2020 Summer Institute in Chicago

2020 Summer Institute in Chicago

Registration Is Open

By NRVC National Office

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All workshops begin at 8:15 a.m. with communal prayer. Mass is celebrated at 11:15 a.m. with lunch from noon – 1:30 p.m. Be sure to check the end times for each workshop as they are varied.

Orientation Program for New Vocation Directors     
July 8-12            

Ethical Issues for Vocation and Formation Directors     
July 13-14

Behavioral Assessment 1   
 July 16-18                                         

Is it Generational, Cultural, Personality or Pathology?     
July 16-18                           

Understanding, Assessing, and Fostering Psycho-Sexual Integration   
July 20-23


NRVC Summer Institute 2019
Taking part in the 2018 Summer Institute are Sister Linda Van Bussel, R.S.M., from Sisters of Mercy of New Zealand, and Father Richard Goodin, O.F.M., Province of St. John the Baptist.


Helpful information

Our annual Summer Institute will offer five workshops at Catholic Theological Union (CTU) in Chicago, July 8-23, 2020. Choose to attend one or several workshops. Located in the popular Hyde Park neighborhood at 5401 S. Cornell Avenue, CTU is easily accessible from both Midway (MDW) and O’Hare (ORD) airports by taxi/Uber/Lyft. CTU is located on the South Side of Chicago, on the shore of Lake Michigan and the home of NRVC. Parking and lunch are included in your workshop registration for both residents and commuters.

This year we are offering two workshops simultaneously July 16-18 to provide a membership density experience. You will have the opportunity to network with more people at breaks and lunch to magnify your experience for a greater impact in your ministry. 

Overnight Accommodations

For the convenience of participants, affordable housing is contracted through CTU. Enjoy the convenience of having a private air-conditioned bedroom and bathroom, along with linen service, wi-fi and continental breakfast. It is within walking distance of several restaurants for supper (they also deliver), Lake Michigan, Walgreens, Office Depot, the Post Office, and the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. The CTA bus #6 comes frequently to go to the Chicago Loop just seven miles away. Limited rooms are available; make your overnight accommodations when you register for your workshop. Please do not call CTU for reservations as we are in a contract for blocked rooms. 

If you need overnight accommodations at CTU, register as a resident (if you will drive to/from the workshops each day, register as a commuter). Reservations are contracted for arrivals after 3:00 p.m. the day before the workshop begins and check-out is at 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. Please call us if you are traveling from overseas to check availability to accommodate your special needs. You can store your luggage at the NRVC offices until you are ready to leave on the day of your departure. If you are staying for the next workshop, you will not need to check out.  

Please note that these accommodations are designed very simply for university students and short stays at an affordable rate of $115 per night, per person. If you need more amenities, make your reservation at local hotels located just a half mile away: LaQuinta Inn, Sophy Hyde Park Hotel, and Hyatt Place Chicago-South. Therefore, if you are staying elsewhere and do not need overnight accommodations at CTU, register as a commuter.

Daily Liturgy

As per our custom, Mass is celebrated daily during all workshops. We rely on our ordained participants to preside and welcome all others to assist in liturgical leadership. All workshops begin with communal prayer and there is a Chapel located in the residence hall for personal prayer.

Late Registration

Registrations for workshops received after June 20 will incur a $100 late fee per workshop.


Cancellations for workshops and/or accommodations must be received in writing to debbiesscm@nrvc.net before June 20 to receive a full refund, less a $100 processing fee per workshop. After the deadline, all fees are non-refundable for the cancellation of workshops and/or accommodations. 


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.

I appreciated the opening prayer and the variety of YouTube videos with music. After coming back into vocation ministry after 15 years, I appreciated reconnecting with new faces and being refreshed in content that is updated. 

--Sr. Marcia Ziska, O.S.B.

The schedule was reasonable and the format was excellent to allow for sharing and conversation.

--Fr. Dominic Tran, S.D.B.​

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