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

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

July 26-28, 2021

By National Office

Please note Summer Institute registration closed on June 30.

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

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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. 


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

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 contact  for an application.

Workshop terms and conditions

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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