talbott Tavern after Mass December 10. We rejoiced that we had time together before Christmas. At the dinner we named our group “Followers of Catherine ”.
Associates and Sisters attended the three year recommitment of Brad Hilgert and Andy Meyer at Nazareth Home in Louisville on the Solemnity of The Immaculate Conception. It was wonderful to celebrate this service with the Sisters and residents there.
A group of Associates and SCNA candidates gathered at St. Thomas in Kentucky for an afternoon with Mother Catherine. They took a tour of the log house, the church, and hiked to the springhouse. Sister Maria Vincent Brocato portrayed Mother Catherine and talked about the early community and history of the Congregation at St. Thomas.
Director of the SCN Associate Program Jo Ann Paulin, traveled to Chattanooga, Tennessee this week to hold a Commitment Renewal Ceremony for Associates in the area.
Workers on a tobacco farm in Garrard County, Kentucky, are entering the third week of a strike over claims that they have not received the pay guaranteed by a federal work visa program. The strike is part of a movement across the South and Midwest to organize migrant laborers who enter the country legally to do seasonal work.
The group, indeed, created great energy and ideas for leadership, activities and inviting new members. They are excited to carry forth the charism of charity and the spirit of Catherine Spalding.
SCNs and Associates gathered at Metsimotlhabe for the Associate workshop cum celebration of St. Vincent ‘s Feast on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017.
Four SCNA candidates Anjani Kumari, Ashok Kumar, Joseph Rajendra and Nirmala Virendra made their First Commitment for one year as SCNAs during the morning Eucharistic celebration at Mokama chapel on Sept. 27, 2017, the auspicious feast day of St. Vincent de Paul. Many of the parishioners, family members, campus SCNs, novices, and candidates witnessed their commitment.
In preparation for the feast of St. Vincent de Paul, Jane Karakunnel, SCN, invited 12 women from different parishes in Patna who expressed their desire to become SCNA candidates to the SCN Provincial House for prayer, reflection and sharing on Sept. 24, 2017.
The Federation Grassroots Committee invites sisters, associates & affiliates to attend Charity Friendship: Deepening Our Relationships through Contemplative Conversations. The Retreat will take place October 15-October 20, followed by the Workshop October 20-October 22.
In early April, SCN Associates Joetta Davis and Mary Gene Frank with SCNs Nancy Gerth and Maria Vincent Brocato accompanied eighteen Presentation Academy girls on a Spring Mission Trip to Appalachia. While there for four days they accomplished a variety of tasks in...
Part of the history of Noemi illustrates vitality, a determined spirit, great love for her family and confidence in the future.
SCN Associate Karen Schmitt says she never gave much thought to human trafficking. “It just hadn’t touched my life or the life of anyone I knew,” she says.
SCN Associate Prayer Loving and Eternal God,Creator and Sustainer of all that is,thank you for the gift of life in this Yourbeautiful and wondrous world.Help all SCNs and Associates to livein harmony with your will and to work for justiceand peace in our world....
From "News off the Streets", March 2010 – St. John's CenterIf you are a friend of St. John Center or even know of its existence, the name Charlotte Hazas, SCNA, has to ring a bell. She has done it all here. It started in 1987 when her priest helped her get a job at...