Grey Nun Associates

Live a Life of Deeper Meaning

When someone asks you what you do or who you are, do you automatically tell them your name, your lifestyle or your career?

Perhaps you are called to respond something More.

More authentic.

More true.

More dynamic.

St. Marguerite d’Youville was a young widow and mother when she embraced the poor and needy of Montreal, Canada. Her life of compassion and service continues to attract people to carry on her legacy of prayer and ministry.

Today, we invite women and men to join us in our mission:

To be visible signs of God’s unconditional love for every person.”

We invite YOU to respond to the gospel call to minister to the poor, the ill and the marginalized of society through prayer and works of compassion, in the spirit of St. Marguerite and within the context of your everyday life.

So, the next time someone asks, you can respond, “I’m an Associate of the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart!”

Who are Grey Nun Associates?

Women and men of all backgrounds and ages, who bring spirituality, service and compassion into their everyday lives. Participation is not limited by religion, education, personal ministry, age, lifestyle or location. We invite you to read about St. Marguerite and GNSH Spirituality by clicking here.

What do Associates do?

Like the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart,  Associates keep alive the spiritual gifts of St. Marguerite through personal prayer, presence, advocacy and ministry. We invite you to respond to the gospel call to minister to the poor, the ill and the marginalized of society as we strive to create a compassionate world.

Associates share in the following activities both communally and privately depending upon your personal preferences and abilities:

  • Gather to pray
  • Strive to grow spiritually
  • Deepen personal faith
  • Live Gospel values
  • Dialogue on current issues
  • Share talents
  • Embrace and carry on the charism of St. Marguerite d’Youville
  • Reach out to the poor and marginalized
  • Meet monthly from September to June (as available in certain locations)
  • Recommit annually to the Associate Statement of Affirmation
  • Create a more compassionate world wherever you go!

The Associate Community is characterized by:

  • Openness
  • Hospitality
  • Mutuality
  • Respect

How to contact us.

We have Grey Nun Associate communities in Atlanta, GA, Buffalo, NY, Ogdensburg, NY,  the Philadelphia Area and Kodiak, Alaska. These local Associate communities provide an environment in which our Associates come together for prayer, faith sharing and service in relationship with the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart. For more information, click her name to email Sister Barbara Schiavoni, GNSH.  We’d love to hear from you!

To view or print a copy of our brochure click this link: Associate Brochure 2019

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