Joe Connell at NACAR Conference 2012As I reflect on last month's conference, I cannot but help to think how fortunate we were as the North American Conference of Associates and Religious to have shared that experience together. Truly, as one participant mentioned to me, the theme Journey of Blessings was providential, and it was made all the more inspirational and unforgettable by keynote presenter Sister Joyce Rupp, OSM. Her words and images about journey into don't know permeated the entire conference. Thanks to all who attended, participated and journeyed with us. For more reflections on the conference, please visit the conference pages.

  • If you have not evaluated Conference 2012, you'll find a link to do so until July 15th on our site's home page, right column and beneath the Facebook logo.
  • Follow the Help Wanted link. Check out NACAR's need for technology and publications administrators. If you have the slightest degree of interest, please contact us.

Thanks to all of you who have renewed your NACAR membership for fiscal year 2012-13. We appreciate your continued support, and we strive diligently to increase the value of your membership. Renewals are due July 15th.

The first 2012-13 sponsored workshop Companions on the Journey will be held in New Orleans' French Quarter, September 14-16, 2012. Please see for further details and registration.

On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to acknowledge and thank the unprecedented number of Sponsors and Benefactors who financially assisted us with conference costs. We deeply appreciate their support. Click on the link and learn more about them.

Dear NACAR Members,

Mary Jo and I hope all is well with each of you and that you are able to get outside and enjoy the season no matter where you live.  Here are a couple of items we would like to highlight:

  1. September 23-25, 2011, Tim O'Brien and I are offering a workshop on "Developing Dynamic Boards, Teams, and Committees" in Chicago. If you would like to register or need more information, check it out on the NACAR website.
  2. Speaking of the website, it is great.  Board member, Fred Goddard, has been working diligently on it. There is a member section (registration is easy) with a member directory and links to member congregations websites along with registration for upcoming events, monthly reflections, scholarly documents, and member discussion forum. It is worth your time.
  3. Believe it or not, NACAR has a Facebook page.  We would love to be your "friend," so check us out. There are pictures from the June workshop held in Canada. 
  4. A new issue of The Associate is published and has just been mailed.  If you don't receive yours by mid-July, let us know so we can double check our mailing list.

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