As an Associate


Congratulations to our 2018 Associates. From left to right: Juan Benitez, Guadalupe Benitez, Margaret Phillips, James Phillips, Olga Hernandez, Tim Duncan, Blanca Duncan, Mike Henschel, Margaret Sawatzky-Smith and Warren Smith.
Associates of the Sisters of Notre Dame of the California province are individuals who wish to further their relationship with the Sisters of Notre Dame by sharing in the charism, spirituality, and mission of the congregation. Membership in the Associate program is open to practicing, baptized Catholics, 21 years or older, married or single, both men and women.

An Associate of Notre Dame is asked to

•Witness to God’s goodness and provident care in daily life
•Foster a fervent liturgical and personal prayer life
•Complete the Associate Formation Program
• Participate in Associate Meetings and spirituality opportunities
•Share gifts and talents with the people of God in the spirit of Notre Dame
• Show preferential love to the poor
in the light of the Gospel
• Pray daily for the worldwide mission of the
Sisters of Notre Dame
•Look to Our Lady as a Model of discipleship

The Sisters of Notre Dame promise to

•Share their spirituality and heritage
• Provide formation and a sponsor
•Include Associates in daily prayer
•Provide support and encouragement
•Include Associates in their mission
•Invite Associates to community liturgies and celebrations
•Communicate congregational news

Associates are non-vowed and non-voting associate members of the Sisters of Notre Dame. As such they do not participate in the local or general government of the congregation. They are financially independent and the congregation does not assume responsibility for their material welfare. In turn, the congregation does not financially depend upon the Associates.

Membership Application Process

•Contact any Sister of Notre Dame of the California province
•Attend an Inquiry Meeting
•Complete and submit an application for membership
•Submit two letters of recommendation, including one from a Sister of Notre Dame or an SND Associate

Applications or questions can be directed to

Sr. M. Lisa Megaffin
Notre Dame Center
1776 Hendrix Avenue
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360


Beyond the Pews – Lay People in Action on Vimeo.
The video above is a talk by Sister Lisa Megaffin, who leads the Associate program for the Sisters of Notre Dame.