Regional Associate Groups

Regional Associate Groups are smaller networking groups in various locations throughout North America. While not official structures of NACAR, Regional Associate Groups collaborate closely with NACAR, including some being supporting members.

Read the latest news from Regional Associate Groups.

Latest Regional Associate Group News

Hand holding a globe next to a crossARCAN – Atlantic Religious Congregation Associate Network

Eastern Canada – Maritime Provinces Ontario Network

The Atlantic Religious Congregations Associate Network (ARCAN) consists of associates and sisters from religious congregations in Atlantic Canada. It was formed in 2002 to "support the relationship between associates and sisters".

The ARCAN Committee is made up of two representatives from each religious congregation – usually one sister and one associate. The Committee meets at least twice yearly to help support, develop and enliven the mission of ARCAN.


5561 Heatherwood Crt.

Halifax, NS. B3K 5N7

Scalloped sea shell surrounded by textBACAR – Bay Area Conference of Associates & Religious, Inc. (Supporting Member)

San Francisco and Monterey Bay Areas of California

The Bay Area Conference of Associates and Religious (BACAR) is a network of women and men associates and religious who gather together for prayer, mutuality, inspiration, support and friendship. To facilitate these goals BACAR sponsors discussion groups, conferences, and an electronic newsletter. These activities create opportunities for promoting, developing and nurturing lay-religious relationships, community and ministries in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay Areas. Associates and Members of Religious Institutes can remain connected and share information on pertinent topics.

For more information, visit the BACAR website or the BACAR Facebook page.

CARMA over a heart shapeCARMA – Conference of Associates & Religious of Midwest Area (Supporting Member)

Iowa, Wisconsin and Nebraska

IAD – Intercongregational Associate Directors (Supporting Member)

IAD represent congregations of women religious in Eastern Pennsylvania, specifically the Philadelphia area, Reading, and Scranton.

Associate directors from these areas gather four times a year with the purpose of offering mutual support, sharing relevant ideas, praying together, and living in the mystery of how the charism of each congregation is alive and well in associates and companions.

Every two years IAD plans a day of reflection open to all Associates and Sisters.

Midwest Kindred Spirits writing across an abstract green crossMKS – Midwest Kindred Spirits (Supporting Member)

Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Northern Illinois and Wisconsin

Midwest Kindred Spirits is an inter-congregational network of leaders of Associates who assist and challenge each other for growth and development of the associate movement. The group began in March 1988 when four sisters from the Milwaukee Archdiocese met to brainstorm about associate relationships in their communities. A statewide meeting of Associate Directors was the result of that session, bringing together 18 participants from 13 religious congregations. From the start these women were serious about maintaining a strong support system. In 1996 the name of the group changed to Kindred Spirits and again in 1999 to Midwest Kindred Spirits, better reflecting the geographic diversity of a growing membership. Midwest Kindred Spirits continues to meet bi-annually for networking and support.

NEAL – New England Associate Leaders

Eastern Pennsylvania

NERA – New England Region Associates

Upper New England

NERA's mission is to provide a setting for associates and religious from congregations throughout New England to pray, to reflect, to discuss points of view, to gain new insights, and to enjoy the companionship, mutual support, and encouragement of those participating.

Ohio Pennsylvania Associate Leadership  overlaying an opal stoneOPAL-Ohio Pennsylvania Associate Leadership

Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania

Mission Statement

The Ohio Pennsylvania Associate Leadership group is committed to the support and enrichment of Associate Leaders in NE Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Vision Statement

Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we gather to share prayer, ideas, resources and challenges.

Acronym TEXLA with T in the shape of a crossTEXLA – Texas and Louisiana

Mission Statement:

The TEXLA group desires to foster relationships for spiritual growth and enhance the development of the Associate-Religious movement.

Green cros with three dots in corners and Tri-State Conference of Associate Leadership in bottom-left cornerTri-State Conference of Associate Leadership

Kentucky, Ohio, Southern Indiana

Mission Statement

The Tri-State Conference of Associate Leadership is committed to the support and enrichment of Associate Leaders in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. We are a regional group of the North American Conference of Associates and Religious (NACAR).

Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we gather to share prayer, ideas, resources, and challenges. We are empowered to take our broadened vision to our communities.

News from Regional Associate Groups

  • 03/13/2021 9:40 PM | Fred Goddard (Administrator)

    As Holy Week is upon us, one summons the vision brought to us through the prophecies of the Old Testament in the Light of Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. We have all gone through a long time of enduring darkness and are quite ready to embrace the light fully this particular year! We welcome you to celebrate this most holy season with BACAR's "Fullness of Life" - a prayer gathering via zoom on the joy of who we are - Easter People! Join us on Easter Wednesday and sing ALLELUIA!!

    Blessings to you and yours this most Holy Week and Easter!

    BACAR Co-Directors Kathy Noether & Judy Borland and the entire BACAR Board

    “I have come that you may have life and have it to the full."
    (John 10:10)

    Tomb with the stone rolled back

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021

    10:00am - 11:15am PST/PDT


    Join us as we celebrate the Resurrection through BACAR’s “Fullness of Life” – a morning of prayer and meditation. We will reflect on the meaning and mystery of Jesus’ Resurrection for our lives.

    Register to get zoom link. A reminder email will also be sent a day or two ahead of the event. Invite a friend. All are welcome!

    Questions? Email Kathy Noether

  • 08/13/2020 10:00 AM | Fred Goddard (Administrator)

    On August 5, 2020, BACAR held a Forum on Racism. There were over 60 participants. Download the session notes here.

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