BACAR – Bay Area Conference of Associates & Religious

San Francisco and Monterey Bay Areas of California

Sisters, Associates, and friends of several Monterey and San Francisco Bay Area congregations gathered at the Sisters of Notre Dame Province Center in Belmont, CA on Saturday May 18, 2019 to listen, share, learn, and discuss about the Immigration Crisis. Some participated by Zoom. The morning began with prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe - Mother of the Americas, followed by an opportunity for each one present to state why they were there this day. The ice breaker was heartening and led to a open dialogue within groups of strong emotions about what is happening today with asylum seekers. This was followed by a detailed and 'eye opening' presentation by Sister Mary Becker, SNJM, and Sister Susan Olson, SNDdeN who have both volunteered hours and days at ‘The Wall’ with immigrants in Texas and California. Both Mary and Susan expanded on the background of immigration as well as the stories they have personally encountered with asylum seekers - truly heart wrenching! We had an opportunity to continue to share ideas and thoughts for next steps in supporting the sisters who have responded to this call from the leadership of LCWR (Leadership Conference of Women Religious). Plans were made to network with one another in sending supplies and other needs to the border. The donations of clothing, backpacks, blankets, and money were collected and will be carried by Mary to the next point she will be volunteering at in California. This is an ongoing disaster to humanity and the end is not in sight! -submitted by Kathy Noether, CA SNDdeN Associate and Co director of BACAR

Save the Date - BACAR Conference: September 21, 2019 with Sister Simone Campbell 'A Call to Engage this Chaotic and Painful World'

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An excerpt from The Summons by John Bell*:

Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don't know and never be the same?
Will you let your love be shown, will you let my name be known,
Will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?

Such strong and committed words to give us strength in the days ahead. Fall has come and leaves are already on the ground. It is not always easy to follow, but when we stand together we can do anything!

Our last BACAR meeting on September 8, 2018, was a turning point. Many felt a great need to get involved now with the many programs that are in place for the homeless. Read the article and see the pictures on the BACAR website about this last event. It was extremely productive. Those of you who are NACAR members, make sure to read the article about BACAR in the Fall edition of The Associate coming out soon.

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Joyce Rupp writes in her October newsletter: In an issue of Day by Day, Alice Camille reflects on the well-known passage from Ecclesiastes 3:1-11. (For everything there is a season.) She writes, “…the notion that life is a pendulum, ceaselessly rocking, is there. Life can go either way—and in fact will go both ways, before it’s over. Each of us will be happy and sad, strong and sick, winners and losers, before we’re through. We’ll celebrate and endure; know grand days and terrifying ones. We’ll be glad to be alive. And wish we hadn’t been born.”
Yes, the seasons move on as we see November approaching with Day of the Dead, All Souls Day and All Saints’ Day! We mourn with you the loss of family, friends and those who have been blind-sighted in life by others who take life from them. We hope to bring a balance to this environment through the everyday steps we take through our charisms.
BACAR's next move toward ACTION will be an evening of discussion and a movie on human trafficking. The movie is entitled "I Am Still Here."  The time is 6:15 PM on Sunday, January 27. At Los Altos Methodist Church. See here for details.
Wishing you a wonderful fall season,
The BACAR Board –
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