The Basilian Lay Associates are an international body of Catholic men and women who seek to respond more fully to their baptismal call to holiness and service by formal association with the Congregation of St. Basil. They are Catholic men and women called to the Basilian charism of community and education in the Church’s mission of evangelization.
Inspired by the Basilian Vision, their bond of unity is secured by their acceptance of the spirit of The Basilian Way of Life and they are committed to:
- Offer their unique baptismal call and special charism as laity to collaborate with the Basilian Congregation. They give support and draw strength through their prayer, ministry and communal sharing;
- Serve the needs of the Church, the Congregation and each other by sharing in some dimension of the Basilian charism of education in the Church’s mission of evangelization through their service, witness and prayer;
- Endeavor with the Basilian Congregation, to explore and to model dynamic and effective ways of collaboration among priests, religious and laity for the development of strong Christian communities.
Meet the Basilian Lay Associates
The BLA Committee gathered for a full-day meeting on June 25, 2016 at the Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Centre. Area Coordinators are, from left seated: Connie Paré (Toronto Area), Fr. Jim Stenberg, CSB (subbing for Fr. Paul McGill, CSB, Windsor), Alisia Sabatini (Toronto), Anne Marie Handsor (Windsor), Anastasia Oehlert (Toronto). 2nd row: Vilma Goetting (Rochester), Cathy Poirier (Rochester), Fr. Joe Walsh, CSB (Toronto), Fr. Morgan Rice, CSB, BLA Liaison to the General Council, Bernardine Ketelaars (Toronto), and David Fowler, BLA Director.
Meet Mary Dusing, Basilian Lay Associate, Houston Area
Meet Anne Marie Handsor, Basilian Lay Associate, Windsor Area
Meet Connie Paré, Basilian Lay Associate, Toronto Area
Meet Cathy Poirier, Basilian Lay Associate, Rochester Area