Is it Generational, Cultural, Personality or Pathology?

Is it Generational, Cultural, Personality or Pathology?

July 16-18, 2020

By NRVC National Office

This workshop is filled to capacity of 60 participants. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please email

Inquirers, discerners and candidates come from varied ages, countries, cultures, 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, personality or pathology?” The more aware we are of the ways in which multiple and intersecting aspects of one’s cultural identity impact personality development and behavior, the more effective we can be in our understanding, screening and formation of candidates for religious life.

This online workshop is designed with three distinct presenters bringing participants a new lens each day to enhance your assessment skills and keep your attention.

Please note this workshop begins at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 16 and ends at 4:00 p.m. on July 18 (Central time). Lunch is 90 minutes with two 20 minutes breaks to avoid screen fatigue.

Workshop fees

NRVC member: $450                                  Non-member: $675

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Late registration

Registrations received after June 30 incur a $25 late 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. 


Sister Donna Del Santo, S.S.J.. is a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester, NY and has served as her congregation’s Director of Vocations since 2003. In 1996, she began and has coordinated the Sisters of St. Joseph Volunteer Corps. Through this program over 1,000 youth have lived with the Sisters of St. Joseph in an intentional community, and served in a variety of ministries where they engage people on the margins of our society and learn about the injustices they endure, as well as where they might see some glimmers of hope. Sr. Donna graduated with a degree in nursing from D’Youville College. She works as a nurse at the Monroe County Jail and is part of the Catholic Jail Ministry since 1980.


Brother Sean Sammon, F.M.S., is a Marist Brother who holds currently an appointment as Scholar in Residence at Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York. Previously he served in Rome for sixteen years as Superior General and Vicar General of his congregation. For several years Brother Sean was the International Clinical Director of House of Affirmation. He holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University and is the author of several books and numerous articles examining the interface of faith and social science. Brother Sean was a presenter at the Men Religious Moving Forward in Hope program and has written articles for HORIZON.


Crystal Taylor-Dietz, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist and the director of Caritas Counseling Center, the outpatient department of Saint Luke Institute in Maryland. She also is an assistant clinical professor of clinical psychology at The George Washington University Professional Psychology Program and on the Faculty at the Washington School of Psychiatry. She received a doctorate in clinical psychology from Chestnut Hill College and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology at Boston Medical Center, along with a post-doctoral fellowship at The George Washington University Professional Psychology Program. Dr. Taylor-Dietz presented a pre-convocation workshop at the 2018 NRVC Convocation and has presented workshops cross-culturally domestically and abroad.


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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