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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs about Presentation Associate Partnership

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Q: Do all religious communities have associates?
A: No. It is each religious community's choice.

Q: Can only Catholics be Presentation associates?
A: Association is open to baptized Christians.

Q. What is the difference between an associate and a sister?
A: Associates are Christian women and men who formally associate themselves with a religious community, its mission and spirituality. Presentation associates embrace the Presentation vision and mission of hospitality, prayer and service. These women and men share in the life and ministry of the Presentation sisters without seeking vowed membership. Sisters take vows of poverty, celibacy, and obedience, live in community, sharing all finances, and share responsibility for the welfare of the members of their religious community.

Q: Do Presentation associates live only where there are sisters and mainly in the Dubuque area?
A: No. More than 120 associates live throughout the Midwest. Several reside in Texas, Colorado, Missouri and Japan. Long distance relationships are nurtured through mail, email or telephone. Because of our strong belief in community, we ask that associates network closely with sisters and other associates.

Q: Are there any financial or legal obligations as associates?
A: No, associates do not have any financial or legal obligations. Associates live independently and are asked to only share their time and talent. Many associates do, however, monetarily support efforts to further the Presentation mission.

Q: What are the responsibilities of an associate?
A: Associates are called to live a Christian lifestyle as the charism of Nano Nagle becomes a significant part of the associates' life. They are responsible for maintaining an on-going relationship with the Presentation community by participating, when possible, in gatherings, retreats or days of prayer. As possible associates volunteer in ministry or service projects. Associates and vowed members work together in furthering the mission of Jesus.

Q: What does the word "charism" mean?
A: Our congregation identifies its charism (spiritual gift) as hospitality. As Presentations, we identify with Nano Nagle and her mission of teaching and offering healing and hospitality to the world. We encourage sisters and associates to use their diverse and unique talents to incarnate the hospitality of God, confront injustice, steward Earth's resources and engender peace.

Q: Associates receive a pin/pendant when they make their commitment. What does the symbol mean?
A: The Presentation associate pin is pictured here. It has a very special meaning behind its design. The center of the pin is the same design as the cross displayed on the ring worn by the Presentation sisters to distinguish their congregation. The sisters have extended their ministries to all four corners of the world, represented by the four "arms" of the cross. The Presentation associates encircle the sisters adding support and strength, extending the mission.

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