International Vocation Conference

International Vocation Conference

Feb. 23-27, Rome


  First-ever International Vocation Conference in Rome, Feb. 23-27

In honor of the 2015 Year of Consecrated Life, the National Religious Vocation Conference recently hosted an unprecedented gathering in Rome February 23-27 of select national vocation and religious leaders from the developed world. 

 

The goals of the gathering, being funded by a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, were to share vocation-related information, identify common needs and challenges, and explore future areas for worldwide collaboration in promoting vocations to consecrated life.

Click here to view photos of the gathering. Click here to read the Statement from the Delegates.

Sister Gemma Simmonds, C.J., director of the Religious Life Institute at Heythrop College in London,  facilitated the meetings, which were held at the lstituto Maria Santissima Bambina (on the Via Paolo VI, No. 21) located just outside of St. Peter's Square. Father Gerard Whelan, S.J., Associate Professor at Pontifical Gregorian University, served as theological reflector.

 

Those scheduled to participate:

Sister Viviana M. Ballarin, O.P., Vice-President of the Union of the European Conferences of Major Superiors, Brussels

Sister Nathalie BecquartXav., Director, National Service for the Evangelization of Youth and for Vocations, Bishops’ Conference of France, Paris

Brother Paul Bednarczyk, C.S.C., NRVC Executive Director, Chicago

Sister Deborah M. Borneman, SS.C.M, NRVC Director of Member Relations and Services, Chicago

Father Anthony Cox, S.S.C, Executive Officer, Catholic Vocations Ministry Australia (CVMA), Essendon, Victoria, Australia

Sister Nanise Degei, S.D.N., Board Member, Religious Leadership Conference, South Pacific Islands, Fiji

Sister Gabrielle Farrell, O.L.A., Executive Board Member, Vocations Ireland, Dublin

Father David Kinnear Glenday, M.C.C.J., General Secretary, Union of Superiors General (USG), Rome

Brother Ronald Hingle, S.C., NRVC Executive Board Chair, New Orleans

Father Christopher Jamison, O.S.B., Director, National Office for Vocation, Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, London

Father Hank Lemoncelli, O.M.I., Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Vatican City

Sister Patricia Murray, I.B.V.M., General Secretary, International Union of Superiors General (UISG), Rome

Mr. Brad Myers, Senior Program Officer, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Agoura Hills, California, U.S.A.

Sister Lusiana Raratini, D.O.L.C., Delegate, Congregational Leaders Conference, Aotearoa-New Zealand (CLCANZ), Wellington

Sister Mary Rowell, C.S.J., President, National Association of Vocation and Formation Directors, Toronto

Sister Katharina Kluitmann, O.S.F., Provincial Minister, board member of Religious Leadership Conference, committee member of German Bishops’ Conference for Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Laity, Münster, Germany


Other staff:

Sister Rosemary Esseff, O.P., Liturgist, Rome

Ms. Patrice Tuohy, Meeting Communications Director, TrueQuest Communications, Chicago

Mrs. Julie Durkin Montague, NRVC Executive Assistant, Chicago

 

The Conference schedule included a formal welcome Monday, Feb. 23, at 17:30, reports from all participants on Tuesday, and theological reflection and collation of key points on Wednesday, and a meeting with representatives from the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life on Thursday at 10:00.



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