News and Info

Cathi Duffy and Marilyn GottemoellerThe NACAR Board met from November 9 to 11, 2012, at the Sisters of Charity in Mt. St. Joseph, Ohio. Check out the pictures on NACAR's Facebook page.

CornucopiaAlong with 85 associates and religious last month, I participated in a day-long conference sponsored by the Bay Area Conference of Associates and Religious (BACAR). Conferees were drawn from Northern California, and Sister Kate Kuenstler, PHJC, was the presenter. If you have heard Kate's stimulating presentation about the life-cycles of religious communities and association, the talk she gave to BACAR folks was equally thought-provoking!

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. ~ Melody Beattie

Thanksgiving CornucopiaThe NACAR Board is grateful for a wonderful meeting in Cincinnati the weekend of November 11-13, where we tried to turn "chaos into order" and "confusion into clarity." We believe this gratitude will create a vision for tomorrow for NACAR. You may have seen photos of our meeting on Facebook. We worked hard and had a great time together!

We give thanks for you, our members, who were never far from our thoughts and prayers as we continue to move forward in our plans for NACAR.

The AssociateThe latest issue of the "The Associate" is now available for for download !!!

In order to access it you have to be a current member of NACAR, have registered on our website and been approved. If you are uncertain about any of this contact us.

Login with your username and password (this is what you set up when you registered on the website)

There is a link on the right side of the page that will take you to The Associate, Fall 2011. Volume 16, Number 2 .

We have so much for which to be grateful in this season of Thanksgiving. Look at the many articles included to show how true this is. News on the 2012 Conference and our keynote speaker, Joyce Rupp, OSM, results from the NACAR survey, as well as news from various congregations across North America, such as, CDP Kingston Associates, Women of Providence, Sisters of Charity, and the Dominicans.

Both interesting and informative, it is worth the read. Enjoy!

Let us give thanks too to NACAR Board Member Jane Forni, SSND and David Lavender, CDP Associate and Volunteer Editor, for all of their work in putting this issue together.

NACAR Board of Directors

Midwest Kindred Spirits Associate Directors

A regional group of associate directors, the Midwest Kindred Spirits, met for their fall meeting on Monday, October 17, 2011, at the Bay Settlement Franciscans mother house in Green Bay, WI. Following the business meeting, the group shared ideas and asked questions. The time with other associate directors is great way to keep learning and growing in this ministry.

November Blessings from the NACAR Board!

A Journey of Blessings - June 1 - 3, 2012

Big news - you can now register for 2012 NACAR Conference and Hotel! It's as easy as one, two, three.

  1. Go to the www.nacar.org and click on International Conference.
  2. Click on Conference Registration Booklet where you will find the tentative schedule, travel info and more. Be sure to check out the Pre-Conference Workshop information so you can register for one.
  3. Click on the link to the Registration Form which will enable you to register for the Conference and hotel at the same time. Have your credit card handy!

Remember an Individual NACAR member receives ONE discounted registration. A NACAR Congregational Membership entitles your congregation to FIVE discounted registrations. Hope to see you all there!