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An Invitation to Join the Catholic Retailers Association PDF Print E-mail

Dear Catholic Retailer,

Catholic Stores provide a unique service to the Church and the Catholic faithful. Those who work in Catholic retail find it rewarding and challanging. In this effort you are not alone. The Catholic Retailers Association is a network of Catholic stores in the United States and Canada whose main purpose is to help you develop your ministry and business of Catholic retail.

The complete list of member benefits is listed in a separate article. Essentially, membership in the association provides you connection to a network of other store owners and managers. Through this connection come great ideas for the marketing, merchadising, management and ministry of your store. In addition, there is the opportunity to build great relationships with people who actually understand what it is like to be in Catholic Retail.

If you meet the requirements for membership shown below and are ready for support, ideas, information and assistance, I invite you to complete the membership application and join today!

Chris Weickert
CRA Director

Membership Benefits PDF Print E-mail
  • Your store listed on the website of the Catholic Retailers Association with lings to your store website and maps to your store.
  • A common voice and communication with publishers and distributors on issues of concern to Catholic booksellers
  • Member website containing information and articles for and about Catholic booksellers and bookselling - customer service, marketing, spirituality, merchandising, training, etc.
  • A group email list for ongoing communication, sharing ideas, seeking information, etc.
  • Access to the Catholic Retail Lending Library which includes the Retail Mastery System; eleven kits addressing the skills needed for success as a retailer.
  • FREE admission to RBTE Conference (a $100 value)
  • Full day Traning and networking at Dealer Day of theĀ at the Religious Booksellers Trade Exhibit (RBTE)
  • Admission and voice at the Annual meeting held at the RBTE
  • Directory of Members
  • Mailings from publishers on new titles, special terms, promotions
Membership Application 2014-2015 PDF Print E-mail

2014-2015 Membership Application in Word format. The application can be filled in online or printed and faxed. Memberships run for July-June oriented around our annual meeting in June.

Download this file (14-15 CRA Membership Application.doc)2014-2015 CRA Member Application[Application form for Catholic Retailers Association Application July 2014- June 2015]156 Kb
Membership Requirements PDF Print E-mail

There are many ways to engage in Catholic retail. Each of them provides a meaningful benefit to the Catholic faithful.

Membership in the Catholic Retailers Association is limited to those that meet the following conditions:

  • A Physical store open to the public in a retail location. Maintains regular business hours.
  • -or- An Online store operating in a commercial location with regular business hours.
  • -or- A Parish store, Shrine, or other store run by a religious institution.
  • -and- Operates with appropriate State licences and tax ID.
  • -and- At least 50% of store merchandise is directed toward or appropriate for addressing the needs of Catholics.

If you currently operate a Catholic retail business that meets these criteria, consider becoming part of the Catholic Retailers Association. The association reserves the right to modify requirements.

Association History PDF Print E-mail

The Catholic Retailers Association is nearing its 10th annuversary of providing support and resources for Catholic Retail Stores.

In 1999 and 2000 Catholic booksellers met at the Annual Religious Booksellers Trade Exhibit (RBTE) in St. Charles, IL and discussed the benefits and possibilities of forming an association.

At the Religious Booksellers Trade Exhibit (RBTE) in St. Charles, IL on May 31, 2001, 40 Catholic booksellers met and gave their unanimous endorsement to the creation of the Association of Catholic Booksellers of the United States and Canada. Anne Simms, an independent consultant to booksellers and publishers, became director of the association.

In May 2008 the association changed its name to the Catholic Retailers Association to more accurately reflect the range of products they provided for their customers.