Associates commit themselves to:
- On-going Christian formation
- Pursuing their spiritual growth and development
- Carrying the Congregation and its missionary activity in prayer and in whatever way possible, sharing their time, talent and treasure to extend the mission of Jesus.
Members of the Congregation commit to:
- Offering the witness of a life of faith and service
- The support of their prayer and, according to their resources, whatever spiritual and emotional support they can in times of need.
The goal of lay associate membership is to share the charism and spirituality Blessed Anne Marie bequeathed to her congregation. Membership and commitment as a Cluny Associate involves no financial obligation either on the part of the Associate or of the Congregation.
What does membership offer the Associate?
By helping associates respond with greater awareness to their baptismal call, Cluny Associate membership leads more deeply into the daily search for God’s Will. Through an increasing familiarity with the Scriptures and a greater fidelity to a regular life of contemplative prayer, associates become more attentive to God’s presence in their lives.
Levels of Commitment:
Level 1: Formation Period – Interested persons come to meetings and grow spiritually by seeking to understand the Scriptures, especially the Gospels, through the prism of the spirituality Blessed Anne Marie bequeathed to her congregation. A person may choose to remain at this level. Newcomers participate at Level 1 for approximately a year. If they feel called after a period of discernment, they request to make the commitment that brings them to Level 2. At no time is there any obligation to do this.
Level 2: Associates opt to make a formal commitment to following Christ according to the spirituality of Blessed Anne Marie because they see this commitment as a support in living this way of life. The candidate makes a commitment in the presence of Cluny Sisters and Associates for one year to live the gospel through the spirituality of Blessed Anne Marie. The committed member develops a ‘ministry’ wherever he or she is that flows out of the Cluny charism.
Level 3: The Associate requests to formally participate in a Cluny Mission. This requires a more total commitment that can involve leaving one’s home and family and perhaps even country for a given period of time. At this level, commitment involves a longer discernment, both individually and with the Leadership of the Province.