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From 1971 until 1981, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) coordinated the efforts of treasurers of religious institutes to meet together to discuss important financial concerns. During that time, the LCWR regions were used to divide the treasurers into Conferences of Regional Treasurers (CORTs). The treasurers met using this format, with a national CORT (NCORT) meeting held biennially. From the early days of CORT, the treasurers of men's religious institutes were included in CORT meetings, despite the CORTs being an offspring of LCWR.  

In 1980, the NCORT met in Milwaukee for its biennial meeting. Customarily, the CORT region that was hosting the national conference was in charge of planning the agenda, contracting with hotels and speakers, and organizing all features of the days together. At the 1980 NCORT meeting an Opinion Poll asked attendees whether the Board of the CORTs should set up a national office. Of the 238 people polled, 8 abstained, 23 said YES and 207 said NO. In spite of the opinion poll, NATRI was born. In May 1981 NATRI was established as an official and separate organization for the benefit of treasurers of religious institutes.

On July 1, 1982 the NATRI office was opened in Silver Spring, MD, with Sister Kathleen Steinkamp, RSM, as its first Executive Director. NATRI worked to broaden the services it offered to members, along with addressing ever-changing issues that finance managers in the religious institutes encountered. 

The Legal Resource Center for Religious (LRCR) grew out of the Legal Office of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM) and the Leadership Conference for Women Religious (LCWR). It separately incorporated and became a subscription-based organization in the 1980s. 

LRCR and NATRI shared a portion of the lower level of the building that housed CMSM and LCWR located at 8808 Cameron Street in Silver Spring, MD. The idea of merging the two entities began to materialize in the early part of the 21st century. For years discussion was held, and in 2006 earnest efforts to merge the two entities was begun. After much hard work and prayer, the new entity became reality on January 1, 2009. 

The Resource Center for Religious Institutes (RCRI) has combined the services and the staff from the two contributing organizations. We look forward to serving our members with "one-stop shopping" regarding financial and legal issues.

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