Associates from Lowell, Massachusetts, pictured here, came together on June 25 for the first commitment of Damian Deneault and Netchie Patterson-Sampson (pictured at right), and the renewal commitments of Elizabeth Conlon, Elizabeth Klamka and Colette Langlois.
The ceremony evolved in the context of midday prayer, signaling that God is good. Sister Diana De Bruin, director of the congregation, echoed Francis’ words: “The Most High revealed to me that I should live according to the Holy Gospel. . .” Associates follow Francis to Christ with the same desire to live the Gospel in their daily lives and through their ministries.
The prayer called “Intercessions,” written by Associate Mary Carian, provided meaningful reflection. Before leaving the celebration, the gathering enjoyed traditional Franciscan hospitality, including a buffet lunch, provided by Priscilla LeBlanc. After pictures and interaction with family and friends, the group moved on with the challenge, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”