Tongues of Fire over DisciplesWe shall be celebrating the Feast of Pentecost on May 19*. I am fascinated by the imageries associated with Pentecost: And suddenly there came a sound as if a mighty wind was present in the whole house where the apostles were gathered; they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. And so the mission of Jesus was then completed. The apostles were fortified with the gifts of the Spirit to carry on the mission, just as we do in these times.

Associate leaders cultivate dependency on the Holy Spirit for discernment and guidance. They speak of the associate-religious relationship as a movement—a word suggesting mission. They search to discover and perpetuate ways of living charisms given to them through the founders of religious communities. They are guided by the Holy Spirit, and they discern, and they lead, and they honor the footsteps of their predecessors.

Come Holy Spirit! Fill our hearts with the fire of your love…

Those attending the 2012 international conference will find a list of helpful information in this document for making plans for your journey to the NACAR Conference.

 Conference Helpful Information

Joe ConnellDear Members,

Conference 2012: A journey of Blessings is one month away! It's hard to believe! For over 18 months, we have been very focused on producing what we intend will be a really worthwhile and excellent conference experience for you.

Maybe like you, it has been my experience that any worthwhile conference I have experienced in the past includes attending the scheduled program sessions and getting something out of them. It also has been my experience that a really worthwhile and excellent conference usually results from experiences occurring between the sessions and during unscheduled times – meeting colleagues and developing new ones; listening, learning and sharing with others; and expanding my perspectives and horizons.

I hope that "expanding perspectives and horizons" around our associate-religious relationships will be the experience for all of us in our journey together.

On behalf of my board colleagues and staff, may the expectations we have set for a really great conference experience for you be realized! In the meantime, we look forward to meeting you in a month and learning from the blessings you bring to NACAR. Please travel safe!


Joseph Connell, PhD


Dear NACAR Members,

This is Marci Madary, NACAR President.  My co-chair, Mary Jo Mersmann, and I are posting this simple update to say hello and let you know some of the good news from NACAR. First and most important, the Board wants you to know that while we miss S. Cathy as executive director, NACAR is doing well. Here are some highlights.

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