NACAR Board Messages

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.

NACAR is available to assist congregations in many aspects of the associate movement, which as some say, is the best kept secret in the Catholic Church. As we continue our celebration of 20 years as the only organization of its kind to help Associates and Religious, there is one more celebration. This is the one in California, at Santa Clara University. Kathy Wade will once again speak to a group of Associates and Religious, on Saturday, October 1st, the day this newsletter is published on our web page and sent to your email.  Rejoice with us!

"Key Take Aways of the CARA Report" - a free 30 minute webinar will be offered on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 11:30 AM Eastern time.  This is the same presentation that was made at the three Gatherings. Cathi Duffy and Mary Jo Mersmann will offer a PowerPoint presentation using the recent CARA Report outlining the key points in the study and the implications for the future of the associate-religious relationship.  If you are interested in participating in the webinar which is through Zoom, please contact us to register.  You will be sent a link to connect to the webinar.

If you have an article for the next issue of The Associate, send it NOW!  We are looking especially for articles about how associates and religious are moving into The FUTURE with new models of leadership, vocation materials for associates and/ or sustainability.

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