NACAR Board Messages

NACAR Board Messages

Each month, the NACAR Board President or another member of the NACAR Board of Directors sends a brief message to all members of NACAR. You may read those messages here.

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.

The North American Conference of Associates and Religious (NACAR) gives the small voice of individual associates and religious the ability to be clearly heard, through an organization built upon shared leadership. Our mission and vision statements communicate the integrated relationship of associates and religious with the simultaneous common bond of associates with each other. The collaboration is described and articulated by our organization on our website, in-person gatherings and social media. This increased communication has established our collective identity. NACAR facilitates the presence of our voice in the church today by naming and identifying the work of talented associates and religious in the United States and Canada.

The board of directors proudly presents this  pdf 2014-2015 Annual Report (2.14 MB)  to describe the webinars, workshops, retreat, publications, and join program planning with regional groups. In our online publication, The Associate, the articles and reflections by NACAR members give evidence of the depth of thinking and compassionate involvement with ministries happening throughout North America and beyond.

Please read this report and then determine where you can contribute to the activities and new visioning for the associate-religious relationship. This successful year was the result of personal commitments to our NACAR mission. Let us enjoy the year-end review and eagerly anticipate the new opportunities we can plan together for the 20th anniversary of NACAR in 2016.

(The Annual Report is a members only document. Be sure to login and then  pdf download it here (2.14 MB) .)

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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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Pope Francis riding his Pope MobileOur North American shores have been blessed to welcome and host a three-city pilgrimage of peace, and prayer under the inspirational leadership of Pope Francis. Who can forget the images of huge, armored SUV's riding escort for the small, black Fiat 500 that carried Pope Francis?

Among the themes which he addressed in speaking to the joint session of Congress in Washington DC was that of seeking dialogue rather than territorial supremacy. While we might think first of the political or military realms, it is also a call to religious bodies to seek dialogue rather than suppressing dialogue in the name of authority, traditions or pre-eminence.

We, of NACAR, are engaged in that dialogue daily. We wish to encourage bridge-building between the laity and the religious congregations who both share in the call to holiness we name as our charism. We want that dialogue to serve the Church in North America, and we are eager to have new member Congregations and individuals come aboard to help fulfill Pope Francis' model of an evangelizing Church that evangelizes joyfully.

Sr. Catherine McNamee, CSJThis month we wish to thank Sr. Catherine McNamee, CSJ, for two years of service to the Board of Directors of NACAR. Other obligations make it difficult for her to continue as a member of the Board, but she has offered to step in and assist as needed. We appreciate her sharp mind, and her long experience in leadership as a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

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