Regional Associate Groups

Regional Associate Groups are smaller networking groups in various locations throughout North America. While not official structures of NACAR, Regional Associate Groups collaborate closely with NACAR, including some being supporting members.

Read the latest news from Regional Associate Groups.

Hand holding a globe next to a crossARCAN – Atlantic Religious Congregation Associate Network

Eastern Canada – Maritime Provinces Ontario Network

The Atlantic Religious Congregations Associate Network (ARCAN) consists of associates and sisters from eight religious congregations in Atlantic Canada. (Covering Nova Scotia; New Brunswick; Prince Edward Island; and Newfoundland and Labrador) ARCAN was formed in 2002 to "support the relationship between associates and sisters".

The ARCAN Committee is made up of representatives from each religious congregation – usually one sister and one associate. The Committee meets at least twice yearly to help support, develop and enliven the mission of ARCAN.

ARCAN is run by a volunteer Steering Committee of approximately 24 people representing the congregations and associates.

The Vision and Mission of ARCAN are as follows:


ARCAN's vision is to be a mutually supportive network of associates and sisters in Atlantic Canada living a new and dynamic expression of religious life and spiritual meaning for the 21st Century, supporting and inviting each other to a wider embrace of Gospel values, and living a commitment of Love, in relationship with all creation.


Rooted in Gospel values and inspired by the charisms of our religious congregations, the mission of ARCAN is to provide a supportive network for sisters and associates from Atlantic Canada that is committed to adult learning, inclusive actions, embracing diversity, along with an awareness of the new consciousness that all life is sacred and connected.

Scalloped sea shell surrounded by textBACAR – Bay Area Conference of Associates & Religious, Inc. (Supporting Member)

San Francisco and Monterey Bay Areas of California

The Bay Area Conference of Associates and Religious (BACAR, Inc.) is a network of women and men associates and religious who gather together for prayer, mutuality, inspiration, support and friendship. To facilitate these goals BACAR sponsors discussion groups, conferences, and a website. These activities create opportunities for promoting, developing and nurturing lay-religious relationships, community and ministries in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay Areas. Associates and Members of Religious Institutes can remain connected, share information and actively engage on issues that are connected to the many ministries of the Church. BACAR has had a series of events through this pandemic including thoughts about how to keep alert, engaged, prayerful and involved at home and with others. The sharing at each event has been uplifting and encouraging. We continue to invite all associates, religious, and friends to join us.

For more information, visit the BACAR website or the BACAR Facebook page. Contact BACAR.

CARMA over a heart shapeCARMA – Conference of Associates & Religious of Midwest Area (Supporting Member)

Iowa, Wisconsin and Nebraska

IAD – Intercongregational Associate Directors (Supporting Member)

IAD represent congregations of women religious in Eastern Pennsylvania, specifically the Philadelphia area, Reading, and Scranton.

Associate directors from these areas gather four times a year with the purpose of offering mutual support, sharing relevant ideas, praying together, and living in the mystery of how the charism of each congregation is alive and well in associates and companions.

Every two years IAD plans a day of reflection open to all Associates and Sisters.

Midwest Kindred Spirits writing across an abstract green crossMKS – Midwest Kindred Spirits (Supporting Member)

Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Northern Illinois and Wisconsin

Midwest Kindred Spirits is an inter-congregational network of leaders of Associates who assist and challenge each other for growth and development of the associate movement. The group began in March 1988 when four sisters from the Milwaukee Archdiocese met to brainstorm about associate relationships in their communities. A statewide meeting of Associate Directors was the result of that session, bringing together 18 participants from 13 religious congregations. From the start these women were serious about maintaining a strong support system. In 1996 the name of the group changed to Kindred Spirits and again in 1999 to Midwest Kindred Spirits, better reflecting the geographic diversity of a growing membership. Midwest Kindred Spirits continues to meet bi-annually for networking and support.

NEAL – New England Associate Leaders

Eastern Pennsylvania

NERA – New England Region Associates

Upper New England

NERA's mission is to provide a setting for associates and religious from congregations throughout New England to pray, to reflect, to discuss points of view, to gain new insights, and to enjoy the companionship, mutual support, and encouragement of those participating.

Ohio Pennsylvania Associate Leadership  overlaying an opal stoneOPAL-Ohio Pennsylvania Associate Leadership

Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania

Mission Statement

The Ohio Pennsylvania Associate Leadership group is committed to the support and enrichment of Associate Leaders in NE Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Vision Statement

Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we gather to share prayer, ideas, resources and challenges.

Acronym TEXLA with T in the shape of a crossTEXLA – Texas and Louisiana

Mission Statement:

The TEXLA group desires to foster relationships for spiritual growth and enhance the development of the Associate-Religious movement.

Green cros with three dots in corners and Tri-State Conference of Associate Leadership in bottom-left cornerTri-State Conference of Associate Leadership

Kentucky, Ohio, Southern Indiana

The Tri-State Conference of Associate Leadership (Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana) has verbally committed to the importance of remaining connected! We count on each other for prayer, support, and future ideas for our Associate Relationships. Although familiar and friendly faces have come and gone over the years, our desire and willingness to stay connected has not wavered. If you would like to connect with the Tri-State Conference of Associate Leadership please feel free to contact the Oldenburg Franciscan Associate Office, Carolyn Meyer 812-933-6457 and or Jane Schaefer 812-933-6439. We gather twice a year dedicating ourselves to the business associated with belonging to an organization followed later in the year by a day of retreat and renewal.

On behalf of Tri-State, we would like to say “Thank You,” to all those past and present, who have served on the NACAR Board. May God’s Blessings be upon you!

News from Regional Associate Groups

  • 10/14/2021 10:06 AM | Fred Goddard (Administrator)

    November 3, 2021

    4:00pm-5:15pm Pacific Time

    Hand holding up a glowing earth

    On 14th of November, The World Day of Prayer for the poor, the dicastery for promoting integral human development will begin offering Laudato Si Planning Guides. BACAR will take this journey on November 3, 2021 at 4:00pm PST aligning with the goals set out in Laudato Si by Pope Francis. Fore more information: HTTPS://LAUDATOSIACTIONPLATFORM.ORG/

    Join By Registering Here

  • 09/30/2021 10:44 AM | Fred Goddard (Administrator)

    Opal Stone

    Presenters: Sr. Janet Mock, CSJ

    Cathi Duffy – Director of Associates, Society of The Holy Child Jesus

    “Exploring the Unfolding Associate Path in a Change of Era: God is Calling Us From the Future”

    Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

    There is no charge for this conference

    Download the registration form here.

  • 08/01/2021 7:43 AM | Fred Goddard (Administrator)

    Join BACAR’s Upcoming Virtual Event…

    Wednesday, September 1st @ 4:00pm Pacific Time

    (please note change of time)


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    Women of Hebrew Scripture: Crucial Moments that Change the Community’s Destiny

    Sr. Eloise Rosenlatt

    Join us for this engaging presentation with Sr. Eloise Rosenblatt, RSM, a Sister of Mercy, a Ph.D. theologian and an attorney in private practice. This presentation and discussion will turn to 3 women in Hebrew Scripture - Abigail, Susanna and Judith - whose stories embody the vulnerability and power of women who change the destiny of their faith community. A spirituality needed for church and society now.
    Suggested readings for preparation of this event:

    Wednesday, September 1st@ 4:00pm Pacific Time (please note change of time)


  • 05/08/2021 11:40 PM | Fred Goddard (Administrator)

    Please join us on June 2nd at 10am Pacific Time for our tenth zoom event entitled "A Fire In Our Hearts"!

    Come with us as we recall the presence of our God within us, and as we walk together in prayer and much hope. We invite you to share your thoughts of what makes you burn inside with the Goodness of God as we walk our journey through life. Register today!!


    Coming Up: September 1st

    Sister Eloise Rosenblatt, R.S.M., will be presenting for the 11th BACAR Forum in September 1, 2021. Eloise Rosenblatt, R.S.M., is a Sister of Mercy, a Ph.D. active theologian, a JD Law Degree with a private practice in family law, and former seminary professor. Sr. Eloise has been an author for many publications and editorials including Global Sisters Report and Catholic San Francisco. She lives in San Jose. Sister Eloise's presentation will be on the Women of the Old Testament .

  • 08/13/2020 10:00 AM | Fred Goddard (Administrator)

    On August 5, 2020, BACAR held a Forum on Racism. There were over 60 participants. Download the session notes here.

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