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Lay Associates

Who are the Associates?

Our Associates are men and women, young people, adults, elderly, families and priests, who, in their state of life, desire to know and live the specific Franciscan-Micarellian Spirituality. They can give specific contributions according to their different vocations, gifts, personal attitudes and talents by which they avail themselves. Everyone can have a role and a task within the Micarellian Family. Religious and laity, aware of being called to live and give witness to the Mystery of the Church which is Communion, feel committed:

  • to know each other

  • to create ties of communion in spirit of collaboration

  • to be interested and open to receiving and treasuring the originality and gifts of which each one is the bearer

  • to share a formative process which is essential to journeying together

  • to look toward the future with Franciscan optimism, hope and creativity, finding “new forms of mutual  responsibility”, in respect to the diversity, differences and identity of each person, culture and community.

What types of service and apostolate do they do?

  • Commitment to family life and striving for Holiness

  • Service of charity: Loving all people

  • Being Christ for others - Seeing Christ in others

  • Being an Instrument of God’s Goodness and Peace

  • Promoting Life and Respect for Creation

  • Commitment to an  apostolate of  “Good Example ” and Franciscan “Joy”

  • Commitment to an apostolate of Prayer ( prayer for the universal church and for  vocations to religious life  and priesthood)

  • Visiting the Sick and Homebound

  • Helping the FMIJ community in Fundraising

  • Volunteering in some FMIJ activities or other simple tasks requested by the community

Is the Lord calling you to live your Christian life in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi and Barbara Micarelli as an Associate?


  • Embrace Franciscan values

  • Live the Gospel as “Good News” in the “Here” and “Now”

  • Share God’s love abiding in your heart with your brothers and sisters, being an instrument of peace.

  • Connect with the Franciscan Sisters of the Infant Jesus.

  • Be an instrument of God’s Peace changing the world around you in the spirit of St. Francis, St. Clare and Barbara Micarelli.

Come, and Journey with us…


  • To Contemplate

  • To Live

  • To Witness God’s Unconditional  Personal Love


Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Infant Jesus
Our Lady of the Angels Delegation House
1215 Kresson Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Phone: 856-428-8834 Fax 856-428-5599   

Other Contacts:

Woodbury - St. Margaret convent
Phone: 856-848-6049 

Gibbstown - St. Michael 
Phone: 856-423-8680       

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