First-ever International Vocation Conference in Rome, Feb. 23-27

First-ever International Vocation Conference in Rome, Feb. 23-27

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Feb. 17, 2015

 

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First-ever International Vocation Conference in Rome, Feb. 23-27

 

Chicago -- In honor of the 2015 Year of Consecrated Life, the Chicago-based National Religious Vocation Conference is hosting an unprecedented gathering in Rome February 23-27 of select national vocation and religious leaders from the developed world. 

 

The goals of the gathering, being funded by a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, are to share vocation-related information, identify common needs and challenges, and explore future areas for worldwide collaboration in promoting vocations to consecrated life.

 

“The Year of Consecrated Life is the perfect opportunity to explore how Catholic vocation conferences can work together to promote and strengthen religious life on a global level,” says Holy Cross Brother Paul Bednarczyk, C.S.C., Executive Director of the National Religious Vocation Conference and host of the international gathering.

 

The conference will be held at the lstituto Maria Santissima Bambina (on the Via Paolo VI, No. 21) located just outside of St. Peter's Square. Media welcome.

 

Sister Gemma Simmonds, C.J., director of the Religious Life Institute at Heythrop College in London, will facilitate the meetings and Father Gerard Whelan, S.J., Associate Professor at Pontifical Gregorian University, will serve as theological reflector.

 

Confirmed participants are:

 

Sister Viviana M. Ballarin, O.P., Vice-President of the Union of the European Conferences of Major Superiors, Brussels

Sister Nathalie BecquartXavière, 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., Board Member, 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

Father Hank Lemoncelli, O.M.I., 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

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

 

Conference schedule includes a formal welcome Monday, Feb. 23, at 17:30, reports from all participants on Tuesday, and theological reflection and collation of key points on Wednesday, and a meeting with representatives from the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life on Thursday at 10:00.

 

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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 has approximately 1,300 members, most of whom are vocation ministers for religious congregations. The NRVC serves its members by providing continuing education, resources, and services for professional growth.

 

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation was created in 1944 by international business pioneer Conrad N. Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left his fortune to help the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable people. The Foundation currently conducts strategic initiatives in five priority areas: providing safe water, ending chronic homelessness, preventing substance abuse, caring for vulnerable children, and extending Conrad Hilton’s support for the work of Catholic Sisters. From its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $1 billion in grants.

 

June 2014

Hilton Foundation awards $2 million to National Religious Vocation Conference

Funds distributed over three years

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February 2012

High educational debt a growing threat to religious vocations

Study reveals candidates turned away because of student loans

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April 2011

National Religious Vocation Conference awarded Hilton grant for debt study

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