The Sister/Associate relationship was established in 1972 so that individuals – lay women and men – could partner with the Sisters in responding to the Gospel in the spirit of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Close to 200 Associates reside throughout the US; in 2014 we will take the opportunity to get to know a few of them.
Associate Spotlight – Associate Connie Godfrey
By Megan Moore, Communications summer intern
Associate Connie Godfrey (left), with S. Laetitia Slusser, made her commitment as an Associate in Mission in October 2010.
Associate Connie Godfrey became acquainted with the Sisters of Charity through S. Laetitia Slusser as they co-facilitated a lengthy JustFaith course. After getting to know S. Laetitia and the Sisters of Charity, Connie was in awe of what the Community had accomplished and became interested in helping them to accomplish more. “That is what compelled me to become an Associate in October 2010; I wanted to help,” she said.
Currently Connie lives in Pueblo West, Colorado, on the edge of the plains. She has been employed for nearly six years part-time as a receptionist/office assistant at Christ the King Parish in Pueblo, answering phones, greeting walk-ins, creating the bulletin, and doing other office duties as assigned. She also helps decorate the church and set up for daily Mass, occasionally cantoring, teaching an RCIA class or giving a retreat.
For two years, Connie has also worked part-time as a facilitator for the University of Dayton Virtual Learning Center. “I enjoy working with students from around our Diocese and around the world,” Connie said.
Connie’s many hobbies include journaling/writing, sewing, and making malas and rosaries, hand-tying them with semi-precious stone beads on cord. In addition to her hobbies, her two dogs and two cats add a playful, joyful dimension to her life. “Sitting down to pray with a purring cat on my lap and a sweet dog on my feet must surely make God and his friend, St. Francis, smile,” she mused.
Her current volunteer activities are largely confined to her home where Connie cares for her elderly mother and mother-in-law. According to Connie, “Caring for our moms is my main spiritual practice now. I am expecting to take a Family Medical Leave at the end of July to care for them full-time. This is a painful journey at times (as are all journeys) but a good one; a journey with heart.”
Connie recognizes that though she may not be going off to mission nor opening a hospital or school, she is “being asked to give my heart to God amidst my everyday activities, particularly in caring for two elderly ladies as their journeys come to an end.”
“I am consciously trying to be prepared to meet grace in every circumstance of my life,” she said. “This is my path – and it means a lot to be associated with a Community that sees value in that.”