On August 14 the Sisters of Notre Dame in northwest Ohio were privileged to receive twelve new Associates as they made their covenant during the vigil Mass for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Associates are men and women, single or married, who feel called to the same mission as the Sisters of Notre Dame; namely, to witness to God’s goodness and provident care. Over the past twenty years, we Sisters are very grateful that our charism has been extended to families, homes, schools, and places of employment that we Sisters could never reach on our own. We count on the Associates’ prayers, and we appreciate their service. The prayer and service are mutual, in much the same way our Congregation began with mutual prayer and service. Elisabeth Kuhling asked Hilligonde Wolbring how she could help her care for children in need. Their friendship was the root from which our Congregation grew. We sisters have promised these new Associates our prayer and support. Together—Sisters and Associates—we trust God’s provident care and work to extend God’s mission.

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