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.

Sisters of St. Dominic of Tacoma 125th Anniversary Logo On behalf of my board colleagues, permit me to be among the first this day to wish you that this New Year be filled with hope, happiness, and success for your leadership.

My particular hope for all of us who are affiliated with NACAR is that during this New Year, we will come closer towards achieving our vision:

A vibrant, viable organization
that collaborates with regional partners
to promote association in all its forms.

Here are a couple of announcements for your consideration:

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Advent WreathToday marks the beginning of Advent! It's the start of a new liturgical year and twenty-four days of preparation for the celebratory coming of Jesus—an occasion for peace and renewed hope through the feast of the Nativity of Our Lord on Christmas Day. And so we prepare ourselves for rejoicing.


The board of directors had its fall gathering last month to begin formulating a strategic plan. We agreed NACAR's Mission statement adequately describes our purpose and mission activities. Next was attention given to the question, "what does NACAR want to become as a result of its mission?" In other words, what do we want NACAR to look like at some point in the future? This is what we came up with:

A vibrant, viable organization that collaborates with regional partners to promote association in all its forms.

The statement's words/phrases such as vibrant, viable, collaborates, regional partners and promote association provide excellent substance for planning goals. For starters, we brainstormed these: resolving the need for an executive director; broadening benefits and services; outreach, development, and recruitment of members; promoting relationships among regional associate groups; expanding board and board committee memberships to include regional representation; and exploring fundraising prospects.

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United States Province of the School Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis LogoShout out a big WELCOME to another new congregational member of NACAR: the United States Province of the School Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis! Besides the U.S., community members and associates are located in South Africa, Chile, Czech Republic, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Slovakia. The Institute’s charism is “ … intimate union with God in the midst of apostolic service” which is “rooted in the Franciscan penitential tradition of Gospel living.” Once again: WELCOME Sisters and Associates to the North America Conference of Associates and Religious!

We bring to your attention two recently published documents. The first is the results of the 2013 Associate Leadership Survey , and the second is NACAR’s 2012-2013 Annual Report . Members need to be logged into the website to download the documents.

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Tree in the fall with changing colorsI was vividly reminded of the fall season about two weeks ago when my board confrere Conni Dubick and I traveled to Wisconsin where we met with a group of Midwest Kindred Spirits associate leaders in Fond du Lac. While "back there," I noted the amazing variety of fall colored leaves ever so beautiful. "Out here" where I live, urban Californians the likes of me don't experience the richness of fall colors; rather, the landscape is more like dead-looking brown leaves cluttering the ground, or trees simply remaining forever green.

My goodness! The Thanksgiving holidays are just around the corner.

Have you had an opportunity to review the results of the 2013 Associate Leadership Survey published last month? The full report provides data around roles and compensation for those in associate leadership positions within religious congregations. Registered users can download it here .

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Sisters of St. Louis LogoOn behalf of NACAR, I offer a BIG WELCOME to our latest new congregational member—the Associates and Sisters of Saint Louis. Their mission primarily engages a variety of ministries, including community development, education, healthcare and pastoral care. The community's charism is Sint Unum—May all be One—which is shared among 800 associates and religious worldwide. There is additional information about the Sisters of Saint Louis by visiting their website at

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