Vatican II called for renewal, especially for re-evaluation of the role of laity in the church. The Sisters of St. Martha embraced renewal whole-heartedly. The congregation saw the need to reach out to the laity to help them cope with the changes in the Church. The sisters explored the possibility of forming a group of Martha Associates. In 1982 a director was appointed for this association. In general people are continuing to join and it’s still a part of the ministry of the congregation. At present we have approximately 100 Martha Associates across Canada.
Martha Associates are in relationship with the Sisters of St. Martha
|Women and Men Who:
– are people of faith trying to be faithful and grow in living their Christian commitment.
– have a quality of “at homeness” with Marthas: attracted to, comfortable with, a similar vision
– are looking for a deeper spiritual life in community
– are willing to meet on a monthly basis
| Sisters of St. Martha who
– are committed to this opportunity to grow in faith
– are willing to form a welcoming community
– have a deep appreciation of their own calling, their life and mission within the Marthas
– are open to mutual giving and receiving, with its blessings and challenges
– are caring and provide an atmosphere for dialogue
Associates and Marthas say this experience