The Art of Accompaniment and Discernment Workshop

The Art of Accompaniment and Discernment Workshop

October 21-23, 2019

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“As the account of the Emmaus disciples shows us, accompanying requires availability to walk a stretch of road together, establishing a significant relationship” while the spirituality, patron saints, charism and cultural heritage of our own religious institutes, has shaped the way we invite inquirers into vocation discernment (Final Document of the Synod of Bishops, 92). Approaching the theme from their own expertise, each presenter will offer their professional insights and ministerial experiences to stir our collective imagination for implementing the core messages from the Synod on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment. The central focus of this workshop is for participants to magnify the message that “the mission of many consecrated men and women who take care of the lowliest on the world’s peripheries manifest concretely the dedication of an outward-looking Church” (Final Document of the Synod of Bishops, 88). 

The second day of this workshop will focus on culture and ethnicity in vocations to religious life. Currently CARA is researching the cultural and ethnic influences on discerning a vocation, and the changing cultural and ethnic mix of younger religious ministering in the United States.  CARA researchers Sr. Thu Do, LHC and Fr. Tom Gaunt, SJ will present the data collected thus far and engage the participants in a critical discussion and reflection on what does the data tell us, how does it fit our experiences, and what else might be needed?  This discussion and reflection will contribute to CARA's reporting on this research in the coming year.

Bring along a millennial, member/employee/associate of your religious institute and you’ll receive a $200 refund at the conclusion of the workshop for the additional participant.

Please note this workshop ends at NOON on October 23. Overnight accommodations are contracted for 3 nights, arrival on October 20 and check out on October 23. If you need an extra overnight after the workshop ends, please email

Workshop fees

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

Commuter:        $437 – NRVC Member               $655 – Non-NRVC Member

Resident:           $782 – NRVC Member               $1,000 – 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 before September 21 to receive a full refund less a $100 processing fee. After September 21, all fees are non refundable. 


Sister Thu T. Do, LHC, is a Sister of the Lovers of the Holy Cross-Hanoi, Vietnam and serves as a research associate at CARA. Sister Thu has a B.A. in Linguistics at Vietnam National University-Hanoi, Vietnam, a Master of Business Administration at Spring Hill College, a M.A. in Higher Education at Boston College, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education at Saint Louis University. Her dissertation research was on international religious sisters studying in the United States. Sister Thu’s interests are focused on trends in religious life, culture and ethnicity in religious vocation, and international sisters and their contributions in the United States. 


Father Tom Gaunt, S.J. is a Jesuit of the Maryland Province and serves as the executive director at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA). He holds a M.Div. from Loyola University (Chicago), a M.P.A. and Ph.D. in City Planning from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Fr. Tom’s research interests are focused on the long-term impact of a year or more of volunteer service on individual volunteers; demographic changes and challenges for Religious Congregations; and community development efforts with disabled populations. He is currently an active board member of L'Arche Greater Washington, DC.


Dr. Charlotte McCorquodale serves as president of Ministry Training Source, a non-profit organization committed to the formation of ministry leaders by providing customized ministry formation solutions using the latest research and technology.  She holds a PhD in Human Resource Education and Workforce Development from Louisiana State University and a Masters degree in religious education from the University of St. Thomas in Houston. She is a regular presenter at LA Religious Education Congress, the National Conference for Catholic Youth Ministry, and the National Catholic Youth Conference.


Sister Mary Rowell, CSJ is a Sister of St. Joseph in Canada. Currently, she is the Vocation and Candidate Director for her Congregation and Board President of the National Association of Vocation and Formation Directors (Canada NAVFD). Alongside vocation and formation ministries, Sr. Mary teaches moral theology and eco-theology at the University of Toronto School of Theology and she ministers through retreat facilitation, spiritual direction and ecology initiatives at her Congregation’s ecology and retreat center in Cobourg, Ontario. Mary is originally from Cambridge in England. She holds a Masters in Medical Law and Ethics; and a doctorate degree in Theology.


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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