NACAR Board Messages

Pentecost dove over flamesOn June 4th, we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, the birthday of our church. It is not the birth of Christ, the Crucifixion, nor the Resurrection that marks the birth of the Church. Pentecost is the day when the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles in the form of tongues of fire, and Peter and others began to tell the story of Jesus to all those gathered.

In much the same way, religious congregations listened to the whisperings of the Holy Spirit and began inviting women and men to share in the charisms of their communities. Associates, affiliates or companions, were invited to join this new movement with vowed members. As time went on, leadership for this group was needed so directors were named to assist the growing numbers of associates, much the same way as the early church. More than 20 years ago it was realized that the associate movement needed to have guidance and leadership. Thus, the North American Conference of Associates and Religious (NACAR) was born. It can be said that the associate movement is the best kept secret in the Catholic Church!  Let's not keep it a secret any longer.  Invite and empower women and men by sharing your story as the apostles did on Pentecost.

NACAR is a membership organization and will soon be sending out notices for renewal of memberships, for both congregations and individuals. Dues collected will allow us to continue to offer services, such as information on the web site, webinars, speakers, retreats, etc. The Board of Directors is all volunteer, and we always welcome new Board members, so listen to the whisperings of the Holy Spirit and answer the call to serve your fellow associates.

Breaking news:  An OPAL "gemstone" is emerging as the newest regional NACAR group!  OPAL-Ohio Pennsylvania Associate Leadership- for Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania associates and religious.  Please save the date for their first conference, which will be on September 23-24, 2017,  "The Associate Role - All Things Considered."  It will be held at the Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center at the Humility of Mary Sisters in Pennsylvania. The guest speaker will be Deborah Rose-Milavec, Executive Director of Future Church.  This conference will engage participants in conversations about the CARA Study findings and associates' role with insights provided by the speaker with current research and analysis.  The registration information will be available in early June.

We welcome a new community to our list of members, Sisters of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin and their 342 vowed members and 329 associates.  Thank you for joining NACAR!

Renewal forms have been delayed.  They will be emailed soon.  We are sorry for the inconvenience.

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