News and Information for members of and people interested in the North American Conference of Associates and Religious.

News related to events and activities of NACAR.

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.

Each month we will post a reflection from a member of the NACAR Board or from the membership at large.

From time to time, NACAR will post job opportunities as a service to its members. If there are any job opportunities at this time you will find them posted below.

If you are a NACAR members and would like to have a job opportunity posted please contact us.

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Photo galleries from NACAR conferences

Welcome to the Member section of the NACAR website.

NACAR remains the only professional organization to support and serve associates and vowed members as associates proclaim their call to live the charism of their religious communities.

We hope you find the member section of our website helpful to you. Be sure to login to be able to access all the information available to members.

In this section you will find:

We hope you find the information here helpful and that you contribute to the growth of NACAR through participating in discussion, submitting articles and pictures and joining NACAR at one of workshops, conferences or retreats.

Thank you!

Supporting Membership in NACAR is available to organizations and groups who are also working to support and/or advance the Associate-Religious movement. Supporting members might include but are not limited to regional associate and religious groups and other faith-based non-profit organizations. Click here for more information on how to become a supporting organization.


BACAR – Bay Area Conference of Associates & Religious

San Francisco and Monterey Bay Areas of California

CARMA – Conference of Associates & Religious of Midwest Area

Iowa, Wisconsin and Nebraska

ARCAN – Atlantic Religious Congregation Associate Network

Eastern Canada – Maritime Provinces Ontario Network

OPAL-Ohio Pennsylvania Associate Leadership

Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania

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NACAR would not exist without you!

Carla Rush and Jeanne Connolly at LCWRNACAR is a member organization, but its circles extend well beyond the associates and religious who are part of NACAR. So, who are these people and organizations that believe in the vision and mission of NACAR?

You can help now by giving today!

From time to time, NACAR develops various resources to assist in the development and promotion of the associate vocation for religious communities and associates. You will find some of those resources here.

In addition to the NACAR resources listed below, we have also compiled links to relevant reources that can be found on other websites. Click here to view those links.


In spring 2015 the North American Conference of Associates and Religious (NACAR) commissioned the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) to update and extend a study CARA conducted in 2000 of the associate relationship in religious institutes in the United States and Canada (the year 2000 report is still available for purchase here). The project was designed by CARA in collaboration with NACAR and consisted of a survey for leadership of associates in religious institutes and a survey of the associates and vowed members of those institutes.

Lead With the Spirit: A Manual for Associate Leadership Cover A large part of the mission of NACAR is in developing and delivering resources and providing ministry training to those who minister to and work within the Associate-Religious relationship in North America. As professional leaders within this movement, the need for resources and ongoing training is critical. This manual has gathered knowledge proven by experience and is organized in a way that makes it easy to use. It addresses the broader questions of charism and relationship, yet it is both prudent and practical. Most importantly it is designed to grow as we as leaders grow in our shared experience and wisdom.

NACAR desires to join our collective wisdom in service of God and one another as we strive to identify trends and growing edges with the Associate-Religious relationship.

This manual does not contain all the answers to every question but is meant to be a living document a "work in progress," in which the collective wisdom of our experience will be written for the benefit of all of us.

Order the entire leadership manual through PayPal:

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You may also mail in your order and check. Download the leadership manual order form here.

Please note: The physical mailing address for ordering the manual is the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse in Cincinnati, Ohio. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to get NACAR mail at this time. We ask that as much as possible you order the manual online until further notice. We are able to mail out, but not pick up mail sent to our mailing address. Thank you for your patience.

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