Contact: Jonathon Holland
A new study from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) for the North American Conference of Associates and Religious (NACAR) reports more than 55,000 associates in 378 religious institutes, eight in ten of them in the United State, a significant increase from the 25,500 associates reported fifteen years ago in the United States. Associates are lay people who live out a religious charism and largely connect with institutes of vowed religious in order to live out the charism together. This study builds on a previous study done in 2000 and 2002 on associates’ relationships with vowed religious and was commissioned by NACAR in recognition of its 20th anniversary.
In addition to the 378 religious institutes that responded to a survey on associate leadership, over 10,000 vowed religious and associates responded to a survey about the associate-religious relationship. Both surveys asked about current realities and future expectations.
The Associate • Summer 2016 • Volume 21, Number 2
In this issue:
NACAR News & Notes
Tip For Members
Social Justice: Sisters of Charity
A Transformed Life
Reflection on the Via Dolorosa
Associate Programs Grow
Longing for Unity
Sisters of Notre Dame Associates Serve