Origins of the Associates
The Associates of the Sisters of St. Paul began back in 1990, when a series of weekend meetings were held for those who wished to explore the idea of Associates. Their vision was to share in the life, spirit and charism of the Congregation.
Who are our Associates?
Associates are a family of like-minded individuals with a shared vision to deepen one`s faith and develop a spirituality rooted in the charism of the Sisters of St. Paul. All have a story and in the sharing of these stories special and trusted friendships are created. There is a sense of belonging that is reinforced in times of both trouble and joy. Associates are growing and changing as the Spirit leads, with no hard and fast rules
At the heart of Associates lies Lectio Divina, a method of reading, meditating and praying with scripture. It allows each to listen to God and to hear with the ear of one's heart, listening for the gentle touch of God. God's word is not so much to be understood as to be listened to, as one listens to the wind in the trees and the song of the bird. It awakens something within the heart that is beyond all knowlwedge.
Associates hold regular meetings, retreat days and occasional weekend retreats throughout the year and they join with the Sisters to celebrate special events and feast days.
There are Associate Groups in England:
There are two groups in Ireland:
For more information contact: Sheila McAleese:
Telephone: 02476 307647