Become an Associate

The SCN Family includes an important group of lay people 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.

Getting Started

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.

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The Process

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

New Members

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.

Membership

Currently we have approximately 250 SCN Associates which includes Associates from Belize, India and Candidates in formation in Botswana.

Contact the Associates

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.

Associates in Botswana gather

Associates in Botswana gather

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.

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Associates ‘all one’ at North Shore

Associates ‘all one’ at North Shore

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.

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SCN Associate Weekend

SCN Associate Weekend

Sisters and Associates gathered at Nazareth for a weekend gathering entitled, “Put Out Into the Deep”. Judy Gomilla, MSC served as the main presenter.

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SCNAs help provide clothing for students

SCNAs help provide clothing for students

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.

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Camp Maria from above

Camp Maria from above

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.

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Associates connect across globe

Associates connect across globe

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.

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Vincent & Louise: Contemplatives in Action

Vincent & Louise: Contemplatives in Action

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.

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Mokama Associates

Mokama Associates

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.

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SCNA Office wraps up Belize visit

SCNA Office wraps up Belize visit

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.”

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SCNA Office visits Belize

SCNA Office visits Belize

The SCN Associate Office continues building relationships in Belize City by visiting SCN and SCNA ministries.

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Associate office in Belize

Associate office in Belize

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.

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Associate makes lifetime commitment

Associate makes lifetime commitment

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...

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Call to Women-A Season of Hope

Call to Women-A Season of Hope

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.

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SCN Associates

SCN Associates

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.

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Associates gather in Memphis

Associates gather in Memphis

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.

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Woman of Distinction

Woman of Distinction

Sister Judy was saluted for her unwavering faith, keen mind, pioneering spirit and loving concern for the needs of the Chattanooga community.

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Associate formation day in Botswana

Associate formation day in Botswana

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.

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Reflection on the SCNA Weekend

Reflection on the SCNA Weekend

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.

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International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace

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.

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Chattanooga area Associates meet

Chattanooga area Associates meet

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.

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Associate director visits Northeastern SCNAs

Associate director visits Northeastern SCNAs

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.

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Belize City Associates give to seniors

Belize City Associates give to seniors

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!  

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Faith Group – Followers of Catherine

Faith Group – Followers of Catherine

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 ”.

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Associates make recommitment

Associates make recommitment

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.

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An afternoon with Mother Catherine at St. Thomas

An afternoon with Mother Catherine at St. Thomas

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.

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SCNA Renewals in Chattanooga

SCNA Renewals in Chattanooga

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.

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On strike: migrant workers on visa program claim unfair pay

On strike: migrant workers on visa program claim unfair pay

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.

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Young associates bring new perspective

Young associates bring new perspective

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.

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SCN Associate weekend in Botswana

SCN Associate weekend in Botswana

SCNs and Associates gathered at Metsimotlhabe for the Associate workshop cum celebration of St. Vincent ‘s Feast on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017.

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SCNAs Make First Commitment in Mokama, India

SCNAs Make First Commitment in Mokama, India

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.

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SCNA Candidates meet in Patna

SCNA Candidates meet in Patna

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.

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Charity Friendship Retreat & Workshop

Charity Friendship Retreat & Workshop

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.

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Associates join Presentation Academy on mission trip

Associates join Presentation Academy on mission trip

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...

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A Transformed Life

A Transformed Life

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.

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SCNA Weekend

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....

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SCN Associate – Charlotte Hazas

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...

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