Our New Year’s liturgy offers us the image of a pensive Mary, pondering in her heart all that had happened. As associates and religious of our various congregations, we are invited to do the same. The trouble and the beauty of the past year have much to reveal to us about the invitations before us, invitations to say yes to God in a world we never could have imagined, let alone chosen.
We enter the new year soberly, anchored in the kind of trust Mary had in a steadfastly faithful and loving God. Like her, we seek to be attentive to the surprising and often confounding invitations: exile, homecoming, returning to ordinary life with no clue to when and how God would accomplish those great promises.
NACAR has been pondering and planning about how best to support you in that adventure. We invite you to save the dates May 18 – 20, 2021, so you can join in the virtual retreat - Associates as Charism Carriers: Embracing the Call to Leadership. Carol Zinn SSJ, the executive director of LCWR, will keynote the gathering, and Associate Leaders Amy Kulesa and Linda Mastro will guide in prayer reflection and contemplative conversation.
We also invite you to use these winter days to increase your knowledge and hone your skills by taking advantage of NACAR’s partnership with the Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) and enroll in one of the high-quality online courses at reduced rates.
Finally, NACAR has also been pondering its future as an organization.
One thing is clear:
We need some fresh faces and voices on the NACAR Board.
Please consider prayerfully as a New Year’s resolution the possibility of serving for yourself or inviting someone you know who is a committed associate leader. We ask Mary to open your heart to this unexpected call!