Supporting Membership in NACAR is available to organizations and groups who are also working to support and/or advance the Associate-Religious movement. Supporting members might include but are not limited to regional associate and religious groups and other faith-based non-profit organizations. Click here for more information on how to become a supporting organization.
BACAR – Bay Area Conference of Associates & Religious
The Bay Area Conference of Associates and Religious (BACAR) 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 an electronic newsletter. 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 and share information on pertinent topics.
CARMA – Conference of Associates & Religious of Midwest Area
Iowa, Wisconsin, and Nebraska
The purpose of CARMA is to share ideas, resources and, eventually, if there is a need, to invite a resource person(s) for our associates and directors.
IAD – Intercongregational Associate Directors
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.The invitation is open to other Associate Directors in eastern Pennsylvania to join the Intercongregational Associate Directors.
The Leadership Collaborative is a working group of women’s religious congregations and organizations committed to developing the capacity for transformational leadership among women religious and their associates now and into the future.
MKS – Midwest Kindred Spirits
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.
Mission Statement of Midwest Kindred Spirits
Midwest Kindred Spirits is an inter-congregational gathering of Associate and Assistant Directors who assist and challenge each other for growth and development of the associate movement.
RFC – Religious Formation Conference
The Religious Formation Conference (RFC) is a national Roman Catholic organization serving religious institutes of women and men with programs and services for those in the ministry of initial and lifelong formation, and general congregational membership.