2021 Fall Institute

2021 Fall Institute

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This year, NRVC is offering four workshops at the Fall Institute in October intended for vocation ministers and others entrusted with the assessment of discerners and candidates. 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. Learning together, whether in person or online is important for vocation ministry to be ethical, credible, and relevant.  

Registration opening soon

Our biennial Fall Institute will offer three workshops at the Mercy Conference and Retreat Center in St. Louis, MO, October 5-17, 2021. In addition, there is a one-day virtual workshop offered on October 19, 2021. Choose to attend one or several workshops. Mercy Conference and Retreat Center is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. It is accessible from the Saint Louis Lambert International Airport (STL). Transportation to and from the airport is available through taxis, Uber, Lyft, or make a shuttle reservation at https://www.flystl.com/parking-and-transport/transportation. You can also take advantage of free parking in the West Lot if you rent a car or drive to St. Louis. 

All Fall Institute workshops include overnight accommodations at the Mercy Conference and Retreat Center. Enjoy the convenience of having a private bedroom and bathroom, along with linen service, wi-fi, meals and breaks. Because of COVID restrictions, the Fall Institute workshops are limited to 23 participants and cannot accommodate commuters.

ALL participants must be fully vaccinated and abide by all safety protocols set by the venue. There are no exceptions. Please do not call the Mercy Conference and Retreat Center for reservations as we are in a contract for blocked rooms. Your workshop fees include overnight accommodations.

Reservations are contracted for arrivals after 3:00 p.m. the day before the workshop begins and check-out is by 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. You can store your luggage in the lounge if you are not ready to leave by 9:00 a.m. on the day of your departure, however you must vacate your room to allow the staff to clean your room for the next arrival on the same day. If you are staying for the next workshop, you will not need to check out or pay any additional fees.

Behavioral Assessment 2                                                 October 5-6, 2021  

Behavioral Assessment 1                                                 October 8-10, 2021 

Orientation Program for New Vocation Directors         October 12-16, 2021      

Navigating Uncertainty with Young People                   October 19, 2021       


All workshops include daily Mass at 11:15 a.m. and time for personal prayer. 

Workshop registration fees

All fees include overnight accommodations. All NRVC fall workshops are consistently priced regardless of the topic or speaker. Workshops are open to NRVC members at a discounted rate, and for non-members, at an additional 50% per person for each workshop. If you would like to become a member to receive the discounted rate, click here.  

Late Registration

Registrations for Fall Institute workshops received after September 20 will incur a $50 late fee per workshop


Cancellations for Fall Institute workshops must be received in writing before September 20 to receive a full refund, less a $100 processing fee per workshop. After September 20, all fees are non-refundable for the cancellation of workshops. 

Financial assistance available

To assist NRVC members with their professional development, the Misericordia Scholarship Fund is available. Scholarship funds can be applied to NRVC workshops; however, they do not cover the cost of transportation, accommodations, meals or personal expenses. If you need financial assistance to attend an NRVC workshop, please margyelan@nrvc.net for an application.

Workshop terms and conditions

Please read our NRVC terms and conditions for all events and programs.

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Member Area Gathering - Mid-Atlantic & Southwest

May 4 ,

via Zoom

Member Area Gathering - Midwest

May 6,

via Zoom

Member Area Gathering - International

May 22,

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Orientation Program for New Vocation Directors

July 12-16, 2021,

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Behavioral Assessment 1

July 19-21, 2021,

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Ethical Issues in Vocation and Formation Ministry

July 23-24, 2021,


Is it Generational, Cultural or Family of Origin Issues?

July 26-28, 2021,


Fall Institute

October 4-20,

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National Vocation Awareness Week

Nov 7-13, 2021,

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