Spring & summer events

Spring & summer events


Catholic Sisters Week, March 8-14

Catholic Sisters Week (CSW) invites all to celebrate women religious from March 8-14. 

CSW is an annual celebration that began in 2014 to honor women religious with a series of events that instruct, enlighten, and bring greater focus on the lives of these incredible women. It’s a chance to recognize all that they do, with the hope that as more young women learn about women religious, more will choose to follow their example.

Visit the CSW website to learn about the organization, find an event near you and join in honoring women religious, or plan an event of your own and spread the word. 

Check out the new curriculum developed by the National Catholic Sisters Project in English and Spanish.

NRVC has published over 50 videos centered on the theme of Abundant Hope. All the videos can be accessed directly through the National Religious Vocation Conference YouTube Channel and shared publicly to amplify hope for religious life. One idea is to share one video a day on your social media platforms throughout Catholic Sisters Week, show one a day in classrooms, on campuses, at Board meetings, and parish events. 



Religious Brothers Day, May 1

Religious Brothers Day is held annually on May 1, the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker.  All religious brothers are recognized during this international event. Prayer services and reflections for celebrating this day are available at ReligiousBrothers.org 

For more information about Religious Brothers that may assist you in celebrating this vocation, download:

The NRVC has published a series of Abundant Hope videos which includes Brothers. The following videos are publicly available to share for Religious Brothers Day and at other events to promote the vocation of Brother:

  1. Brother Joseph Bach, O.S.F.
  2. Brother Peter Lamick, C.S.V.
  3. Brother Paschal Listi, fbp
  4. Brother Antony Julius Milton, O.F.M. Cap.
  5. Brother Blair Paulus Nuyda, A.A.
  6. Brother Allen Agpaoa Pacquing, S.M.
  7. Brother Rafael Vargas, S.D.B.

Here are the links to the NRVC member institutes with religious brothers:

Alexian Brothers

Augustinian Friars, Eastern Province

Augustinian Friars, Midwest Province

Augustinian Friars, Western Province

Augustinians of the Assumption

Barnabite Fathers and Brothers

Benedictine Monks, Assumption Abbey

Benedictine Monks, Christ the King Priory

Benedictine Monks, Mount Michael Abbey

Benedictine Monks, Newark Abbey

Benedictine Monks, Saint Procopius Abbey

Benedictine Monks, Saint John Abbey

Benedictine Monks, Saint Meinrad Archabbey

Benedictine Monks, Subiaco Abbey

Brothers of the Christian Schools

Brothers of the Christian Schools, Eastern North America

Brothers of the Christian Schools, Midwest District

Brothers of the Christian Schools, San Francisco, New Orleans

Brothers of the Sacred Heart, Province of the United States

Capuchin Franciscans, Province of St. Joseph

Carmelite Fathers and Brothers, Province of St. Elias

Claretian Missionaries

Congregation of Holy Cross

Congregation of the Holy Spirit

Congregation of the Resurrection, CA

Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary

Crosier Fathers and Brothers

Discalced Carmelite Friars

Dominican Friars, Saint Martin de Porres

Edmund Rice Christian Brothers

Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn

Franciscan Friars of the Atonement

Franciscan Friars, Conventual, Our Lady of Consolation

Franciscan Friars, Holy Name Province

Franciscan Friars, Our Lady of Guadalupe Province

Franciscan Friars, Saint Barbara Province

Franciscan Friars, Saint John the Baptist Province

Glenmary Home Missioners

Hospitaller Brothers of St. John of God

Jesuit Fathers and Brothers, Central and Southern Province

Jesuit Fathers and Brothers, Midwest Province

Jesuit Fathers and Brothers, Northeast Province

Jesuit Fathers and Brothers, Western Province

Jesuit Fathers of Upper Canada

Josephite Fathers and Brothers

Marianists

Marianists, Province of Meribah

Marist Brothers

Marist Fathers and Brothers

Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers

Missionaries of the Precious Blood

Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate

Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity

Nortbertines of St. Norbert Abbey

Oratorians, Rock Hill Oratory

Order of Carmelites

Order of Friar Servants of Mary

Order of the Most Holy Trinity

Pallotines, Immaculate Conception Province

Pallotines, Mother of God Province

Passionists

Redemptorists

Redemptorists, Edmonton-Toronto Province

Salesians of Don Bosco, East

Salesians of Don Bosco, West

Society of Saint Edmund

Society of the Divine Word

Somascan Fathers and Brothers

Sons of Our Mother of Peace

Trappist Cistercian Monks, New Clairvaux

Trappist Cistercian Monks, New Mellerary Abbey

Viatorians

Vincentians, Eastern Province

Vincentians, Western Province

Xaverian Brothers

Xaverian Missionaries



World Day of Prayer for Vocations, April 25, 2021

Resources and links to Pope's message

World Day of Prayer for Vocations Prayer Card
 NRVC Vocation Prayer Card. Order your copies from the NRVC store.

The purpose of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations is to publicly celebrate vocations to ordained ministry and religious life in all its forms.  Many parishes and religious institutes commemorate this day with prayer for vocations and vocation promotion events. Considering that 73 percent of women and men professing final vows participated in one or more parish activities and 88 perecent served in one or more parish ministries before entering religious life, our presence and participation in activities that mark this special day is essential. Consider asking parishes for opportunities to speak, pray, provide bulletin inserts, prayer cards, and conversation before and after Masses, in religious education programs, RCIA and confirmation formation classes on this day. 

Dear friends, on this day in particular, but also in the ordinary pastoral life of our communities, I ask the Church to continue to promote vocations. May she touch the hearts of the faithful and enable each of them to discover with gratitude God’s call in their lives, to find courage to say “yes” to God, to overcome all weariness through faith in Christ, and to make of their lives a song of praise for God, for their brothers and sisters, and for the whole world. May the Virgin Mary accompany us and intercede for us.

--Pope Francis, World Day of Prayer for Vocations, 2020.

Prayer for World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Holy Spirit,  stir within us the passion to promote vocations to the consecrated life, societies of apostolic life, diocesan priesthood, and permanent diaconate.

Inspire us daily to respond to Your call with boundless compassion, abundant generosity, and radical availability.

Help us to remember our own baptismal call to rouse us to invite the next generation to hear and respond to Your call.

Inspire parents, families, and lay ecclesial ministers to begin a conversation with young Catholics to consider how they will live lives of holiness and sacred service.

Nudge inquirers and motivate discerners to learn more about monastic life, apostolic life, missionaries, cloistered contemplative life, and evangelical Franciscan life.

Ignite our Church with the confident humility that there is an urgent need for religious sisters, brothers, deacons, and priests to live in solidarity with those who are poor, neglected, and marginalized.

Disrupt our comfortable lives and complacent attitudes with new ideas to respond courageously and creatively with a daily 'YES!'  Amen.

Additional vocation prayers

 Resources offered by the USCCB

Resources offered by Serra International

Rosary for Vocations with the Luminous Mysteries 

World Day of Prayer for Vocations Doodle

NRVC member, Sister Chela Gonzalez, O.P. was inspired to create a doodle for World Day of Prayer for Vocations. This coloring page can be used with all ages who want to pray through art. Sr. Chela used the rosary as the core focus of her design, using any Mystery of the Rosary. The lower left swirl is for the Apostles Creed while the lower right swirl is for the Hail, Holy Queen. Each of the diamonds (two at the top and three at the bottom) are for the Lord’s Prayer, while each row of circles represents five Hail Mary prayers. The Glory Be prayer is prayed after praying ten Hail Mary prayers, and the artist can color in the design around the circles. This design is meant to intentionally bring one into prayer while coloring. The person can prayerfully name those who are discerning vocations, those who have already committed to single, ordained or vowed life, as well as asking for direction to answer God’s continuous call to holiness.


Papal Messages for World Day of Prayer for Vocations

2020 World Day of Prayer for Vocations Papal message

2019 World Day of Prayer for Vocations Papal message

2018 World Day of Prayer for Vocations Papal message

2017 World Day of Prayer for Vocations Papal message.

2016 World Day of Prayer for Vocations Papal messsage.

2015 World Day of Prayer for Vocations Papal message.

2014 World Day of Prayer for Vocations Papal message.

2013 World Day of Prayer for Vocations Papal message.

2012 World Day of Prayer for Vocations Papal message.

2011 World Day of Prayer for Vocations Papal message.

2010 World Day of Prayer for Vocations Papal message.

2009 World Day of Prayer for Vocations Papal message.

2008 World Day of Prayer for Vocations Papal message.

2007 World Day of Prayer for Vocations Papal message.

2006 World Day of Prayer for Vocations Papal message.



2021 NRVC Workshop Information

Summer Institute registration is open

NRVC folders and badges

Summer Institute Registration is open. Register here.

Due to COVID precautions, the NRVC Summer Institute will be offered via video conferencing in 2021. Building on the success of the 2020 Virtual Summer Institute, registration for workshops is now open Decisions regarding the Fall Institute will be made after Easter.  

General Information

This year, the NRVC is offering four workshops intended for vocation ministers, formation teams, communicators, religious leadership, 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. 

The Mission of the National Religious Vocation Conference reflects its commitment to provide membership with educational opportunities, relevant resources, and other supportive services that strengthen and enhance the practiced ministerial skills of those serving in vocation ministry. NRVC strongly suggests that vocation ministers participate in ongoing educational opportunities to attend to their own vocation, faith formation, and to further develop their professional competencies. It is essential for vocation ministers to keep up-to-date on trends, issues, skills, and best practices in the field of vocation ministry.  

2021 Workshop Schedule

Summer Institute via ZOOM

Orientation Program for New Vocation Directors     
July 12-16, 2021   9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Behavioral Assessment 1
July 19-21, 2021   9:30 am to 2:30 pm

Ethical Issues in Vocation and Formation Ministry      
July 23-24, 2021   9:30 am to 2:30 pm                             

Is it Generational, Cultural, or Family of Origin?  
Issues in Candidate Assessment
     
July 26-28, 2021  9:30 am to 2:30 pm Central time                              

Fall Institute

Decisions regarding the venue for Fall Institute will be made after Easter. 

Behavioral Assessment 2
October 5-6, 2021  

Behavioral Assessment 1
October 8-10, 2021  

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

Transformation in an Age of Anxiety and Loneliness    
October 18-20, 2021    

Workshop registration fees

Workshops are open to NRVC members at a discounted rate and for non-members at an affordable price. All NRVC workshops are consistently priced at $150 per day per NRVC member, regardless of the topic or speaker. Non-members pay $225 (an additional 50%) per person per day for each workshop. If you would like to become a member to receive the discounted rate, click here.  

Late Registration

Registrations for Summer Institute workshops received after June 30 will incur a $50 late fee per workshop

Cancellations

Cancellations for Summer Institute workshops must be received in writing before June 30 to receive a full refund, less a $100 processing fee per workshop. After July 1, 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.

Register today for Summer Institute workshops using this link


I believe NRVC's scheduling enabled the online experience to be comfortable. Since this was the first time for me to participate in an online workshop, I really enjoyed the experience. Of course, it demanded a certain discipline from me, like not checking my cellphone and being attentive to the time difference between Eastern and Central time. The fact that it was offered on Zoom enabled many of us to avoid the additional travel and board costs.

Sister Michelle de Silva, S.M.S.M.

The quality of these workshops is reason enough to attend them, whether online or in-person. I am not a fan of online gatherings but this one was far more rewarding than I ever expected it would be.  In short, it worked.  And, it worked well.  While I would prefer in-person workshops, this was a worthwhile substitute. I can now imagine using this format if it is deemed both effective and more affordable to NRVC and participants.

--Mr. Gregory Darr for the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers

I am amazed at how well the staff and presenters handled the online presentations.  I had connection difficulties but was able to benefit in spite of my connection issues.  Marge was really helpful! 

--Sister  Kathy Delancey, o.s.c.



2021 Summer Institute via ZOOM

Registration is open

By NRVC National Office

Registration is now open using this link

Building upon the success of the 2020 Summer Institute and the unpredictability of this global pandemic, all Summer Institute workshops will be offered using the zoom platform.  Workshop materials will be mailed to you. 

Take a workshop this summer in the comfort of your home, no hassles with travel or packing, just time to enjoy learning from experienced presenters who will engage participants with a reasonable schedule integrated with screen breaks and small group breakout sessions. 

Please note workshop times vary, however all workshops begin at 9:30 a.m. Central Time with communal prayer. Breaks are scheduled for the morning and afternoon sessions along with a 60 minute break for lunch.   

Orientation Program for New Vocation Directors     
July 12-16, 2021   9:30 am to 3:30 pm Central time       

Behavioral Assessment 1      
July 19-21, 2021   9:30 am to 2:30 pm Central time

Ethical Issues for Vocation and Formation Directors     
July 23-24, 2021   9:30 am to 2:30 pm Central time                            

Is it Generational, Cultural, or Family of Origin?  
Issues in Candidate Assessment
      
July 26-28, 2021  9:30 am to 2:30 pm Central time                          

 

NRVC Summer Institute 2019
Taking part in the Summer Institute are Sister Ann Marie Strileckis, C.N.D., Father Mario Serrano, O.F.M.Conv., Sister Erencia Saipwerik, R.S.M., and Brother Gregory Cellini, O.S.F.

 

 

Helpful information

Our annual Summer Institute will offer four workshops. Choose to attend one or several workshops.  

We will be using the ZOOM webinar platform, which is a fairly familiar platform for many of us now due to "stay at home" orders and social-distancing requirements. For new users, a short tutorial will be available before the opening of Summer Institute.

Although in a different format, we are confident that Summer Institute will be IN-depth, INstructive, INsightful--all IN the comfort of your own space!

Late Registration

Registrations for Summer Institute workshops received after June 30 will incur a $50 late fee per workshop.

Cancellations

Cancellations for workshops must be received in writing to debbiesscm@nrvc.net before June 30 to receive a full refund, less a $100 processing fee per workshop. After July 1, 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 or personal expenses. If you need financial assistance to attend an NRVC workshop, please margyelan@nrvc.net for an application.

 

This was my second workshop this summer. NRVC did amazing work to keep motivation high and fatigue low. All-day is tough, but the two short breaks and longer lunch breaks were just right. The amount of interaction among participants and back and forth with the presenter was just right  - no long, tedious, and off-topic ramblings you sometimes get when a person gets the floor in an in-person class; people seemed to realize they needed to brief. I was glad using the Chat function for conversations among participants to put forward a question or a resource. 

--Sister Melissa Carmado, S.C.L. 

I love very much the advantage of media technology for useful, educational means. Summer Institute via zoom was easy to connect; it also taught me how to manage and operate technology well for vocation ministry. The format especially the presentations and resources were clear, and the schedule was adaptable for me. 

--Father Emilio Reyes, S.V.D.​

I registered because of the positive experiences I’ve had in previous NRVC workshops and for ongoing professional development. Although it was the first time to conduct such an important workshop online, I personally found the material presented very enriching, helpful, and informative.  Also I found the input very suitable to help myself and my community members.  Thank you very much, I thoroughly enjoyed Summer Institute.​

--Sister Lucinder Mologai, S.M.S.M from Fiji



Orientation Program for New Vocation Directors

July 12-16, 2021

By NRVC National Office

This workshop is offered July 12-16, 2021 AND October 12-16, 2021

Register for Summer Orientation Program using this link.

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.

This online workshop will keep your attention with five dynamic presenters covering over 70 topics for new vocation ministers. Participant networking is encouraged throughout the workshop with small group breakout sessions.  

Please note this five day workshop begins each day at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Central time. There are 2 scheduled breaks along with a 60 minute lunch from noon to 1:00 p.m. (CT) to avoid screen fatigue. 

Workshop fees

NRVC member: $750                                      Non-member: $1125

Become an NRVC member to save on workshop fees.   

Late registration

Registrations received after June 30 incur a $50 late fee. 

Cancellations

Cancellations for workshops must be received in writing to debbiesscm@nrvc.net before June 30 to receive a full refund less a $100 processing fee. After June 30, all fees are non refundable. 

Presenters:

Sister Deborah M. Borneman, SS.C.M. began working for the NRVC in 2011 and presently serves as the Director of Mission Integration. 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).  

 

Sister Charlene Herincxk, S.S.M.O. currently serves as the NRVC Director of Membership and previously served as the NRVC Coordinator of Programs and Projects from 1999-2005. A Sister of St. Mary of Oregon, her ministry experience includes middle and high school teacher, school administrator, community vocation director, assistant Archdiocesan vocation director, and community leadership. She holds a Master of Arts in Private School Administration (University of San Francisco) and a Master of Education (University of Portland). She was recognized with a Lifetime NRVC Membership in 2014. 

 

Father Adam MacDonald, S.V.D. is a native of Flint, Michigan and ordained for the Society of the Divine Word.  Since 2011, Fr. Adam has served as a Vocation Director for his congregation. He previously served in the Philippines, on the Provincial Council for the Chicago Province and as Vice-Provincial. Fr. Adam holds a Master of Divinity degree (Catholic Theological Union, Chicago) and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Center for Spiritual Development, California. He currently serves on the NRVC National Board executive committee and has previously served on the NRVC Editorial Board and the Vocation Ambassador Design team. 

 

Brother Chris Patiño, FSC is a De La Salle Christian Brother and currently serves as Director of Vocation Ministry for the Christian Brothers’ U.S.A. western province. He previously served in education and on his Provincial Council. Br. Chris holds an undergraduate degree in Religious Studies (University of Arizona) and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (Loyola University, Chicago).  In addition to his responsibilities as vocation director, he serves on the Board of Trustees of De La Salle North Catholic High School in Portland, the Religious Brothers Conference Board, and as NRVC West Coast Member Area Co-coordinator.

 

Sister Minnette Welding, I.H.M. is a Sister, Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scranton, PA, and ministers as the Director of Vocations for her IHM Congregation. She has spent her religious life ministering to adolescents and young adults in college campus ministry, secondary education and parish youth/young adult ministry as well as Diocesan vocation ministry. She is also a spiritual director and retreat director. Sister has a Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Neumann University concentrating in Spiritual Direction and a Master of Science Degree from Fordham University in Youth and Young Adult Ministry/Religious Education.

I found the whole program very helpful. I appreciated the different perspectives from the speakers and the variety of examples provided. Learning about setting boundaries and the specifics about psychological testing and assessment especially helpful. I found all the presenters competent and engaging. Thank You! I didn't have a clue as to what I didn't know - things vital to my role as vocation director. ​

--Sister Vickie Griner, osc

A great experience; it came at a perfect time since I’ve been at this for a few months and a new academic year is starting soon. There’s alot to digest, but the manual and on-line resources are a Godsend. THANK YOU!

–Brother Larry Schatz, F.S.C..

Being a layperson and new to vocation ministry, I found all aspects of the program helpful. The materials and small group conversation gave me a better understanding of vowed life and the complex role of the vocation director. I was pleasantly surprised at how effective and enjoyable this online format can be. I’ve always preferred traditional classroom settings but after participating in this program I wouldn’t hesitate to sign up for this format again. It was so well done. This workshop definitely exceeded my expectations. Thank you! ​

–Ms. Kathryn Davis for the Congregation of Bon Secours.

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.

 



Behavioral Assessment 1 Workshop

July 19-21, 2021

By NRVC National Office

This workshop will be offered  July 19-21, 2021 AND October 8-10, 2021

Register by clicking this link

This workshop presents practical interviewing techniques housed in a theoretical framework of behavioral assessment. While the focus of the workshop is on assessment of candidates for admission to initial formation, the methodology easily applies to assessing candidates in other stages of formation as well. Workshop participants study sample case reports and learn skills for interviewing as well as guidelines for organizing the information into useful reports. Interview topics include: family background, educational and occupational histories, psychosexual histories and intimacy skills, faith history, and other pertinent issues related to comprehensive vocation assessment.

Please note this three day workshop begins each day at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. Central time. There are 2 scheduled breaks along with a 60 minute lunch from 11:30 - 12:30 (CT) to avoid screen fatigue. 

Workshop fees

NRVC member: $450                                        $675 Non-member

Become an NRVC member for reduced workshop rates.         

Late registration

Registrations received after June 30 incur a $50 late fee. 

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations for workshops must be received in writing to debbiesscm@nrvc.net before June 30 to receive a full refund less a $100 processing fee. After June 30, all fees are non refundable. 

Presenter

Reverend Raymond P. Carey, Ph.D. is a priest of the Archdiocese of Portland, OR. He has taught at both the secondary and university levels, and presently teaches at Mount Angel Seminary Graduate School of Theology in Saint Benedict, Oregon. Fr. Carey holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Ottawa, Canada. He has presented workshops in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. He is a recipient of the NRVC Harvest Award and a Lifetime NRVC member for his work in service of vocation ministry.

After this workshop, I have the confidence to use the Behavioral Assessment following FDIC and direct/indirect interviewing techniques to respect each discerner's right to minimal intrusion. Fr. Ray's knowledge and his ability to share stories that drive deeper into the information is most helpful.

--Sister Jean Rhoads, D.C.

I loved  his humor and stories that related to the content well. This workshop exceeded my expectations. Thank you!

--Father Derek Swanson, C.M.

What a privilege to learn from Fr. Ray! It was refreshing and validating,  exemplification of our values put to the service of vocation ministry. These were long, full days but I would rather be overwhelmed than underwhelmed. Everything that was covered was relevant and pertinent to discernment and assessment.

--Sister Andrea Koverman, S.C.


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.



Ethical Issues in Vocation and Formation Ministry Workshop

July 23-24, 2021

By NRVC National Office

 

Registration is open using this link

This workshop will explore ethical principles governing confidentiality, agency and obligations related to positions of trust. The workshop will also address issues related to dissemination of information, the timeliness of admissions or dismissal decisions, and other issues related to ethical rights of candidates as well as ethical rights of those in positions of authority. This workshop is essential for all those who make decisions concerning the admission of candidates.

Please note this two day workshop begins each day at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. Central time. There are 2 scheduled breaks along with a 60 minute lunch from 11:30 - 12:30 (CT) to avoid screen fatigue. 

Workshop fees

NRVC member: $300                                        $450 Non-member

Become an NRVC member for reduced workshop rates.           

 

Late registration

Registrations received after June 30 incur a $50 late fee. 

Cancellation

Cancellations for workshops must be received in writing to debbiesscm@nrvc.net before June 30 to receive a full refund less a $100 processing fee. After June 30, all fees are non refundable. 

Presenter

Reverend Raymond P. Carey, Ph.D. is a priest of the Archdiocese of Portland, OR. He has taught at both the secondary and university levels, and presently teaches at Mount Angel Seminary Graduate School of Theology in Saint Benedict, Oregon. Fr. Carey holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Ottawa, Canada. He has presented workshops in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. He is a recipient of the NRVC Harvest Award and a Lifetime NRVC member for his work in service of vocation ministry.

 

The material was extensive and presented well. Learning more about gender identity, sexual energy and intimacy skills was most helpful for me professionally and in living my own vocation well.

–Brother Pat Douglas, S.J.​

I am in leadership and because of the reports we receive when people are applying for vows, I was interested in the content of this program. There are three times that we can assess suitability (before entrance, temporary vows, final vows) and I wanted more content to be better able to make the assessment.

–Sister Marie Ursino, S.H.C.J., ministering in Rome, Italy

Pragmatic content effectively delivered. This workshop opened a new and valuable perspective for me. Now I understand why the vocation team sets up structures and interactions the way it does. I am grateful we now have a common language and goal.  

–Brother Nick Gonzalez, F.S.C.


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.



Is it Generational, Cultural or Family of Origin? Issues in Candidate Assessment

July 26-28, 2021

By NRVC National Office

Registration is open using this link

Inquirers, discerners and candidates come from varied ages, ethnicities, and families. How can we distinguish and understand patterns of behavior to assess skills for ministerial readiness and community living? This workshop will bring together three skillful presenters to share their professional insights and ministerial experiences to unpack the question, “Is it generational, cultural, or family of origin?” The more aware we are of the ways in which multiple and intersecting aspects of one’s cultural identity through the lens of family of origin impacts relationships, communication, decision making, and behavior, the more effective we can be in our accompaniment, assessment, and formation of candidates for religious life.

This online workshop is designed with three distinct professional presenters to deepen intercultural competence, enhance assessment skills, and keep your attention. 

Please note this three day workshop begins each day at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. Central time. There are 2 scheduled breaks along with a 60 minute lunch from 11:30 - 12:30 (CT) to avoid screen fatigue. 

Workshop fees

NRVC member: $450                                  Non-member: $675

Become an NRVC member for reduced workshop rates

Late registration

Registrations received after June 30 incur a $50 late fee. 

Cancellation

Cancellations for workshops must be received in writing to debbiesscm@nrvc.net before June 30 to receive a full refund less a $100 processing fee. After June 30, all fees are non refundable. 

Presenters

Dr. Ansel Augustine is the Executive Director of Cultural Diversity and Outreach for the Archdiocese of Washington. He is the former Director of the Office of Black Catholic Ministries for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He is also on the C&E Faculty of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana. Ansel has served on the board of directors for the National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association (NCYAMA) and the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM).    He holds a Doctor of Ministry from Graduate of Theological Foundation and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University in New Orleans.  He is also an Associate Member of the Sisters of the Holy Family in New Orleans. 

 

Sister Bea Eichten, O.S.F. resides in Racine, WI where she serves as President of the Siena Retreat Center Board. As a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, MN, Sr. Bea served as Community Minister for her congregation from 2001 – 2006, and again from 2011 – 2018. She was a member of the Presidency for the Leadership Conference of Women Religions from 2004 – 2006. She works with LCWR in planning Emergent Future Discernment conversations and is a facilitator and consultant for religious institutes.  Sr. Bea holds a Masters in Pastoral Studies/Counseling from Loyola University, Chicago, IL and completed a clinical internship at Parkside Pastoral Counseling Center, Park Ridge, IL. She is a certified Fellow (retired) of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.

 

Sister Maria Nguyen, O.S.B. is a member of the Benedictine sisters at Mt. St. Scholastica Monastery in Atchison, Kansas.  She was born in Vietnam and came to the United in 1975. In 1990, she received a Master’s degree in social work from St. Louis University.  She currently serves as a Social Worker at Fresenius Medical Care for Dialysis and Kidney Transplant in Kansas City, Missouri.  She also serves as an assistant chaplain of the Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Movement in the United States. She is a consultant for many religious communities on interculturality issues and co-authored the chapter, Cultural Frameworks and Concrete Situations in the book, Engaging our Diversity: Interculturality and Consecrated Life Today published in 2020.

The presentations were excellent and the workshop content was very informative. Being with diverse colleagues assisted the difficult conversations. This workshop exceeded my expectations because of the professional and accessible NRVC Staff and resources available. 

--Sister Denise Glazik, O.P. 

It was so well-organized, the small groups opportunity was amazing. The chat feature is helpful for questions and for personal messages for networking with other members. I don't think I lost much of anything by not being there in person. Even the breaks were well-spaced, and nice (for introverts like me) to get some recharge time on a personal walk or exercise, and not feel compelled to visit with fellow attendees (though the option is there to come back early from break and visit). The online experience was much more balanced than I expected. Screen stamina was eased by many breaks. There were many more relationship-building and networking opportunities than I expected.

--Brother Paschal Listi, f.b.p

My leadership team encouraged me to attend this workshop. It was educative, informing, enriching, and a great opportunity to be part. I found the presenters to be most helpful.

--Sister Priscilla Nenuwa, S.H.C.J. in Walembelle-Tumu, Ghana

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