Orientation Program for New Vocation Directors

Orientation Program for New Vocation Directors

October 15-19, 2019

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This workshop is intended for new and recently appointed vocation directors. Its goal is to provide participants with the skills, context, theory, challenges and practicalities of contemporary vocation ministry. Topics will include foundational elements of vocation ministry; assessment of inquirers and discerners; application and admission process; vocation promotion, ethics and boundaries, resiliency and self-care of the vocation director.

Please note this workshop ends at 4:30 p.m. on October 19. Overnight accommodations are contracted for 6 nights, arrival on October 14 and check out on October 20.

Workshop fees

Workshop fees include materials, speaker, facility fees and lunch. Residents are provided with a breakfast and supper buffet.

Commuter:        $875 – NRVC Member               $1,300 – Non-NRVC Member

Resident:           $1,565 – NRVC Member            $1,990 – Non-NRVC Member  


Late registration

Registrations received after September 21 incur a $100 late fee. 


Cancellations for workshops and accommodations must be received in writing to debbiesscm@nrvc.net before September 21 to receive a full refund less a $100 processing fee. After September 21, all fees are non refundable. 


Brother Jonathan Beebe, C.S.C. has served in vocation and formation ministry, and as a member of his provincial council. He is a licensed clinical social worker and previously worked as a psychotherapist. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Religion (Columbia University), a Master of Arts in Theological Studies (Maryknoll School of Theology), and a Master of Social Work (Florida State University). He was trained in spiritual and retreat direction at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre. He served as NRVC Region 2 Coordinator as well as the Southwest Member Area Coordinator. Br. Jonathan was on the design team for the NRVC Keys to the Future program.


Sister Deborah M. Borneman, SS.C.M. began working for the NRVC in 2011 and presently serves as the Director of Member Relations and Services. A Sister of Saints Cyril and Methodius, she served 10 years as vocation director for her community and is currently serving on her congregational leadership team. Sr. Debbie has previous ministerial experience in pastoral care, youth ministry, college campus ministry and immigration advocacy. She has presented on various topics in vocation ministry in Ireland and throughout the United States. Sr. Debbie holds a Master of Divinity degree and a Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Studies (Loyola University, Chicago).  

I am very new in this ministry, so now I understand better my role as vocation director. I found the ways to say “no” to discerner most helpful. I also appreciated the topic on professional boundaries. 

–Sr. Esperanza Jacobo-Acevedo, CSC from Nuevo León, Mexico

The content was really helpful. I truly appreciate the quality presentations and all the NRVC does for us. I found the examples of specific questions to ask discerners to decide if they are meant to be candidates for religious life to be most helpful. 

–Father Marvin Bearis, OFM Cap. from Bridgeport, CT

The program provides me with the confidence of understanding vocation ministry. It encouraged me to be more professional and ethical. I found the topics on canon law, interviewing skills and the application process to be most helpful. 

–Sr. Mary Margaret Phan, LHC from San Jose, CA 

This program surpasses my expectations; I received much more than I was expecting! There is a good balance of prayer, talking and presentations. It covers all the information that we as vocation directors are about to face. 

–Brother Ronnie Silva, CSC from Brazil

Workshops are designed from the NRVC three-component curriculum for those who wish to deepen their understanding of the complex theological, spiritual, psycho-sexual, ethical, and diversity issues often present in contemporary vocation ministry. NRVC recommends that vocation ministers participate in ongoing educational opportunities to attend to their own vocation, faith formation, and to further develop their professional competencies. Please read the terms and conditions of all NRVC programs and events.

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This workshop is also offered July 9-13, 2019

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