2019 Fall Institute

2019 Fall Institute

Registration is now open

Every other year, NRVC sponsors the Fall Institute (Convocation is held during even years). This year, NRVC will offer four workshops at the beautiful Marillac Center in Leavenworth, KS, October 8-23. All programs begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. except for the Art of Accompaniment and Discernment which ends at noon on its final day.  The following courses will be offered this fall: 

Behavioral Assessment 2                                             October 8-9, 2019

Behavioral Assessment 1                                             October 11-13, 2019

Orientation Program for New Vocation Directors     October 15-19, 2019

The Art of Accompaniment and Discernment           October 21-23, 2019

Click here to register for the Fall Institute

Helpful information

Fall Institute is held at the Marillac Center, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth and is located on their Mother House grounds. It is accessible from the Kansas City Airport (MCI). Participants can use the Super Shuttle from the airport or take advantage of free parking if you rent a car or drive to Leavenworth. Parking and lunch are included in your workshop registration for both residents and commuters. 

Please note the all participants in the Behavioral Assessment 2 workshop must have previously taken Behavioral Assessment 1 and have had at least 9 months experience before registering for this biennial course. 

Overnight accommodations

For the convenience of participants, affordable housing is contracted through Marillac Center. Enjoy the convenience of having a private bedroom and bathroom, along with linen service, wi-fi, breakfast and supper buffet. Limited rooms are available; make your overnight accommodations when you register for your workshop. Please do not call the Marillac Center for reservations as we are in a contract for blocked rooms.

If you need overnight accommodations at the Marillac Center, register as a resident (if you will drive to/from the workshops each day, register as a commuter). Reservations are contracted for arrivals after 3:00 p.m. the day before the workshop begins and check-out is at 9:00 a.m. the day after the workshop ends. This means you are responsible for the full payment of the room reservation, regardless of your arrival and departure date. Unfortunately, room reservations cannot be made for earlier arrivals or later departures. Please call us if you are traveling from overseas to check availability to accommodate your special needs. You can store your luggage at the Marillac Center lounge until you are ready to leave on the day of your departure. If you are staying for the next workshop, you will not need to check out. 

Please note that these accommodations are designed very simply for retreatants and short stays on a motherhouse campus at an affordable rate of $115 per night, per person. If you need more amenities, make your reservation at local hotels. The Hampton Inn, Days Inn, and Holiday Inn are all within driving distance from the Marillac Center. Therefore, if you are staying elsewhere and do not need overnight accommodations at the Marillac Center, register as a commuter.

Daily Liturgy

As per our custom, Mass is celebrated daily during all workshops. We rely on our ordained participants to preside and welcome all others to assist in liturgical leadership. All workshops begin with communal prayer and there is a Chapel located on campus for personal prayer. 

Late Registration

Registrations for workshops received after September 21 will incur a $100 late fee per workshop.


Cancellations for workshops and/or accommodations must be received in writing to debbiesscm@nrvc.net before September 21 to receive a full refund, less a $100 processing fee per workshop. After the deadline, all fees are non-refundable for the cancellation of workshops and/or accommodations. 

Marillac Center was very comfortable, and the meals were good. The grounds were excellent for walking or relaxing. 

--Sr. Pat Dual, O.P. from Columbus, OH

The Marillac Center is a lovely, hospitable space. I was expecting small and basic; and was surprised by the abundance of space and luxury!

--Sr. Mary Kay Dobrovolny, R.S.M. from Omaha, NE

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