Vatican II called for renewal, especially for re-evaluation of the role of laity in the church. The Sisters of St. Martha embraced renewal whole-heartedly. The congregation saw the need to reach out to the laity to help them cope with the changes in the Church. The sisters explored the possibility of forming a group of Martha Associates. In 1982 a director was appointed for this association. In general people are continuing to join and it's still a part of the ministry of the congregation. At present we have approximately 100 Martha Associates across Canada.