2018 Convocation

2018 Convocation

Nov. 1-5, 2018, in Buffalo, NY

Plans are underway for the 2018 Convocation, Nov. 1-5, in Buffalo, NY. Please mark these dates on your calendar to join us. 

We have some exciting workshops shaping up as well as excellent keynote presenters, who are highlighted below.  We will continue to update the website with Convocaation news as it becomes available. 


Each presenter will speak from their professional, lived, and educational experiences focused on the Convocation theme: "Walk with me: Encounter, Accompaniment and Invitation." 

DePrinzioFather Kevin M. DePrinzio, O.S.A., Ph.D. is an Augustinian friar of the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova. He holds a doctorate in spirituality from The Catholic University of America. His areas of interest include mysticism, spirituality, historical theology, the history of religious life, and the mendicant movement. His dissertation topic was "Teresa of Avila’s reading of Augustine’s Confessions." Since the fall of 2017, Father Kevin has been on the faculty of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University and is part of the vocation and initial formation teams of his province. He has previously served in campus ministry at Villa Nova, on the NRVC Board, and as Region 2 Coordinator (now Delaware Valley Member Area). He was featured in the NRVC video, Religious Life: Absolutely Millennial! Father Kevin will present on Friday on The Vocation Encounter: Ministry at the Beautiful Gate.

HernandezSister Xiomara Méndez Hernández, O.P. is an Adrian Dominican Sister, originally from the Dominican Republic. She ministers as a Hospital Chaplain at Loyola University Health System with special focus on cancer patients. Previously, she ministered at St. Rose Dominican Hospitals in Henderson and Las Vegas, Nevada. She has diverse ministerial experiences in the areas of preaching, catechesis, Spanish-English interpreter, liturgical dance, and a high fashion teacher. Sister Xiomara holds a Master’s degree in pastoral studies from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and is a Board Certified Chaplain with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC). Before she became a religious sister, she was a fashion designer in her native country. She currently lives in Chicago. Sister Xiomara will present on Sunday morning: The Invitation: Mutual Encounter - Mutual Accompaniment.

OspinoDr. Hosffman Ospino, Ph.D. is an associate professor of theology and religious education at Boston College, where he is also Director of Graduate Programs in Hispanic Ministry. He has written extensively on questions related to Hispanic ministry, Catholic education, evangelization, and catechesis. Dr. Ospino was the principal investigator for the National Study of Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Ministry and co-investigator for the National Survey of Catholic Schools Serving Hispanic Families. He is currently conducting a national study on Hispanic/Latino vocations. He is an officer of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States, serves on the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Educational Association, and is a consultant for the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee against Racism. Dr. Ospino will present on Saturday on Called to Accompanying God’s People in a Time of Paradigm Changes.

PellegrinoSister Mary Pellegrino, C.S.J. is a Sister of St. Joseph of Baden, PA. In September 2018 she will complete 10 years of leadership ministry as her community’s Congregational Moderator. In addition, she will complete her term as past-president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in August 2018. Sister Mary holds an M.A. in Christian spirituality and a certificate in spiritual direction and retreat direction from Creighton University, an M.S. in religious education from Fordham University, and a B.A. in journalism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Prior to ministry in elected leadership, she served in parish youth and young adult ministry, campus ministry, vocation, and formation ministry. In 2004 she was the recipient of NRVC’s National Outstanding Recognition Award. Sister Mary will present on Sunday afternoon on Living No Longer for Ourselves:  Communion as Vocation.

TobinCardinal Joseph William Tobin, C.Ss.R. is the sixth Archbishop of Newark and was named to the College of Cardinals in 2016 by Pope Francis. Within the Redemptorist Community, he has served as Provincial Consultor, General Consultor, and Superior General in Rome. Pope Benedict XVI named Cardinal Tobin to the Roman Curia, where he served until 2012 as Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSAL) and titular Archbishop of Obba. He has been a member of the Canon Law Society since 1985. He serves as the Chairman on the USCCB Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations. Cardinal Tobin speaks English, Spanish, Italian, Frenchand Portuguese, and reads several other languages. He was a keynote presenter at the 2012 NRVC Convocation. Cardinal Tobin will be the presider at our opening Mass on All Saints Day.

Nominations for Awards

NRVC members and Member Areas may nominate NRVC members for outstanding recognition awards and the Mustard Seed Award. These awards are selected by the National Board at its August meeting from the nominations submitted. The awards are given at the Convocation banquet. Nomination requirements and forms are available here for Outstanding Recognition and here for the Mustard Seed Award.

Convocation Fees

NRVC member early registration rate: $595 includes lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and Sunday dinner banquet

Non-member early registration rate: $892 includes lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and Sunday dinner banquet


Pre-Convocation Workshop on November 1

NRVC member rate: $175 includes lunch on Thursday

Non-member rate: $265 includes lunch on Thursday


Commuter fee (only for those not staying at the hotel) $100

Rate after October 1: $100 more            

Cancellation fee: $100

Hotel Accommodations: $129 per night (without taxes).

There is no hotel shuttle, however the hotel is just 12 miles from the airport. Parking is $5 per night for hotel guests. Fitness Center and Internet in the bedrooms is complimentary.

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