2024 Convocation: Walking humbly together

2024 Convocation: Walking humbly together

October 31 - November 4, 2024


 

Join us at Convocation!

We are excited to be heading out to Minneapolis for our biennial Convocation, October 31- November 4, 2024.

Our hosts

Thank you to the Upper Midwest Member Area for serving as hosts for our 2024 conference.

What is Convocation?

Convocation brings together the NRVC membership with its trademark excellence in workshops, liturgies, keynote presentations, and networking. This large membership conference also includes the member business meeting, awards banquet, and invitations to several organizational collaborators. It provides the opportunity to celebrate the mission and vision of the organization while engaging in professional development and ongoing formation.

Where is Convocation?

The venue selected is the Doubletree Hotel at 1500 Park Place Blvd, Minneapolis, MN. It's in Saint Louis Park, across from The Shops at West End. which has numerous affordable dining options. Central Minneapolis is five miles away, and the Mall of America is less than a half-hour drive from the hotel. There's free car parking, free wifi, an indoor swimming pool, and a fitness center. The NRVC has contracted a block of rooms for three days prior and 3 days after Convocation for a reduced rate of $129 per night plus 10.525% taxes. While it may be cheaper for reservations elsewhere, the NRVC depends upon your reservations to keep the overall rate of the conference affordable. If we do not meet our contracted rooms, the NRVC will be penalized financially. Thank you for reserving your hotel room through NIX. Check-in is after 3:00 pm and check-out is before 10:00 am.

All hotel reservations will be through our conference planners at NIX after Easter. Please do NOT make reservations directly to the hotel or through third parties as they will not be applied to our NRVC contract. Thank you. 

How do we travel to Convocation?

To carpool from Chicago, it's a 6-hour drive and from St. Louis, it's an 8-hour drive.  The closest airport is the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP). Arline service includes Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, KLM, Southwest, Spirit, Sun Country, United, and Westjet. Choose car and shuttle transportation to/from the airport through Taxi/Uber/Lyft/other app-based ride services, and Car rental companies at your own expense.


Pre-Convocation workshop choices on October 31:

Coming soon!


Would you like to be a Convocation sponsor?

Many levels of Sponsorship are available and we welcome your support.  Please contact our Director of Development, Mr. Phil Loftus at  ploftus@nrvc.netClick to find information on sponsorship opportunities, and see who is already on the Sponsor list

Download a draft schedule here

Pre-Convocation workshops, 9:00 a.m. -  4:30 p.m., October 31, 2024

Member Area Coordinator gathering, 4:45 p.m., October 31, 2024

Welcome Reception begins at 6:00 p.m., October 31, 2024

Closing Banquet ends at 9:00 p.m., November 3, 2024

Optional bus Sacred Sites, Sacred Stories Pilgrimage: November 4, 2024 


Planning your budget

An opening reception on Thursday evening, lunch on Friday and Saturday, along with the closing awards banquet on Sunday, are all included in your registration fee. There are several restaurants within walking distance from the hotel. There is also a restaurant in the hotel 

NRVC member early registration rate: $600      

Non-member early registration rate: $900

Late registration fee after October 1: $100 more (reservations for the hotel discount rate ends October 7)

Pre-Convocation Workshop member rate: $200 includes lunch & 2 workshops

Pre-Convocation Workshop non-member rate: $300, includes lunch & 2 workshops

Post-Convocation Pilgrimage: $175 includes meals, all admissions, and tips

Hotel overnight rate is $129 plus 10.525% taxes from October 29 to November 6. Parking is free. All hotel reservations will be through our conference planners at NIX after Easter. Please do NOT make reservations directly to the hotel or through third parties as they will not be applied to our NRVC contract. Thank you. 

Due to contracts with the hotel/vendors, all registration fees are non-refundable after October 1, 2024.

If you need financial assistance, the NRVC Misericordia Fund is available to help with Convocation registration fees. For information and applications, please click here. 


Keynote Presenters

Coming soon!


Liturgy

Communal and personal prayer are important values of the NRVC. We look forward to celebrating All Saints Day, All Souls Day, and the beginning of National Vocation Awareness Week at Convocation! Each day, Mass will be celebrated along with opportunities for Communal Prayer. A prayer room will be located in the hotel for those who seek a quieter, contemplative space. 


Outstanding Recognition Awards

The NRVC presents up to four categories of awards at the biennial Convocation: The Harvest Award, the Lifetime Member Award, the Mustard Seed Award, and Outstanding Service Recognition. The NRVC Board will select the Harvest Award recipient at its spring Board meeting. Nominations for the Mustard Seed Award and Outstanding Member Recognition Awards will be announced after Easter and the National Board will make their selections at the fall Board meeting. More information about the National Awards is available in the Member Guidebook. All awards will be given at the Convocation closing banquet on November 3.

Donation Custom

It is the custom of the Host Member Area Area to select a local non-profit organization for the collection taken at the closing Mass at Convocation. The Member Area has not yet selected its organization. Check back later for more information. 

Guests and exhibitor information will be posted soon.


Health and Wellness

The NRVC is committed to keeping participants healthy. Masks are not required, however, if you experience any cold symptoms, we kindly ask that you alert the Board/staff to determine if you need to take further steps to protect your immune system and those in attendance. 

Terms and conditions

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

Convocation provides the opportunity to celebrate the mission and vision of the NRVC while engaging in professional development and ongoing formation. Invite members of your congregation to attend with you to support you in your ministry.

Mark your calendars and watch for updates in the Catalyst and newsletters.



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