I find myself churning with excitement, and it isn’t because August is my birth month. I am no longer at that age where I anticipate a birthday with excitement. Instead, I am reflecting with gratitude for all that I have received. I am grateful for another year of life. I am grateful for family, friends, my Wheaton Franciscan community, and the extended NACAR community I have had the privilege to meet and work with. I am grateful to be a part of the associate movement at this point in the evolution of this committed way of life.
I am excited about the CARA report and all of the ways that it might inform the future of the associate way of life. I am looking forward to exploring opportunities for personal growth and community/congregational collaboration.
I am honored to be representing NACAR, and by extension all associates, at the LCWR Assembly in Atlanta, August 9-11 at Booth #101. I look forward to visiting with congregational leaders, listening to their stories, and sharing information about the many resources NACAR has to offer. In this political season of divisiveness and fear it is a unique opportunity to be in the presence of leaders who are committed to embracing mystery and living transformation for the sake of the world.
We are blessed with a call to live the charism of our congregations. Charisms are always given for the sake of God’s creation. Oprah Winfrey wrote, “There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. It’s why you were born and how you become most truly alive.”* As associates and vowed religious, we have each been called to live an expression of our congregational charism. In these topsy turvy, uncertain, and sometimes crazy times we live in, we have been given the greatest gift of all ... the opportunity to share God’s love through our call. I hope you will join me in celebration!
The Associate • Summer 2016 • Volume 21, Number 2
In this issue:
NACAR News & Notes
Tip For Members
Social Justice: Sisters of Charity
A Transformed Life
Reflection on the Via Dolorosa
Associate Programs Grow
Longing for Unity
Sisters of Notre Dame Associates Serve