Ethical Issues in Vocation and Formation Ministry Workshop

Ethical Issues in Vocation and Formation Ministry Workshop

July 13-14, 2020

By NRVC National Office


This workshop has reached its capacity of 50 participants. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please email

This workshop will be offered again July 19-20, 2021. 

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.

This workshop is designed to cover 8 topics in 90 minute sessions with screen breaks between topics and alternating presenters to keep participants engaged throughout the two days of on-line learning. 

Please note this workshop begins on Monday, July 13 at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. on July 14 (Central time). There are 2 twenty minute breaks and a 90 minute lunch 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 $25late fee. 


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


Sr. Virginia Herbers, A.S.C.J., is an Apostle of the Sacred Heart of Jesus currently serving as Director of Spiritual Formation at St. Louis University.  She has served in vocation ministry part-time and full-time for her community since 2001, and served in formation and leadership ministry. Sr. Virginia has a Masters in Pastoral Studies from Aquinas Institute in St. Louis and enjoys offering retreats and spiritual direction as well as writing about the spiritual life. Sr. Virginia is a contributing writer for the Global Sisters Report and the author of Forgiveness: Choosing to Receive and Give. She currently serves on the NRVC National Board executive committee and has previously served on the Editorial Board of the HORIZON journal.


Sister Maria Hughes, A.S.C., is an Adorer of the Blood of Christ and currently ministers on her U.S. Region Leadership Team. She has spent much of her religious life accompanying the formative discernment process. She is a presenter for Inter-Community Novitiate programs and facilitated seminars in vocation and formation both nationally and internationally. Sr. Maria previously ministered at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL, as the director of the Institute of Religious Formation. She holds a MS in Educational Administration from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh PA as well as certificates in Formation from the Institute of Religious Formation and the RFC ForMission program.


Sister Anita Louise Lowe, O.S.B., is prioress of the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, Indiana. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, she completed a master’s degree in theology with a concentration in liturgical studies at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to her election as prioress in 2019, she was the director of liturgy at the monastery. She also served as vocation director for her community and served on the NRVC Board. She has also served as a high school teacher, assistant director of communications, and public relations manager.  In addition, Sr. Anita has taught various classes, given numerous workshops, and has been a facilitator for online liturgy classes with Notre Dame’s Satellite Theological Education Program.


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.

–Br. Pat Douglas, S.J.​

This workshop gave me a greater understanding of the experiences I have had in ministry and how to work with/in specific areas of need of candidate assessment.

–Michelle Horton

It was inspiring to house ethical issues with the strong underpinning of reverence and respect of persons. It was very helpful to review and concretize the meaning and implications of agency and fiduciary trust. The real life stories made it very practical, thank you for the matrix of shalom. 

–Sr. Brenda Lynn McHugh, D.S.M.P. from Lake Zurich, IL

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.

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