What is an Associate?

IPF Associates endeavor to:

  • Commit themselves to cultivating a growing Trinitarian intimacy for mission in their daily life according to the way of spiritual formation espoused by IPF, with due regard to their vocations and conditions.
  • Associates are encouraged to commit themselves to develop familiarity with the biblical-evangelical spirituality of St. Ignatius Loyola and desire to grow in the practice and appropriation of this Christian way of holiness.

This desire is to reflect a specific “call within a call” by the Associate. Thus the Associate understands his or her own vocational call to holiness as one that fosters, either as priest or lay person, the interiority, identity, and mission of the diocesan priesthood. This commitment is renewed annually and is reviewed every three years by the moderator or his delegate.

According to the IPF Statutes (6.3.2.3), the specific means by which Associates incarnate their commitment include:

  • Daily relational prayer in the tradition of Ignatian meditation/contemplation.
  • Practice of the daily Consciousness Examen.
  • Receiving ongoing contemplative spiritual direction.
  • An annual directed Ignatian retreat of 3 to 8 days in length or an analogous annotated format.
  • Living daily the dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises, with the Rules for the Discernment of Spirits and the Rules for Right Thinking with the Church as a foundation.
  • Frequent reception of the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Penance.
  • Intercessory prayer for the mission of the Institute for Priestly Formation.
  • An availability to assist in the programs and/or other needs of the Institute according to his or her vocation and ability.

In consultation with the Moderator or his delegate, a substantial parallel to any of the means listed above can suffice for Associates (Statute 6.3.2.4).