News and Info

News and Information

News and Information for members of and people interested in the North American Conference of Associates and Religious.

Autumn Leaves

Leaves are staring to change color and will eventually fall to the ground. The temperatures are beginning to drop as well, and there is the smell of Fall in the air, too, except in areas that are witnessing many acres of fires burning, as in California where I live. The many sections of the country that have witnessed flooded streets and neighborhoods has caused much sadness to those affected. The many shootings we hear about on TV and read about in the newspapers have caused much unrest everywhere.

There is much need for prayer these days. Besides praying for the strength to get through hardships, we can also be grateful for the many blessings that have come our way. We, members of NACAR, have much to be grateful for. We are celebrating 20 years of service to Associates throughout North America, both in Canada and in the United States. We are grateful for the many congregations who have welcomed Associates into their families by sharing their charism. We support each other by attending and participating in the planning of meetings, liturgies, celebrations, and even funerals. There is a genuine feeling of graced mutuality.

Our deepest sympathies are extended to Associates and Religious of the communities who lost two very special women this past week - the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and the School Sisters of St Francis. Our hearts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. May Sr. Paula Merrill and Sister Margaret Held rest in peace.

Sister Paula MerrillSister Margaret Held

At this present time I am the 'long-standing' NACAR board member. I am soon to go off this board, but with my 9 years of experience, I wanted to share with all our members the growth and advancement I have witnessed over these years. Presently, we are launching the results of our CARA study, which is rich with information to help lead our relationship into the future. Also now available is the " folder CARA study guide ," which will be a great tool for our user(s). There will also be webinars on this topic plus other topics.