Associates Committee Meeting 2017

AC-USC MEETING 4/21-23/2017
The Academy of the Sacred Heart
St. Charles, Missouri
The Associates Committee of the United States and Canada gathered together in St. Charles, Missouri for their annual meeting the weekend of April 21-23, 2017.
We enjoyed catching up with one another and welcoming our new members, Lori Wilson, Kristi Laughlin, and Mary Kay Hunyady, RSCJ on Friday evening.
Saturday we began with a review of our Strategic Plan, Annual Goals, Committee Roles, and the Role of the regional representatives. 
We discussed ways in which we could strengthen our relationship and collaboration between Associates and other constituencies within our Sacred Heart ‘family’. Currently, we collaborate with other constituencies by setting up a welcome table during major events like the AASH Conference in San Francisco. Additionally, we plan to have a welcome table at the Assembly, and the Spirituality Forum this summer.
Our Associates Handbook is available on our blog under ‘Resources’ and we invite everyone to use this resource to learn more about our group. More resources will be added to the blog and we will look for ways to link our blog to other websites that may be of interest to all.
Additionally, Jane explained the leadership transitions for the Associates Committee. Jane will take an “ex officio” role in the summer of 2017 through the summer of 2018, and a new co-chair will begin to work with Cathy Knapik, by the summer of 2018.
The Spirituality Committee reported that Kathleen Hughes, RSCJ requested the participation of the Associates during the opening of the Bicentennial celebration of Philippine’s arrival in the New World, on June 23, 2017, the Feast of the Sacred Heart. We will have a teleconference with all associate groups and the RSCJ’s celebrating a liturgy together. The RSCJ’s will renew their vows and all associates will have the opportunity to make a formal commitment.
We discussed the possibility of having our Co-coordinators meeting during the “Frontiers Conference” in July (19-22) of 2018, in Florissant, Missouri. This would be another way we may be able to communicate and collaborate with our Sacred Heart constituencies, to incorporate the four calls of the General Chapter 2016 into our future calls and plans.

The Sowers Committee, led by Jane Steinfels, will look at new avenues for growth of the Associates movement especially where new groups are desired; Brooklyn and Princeton, New York, and Denver Colorado. Mary Lyn Henkel, Seattle associate, will also work with Jane.