Mission and Support

Vision and Mission

By NRVC National Office

Vision Statement

The National Religious Vocation Conference has a vision to set the world ablaze with the fire of God’s love through the prophetic, joyful witness of religious sisters, brothers, and priests as radical disciples of Jesus.

Mission Statement

The National Religious Vocation Conference is a catalyst for vocation discernment and the full flourishing of religious life as sisters, brothers, and priests for the ongoing transformation of the world.

Purpose

To accomplish its mission, the National Religious Vocation Conference, in collaboration with its members and strategic partners, provides professional development, advocacy, education, resources, and networking opportunities to support vocation ministry and religious life.

Values

In presenting religious life as a viable, prophetic option that remains mystery and gift, the NRVC seeks to:

  1. Provide professional development, best practices, and shared wisdom to animate the elements of vocation ministry: encounter, invitation, and accompaniment;
  2. Foster a culture of vocations in a spirit of collaboration, joy, and hope to inspire and be inspired by the minds and hearts of the young church;
  3. Celebrate the charism of each Catholic religious institute as part of the mission of Jesus; and
  4. Grow and nurture an intercultural approach to vocation ministry.

Strategic Goals 2019-2023

  • Enhance collaborative efforts for engaging the culturally diverse young church in discerning and impacting the future of religious life.
  • Provide leading-edge resources, formation, and research to advance the field of intercultural vocation ministry, assessment skills, and discernment to religious life.
  • Increase the visibility and awareness of the NRVC to fulfill our mission. 
  • Create the organizational structure and financial model needed to sustain and grow NRVC.

More about NRVC

NRVC reach Infographic

The National Religious Vocation Conference is a professional organization of vocation ministers that promotes vocation awareness, invitation, and discernment to life as a religious sister, brother, or priest. NRVC reflects all forms of religious life and provides educational opportunities, resources, and other supportive services for spiritual, professional, and personal growth. NRVC has an annual membership of nearly 1,000 women and men representing over 300 religious institutes, organizations and dioceses, most of whom are vocation ministers for religious congregations. 

NRVC's Global Reach infographic

 

Contact Us

National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC)
5401 South Cornell Avenue, Suite 207
Chicago, IL 60615
Phone: 773.363.5454
Email: nrvc@nrvc.net
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Who is NRVC?

By NRVC National Office

Quick facts

  • Founded in 1988 NRVC is a professional organization for religious vocation directors, whose primary goal is to help women and men discern a religious vocation, assess candidates interested in becoming Catholic sisters, brothers and priests, and welcome new members to religious life.
     
  • NRVC has over 1000 members representing 300+ religious institutes and organizations in 20 countries.
     
  • NRVC provides members with the tools they need to effectively promote vocations invite others to consider religious life, and assist in the discernment process.
     
  • NRVC offers exceptional programming, training and resources for spiritual and personal growth which positively impact the future of religious life.
     
  • NRVC educates, connects, and inspires all those interested in the future of religious life, including thousands of young Catholics exploring religious vocations each year.
     
  • NRVC initiates and sponsors groundbreaking research on religious life, including the 2020 and 2009 Recent Study on Vocations, the 2012 Study on Educational Debt and Religious Vocations, 2014 Study on Cultural Diversity, and the 2015 Study on the Role of Family. 
     
  • NRVC publishes award-winning resources including VISION Vocation Guide, VocationNetwork.org, VocationMatch.com, and HORIZON Journal.
     
  • Because of its unique mission, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) recognizes NRVC as the official religious vocation conference in the United States.
     
  • NRVC needs your help to be successfully create a culture of encounter, engagement, and vocations to showcase the future vitality of religious life.

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Conrad N. Hilton Foundation support

2020 & 2014 grants

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation grant to NRVC in 2020

The National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC) is pleased to announce that a generous grant recently received from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Catholic Sisters Initiative will support ongoing efforts toward the achievement of two major objectives from its 2019-2023 strategic plan.

The first objective is to create sustainable solutions to challenges in the organizational structure and financial model needed to build for the future of NRVC in its leadership, mission, and vision. The NRVC board and staff will commit to operational and strategic decision-making criteria to integrate the new team leadership model for its national board and staff with standards of accountability.

The second objective is to continue to offer lifelong formation and education for Catholic sisters that fosters spiritual renewal and leadership skill-building. As part of the grant, NRVC will be inviting 30 sisters who entered religious life after 2003 to participate in the NRVC biennial convocation in Spokane, Washington, October 30 - November 2, 2020. Additionally, NRVC will fund 12 brothers or priests who entered after 2003. Having newer religious at the convocation is expected to enhance the understanding and the ongoing formation of all participants at the conference. This invitation will include covering the costs for convocation registration, three hotel overnights, and up to $700 in travel expenses.

For more information and for applications to recommend a newer member, NRVC members may contact their local Member Area Coordinator. (Applications are due July 15.) Applicants will be notified by August 1, 2020 by the NRVC office with instructions on completing the convocation registration process.  

For more information about the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation grant, please email Sister Deborah Borneman, SS.C.M. at debbiesscm@nrvc.net.

 

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation support for NRVC 2014-2016

The National Religious Vocation Conference is delighted to announce that the board of directors of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has awarded NRVC a $2 million dollar grant to continue to build the organization’s capacity and sustainability. This generous grant will provide NRVC with additional personnel, the ability to create an effective development program, resources for the Year of Consecrated Life, and other important vocation-promotion services over the next three years (2014-16).  Further details are here.  

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Published on: 2014-06-19

Updated on: 2020-05-19


GHR Foundation support for NRVC

2020 Study on Vocations and follow up mapping

By NRVC National Office

The GHR Foundation awarded a $200,000 grant to the National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC) to provide extensive data mining and visual display of the responses to its 2020 Study on Recent Vocations, to be released in Spring 2020, which the GHR Foundation also helped fund.

With the goal of helping vocation directors in their ministry and using the most current data-mining and story-mapping software, NRVC will gather information on the newest entrants to religious life to create a vivid portrait of the characteristics, influences, and touch points that help shape the individual vocation journeys of men and women who chose to become Catholic religious sisters, brothers, and priests.

NRVC Development Director Mr. Phil Loftus recognizes this major gift “not only as an investment in NRVC, but as a commitment to using the latest technology to capture and share a fuller picture of religious life today. We are very grateful to GHR Foundation for their continued support of our mission."

NRVC hopes that the data-mapping program to be developed will have a broader application among religious communities and dioceses in creating up-to-date information about contemporary men and women religious and the ministries where they serve and the people whose lives are enhanced by their work.

 


The National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC) was founded in 1988 as a professional organization of men and women committed to vocation awareness, invitation, and discernment to consecrated life as brothers, sisters, and priests. The NRVC serves its 1,000 members by providing continuing education, resources, and services for professional growth. The National Religious Vocation Conference serves as a catalyst for vocation discernment and the full flourishing of religious life as sisters, brothers, and priests for the ongoing transformation of the world.

GHR Foundation applies entrepreneurial creativity and universal Catholic values in the areas of health, education, and global development. Started in 1965 by Opus founders Gerald A. and Henrietta Rauenhorst, the Foundation seeks transformational change, and partners with the world’s experts to achieve impact. This results in a powerful exchange of ideas, and a community of thought leaders providing locally-driven solutions. GHR is anchored with a belief in responsibility, action, and the knowledge that we are all deeply connected. Despite global challenges, GHR meets each task with entrepreneurial optimism because the Foundation has seen the impact of strategic, thoughtful change.



Prayer intentions of NRVC benefactors

By NRVC National Office

Please include your special intention when you offer your donation to support the work of the National Religous Vocation Conference. Or send us an email with your request for prayers.

Active intentions receiving our prayers

Terry T. in Illinois - for the healthcare workers at her hospital during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Hannah V. in Illinois - for her uncle's recovery.

Tony N. in Georgia – that his children find Jesus.

Mary R. in South Carolina – for her husband’s recovery and for world peace.

Mary Ann R. in New York – for living and deceased family members, for Linda who is suffering from cancer, for Gene and James.

Dan M. in Ohio – for family, friends, and pets. 

Laurence F. in Illinois – for the repose of the souls of Nick, Rita, Michael, and Uncle Bart.

Sister Antonia in New Jersey – for her special intentions.

Dan M. in Ohio – for the security of his family.

Stanley D. in Texas – for all those trying to discern God’s call.

John E. in Pennsylvania – for his daughter’s pregnancy and the health of friends and family.

Alfred D. in California – for the health and happiness of friends and family and in thanksgiving.

Lucille in Illinois – for all those suffering from Parkinson’s disease and for their families.

Raymond J. in Oregon – that the power of Christ be with us.

Rocco G. from New York – for the family of Rocco and Teresa and friends and neighbors.

Mother Magda in New Mexico – for vocations for the Sisters of Our Lady Guadalupe and St. Joseph.

Alfred D. in California – for the health and happiness of friends and family, religious world peace, and for inactive Catholics.

Gerald S. of Minnesota – for deceased parents.

Roger M. of Arizona – for Pope Francis, persecuted Christians in Middle East, and for Bishops Strickland, Robinson, Grom and Wallace.

Hardar F. of Michigan – for the Sadeer family.

Nancy S. of Illinois – for the repose of the souls of her husband, her father, and her grandfather, and for unity within the family in faith.

John E. in Pennsylvania – for his family members, deceased and living, increased devotion to prayer life, and the well-being and intentions of clergy and religious.

Edward L. in Pennsylvania – for his family, Pope Francis and health.

Lawrence F. in New Jersey – for his son Thomas who suffers from autism, his daughter Alyssa who suffers from cysts, and his cousin Anthony who is sick with cancer.

Edward L. in Ohio – for his family, their faith life as well as health, and President Trump.

Laurence F. in Illinois – for the repose of the souls of family and friends.

Vincente G. in Michigan – for peace in his own family and the world, especially for his son Andrew and himself.

Joshua C. in Indiana – for his own peace, for Father Timothy and Lisa.

Mary W. in Wisconsin – for her family.

Donald S. in Michigan – for his own healing as he recovers from cancer, help with his finances, direction and discernment and that he find his cat.

Joseph M. in Michigan – for the health of Donna.

Silma K. in Illinois – for the repose of the soul of Lisa Therese Sasing Kuivinen who passed away August 16, 2016.

J. G. in Illinois – for vocations.

Barbara M. in Illinois – for her family’s health.

Constance S. in Michigan – for recovery from cancer.

Liz H. in Michigan – for her grandchildren, especially those in college, for her nephew who is battling cancer, and her son’s return to the church.

Steve F. in New Jersey – for his own vocation.

Alfred D. in California – for the health and happiness of his family; priests and religious; and the poor souls in purgatory.

Donna A. in Michigan – for her three oldest children and for her youngest son who has physical and mental health problems.

Maria S. in Wisconsin – for all priests and religious; an end to abortion; and that those in the new administration be guided by the Holy Spirit.

Ann M. in New Jersey – for the catechists she teaches.

Laurence F. of Illinois – for the recovery of Mike S., repose of the soul of Rita F., for unification of his family, for people to return to church and the end of abortion.

Aurura P. of California – for her health (especially her migraines) and her family (especially her daughter).

James F. of Illinois – for his son who died in 2013 of a heroin overdose.

Dr. and Mrs. A. of Colorado – for the indifference they have shown the Lord, for the soul of Emma and that she be released from prison, for the sins of Earl G.; for healing for Melvin B.

Mr. John L. of Illinois – for his upcoming cataract surgery.

Mrs. Mary Ellen M. of California – that her son find suitable employment.

Deacon Charles G. of Florida – that he continue to appreciate God’s blessings and to be able to pray and receive Him every day in his own home.

Mr. William C. of New Jersey – for his family, including 13 children, 56 grandchildren and 3 great grand children.

Mr. Carlos H. of Florida – for the eternal rest of his ancestors.

Ms. Carmen G. of Illinois – for her mother Maria Gomez that she have peace of mind and that she be able to sleep all her nights in peace.

Ms. Barbara D. of New York – for the conversion of terrorists; for family members to return to the church, for the healing of relationships within her family; and for the physical healing of Don so that he may walk again.

Brother Kent C., F.S.C. of Illinois – for the young Christian Brothers coming out of formation in Chicago and for the blessings and grace they will need in their ministry.

Sister Elizabeth A. O.P. of Wisconsin – for her brother and for the Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center.

Sr. Mary Joseph of New Hampshire – for growth in holiness and in an increase in members of their community.

Sr. Susanna E. of California – for help with the presidential election, God’s mercy to overcome violent fanatics, help and comfort for their victims, and for the souls of Sandor M., Elizabeth N. and Agnes G.

Mr. and Mrs. Steven N. of Iowa for thanksgiving for the many blessings that God has bestowed upon their family, for family members undergoing surgery, for departed family members, and for health issues of friends and family.

Mr. Richard S. of California – for Patricia, Marion and Leona S. and Rich and Joan W.

Brother Robert L., C.S.C. of Ohio – Greater courage to embrace the call of the Gospel; vocations to consecrated life, all in need of mercy.

Ms. Margaret C. of Illinois – Repose of the soul and the family  of Lucas M. , Sr. Dorothy B., R.S.F.



Collaborating organizations

NRVC has traditionally enjoyed the collaboration and support of other national organizations within the Church. The groups featured include those organizations or focus groups whose concerns, projects, and events are consistent with the NRVC mission, philosophy and goals. Any other organization seeking a collaborative relationship with NRVC must submit a request in writing. All requests will be reviewed and a decision will be made by the NRVC board. 

 

Major Collaborating Organizations

 

Conference of Major Superiors of Men 

The Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM) through the leadership of the religious institutes, monastic communities, and societies of apostolic life, addresses the life and concerns of the members of the institutes and societies in the United States, and the evangelizing mission of the institutes, monasteries and societies in the context of church and culture in this country. NRVC actively participates in the Brothers Think Tank and Formation Committee. Sister Debbie attends its annual assembly held in August.

 

Congregation for Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life

The Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apstolic Life (CICLSAL) is the congregationo f the Roman Curia responsible for everything which concerns Institutes of Consecrated Life of both women and men, as well as secular institutes and Societies of Apostolic Life, regarding their government, discipline, studies, good, rights and privileges. NRVC was invited to meet with CICLSAL at the Vatican in Rome in 2015.


Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious 

The mission of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR) is to establish an effective collaboration among major superiors; to cooperate closely with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and with individual Bishops; and to nurture “a renewed appreciation of the deeper theological reasons for this special form of consecration.

 

Leadership Conference for Women Religious

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is an association of the leaders of congregations of Catholic women religious in the United States. The conference has more than 1350 members, who represent nearly 80 percent of women religious in the United States. Founded in 1956, LCWR assists its members to collaboratively carry out their service of leadership to further the mission of the Gospel in today’s world. Sister Debbie attends its annual assembly held in August. 

 

National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors 

The National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors (NCDVD) promotes diocesan priesthood, providing resources for the formation, support, and advocacy of diocesan vocation directors as they work within the Catholic Church to foster a culture of vocations, raising up new priests for the Body of Christ. Sister Debbie attends its annual conference held in July. 

 

Religious Formation Conference 

The Religious Formation Conference (RFC) is a national Roman Catholic organization serving religious institutes of women and men with programs and services for those in the ministry of initial and lifelong formation, and general congregational membership. Sister Debbie attends its biennial Congress. 


United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 

The USCCB Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations seeks to foster and encourage the various forms of consecrated life in the Church today. These diverse forms include: Monastic Life, the Orders of Virgins, Hermits, and Institutes completely devoted to contemplation, Apostolic Religious Life, Secular Institutes, Societies of Apostolic Life, and new or renewed forms of the consecrated life (cf. Vita Consecrata, 6-12). Sister Debbie attends the annual USCCB CCLV meeting in November. 

 

Partner organizations

A Nun's Life Ministry

A Nun’s Life Ministry helps people discover and grow in their vocation by engaging questions about God, faith, and religious life. A Nun’s Life Ministry is founded on the belief that each person is called by God to a vocation that enriches the individual and the world. 

 

Catholic Campus Ministry Association

The mission of the Catholic Campus Ministry Association (CCMA) is to be the voice and promote the mission of the Church among its students in higher education by empowering campus ministers through formation, networking and resources.

 

Catholic Legal Immingration Network

Embracing the Gospel value of welcoming the stranger, CLINIC promotes the dignity and protects the rights of immigrants in partnership with a dedicated network of Catholic and community immigration legal programs. Marge Argyelan is the NRVC liaison for CLINIC.

 

Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate

The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) is a national, non-profit, Georgetown University affiliated research center that conducts social scientific studies about the Catholic Church. The mission of CARA is to: increase the Church's self understanding; to serve the applied research needs of Church decision-makers; and to advance scholarly research on religion, particularly Catholicism. 

 

Communicators for Women Religious

The Communicators for Women Religious (CWR) is a professional organization of personnel responsible for communications within religious congregations of women. Their mission is to be a network of professional support and education for members who promote understanding of women religious, enhance their image and advance their mission. Carol Scheiber is the NRVC liaison to CWR.

 

Mexican American Catholic College

The Mission of the Mexican American Catholic College is to empower and educate leaders for service in a culturally diverse church and society. The Mexican American Catholic College is an independent, Catholic institution of higher learning.  

 

National Federation for Catholic Youth Minstry

The mission of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) is to support and strengthen those who accompany young people as they encounter and follow Jesus Christ. Sister Debbie attends the NFCYM annual membership meeting in February.

 

Religious Brothers Conference

The Religious Brothers Conference (RBC) is a service organization in the Catholic Church. The mission of the RBC is to promote an awareness of the calling of Brothers in the Church and society.  Mr. Phil Loftus attended the Religious Brothers Conference in July 2019.

 

Resource Center for Religious Institutes 

The Resource Center for Religious Institutes (RCRI) serves its member institutes by providing integrated education, advocacy, consultation and collaborative initiatives to support religious institutes in meeting their current and emerging stewardship responsibilities. Mr. Phil Loftus and Mrs. Maureen Cetera attend the annual conference. 

 

Foundations and Benefactors

NRVC is grateful to the following foundations and benefactors for their generous financial support to advance the mission of NRVC to be a a catalyst for vocation discernment and the full flourishing of religious life as sisters, brothers, and priests for the ongoing transformation of the world.

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is a family foundation established in 1944 by the man who started Hilton Hotels. We provide funds to nonprofit organizations working to improve the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people throughout the world.

 

Gerald and Henrietta Rauenhorst Foundation

Founded in 1965 by Gerald and Henrietta Rauenhorst, GHR collaborates with a community of thought leaders to exchange ideas and locally-driven solutions, anchored in responsibility and the knowledge that we are all deeply connected. With our partners, we meet each challenge with creativity and optimism because we have seen the impact possible through design-build philanthropy.

 

J.S. Paluch Company, National Vocation Awareness Division

The J.S. Paluch Company Inc. is dedicated to serving Catholic parishes and organizations as well as local and national church bulletin advertisers throughout the United States. The J.S. Paluch's National Vocations Awareness Division (NVAD) promotes vocation awareness through a fully-funded annual seminar for leaders in diocesan and religious vocation ministry, collaboration with vocation directors, vocation prayers in calendar and periodical publications, and media support.

 

Resource organizations

Association of Latin American Missionary Sisters/Asociación de Hermanas Latinas Misioneras en America (AHLMA)

Catholic Theological Union

Catholic Volunteer Network

Catholics on Call

Center for the Study of Consecrated Life

Institute for Religious Formation

Giving Voice

National Black Sisters Conference

National Catholic Sisters Project

National Conference of Vicars for Religious

Praesidium

United States Conference of Secular Institutes

USA Council of Serra International



International Relationships

International Relationships

NRVC has members in over 20 countries and as a national organization, NRVC values an intercultural and global approach to vocation ministry to promote all of religious life. The following national vocation offices collaborate with NRVC on a consistent basis. NRVC workshop participants often include international vocation ministers from English speaking countries.

In the Year for Consecrated Life in 2015, NRVC hosted an international vocation conference in Rome and the following organizations sent representatives:

European Vocations Services

International Union of General Superiors (UISG)

National Association of Vocation/Formation Directors of Canada

Office of Vocations, Bishops' Conference of England and Wales

Union of Superiors General (USG)

Vocations Ireland

 

Delegates of the International Vocation Conference, February 2015, Rome


Sister Viviana M. Ballarin, O.P., Vice-President of the Union of the European Conferences of Major Superiors, Brussels
Sister Nathalie Becquart, Xav., Director, National Service for the Evangelization of Youth and for Vocations, Bishops’ Conference of France, Paris
Brother Paul Bednarczyk, C.S.C., NRVC Executive Director, Chicago
Sister Deborah M. Borneman, SS.C.M.,NRVC Director of Member Relations and Services, Chicago
Father Anthony Cox, S.S.C., Executive Officer, Catholic Vocations Ministry Australia (CVMA), Essendon, Victoria, Australia
Sister Nanise Degei, S.D.N., President, Religious Leadership Conference, South Pacific Islands, Fiji
Sister Gabrielle Farrell, O.L.A., Executive Board Member, Vocations Ireland, Dublin
Father David Kinnear Glenday, M.C.C.J., General Secretary, Union of Superiors General (USG), Rome
Brother Ronald Hingle, S.C., NRVC Executive Board Chair, New Orleans
Father Christopher Jamison, O.S.B., Director, National Office for Vocation, Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, London
Sister Katharina Kluitmann, O.S.F., Provincial Minister, board member of Religious Leadership Conference, committee member of German Bishops’ Conference for Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Laity, Münster, Germany
Father Hank Lemoncelli, O.M.I., English-language Official, Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Vatican City
Sister Patricia Murray, I.B.V.M., General Secretary, International Union of Superiors General (UISG), Rome
Mr. Brad Myers, Senior Program Officer, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Agoura Hills, California, U.S.A.
Sister Lusiana Raratini, D.O.L.C., Delegate, Congregational Leaders Conference, Aotearoa-New Zealand (CLCANZ), Wellington
Sister Mary Rowell, C.S.J., President, National Association of Vocation and Formation Directors, Toronto



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