A Word from Your Editors

This online magazine provides a place to hear the voices of associates/religious in response to other voices. It promotes regional workshops, publications, national survey results and unique associate programs. The Associate increases the impact of our thinking and our living beyond our local activities to a profound presence of good work, insightful thinking and reaching out to the marginalized by sharing all that we are doing in mission with our religious congregations throughout the world. As you read this issue, see how God challenges those who believe in (in Jesus’ words) “to go forth.” Each associate hears the voice and answers the call of evangelization through (their) religious congregations. Join us by reading, reflecting and responding and become a NACAR voice in our magazine.

You wil also see that this issue is in an exciting new and creative format. This is thanks to the work of our new Communications Person, Lisa Olson. We look forward to other innovative developments ahead with Lisa. Logged in users can give us comments to this article and any other aspect of The Associate at the end of the full article. Logged in users will also see a link to The Associate on the right side of the home page.

Associate Conni Dubick, Dominican Sisters of Peace
Sister Elizabeth Avalos, Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Associates Behind Prison Walls

In the spring of 2003, Sister Elizabeth Determan and I, Sister Angela Houska, members of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, started talking about the possibility of an associate program for the incarcerated. For many years, Sister Elizabeth had been visiting and writing to prisoners in the Oklahoma area. We put together a special correspondence program for the prisoners who wanted to be associates.

Crown of ThornsI had the opportunity to attend a NACAR sponsored workshop in Burlingame, California, a couple of weeks ago. Including the presenters, there were 18 attending associate leaders from the San Francisco Bay Area, and from as far as San Diego, Seattle, Salem, Dubuque, LaCrosse and Evanston! It was an excellent experience learning about associate leadership, working out practical problems and gaining gifted insights from one another as associate leaders.

If there is anything that NACAR does well, it's sponsoring workshops! We are working to produce more of them with fresh content, and we are always open to your suggestions. I invite you check out here for registration information about the next in the series workshop 2013 on the Contemporary Spirituality of Association, at the Notre Dame of Maryland University, Baltimore, June 14 – 16, 2013.

We are happy to introduce the newly elected Executive Committee of the NACAR Board of Directors!

Joseph Connell, CSC Associate
Castro Valley, CA

Vice President
Marilyn Gottemoeller, RSM
Cincinnati, OH

Judith Gomila, MSC
New Orleans, LA

Jane Forni, SSND
Towson, MD

Left to right: Joe Connell, Judy Gomila, Marilyn Gottemoeller and Jane Forni

Left to right: Joe Connell, Judy Gomila, Marilyn Gottemoeller and Jane Forni

We gratefully acknowledge those who have completed their terms as officers and on the Board.

MARCI MADARY - 9 years on the NACAR Board and 8 years as President

SANDY FIGUEROA - 9 years on the NACAR Board and 9 years as Secretary

PEG MADIGAN - 4 years as Treasurer (continuing on Board of Directors)

Marci and Sandy,

you have been dedicated and faithful NACAR Board members throughout the past nine years. You have faced challenges head on and remained always passionate about NACAR and its future. We are thankful for all you have done to serve NACAR members and for the personal sacrifices you have made throughout this time! Blessings as you move on to new ventures! You will be missed.

NACAR Board of Directors and Management Team

Our latest newsletter is here for you!

 Download BACAR Quarterly Newsletter Vol 2 No 1 here .

Don't forget to save these dates:

June 9, 2012 BACAR Discussion Group,
Holy Family Motherhouse, Fremont 9-noon

October 6, 2012 BACAR Conference,
Sacred Heart Prep, Atherton 8:30 - 4:00

A Letter to NACAR Members from Board President, Marci Madary

Happy March to everyone. Living in Wisconsin, I am anticipating spring and the scent of new life. I hope there is much unexpected green in your life.


The first piece of business is a reminder that the NACAR Conference with Joyce Rupp is coming up, June 1-3, 2012, to be specific. People are registering already. Terrific! If you are considering attending (or know others who plan to come), remember that the discounted registration fee ends March 31. Follow the link to the right or click here for more information.

Speaking of the conference, could you help out with a sponsorship? Below are a few possibilities. If you or your group would like to be a sponsor, contact Mary Jo at 253-256-2227 or click here.

  • Wine for Saturday banquet - from $500 to $3050
  • Morning or afternoon break - $1000
  • Partial sponsorship of opening reception - $1000
  • Contribution to Saturday night banquet - $500
  • Sponsorship of Speaker - from $500 to $2500

Register now on our new website!

Members of NACAR can now register on our website. To do so, just click on the link on the left that says "register" or go here.

Those who have registered for our website will have access to areas only available to NACR members and will be able to participate in interactive elements of our website, such as posting comments, participating in discussions and more.

If you are a director, please be sure to also add your congregation to our online membership directory.

If you need any help with registration or any other part of the website, contact us here.

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