NRVC Convocation

NRVC Convocation

NRVC members gather biennially for professional development and member business


2020 Virtual Convocation

The NRVC board has made the decision to convert 2020 Convocation to a virtual gathering rather than meeting in Spokane. We are still working out the details, but we want to assure that:

  1. The safety and well-being of our members remains a top priority.
  2. We are committed to providing high quality, professional, and inspiring programming at the 2020 Convocation--albeit, in a virtual format.
  3. We are planning a new schedule for late October with presenters, prayer, networking, and a business meeting. With the experience of over 200 participants and presenters involved in NRVC's virtual Summer Institute, we have confidence in the success of a 2020 Virtual Convocation.

Entirely new registration for 2020 Virtual Convocation

Because the format and offerings will need to be adjusted, the National Office has determined that the best course is to create an entirely new registration portal for 2020 Virtual Convocation.

For those of you who have already registered for 2020 Convocation, Maureen Cetera, Director of Finance, will provide you with a full refund within the next few weeks and will email you when the refund has been processed. You will then be provided the link to register for 2020 Virtual Convocation through the new portal.

For those who have already booked travelYou will need to cancel your reservationsIf you booked your hotel through NIX Conference Management, your reservations have been cancelled.
 

New 2020 Virtual Convocation registration in place soon

We hope to have our plans finalized in the next few weeks with a new registration portal in place by early September. We will notify you once the new 2020 Virtual Convocation schedule and registration is available.


Remember to mark your calendars for Convocation 2022 

Convocation 2022 will be held in Spokane at the Davenport Grand, Nov. 3-6, 2022.

In prayer and gratitude

We are grateful for your continued patience, understanding, and support as we pray together for an end to the spread of this global virus and its impact on you--our cherished members--all communities, collaborators, and those you serve. Thank you for your courage, witness, and hope.

NRVC Board

Sr. Kristin Matthes, S.N.D.deN., Board Chair
Fr. Adam McDonald, S.V.D., Executive Committee Member
Sr. Virginia Hebers, A.S.C.J., Executive Committee Member
Sr. Gayle Lwanga Crumbley, R.G.S., Member
Sr. Anna Marie Espinosa, I.W.B.S., Member
Fr. Charles Johnson, O.P., Member
Sr. Lisa Laguna, D.C., Member
Sr. Belinda Monahan, O.S.B., Member
Sr. Anita Quigley, S.H.C.J., Member
Mr. Len Uhal, Member
Sr. Mindy Welding, I.H.M., Member
Sr. Deborah Borneman, SS.C.M., ex officio, NRVC Director of Mission Integration 



2020 Convocation now virtual

By NRVC National Office

Updated Sept. 3, 2020

Cost

  • NRVC Virtual Convocation MEMBER early registration rate (before Oct. 16, 2020): $300
  • NON-MEMBER early registration rate (before Oct. 16, 2020): $450

 

July 15, 2020.

For those of you who have already registered for 2020 Convocation as it was originally schedule for Spokane, Maureen Cetera, Director of Finance, will provide you with a full refund within the next few weeks and will email you when the refund has been processed. You will then be provided the link to register for 2020 Virtual Convocation through the new portal to be available by early September.

For those who have already booked travelYou will need to cancel your reservationsIf you booked your hotel through NIX Conference Management, your reservations have been cancelled.



Become a Sponsor

2020 Virtual Convocation

By Phil Loftus

 

2020 NRVC Sponsorship


Sponsorship Opportunities

NRVC VIRTUAL CONVOCATION
2020 Vision: Focus on hope

NRVC needs you!
Your support will help us successfully showcase the vitality of religious life

NRVC is seeking Convocation sponsorships for our virtual gatherings*:

  • –1 Title Sponsor @ $20,000
  • –3 Technology Sponsors @ $15,000 each 
  • –1 Platinum Sponsor @ $15,000
  • –1 Gold Sponsor @ $10,000
  • –2 Silver Sponsor @ $5,000
  • –8 Bronze Sponsors @ $3,000 each
  • –6 Peace Sponsors @ $2,500 each
  • –4 Pearl Sponsors @ $2,000
  • –6 Ruby Sponsors @ $1,000 each
  • –25 Solar @ $500 each 
  • — Sponsor a Recent Vocation of a Brother/Priest @$375**
  • –In-Kind Sponsors

    * Events and sponsorship opportunities may change as the new virtual format is determined.

    ** Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is underwriting our “Sponsor a Recent Vocation of a Sister” program

Benefits of sponsorship

Make an impression on current and future leaders in the Catholic Church

  • Signage with your name and logo at the virtual event.
  • Continuous acknowledgment during convocation sessions.
  • Name, logo, and link on our website and social sites.
  • Collateral/resource distribution (if contract signed by Oct. 15, 2020).

Read more about sponsorship opportunities here.

Please become a sponsor today!

Phil LoftusContact

PHIL LOFTUS, NRVC Development Director

773-363-5454

ploftus@nrvc.net

 

The NRVC is 501(c)3. All contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

Religious Vocations: Valid, Vibrant, Valued!



2018 Convocation exhibitors, sponsors, and vendors web links

2018 Convocation Exhibitors

A Guide to Religious Ministries    

A Nun's Life Ministry

Cards by Anne

Catholic Theological Union

Communicators for Women Religious

Giving Voice

Guest House

Leadership Collaborative

LightWord Services, LLC

Mexican American Catholic College

National Catholic Sisters Project

Nativity Pilgrimage

Religious Formation Conference

Saint John Vianney Center

Saint Luke Institute

Tau Healing Arts

VISION Vocation Network

World Library Publications

 

2018 Convocation Sponsors

Ascension Health

Benedictine Sisters, St. Elizabeth, NJ

Buffalo Bureau of Tourism

Mr. Marty Butzen

Carmelite Sisters of the Aged and Infirm

Catholic Health Association

Catholic Life Insurance

Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate

Christian Brothers Services

Congregation of Bon Secours

Congregation of Holy Cross, Moreau Province

Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, Los Altos Hills

Daughters of Charity, St. Louise

Daughters of Wisdom

Diocese of Albany

Diocese of Brooklyn

Divine Word Missionaries

Dominican Sisters of Peace

Edmund Rice Christian Brothers

Felician Sisters of North America

Global Sisters Report

Human Development/Guest House

J.S. Paluch/World Library Publications

Maryknoll Sisters of Saint Dominic

Mount Savior Monastery

NRVC Deep South Member Area

NRVC Heartland Member Area

NRVC Hudson Valley Member Area

NRVC Midwest Member Area

NRVC Mid-Atlantic Member Area

Religious of the Sacred Heart

Saint John Vianney Center

School Sisters of Notre Dame

Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth

Sisters of Mercy, South Central

Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur

Sisters of Saint Joseph of Brentwood

Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet, Saint Louis

Sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia

Sisters of Saint Joseph of Rochester

Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis

Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius

Sisters of the Good Shepherd

Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth

Sisters of the Precious Blood

Society of the Holy Child Jesus

TrueQuest Communications

University of Incarnate Word

 

Additional supporters

Catholic Press Association

Hesburgh Sabbatical, Catholic Theological Union

Marillac Center

National Religious Retirement Office

NIX Conference and Meeting Management

Redemptorist Renewal Center

 

Disclaimer:  Links to external websites do not constitute a specific endorsement by NRVC of any of the products, services, or opinions of these referenced entities. 

 



2018 Convocation Sponsors

Thank you for your generosity!

We are grateful to the following organizations for their generous support of the 2018 Convocation:

J.S. PaluchWLPWorld LibrarySisters of Mercy

 

Province of St. Louise and Province of Los Altos Hills

SSJ PhiladelphiaSisters of St. Joseph BrentwoodSisters of St. Joseph RochesterSisters of St. Joseph CarondoletSisters of Ss. Cyril and MethodiusSoutheast Member AreaHudson ValleyMid-Atlantic Member AreaMidwest Member AreaHeartland Member AreaCarmelite Sisters of the Aged and InfirmTrueQuest CommunicationsSchool Sisters of Notre DameBenedictine Sisters, St. ElizabethReligious of the Sacred HeartMaryknoll SistersGlobal Sisters ReportDaughters of WisdomBuffalo Chamber of Commerce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In-Kind Sponsors:

A Nun’s Life Ministry
Brothers of the Christian Schools
Chiarelli’s Religious Goods
Daughters of Charity - Los Altos Hills
St. Luke’s Center
Southdown Institute
VISOgraphic

 

 



2018 NRVC Convocation

Nov. 1-5, 2018, in Buffalo, NY

Convocation registration is now open!


REGISTER here for the 2018 convocation, Nov. 1-5, 2018 in Buffalo, NY

SCHEDULE 

CONVOCATION FLYER 

 

Sponsorship

NRVC is seeking $100,000 in Convocation sponsorships for our gatherings and youth-infused events at the Adams Mark Hotel and Canisius College. We invite you to match your mission with ours by considering sponsorship at a level most suitable for your organization.  Click here to learn more.  Or complete a Sponsorship Reservation Form today!

Pre-convocation workshops

  • Finding your Digital Balance and Reducing Social Media Stress 
  • Screening Yellow and Red Flags in Candidate Assessment
  • Vocation Ministry and the Issues of Civil, Canon and Immigration Law
  • Vocation ROI: Grace or Grim

Learn more here.  

Keynote presenters

Each presenter will speak from their professional, lived, and educational experiences focused on the convocation theme: "Walk with me: Encounter, Accompaniment and Invitation." 

 
DePrinzioFather Kevin M. DePrinzio, O.S.A., Ph.D. is an Augustinian friar of the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova. He holds a doctorate in spirituality from The Catholic University of America. His areas of interest include mysticism, spirituality, historical theology, the history of religious life, and the mendicant movement. His dissertation topic was "Teresa of Avila’s reading of Augustine’s Confessions." Since the fall of 2017, Father Kevin has been on the faculty of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University and is part of the vocation and initial formation teams of his province. He has previously served in campus ministry at Villa Nova, on the NRVC Board, and as Region 2 Coordinator (now Delaware Valley Member Area). He was featured in the NRVC video, Religious Life: Absolutely Millennial! Father Kevin will present on Friday on The Vocation Encounter: Ministry at the Beautiful Gate.

 

Fr. Thomas Guant S.J.Father Thomas Gaunt, S.J. is the Executive Director of the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate. Prior to CARA, he served in Jesuit governance as the Socius/Executive Secretary of the Jesuit Conference for nine years and the Formation and Studies Director of the Maryland and New York Jesuits for seven years. After ordination, he spent ten years as a pastor and as Director of Planning in the Diocese of Charlotte. Father Gaunt is actively involved with the L'Arche Communities in Washington, DC. Father Tom will present on Saturdaymorning, Pathways to Religious Life.


HernandezSister Xiomara Méndez Hernández, O.P. is an Adrian Dominican Sister, originally from the Dominican Republic. She ministers as a Hospital Chaplain at Loyola University Health System with special focus on cancer patients. Previously, she ministered at St. Rose Dominican Hospitals in Henderson and Las Vegas, Nevada. She has diverse ministerial experiences in the areas of preaching, catechesis, Spanish-English interpreter, liturgical dance, and a high fashion teacher. Sister Xiomara holds a Master’s degree in pastoral studies from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and is a Board Certified Chaplain with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC). Before she became a religious sister, she was a fashion designer in her native country. She currently lives in Chicago. Sister Xiomara will present on Sunday morning: The Invitation: Mutual Encounter - Mutual Accompaniment.


OspinoDr. Hosffman Ospino, Ph.D. is an associate professor of theology and religious education at Boston College, where he is also Director of Graduate Programs in Hispanic Ministry. He has written extensively on questions related to Hispanic ministry, Catholic education, evangelization, and catechesis. Dr. Ospino was the principal investigator for the National Study of Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Ministry and co-investigator for the National Survey of Catholic Schools Serving Hispanic Families. He is currently conducting a national study on Hispanic/Latino vocations. He is an officer of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States, serves on the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Educational Association, and is a consultant for the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee against Racism. Dr. Ospino will present on Saturday on Called to Accompanying God’s People in a Time of Paradigm Changes.


PellegrinoSister Mary Pellegrino, C.S.J. is a Sister of St. Joseph of Baden, PA. In September 2018 she will complete 10 years of leadership ministry as her community’s Congregational Moderator. In addition, she will complete her term as past-president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in August 2018. Sister Mary holds an M.A. in Christian spirituality and a certificate in spiritual direction and retreat direction from Creighton University, an M.S. in religious education from Fordham University, and a B.A. in journalism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Prior to ministry in elected leadership, she served in parish youth and young adult ministry, campus ministry, vocation, and formation ministry. In 2004 she was the recipient of NRVC’s National Outstanding Recognition Award. Sister Mary will present on Sunday afternoon on Living No Longer for Ourselves:  Communion as Vocation.


TobinCardinal Joseph William Tobin, C.Ss.R. is the sixth Archbishop of Newark and was named to the College of Cardinals in 2016 by Pope Francis. Within the Redemptorist Community, he has served as Provincial Consultor, General Consultor, and Superior General in Rome. Pope Benedict XVI named Cardinal Tobin to the Roman Curia, where he served until 2012 as Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSAL) and titular Archbishop of Obba. He has been a member of the Canon Law Society since 1985. He serves as the Chairman on the USCCB Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations. Cardinal Tobin speaks English, Spanish, Italian, Frenchand Portuguese, and reads several other languages. He was a keynote presenter at the 2012 NRVC convocation. Cardinal Tobin will be the presider at our opening Mass on All Saints Day.

Nominations for awards

NRVC members and Member Areas may nominate NRVC members for outstanding recognition awards and the Mustard Seed Award. These awards are selected by the National Board at its August meeting from the nominations submitted. The awards are given at the convocation banquet. Nomination requirements and forms are available here for Outstanding Recognition and here for the Mustard Seed Award.

Convocation fees

NRVC member early registration rate: $595 includes lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and Sunday dinner banquet

Non-member early registration rate: $892 includes lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and Sunday dinner banquet

 

Pre-convocation workshop fees

NRVC member rate: $175 includes lunch on Thursday

Non-member rate: $265 includes lunch on Thursday

 

Commuter fee (only for those not staying at the hotel) $100

Rate after October 1: $100 more            

Cancellation fee: $100

Hotel Accommodations: $129 per night (without taxes).

There is no hotel shuttle, however the hotel is just 12 miles from the airport. Parking is $5 per night for hotel guests. Fitness Center and Internet in the bedrooms is complimentary.

Niagara Falls excursion

On Monday, November 5, 2018, you are invited to a bus trip to Niagara Falls on the Canadian side. To participate in this OPTIONAL excursion, you will need your passport with you. The bus departs at the hotel at 9:00 a.m. for arrival at the Falls at 10:00 a.m. You will have time to explore until 2:00 p.m. to meet the bus which will take you back to the hotel at 3:00 p.m. Feel free to eat lunch at your own expense at area restaurants.

Price includes: Round trip transportation services, services of a fully licensed driver, and all gratuities, tolls, and parking fees. $35.00 per person (no refunds for inclement weather or personal decision not to attend).



2018 Convocation highlights

A resounding success!

Highlights from Convocation

We were enlightened and inspired by our outstanding presenters and keynoters and the youth panel at our "You talk. We'll listen" event and our daily Mass with music from Mikey Needleman and World Library Publications. Congratulations also to our our honorees recognized at our 30th Anniversary Banquet.  

Keynote presenters

Podcast recordings

 

Videos of Keynotes and Canisius event 

(Click menu bar in upper left corner of the video to see other videos in 2018 Convocation playlist..)

 


DePrinzioFather Kevin M. DePrinzio, O.S.A., Ph.D. is an Augustinian friar of the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova. Father Kevin presented on The Vocation Encounter: Ministry at the Beautiful Gate.  

Special member benefit: Click here to view a video of his talk.

 

 


PellegrinoSister Mary Pellegrino, C.S.J. is a Sister of St. Joseph of Baden, Pennsylvania. Sister Mary presented on Living No Longer for Ourselves:  Communion as Vocation. 

Special member benefit: Click here to view a video of her talk.

 

 

Young adult panelists: Mikayla Fulton, Yohan Roche, Liz Caballero, Sydnie Perkins, Jessie Bordka, and Anna Capello were our featured panelists at "You talk. We'll Listen." a youth-infused event at Canisius College.

Special member benefit:  Click here to view a video of their talk

Click here to view a shorter highlights video of "You talk. We'll listen."

 


HernandezSister Xiomara Méndez Hernández, O.P. is an Adrian Dominican Sister. Sister Xiomara presented on The Invitation: Mutual Encounter - Mutual Accompaniment

Special member benefit:  Click here to view a video of her talk.

 

 


OspinoDr. Hosffman Ospino, Ph.D. is an associate professor of theology and religious education at Boston College, where he is also Director of Graduate Programs in Hispanic Ministry. Dr. Ospino will present on Saturday on Called to Accompanying God’s People in a Time of Paradigm Changes.  Special member benefit: Click here to view a video of his talk.

 

 

Fr. Thomas Guant S.J.Father Thomas Gaunt, S.J. is the executive director of the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate. Father Tom presented on Saturday morning on Pathways to Religious Life. 

Video unavailable.

 

Sponsorship

Thank you to our generous sponsors!



2018 NRVC Convocation

Nov. 1-5, 2018, in Buffalo, NY

Convocation registration is now open!


REGISTER here for the 2018 convocation, Nov. 1-5, 2018 in Buffalo, NY

Contact Michelle at NIX if you need assistance completing the registration.  1.800.2660866
Email: registrar@nixassoc.com

SCHEDULE 

CONVOCATION FLYER 

 

Sponsorship

NRVC is seeking $100,000 in Convocation sponsorships for our gatherings and youth-infused events at the Adams Mark Hotel and Canisius College. We invite you to match your mission with ours by considering sponsorship at a level most suitable for your organization.  Click here to learn more.  Or complete a Sponsorship Reservation Form today! Thank you to our growing list of generous sponsors!

Pre-convocation workshops

  • Finding your Digital Balance and Reducing Social Media Stress 
  • Screening Yellow and Red Flags in Candidate Assessment
  • Vocation Ministry and the Issues of Civil, Canon and Immigration Law
  • Vocation ROI: Grace or Grim

Learn more here.  

Keynote presenters

Each presenter will speak from their professional, lived, and educational experiences focused on the convocation theme: "Walk with me: Encounter, Accompaniment and Invitation." 

 
DePrinzioFather Kevin M. DePrinzio, O.S.A., Ph.D. is an Augustinian friar of the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova. He holds a doctorate in spirituality from The Catholic University of America. His areas of interest include mysticism, spirituality, historical theology, the history of religious life, and the mendicant movement. His dissertation topic was "Teresa of Avila’s reading of Augustine’s Confessions." Since the fall of 2017, Father Kevin has been on the faculty of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University and is part of the vocation and initial formation teams of his province. He has previously served in campus ministry at Villa Nova, on the NRVC Board, and as Region 2 Coordinator (now Delaware Valley Member Area). He was featured in the NRVC video, Religious Life: Absolutely Millennial! Father Kevin will present on Friday on The Vocation Encounter: Ministry at the Beautiful Gate.

 

Fr. Thomas Guant S.J.Father Thomas Gaunt, S.J. is the executive director of the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate. Prior to CARA, he served in Jesuit governance as the Socius/Executive Secretary of the Jesuit Conference for nine years and the Formation and Studies Director of the Maryland and New York Jesuits for seven years. After ordination, he spent 10 years as a pastor and as director of planning in the Diocese of Charlotte. Father Gaunt is actively involved with the L'Arche Communities in Washington, DC. Father Tom will present on Saturday morning Pathways to Religious Life.


HernandezSister Xiomara Méndez Hernández, O.P. is an Adrian Dominican Sister, originally from the Dominican Republic. She ministers as a Hospital Chaplain at Loyola University Health System with special focus on cancer patients. Previously, she ministered at St. Rose Dominican Hospitals in Henderson and Las Vegas, Nevada. She has diverse ministerial experiences in the areas of preaching, catechesis, Spanish-English interpreter, liturgical dance, and a high fashion teacher. Sister Xiomara holds a Master’s degree in pastoral studies from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and is a Board Certified Chaplain with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC). Before she became a religious sister, she was a fashion designer in her native country. She currently lives in Chicago. Sister Xiomara will present on Sunday morning: The Invitation: Mutual Encounter - Mutual Accompaniment.


OspinoDr. Hosffman Ospino, Ph.D. is an associate professor of theology and religious education at Boston College, where he is also Director of Graduate Programs in Hispanic Ministry. He has written extensively on questions related to Hispanic ministry, Catholic education, evangelization, and catechesis. Dr. Ospino was the principal investigator for the National Study of Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Ministry and co-investigator for the National Survey of Catholic Schools Serving Hispanic Families. He is currently conducting a national study on Hispanic/Latino vocations. He is an officer of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States, serves on the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Educational Association, and is a consultant for the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee against Racism. Dr. Ospino will present on Saturday on Called to Accompanying God’s People in a Time of Paradigm Changes.


PellegrinoSister Mary Pellegrino, C.S.J. is a Sister of St. Joseph of Baden, PA. In September 2018 she will complete 10 years of leadership ministry as her community’s Congregational Moderator. In addition, she will complete her term as past-president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in August 2018. Sister Mary holds an M.A. in Christian spirituality and a certificate in spiritual direction and retreat direction from Creighton University, an M.S. in religious education from Fordham University, and a B.A. in journalism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Prior to ministry in elected leadership, she served in parish youth and young adult ministry, campus ministry, vocation, and formation ministry. In 2004 she was the recipient of NRVC’s National Outstanding Recognition Award. Sister Mary will present on Sunday afternoon on Living No Longer for Ourselves:  Communion as Vocation.

Convocation fees

NRVC member early registration rate: $595 includes lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and Sunday dinner banquet

Non-member early registration rate: $892 includes lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and Sunday dinner banquet

 

Additional fees

NRVC member rate: $175 includes lunch on Thursday

Non-member rate: $265 includes lunch on Thursday

 

Commuter fee (only for those not staying at the hotel) $100

Rate after October 1: $100 more            

Cancellation fee: $100 before October 15. After October 15, all registration fees are non-refundable. 

Hotel Accommodations: $129 per night (without taxes).

There is no hotel shuttle, however the hotel is just 12 miles from the airport. Parking is $5 per night for hotel guests. Fitness Center and Internet in the bedrooms is complimentary.

Niagara Falls excursion

This trip is near capacity and will close when both busses are full. Make your reservation today.

On Monday, November 5, 2018, you are invited to a bus trip to Niagara Falls on the Canadian side. To participate in this OPTIONAL excursion, you will need your passport with you. The bus departs at the hotel at 9:00 a.m. for arrival at the Falls at 10:00 a.m. You will have time to explore until 2:00 p.m. to meet the bus which will take you back to the hotel at 3:00 p.m. Feel free to eat lunch at your own expense at area restaurants.

Price includes: Round trip transportation services, services of a fully licensed driver, and all gratuities, tolls, and parking fees. $35 per person (no refunds for inclement weather or personal decision not to attend).

Collection at Mass

The Hudson Valley Member Area has selected the Gerard Place as the recipient of the collection taken up at Mass on Sunday, November 4. The Gerard Place serves single families who are homeless. Its mission is to strengthen the community as it empowers the individuals and families toward self-sufficiency by providing housing, supportive services, community education and outreach. 



2018 Convocation: You talk. We'll listen.

And together we'll grow.

A conversation with young adults held on Nov. 3, 2018 at Canisius College.

Interested in viewing the chatroom comments that were posted during the event? Click here.

 

Click here to view a shorter highlights video
of "You talk. We'll listen."

 

Thank you to everyone who helped make this such an outstanding event:

Host 

NRVC represented by Board member Fr. Adam MacDonald, S.V.D.

Emcees 

Sr. Liz Sjoberg, D.C.; Br. David Deradoorian, F.S.C.

Panelists

Mikayla Fulton, Yohan Roche, Liz Caballero, Sydnie Perkins, Jessie Bordka, Anna Capello

Hundreds of viewers and chatroom participants

Behind the scenes 

Event director: Sr. Belinda Monahan, O.S.B.

NRVC Board and staff planning committee:  Sr. Anita Quigley, S.H.C.J.; Sr. Virginia Herbers, A.S.C.J., Phil Loftus, Marge Argyelan, Patrice Tuohy

A Nun's Life Ministry

Canisius College Montante Center crew and Campus Ministry Office

Full Circle Studios

TrueQuest Communications with ideaPort

Social monitors/posters: Sr. Max Kollasch, I.H.M.; Sr. Julie Meyers, O.S.F.; Sr. Anita Quigley, S.H.C.J.; Patrice Tuohy; Jennifer Tomshack; Siobhan O'Neill Meluso; Carol Schuck Scheiber


Original event promotion

A conversation with young adults and vocation directors

The National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC) will be hosting an afternoon of dialogue with young adults at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY on Nov. 3, 2018 at 3 p.m. Easterm time on faith, decision-making, and what younger Catholics see as the gifts and challenges of the church. Youth groups, young adults, and vocation directors in the Buffalo area are welcome to attend, and all others can join in via a livestream broadcast.

Young adults:

Here’s your chance to identify key issues that you find challenging. Get tips on how to become your best self. Tell your story to Catholic sisters, brothers, and priests who are eager to listen. If you are unsure where your life is leading you--where you can find joy--where you can be of most service to the world, then this gathering is for you. With an audience filled with experts in discerning life choices and inviting God into the process, you will be given some excellent suggestions on how to find the life path that is right for you.

Vocation directors and other church leaders:

Hear first-hand what’s on the minds of young Catholics. Hear first-hand what’s on the minds of young Catholics. Receive a unique opportunity to assure young adults of your desire to accompany them in discerning God’s plan for their lives. Most of all, listen to the young people’s hopes and dreams for themselves and for the church.

 

NRVC is hosting this gathering in response to the Bishops Synod on faith, youth, and vocational discernment where there is a call for more intentional and sustained outreach and engagement with youth. The event convenes from 3-7 p.m. with a one-hour livestreamed discussion from 3:15 followed by a short prayer service and free pizza.

If you are interested in being part of the youth panel, please contact Sister Belinda Monahan, O.S.B. at bhemonahan@gmail.com for more information. This is an open and free event, but registration is kindly requested for accurate counts: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/you-talk-well-listen-tickets-51033730261.



2018 Pre-Convocation Workshops Thursday, Nov.1, 2018

Registration now open

Pre-Convocation Workshops

Register for the workshop while completing your Convocation registration here.

NRVC member rate is $175 and includes lunch on Thursday.

NRVC non-member rate is $265 and includes lunch on Thursday.

Finding your Digital Balance and Reducing Social Media Stress

Description

Technology, from smartphones to social media to virtual reality, is impacting our lives in ways no one could have predicted. While there are certainly benefits to these advances, being overly engaged with technology in its various forms can have long-term negative consequences for psychological and emotional health. This workshop will address the impact of being “plugged in” all the time and offers strategies for managing technology use effectively. It will cover topics such as the emotional/psychological impact of different types of social media content, the impact of digital/social media on interpersonal communication and online addicted behaviors. This is an excellent workshop for those who may be experiencing Facebook fatigue, for those curious about the personal impact on the minister, not those we access.

Presenter

Dr. Crystal Taylor-Dietz, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist on the clinical staff of Saint Luke Institute. She also is an assistant clinical professor of clinical psychology at The George Washington University Professional Psychology Program. 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. Prior to becoming director of the Caritas Counseling Center, Dr. Taylor-Dietz was a member of the residential treatment staff of Saint Luke Institute. Her research and clinical interests include issues related to multicultural diversity, the intersection of spirituality and psychology, social justice and wellness promotion.

Screening Yellow and Red Flags in Candidate Assessment

Description

This presentation will focus on assisting vocation directors in determining the suitability of individuals seeking to enter religious life. It will specifically examine factors that enhance and detract from the suitability of a candidate. We will address concerns regarding personality disorders, sexual abuse, Asperger’s Syndrome and the use of pornography / social media. Come with your questions, doubts and grey areas in screening and assessing candidates before application. This is an excellent workshop for all those who desire clarity in candidate assessment.

Presenter

Dr. Eran Talitman, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in the province of Ontario. He has been working at the Southdown Institute since 1998 and is currently the Clinical Team Leader. He provides assessment and psychotherapy services to religious and clergy as well as consultation services to leadership. Eran has offered seminars and workshops on Intimacy, Healthy Sexuality, Effective Leadership, Responding to the Call to Healthy Priesthood, Navigating Personality Styles and Disorders, Resilience, Conflict Management, Keeping Our Soul Alive, and Developing Healthy Ministerial Boundaries.

Issues of Civil, Canon and Immigration Law in Vocation Ministry

Description

This workshop will treat those aspects of law as they pertain to vocation ministry from the corresponding areas of civil, canon and immigration law. Some areas to be covered will include: assessment policies and record keeping; internal vs. external forum in candidate assessment; policies and practices regarding a candidate’s financial assets; salary and tax issues during the formation period; special issues regarding older, widowed and divorced candidates; readmission and community transfers. The morning session will focus on immigration law for religious institutes. It will treat working and discerning with foreign-born candidates; clarification of key immigration terms; documentation and tracking immigration status, long-term immigration planning; and legal responsibilities of the religious institute and the candidate. This is an excellent workshop for new vocation and formation ministers, as well as those in leadership.

Presenter 

Sr. Deborah M. Cerullo S.S.N.D., JD.., J.C.L., served as an attorney and canonical consultant in her private law practice from 2002 -2016, representing primarily religious institutes. A member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, she currently serves on the provincial council of the Atlantic- Midwest Province. Sister Deborah received her BA from the University of Rhode Island, her civil law degree from Boston University and her canon law degree from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, Italy. Prior to her law practice, she served on the law faculties of the University of Notre Dame and Boston College. Sr. Deborah is a member of the faculty of the Institute of Law and Religious Life held each year at Misericordia University in Dallas PA.

Presenter

Mr. Miguel A. Naranjo is the Director of the Religious Immigration Services section of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC). Miguel leads a group of immigration attorneys who practice exclusively in religious immigration law. They represent over 170 archdioceses, dioceses, and religious communities throughout the United States, assisting them in bringing international priests, brothers, sisters, novices, seminarians, and other religious workers into the United States to serve the Church. He joined CLINIC in 2006 and has been practicing immigration law since 2002. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

ROI Calculator: Grace or Grim?

Description

This workshop will address the ups and downs of vocation ministry. ROI is an acronym for return on investment. In vocation ministry, the best programs do not always guarantee success, the best candidates may change their minds. Therefore, this workshop will explore themes of community expectations alongside societal/cultural realities of young and middle adulthood, the changing landscape of religious life in North America and best practices for human development and self-care in vocation ministry. This is an excellent workshop for those who have been in vocation ministry for two or more years.

Presenter

Fr. James J. Greenfield, O.S.F.S., Ph.D., is serving as president of DeSales University. He served previously as provincial of the Wilmington-Philadelphia Province of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales and as president of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM). Fr. James was an adjunct lecturer at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., The Catholic University of America, and the former Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C., where he taught required courses in human development. Fr. Greenfield earned his bachelor’s degree in politics (1984) at DeSales University, a Master of Divinity degree (1990) at the DeSales School of Theology, a master’s degree in counseling (1992) and a doctoral degree in human development (1998) at The George Washington University.

Presenter

Fr. Kevin Nadolski, O.S.F.S., a priest with the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales and a graduate of Temple University, Catholic University of America, and DeSales School of Theology, Fr. Kevin holds degrees in journalism, theology, and education administration and is eagerly awaiting the conferral of his Ph.D. in Catholic higher education from Fordham University. He has served in education as a teacher, principal, and in ministerial leadership for his community as assistant provincial, provincial councilor, director of vocations, formation, development and communications. He currently serves as the vice president for mission at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA, where he also teaches theology. NRVC honored Fr. Kevin with its Outstanding Recognition Award in 2011 for his seven years of service, including work on the NRVC editorial board.



2016 Convocation follow-up

Details for making the most of the experience

 
 

Top left: A panelist answers a question during the livestream broadcast of a young adult panel on discernment. Top right: participants enjoy the camaraderie of being with others in vocation ministry. Bottom left: prayer is a valued part of the convocation. Bottom right: Father Kevin O'Brien, S.J. , one of two keynoters, speaks about discernment.

 

More than 300 people attended NRVC's biennial convocation in Overland Park, Kansas, October 27-31., with participants coming from the U.S. and seven other countries.

At the closing banquet, NRVC honored the following people and organizations for their outstanding contributions to vocation ministry. Catholic Volunteer Network received the Harvest Award. Outstanding Recognition Awards went to Sisters Adrienne Kaufmann, O.S.B.; Lynn Levo, C.S.J.; and Patricia Twohill, O.P. The Mustard Seed Award was given to the Dubuque Area Vocation Association. (Scroll to the end of this story for photos of honorees.) NRVC also paid tribute to Brother Paul Bednarczyk, C.S.C., its executive director from 2002 until September 2016.

Following are some follow-up notes regarding the convocation.

Evaluations, next convocation

Please take a moment to fill out an online evaluation. NRVC is eager for feedback to guide planning for the next convocation, which is scheduled for November 1-5 in Buffalo, New York.

Keynote addresses to be in HORIZON

The convocation keynote addresses and selected reflections will be published in the Winter edition of HORIZON,  which is released in early February.

Audio and video of workshops and speakers

CDs and DVDs of the keynote speakers and workshops can be ordered online from Audio Visual Management, by mailing this order form, or calling 888-763-1464.

Collection for Veronica's Voice

Thank you to all who contributed at the final convocation liturgy to the collection for Veronica's Voice, a Kansas City area initiative that supports women escaping human trafficking. Donations totaled $1,655.

Convocation photos, broadcast & videos

View and download photos at NRVC's Flickr site. View online the livestream interactive broadcast of "So you think you've been called"  as well as videos of the convocation.

Hotel billing

Please direct any concerns regarding your hotel bill to Nix and Associates at 800-266-0866 or 314-645-1455.

Thank you sponsors and exhibitors

NRVC extends a final word of thanks to the following groups that helped underwrite the convocation through sponsorship or an exhibit booth. Links to their websites are here.

A Guide to Religious Ministries
Cards by Anne
Catholic Health Association
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
Catholic Theological Union
Catholic Volunteer Network
Conley-Teresi Family
Communicators for Women Religious
Congregation of Holy Cross, Moreau Province
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Christian Brothers Services, Inc.
Heartland Member Area
J.S. Paluch Company, Inc. NVAD
Marianists
Missionaries of the Precious Blood
National Catholic Reporter
Paluch Family Foundation
Praesidium
Presence Health
Resource Center for Religious Institutes
Sassetti CPA
Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth
Sister of Mercy of the Americas
Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
Society of the Holy Child Jesus
Southdown Institute
Smallsmall Acts
Saint John Vianney Center
Saint Luke Institute
Tau Healing Arts
TrueQuest Communications

 
 

Award recipients each take a moment for words of thanks. Top left is Ms. Carol Lackie accepting the Harvest Award on behalf of Catholic Volunteer Network. Receiving the Outstanding Recognition awards are, top right, Sister Adrienne Kaufmann, O.S.B., bottom left, Sister Lynn Levo, C.S.J. and, bottom right, Sister Pat Twohill, O.P.

Members of the Dubuque Area Vocation Association rejoice in receiving the Mustard Seed Award.

 

 



2016 Convocation "So you think you've been called"

Live-streamed, interactive panel of young religious and discerners

"So you think you've been called" live-streamed broadcast

In case you missed both convocation and the live stream on Sunday, Oct. 30, you can view it now right here.



2016 Convocation

Overland Park, KS, October 27-31

 

 

 

 

 

The 2016 NRVC Convocation was held at the Sheraton Hotel in Overland Park, Kansas. Questions pertaining to the hotel may be directed to Nix and Associates

 Convocation keynote presenters

Father Kevin O'Brien, S.J,   Ms. Sherry Weddell

Father Kevin O'Brien, S.J.
Jesuit School of Theology

                                 

Ms. Sherry Weddell
Catherine of Siena Institute

 

For information about our keynote presenters, click here.

For the complete list of workshops and presenters,  click here.

For the Convocation schedule, click here.


Convocation Fees

NRVC member early registration rate: $585

Non-member early registration rate: $875


Pre-Convocation Workshop member rate: $175

Pre-Convocation Workshop non-member rate: $265


NRVC member rate after October 1: $685

Non-member rate after October 1: $975

After October 1, all conference cancelations were not refunded.


Hotel accommodations: $115 per night (without taxes). Complimentary parking and internet access for hotel guests.

To learn more about our conference site hotel, click here. Questions regarding hotel bills should be directed to Nix and Associates, at 800-266-0866 or registrar@nixassoc.com.  

Participants were urged to stay at the conference site hotel because NRVC depends on  reaching a set number of rooms to keep the meeting space prices at a minimum.  

Commuter fee (for those not staying at the hotel): $100


Financial assistance was made available to NRVC members through the Misericordia Scholarship Fund. Click here to learn more about the fund.

 

Sponsorship/Exhibitor opportunities

For more information about being a Convocation sponsor, click here.

For more information about being a Convocation exhibitor, click here.

 

Special live-streamed panel of young religious and discerners

NRVC is delighted that Deacon Pedro Guevara-Mann and his Salt + Light crew broadcast live on October 30 from convocation. Deacon Pedro moderated a panel of young religious as well as young Catholics who are discerning their vocation. The program, "So you think you've been called," was live-streamed and interactive with questions from the convocation audience as well as those watching the broadcast remotely.

 

Meet our liturgist, Mr. Mikey Needleman

Mikey Needleman is a full-time freelance music missionary and internationally published Catholic artist. He performs at events across the country including NFCYM sponsored events, Catholic Heart Workcamps, Life Teen Camps, as well as local retreats, parish missions, diocesan rallies and Catholic school campuses. Mikey has two CDs, All for You and Your Ways. A third CD, We Ask of You, is slated for release this year. 

Thursday evening welcome

The Hrvatski Obicaj Tamburiztans, a group of Kansas City area ethnic dancers and musicians, were part of the welcoming activities on Thursday evening.

 

 

Convocation theme

The theme for Convocation 2016 was "Awakened by the Spirit: Called to Discipleship." The theme draws on Pope Francis' invitation to those in consecrated life to "Wake up the World." Once awakened by the Spirit, we are compelled to move outward and proclaim the Good News. We know that as disciples, the Spirit moves in and through us and God "is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, by the power at work within us" (Ephesians 3:20). 

 

Sunday Mass Collection for Veronica's Voice

One of NRVC's cherished traditions is to collect money at Sunday's Mass for a charitable organization selected by members of the host member area. The Heartland member area selected Veronica's Voice, which offers outreach, school and community awareness, maintains a crisis line, and conducts Johnz Schools. It is the first facility of its kind in Kansas City to provide a safe haven and a place of healing for women seeking escape from commercial sexual exploitation. For more information see veronicasvoice.org.


Vocation Fair prior to Convocation sponsored by the Heartland Member Area

The Heartland member area of NRVC, Serra Club, and the Archdiocese of Kansas City invited NRVC members to participate in a Vocation Fair prior to the convocation, on Wednesday, October 26, from 5 - 8 p.m. The fair was held at Ascension Parish, located just 4 miles from the hotel. NRVC offered a shuttle service to and from the site. The coordinator for this opportunity was Sister Vicki Lichtenauer, O.S.B. vlichten@hotmail.com or 816-718-2660.




2016 Convocation, Sheraton Hotel in Overland Park, Kansas.

October 27-31, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The theme for Convocation 2016 is "Awakened by the Spirit: Called to Discipleship." The theme draws on Pope Francis' invitation to those in consecrated life to "Wake up the World." Once awakened by the Spirit, we are compelled to move outward and proclaim the Good News. We know that as disciples, the Spirit moves in and through us and God "is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, by the power at work within us" (Ephesians 3:20).   

The 2016 Convocation theme also recognizes the validity and relevancy of the myriad of charisms of the religious institutes to be represented at this biennial conference. We invite vocation ministers, formators, religious leadership, communicators, and all others who support vocations to consecrated life to attend this Convocation. Whether in subtle or dramatic shifts, the Spirit unceasingly awakens all believers to imagine, reflect, and act with the conviction that the call to discipleship is both personal and communal. Hence, it is critical for professional vocation ministers to accompany inquirers who want to discern their vocation in response to God's call and to learn more about religious life.

The 2016 NRVC Convocation will be held at the Sheraton Hotel in Overland Park, Kansas. Transportation to/from Kansas City Airport (MCI) is available through Super Shuttle at www.supershuttle.com   

Two keynoter presenters

Father Kevin O'Brien, S.J.

Father Kevin O’Brien, S.J. serves as vice president for mission and ministry at Georgetown University. In August 2016 he will begin ministry as dean of the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California.

In 2011 Father O'Brien published the award-winning book, The Ignatian Adventure: Experiencing the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius in Daily Life. He has taught and served in the chaplaincies at Fordham University, Saint Joseph's University, Loyola University in Baltimore, and LeMoyne College. He holds a J.D. from the University of Florida, a master's in philosophy from Fordham, and a master's of divinity and licentiate in sacred theology from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology (now part of Boston College).  He graduated from Georgetown with a B.A. in 1988.

 

Ms. Sherry Weddell

Sherry Weddell co-founded the Catherine of Siena Institute (CSI) with Father Michael Sweeney, O.P. in 1997. CSI is an affiliated international ministry of the Western Dominican Province that trains Catholic leaders in  evangelization and the formation of parishes of "intentional disciples." She and her international team of collaborators have worked directly with 120,000 lay, religious, and ordained Catholics in over 500 parishes in 137 dioceses.

Ms. Weddell is the author of the books Become a Parish of Intentional Disciples (2015) and Forming Intentional Disciples: the Path to Knowing and Following Jesus (2012), the latter of which is available in Spanish as Formación de Discípulos Intencionales. She edited and contributed to Forming a Parish of Intentional Disciples (2015).  Ms. Weddell originally wrote the Called and Gifted discernment process in 1993 and is now revising this process for international use. She received her B.A. in 1979 from the University of Washington and a Master of Arts degree in adult education in 1993 from Seattle University.

 

Pre-Convocation and Convocation Workshops

Four pre-convocation workshops will be offered on Thursday, October 27 and four workshops will be offered on Saturday, October 29.  Click here for workshop descriptions.

 

Meet our liturgist, Mr. Mikey Needleman

Mikey Needleman began playing and writing music since the age of 12 after his father gave him his first guitar. Born and raised in Kansas City, he is an internationally published Catholic artist through World Library Publications (WLP). With his roots in youth ministry and parish music ministry, Mikey uses his talents to enliven the hearts of the Church everywhere he goes. As a full-time freelance music missionary, you can find Mikey at events across the country including NFCYM sponsored events (NCYC, NCCYM), Catholic Heart Workcamps, Life Teen Camps, as well as local retreats, parish missions, various diocesan rallies and Catholic school campuses all year round. Mikey's has two CD published by WLP, All for You and Your Ways. A third CD, We Ask of You, is slated for release this year. 

Opportunities for Sponsorship

The NRVC is pleased to invite you to consider sponsorship for our biennial Convocationre many ways to show your support of NRVC and religious vocations.  We invite you to “match your mission” with ours by considering sponsorship at a variety of levels most suitable for your organization. All levels of sponsorship and its organization are recognized in the program folder, publicized on two theater size screens in the main ballroom, and acknowledged by the Master of Ceremonies. Besides recognition at the Convocation, your organization and its link to your website will be posted for two years. Click here to view.  This publicity beyond Convocation has the potential to reach over 800 religious institutes in the United States and those who support women and men religious. For more information to become a sponsor, click here.

Exhibitors

Organizations and businesses who would like to exhibit at Convocation will be invited in April. Exhibits will open at 3:00 pm on Thursday, October 27 and close at 4:00 pm on Saturday, October 29. For pricing and additional information, click here.

If you have not exhibited in previous convocations and would like to be considered for this conference, please email the Director of Member Relations and Services at debbiesscm@nrvc.net

 

 

Award Recognition

At the biennial Convocation, NRVC traditionally presents awards for outstanding service in vocation ministry. The slate of names for two of these awards come from the NRVC membership. The 2014 awards booklet can be downloaded here.

 

NRVC Recognition Award

This award honors an NRVC member for his or her extraordinary service in vocation ministry. The criteria for this NRVC Recognition Award is as follows:

  • Provides leadership in the many facets of vocation ministry in promoting a culture of vocations in the Church and in society.
  • Engages in collaborative efforts with organizations that foster the development of a culture of vocations.
  • Initiates and/or develops vocation programs with broad impact on vocation ministry.
  • Develops innovative and creative approaches to vocation ministry.

This person must be a NRVC member for at least three years. Download the application here.

NRVC Mustard Seed Award

In honor of NRVC’s 25th anniversary, the NRVC board initiated the Mustard Seed Award. This award is intended to honor an individual or group who has made a significant impact on vocation ministry through small, local initiatives (diocese, parish, etc.) that have grown to include other individuals, groups and organizations. Such local efforts help grow a vocation culture and raise the awareness of all the faithful about their shared baptismal call to holiness. This individual or group does not have to be a member of NRVC nor a vocation director. Download the application here.

Please email all completed recommendations to Debbie Prieto at daprieto@nrvc.net or mail to the NRVC office by Friday, April 22. The national board will make the final selection at the May board meeting. 

 

Convocation Fees

NRVC member early registration rate: $585

Non-member early registration rate: $875


Pre-Convocation Workshop member rate: $175

Pre-Convocation Workshop non-member rate: $265

Commuter fee (only for those not staying at the hotel) $100

We urge you to stay at the Sheraton hotel where the conference is held. We are dependent on reaching a set number of rooms as specified in our contract with the hotel. The costs to NRVC for this Convocation will be significantly higher if this quota is not met. 


NRVC member rate after October 1: $685

Non-member rate after October 1: $975

Cancellation fee: $100

Hotel Accommodations: $115 per night (without taxes).
Parking and internet access is complimentary if you are a hotel guest. 

More information about registering for Convocation and the special hotel room rate to come in April.



2014 Convocation follow up information

Chicago convocation

The 332 participants in NRVC’s convocation, held November 6-10 in Chicago, gave the gathering high marks in their evaluations. They praised the 25th jubilee event for the fresh ideas, networking, and inspiration it provided. Attendees came from 25 countries, including Austria, Canada, Chile, Ireland, Mexico, Trinidad, and the United Kingdom. To view the brochore about Convocation, please click here.

Approximately three quarters of the 159 evaluators said it exceeded their expectations; 96 percent gave it three or four out of four.

Photos  View and download them at flickr.com/nrvc.  (Thank you to Sister Belinda Monahan, O.S.B. and Father Toby Collins, C.R. for your photography work.)

Audio or video  Call AVM at 888-763-1464 to order discs of speakers or workshops. Click here for the order form.

Keynote presentations and a selection of convocation reflections will be published in the Winter 2015 HORIZON, which mails in early February. Pre-order additional hard copies of HORIZON, $25 each: cscheiber@nrvc.net.  

Donations  Thank you to all who contributed during the convocation’s final Mass to the Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation, pbmr.org. Donations totaled $1,638.

Hotel billing  Any concerns in this regard should be directed to Nix and Associates at 800-266-0866 or 314-645-1455.

Videos used during the convocation (such as the video of laity expressing appreciation for religious life) are posted on the NRVC YouTube channel.  All of these videos can be shared and used on your own social media sites.

Sponsors  A final word of thanks to our sponsors and 28 exhibitors, A list of exhibitors can be viewed or downloaded.

Contacts  If you wish to send thanks to the Catholic schoolchildren who wrote notes to attendees or contact anyone else involved with the convocation, please email Sister Debbie Borneman, SS.C.M. at debbiesscm@nrvc.net. She will help you to get in touch with the appropriate people.



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