Greetings to all during this wonderful summer season!

Sun with sunglassesSome may be heading off for vacations, but the work at the NACAR Office continues, as well as the planning of various projects for the future.

Our website is filled with new additions and new information.  For instance, the Consultant & Speakers Directory under the Members tab (you must be logged in). Everyone who is a member of NACAR is invited to be a part of this directory. If you are willing to make yourself available to be a speaker on Associate issues, wish to facilitate retreats or days of prayer, or have a gift to share with other NACAR members, please contact us.  You will find a link to information and an application at the top of the directory or by clicking here. Once you are listed and are contacted by a group, it is up to you to negotiate the fee for service. If you are looking for someone who is willing to make themselves available for your special event as a speaker or retreat director, check out our Consultant & Speaker Directory.

NACAR is always interested in learning about Regional Groups of Associates and Religious who meet together for discussion groups or to have a speaker come to share in their area of expertise. If you live in an area where a regional group is already functioning, please send a schedule of the events that are already planned. Flyers can be posted on the NACAR web site. If the area in which you live does not have a regional group and you would like to start one, we can give you suggestions on how to get started.

We are happy to welcome two new NACAR Board members, Barbara Roth, Associate with Dominicans of Sinsinawa, and Amy Kulesa, Director of Associates for Sisters of Bon Secours.  Their term begins in November, but they both are serving on NACAR Committees already.  Check out their photos and information on the Board of Directors tabtab under Who We Are and congratulate them!

Greetings NACAR members and friends! My hope at the beginning of this new month is that August days will be cool and relaxing for all of us!

The board's executive committee is preparing to meet in Cincinnati on August 16th for a few days. Among other items, our agenda calls for studying the feedback that was generated during and after NACAR Conference 2012 Journey of Blessings. A quick glance at a compilation of conference evaluations suggests that the vast majority of participants were very pleased with their conference experiences. We appreciate all the suggestions and comments we received; they will greatly assist us when planning for future conferences and membership services. It is interesting to note that only 38% of conference attendees were actually dues-paying supporters of NACAR. For more information about becoming a member of NACAR or encouraging other to do so, please see Membership Information.

Sister of Mercy, Grace Mannion, was key in the founding of NACAR with Sister Ellen O'Connell, SC, and Jean Sonnenberg. Sister Grace is not well. Her congregation wants to let those who know and care for her what is happening. Please keep Sister Grace in your prayers. Thank you.

Blessed August!

We, at NACAR, trust you are having a super summer and enjoying every moment of golden sunshine - even if that means you are enjoying it inside an air conditioned building.  

  1.  The September 23-25 Workshop, "Developing Dynamic Boards, Teams, and Committees" in Chicago, IL, is coming up quickly. This workshop is helpful for ideas and strategies in promoting leadership among your Associates. If you are interested in attending or would like more information, a registration form can be found on our website.  
  2. Speaking of the website, please check your Congregation’s link under the Congregational Members links and make certain that what is listed is what you want.  We took our information from the Congregations' websites. If you want something different, please let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We would also ask that someone from your Congregation add your more detailed listing to our online Congregational Directory. This is only for registered users. When you are logged in, you will find it under the Members menu at This would most likely be done by the director of your associates. Please contact us if you need assistance with this.
  3. Finally, the latest issue of "The Associate" has been mailed.  If you haven't received yours, please let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We want to make sure every one's mailing/email addresses are correct.  Your feedback is vital to this process.
  4. If you would like all NACAR members to know about something happening in your area or with your associates, please share it with us.  We can post upcoming events on the website. We are also trying to develop pages for the Regional Associate Groups. We can add news, information, events, etc to these pages. In the future, we want to give direct access to the Regional Associate Groups in order for you to add articles and events directly.
  5. Information about the June 2012 Conference is on our website and registration will be available in the fall.  We will let you know when registration has opened so you won’t miss out on this exciting event!
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