Organizations of Interest

The following organizations may be of interest to NACAR members as a resource for your communities and development. These organizations mission and vision coincide with or compliment those of NACAR.

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Canadian Religious Conference (CRC) Founded in 1954, the CRC`s history is full of vitality and surprising initiatives. For more than 50 years, the CRC has evolved and grown. Witness to the vicissitudes of the modern world, the CRC redefined its mission to promote justice, peace, and respect for human rights and the environment. Here is a brief overview of the marvelous adventure of the CRC.

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CARA study on Catholic Women in the United States

The survey of Catholic Women was conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) with The GfK Group (GfK, formerly Knowledge Networks) for America Magazine. GfK has recruited the first online research panel that is representative of the entire United States population. Panel members are randomly recruited through probability-based sampling, and households are provided with access to the Internet and hardware if needed. For this study, GfK sampled households from its KnowledgePanel to conduct a survey between August 3, 2017 and August 24, 2017. A total of 1,508 women self-identifying as Catholic in the United States completed the survey (in English or Spanish). The margin of sampling error for the overall sample is ±2.5 percentage points. Using survey and Census data, CARA estimates that there are 37.3 million Catholic females in the United States at the time of the survey. Of this population, 28.8 million are adults.

Interest in this survey emerged out of one of NACAR's Creative Conversations. Aside from the CARA study, itself, you can find more about the survey and Catholic Women in the January 22, 2018 of America Magazine and an online video at America Magazine Facebook page.

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Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA)

The Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) is a collaborative effort initiated by eight Catholic colleges and universities to share their resources electronically with librarians, archivists, researchers, scholars, and the general public, all who are interested in the Catholic experience. The mission of the CRRA is to provide enduring global access to Catholic research resources.

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Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM)

CMSM serves the leadership of the Catholic orders and congregations of the more than 20,000 vowed religious priests and brothers of the United States, ten percent of whom are foreign missionaries. CMSM provides a voice for these communities in U.S. church and society. CMSM also collaborates with the U.S. bishops and other key groups and organizations that serve church and society.

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Franciscan Action Network

Franciscan Action Network, of FAN, is a grassroots organization amplifying the justice efforts of Franciscans and Franciscan-hearted people around the country. Join the growing movement that endures from St. Francis of Assisi and his call for compassion for the poor and for creation over 800 years ago.

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Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR)

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is an association of the leaders of congregations of Catholic women religious in the United States. The conference has more than 1500 members, who represent more than 90 percent of the 59,000 women religious in the United States. Founded in 1956, the conference assists its members to collaboratively carry out their service of leadership to further the mission of the Gospel in today's world.

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National Association of Lay Ministry (NALM)

The National Association for Lay Ministry is a professional organization that supports, educates and advocates for lay ministers and promotes the development of lay ministry in the Catholic Church.

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National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC)

The National Religious Vocation Conference began in 1988 as a combination of the National Conference of Religious Vocation Directors (NCRVD) and the National Sisters Vocation Conference (NSVC). Today the NRVC has an annual membership of over 1,300 women and men, most of whom are vocation ministers for religious congregations. The organization is divided into 14 regions plus international members. The National Board consists of eight to twelve representatives and the NRVC Executive Director.

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Religious Brothers Conference (RBC)

The Religious Brothers Conference (RBC) is a service organization in the Catholic Church. The Mission of the RBC is to promote an awareness of and the calling of Brothers in the Church and society. We encourage all Brothers to live the Gospel message in a prophetic way, respecting the charism and tradition of their particular institute.

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Religious Formation Conference (RFC)

The RFC National Office is privileged to serve Roman Catholic institutes of women and men religious with programs and services for those in the ministry of initial and life-long formation. Membership in RFC is by congregation or institute and based on the calendar year. All members or associates of that congregation or institute qualify for RFC program fees and for access to the members-only site area.

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United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is an assembly of the hierarchy of the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands who jointly exercise certain pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful of the United States. The purpose of the Conference is to promote the greater good which the Church offers humankind, especially through forms and programs of the apostolate fittingly adapted to the circumstances of time and place. This purpose is drawn from the universal law of the Church and applies to the episcopal conferences which are established all over the world for the same purpose.

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