News and Info

News and Information

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

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.

Laundry machine and folded clotheLove, laundry and living the mission as an associate is an article written by NACAR member Ryan P. Murphy. Ryan is an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph and works as Director of Service-Learning at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. Ryan is also a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Temple University where he is researching the experiences of American Women Religious in the years of renewal after Vatican II.

The article appears in Global Sisters Report. You can read the entire article here:

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CARA NACAR Special ReportA new study from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) for the North American Conference of Associates and Religious (NACAR) reports more than 55,000 associates in 378 religious institutes, eight in ten of them in the United State, a significant increase from the 25,500 associates reported fifteen years ago in the United States. Associates are lay people who live out a religious charism and largely connect with institutes of vowed religious in order to live out the charism together. This study builds on a previous study done in 2000 and 2002 on associates’ relationships with vowed religious and was commissioned by NACAR in recognition of its 20th anniversary.

In addition to the 378 religious institutes that responded to a survey on associate leadership, over 10,000 vowed religious and associates responded to a survey about the associate-religious relationship. Both surveys asked about current realities and future expectations.

NativityTo NACAR members, supporters and friends,

We are grateful for your continued support this year.  We wish you peace and joy during the Christmas season and throughout 2016.

Enjoy this year of video memories from 2015 as a gift to you!

Merry Christmas!
NACAR Board of Directors and Staff

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