Jesus teaches us another way; Go out. Go out and share your testimony, go out and interact with your brothers (sisters), go out and share, go out and ask. Become the Word in body as well as spirit.
Pope Francis 2014
The North American Conference of Associates and Religious (NACAR) seeks to embody this statement made by Pope Francis by acting as "a catalyst to serve, empower and promote the associate-religious relationship." This 2013-2014 NACAR Annual Report describes the events, publications, collaboration and development of this unique organization. The highlights and accomplishments are the result of a focused board of directors working in close collaboration with talented associates and religious throughout North America. Increased communication among regional associates, affiliates, oblates, co-members and whatever we name ourselves has led to strengthening our collective identity as an essential lay presence in the church today.
The NACAR board of directors offers this annual report to illustrate current accomplishments that will facilitate increased analysis of the associates movement in North America and improved insights into leadership development strategies and competencies. As we approach in 2016 the 20th anniversary of NACAR as an organization, the board urges members to offer your voices and talents to NACAR regional and national efforts. Please read this report and then determine where you can contribute to ongoing activities and new visioning for the associate-religious relationship to meet the Pope Francis challenge to "become the word in body and in spirit."