History of Midwest Associate Directors (CARMA)

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CARMA - Conference of Associates & Religious of Midwest Area

A history prepared by C Jean Hayen, BVM based upon notes following a sharing with Joann Kuebrich, CHM


Questionnaire mailed to 88 Midwest Associate Directors to determine interest in providing Midwest Conferences for Associates.


Initial meeting - Midwest Associate Directors chaired by Joann, CHM

  • Present:  Donna Burke, OSF, Carita Carey, FSPA, Jacqueline Provencher, OP, Joann Kuebrich, CHM
  • Absent:   Judy Schaefer, OP, Virginia Jennings, OSF, Connie Howe, RSM, Ann DeNicolo, BVM
  • Reviewed questionnaire responses to determine interest.
  • Decided 8 – 10 congregations will meet bi-annually.
  • Purpose of Group: “to share ideas, resources and, eventually,if there is a need, to invite a resource person(s) for our associatesand directors.
  • ”Midwest Associate Directors will provide a Midwest AssociatesConference for Midwest Associates and Religious so they canexperience opportunity to meet each other and have enriching,quality input at an affordable cost and within easy travel time.
  • Joann Kuebrich, CHM became a member of Wisconsin KindredSpirits representing the group.
  • At a later date, the group became called “Mississippi Valley”.and, established a membership policy according to attendance/absence at bi-annual meetings.


Beginning of NACAR 


Midwest Associate Directors decided not to plan a conference with  Kindred Spirits and to have conferences opposite Kindred Spirits Gatherings and independent of Kindred Spirits.


Midwest Associate Directors decided not to renew our membership with Kindred Spirits but to keep NACAR membership.

05-31 to 06-02/2002

Kindred Spirits and NACAR have their joint spring meeting.

Spring 2003

No Midwest annual Shalom Day

Fall 2004

Kindred Spirits and NACAR have a joint meeting.


Midwest 6th bi-annual Shalom Day


Midwest 7th bi-annual Associate Day at Sinsinawa


Midwest 8th bi-annual Associate Day at Sinsinawa


Midwest 9th bi-annual Associate Day at Best Western Plus Hotel, Dbq.


Midwest 10th bi-annual Associate Day at Best Western Plus Hotel, Dbq.

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