Associates' weekend in Augusta, 2013
Who are the Associates of OSH?
Associates are women and men who sustain a special relationship with the Order of St. Helena and a mutual commitment to one another for the strengthening of their life in Christ. They hope through this association to grow in their love of God and of their neighbor, and to extend the ministry of the Order of St. Helena throughout the world.
The sisters pray daily for Associates and offer intercessions for those who have asked our prayers for particular concerns. Associates are remembered during our Eucharist on their birthday and, after the death of an Associate, on the anniversary of their death.
At the time of being received as an Associate, the person is presented with a simple wooden cross to wear around the neck, which may be worn at any time.
Associates are encouraged to visit the convent in Augusta, Georgia. Special programs and weekends for Associates are offered periodically, both at our convent and in other parts of the country.
Local Chapters of OSH Associates may be formed for mutual support and fellowship. Contact information for an Associate will never be given out without their permission.
Who may become an OSH Associate?
Man or woman, lay or clerical, who is willing to make a regular commitment to prayer and spiritual practice, may become an Associate of the Order of St. Helena.
How does one become an Associate?
There are five steps to becoming an OSH Associate:
1. Fill out the application form and return it to the Sister for Associates.
2. Plan your regular commitment to prayer and stewardship of your time and talents in your faith journey and as an Associate of the Order of St. Helena. Associates are asked to pray daily for the Order, as the Order prays daily for them. There is no financial obligation in becoming an Associate, although your regular financial support is greatly appreciated.
3. Review your Rule of Life or Spiritual Guidelines with your spiritual director, your priest, or a sister of the Order. It is best to prepare a realistic guideline rather than your ideal of what you would like to do on a regular basis.
4. Arrange with the Sister for Associates to be received as an Associate. We hope that you might make your formal commitment as an Associate at our convent. If this is not possible, we hope your commitment will take place in the context of your parish community. You may be received by a sister of the Order, by another OSH Associate, your parish priest, or spiritual director.
5. When a date and location has been set for your reception, the Associates Cross will be sent to you for formal presentation at your reception.
Sr. E.S. receives a new associate
What are the responsibilities of an Associate of the Order of St. Helena?
All Associates are asked to pray daily for the Order of St Helena just as the Order prays daily for them. Sometimes your life situation may be such that you cannot do this, and if so, please talk it over with the Sister for Associates.
Each year on your birthday, you will receive a birthday card and an enclosed green postcard inviting you to renew your commitment as an OSH Associate for the coming year. Associates are then responsible for returning the green postcard to the Sister for Associates stating her/his intent and indicating any change of address, etc.
It is appropriate at this time for you to make a contribution to the support of the Order of St. Helena, if you able to do so. At this time, you may review your Rule of Life or Spiritual Guidelines with your advisor, and make any adjustments that seem indicated. It is also appropriate at this time for you to make a contribution to the support of the Order of St. Helena, if you able to do so.
For more information on becoming an Associate,
please contact the Sister for Associates:
Sister Ann Prentice, OSH
Convent of St. Helena
414 Savannah Barony Drive
North Augusta SC 29841