Hilton Grant Press Release

Hilton Grant Press Release


FOR RELEASE APRIL 11, 2011

National Religious Vocation Conference

CONTACT:
NRVC office
PHONE: 773-363-5454
E-MAIL: nrvc@nrvc.net

National Religious Vocation Conference Awarded Hilton Grant For Debt Study

Chicago, April 11, 2011—The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation awarded a $50,000 grant to the Chicago-based National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC) to study educational debt and its impact on religious vocations.

Dr. Kathleen Mahoney, a consultant with extensive experience in the Catholic philanthropic community, will serve as project director. Holy Cross Brother Paul Bednarczyk, executive director of the NRVC, is hopeful that the “study will better equip religious congregations to work with candidates who have student loans so that student loan debt isn’t an obstacle to religious vocations and the call to consecrated life.”

The goals of this project are:

  • to assess the extent educational debt is hindering vocations to religious life;
  • to produce resources that will help address the problem of educational debt as it relates to vocations for various constituencies, including religious congregations, support organizations for vocations and religious communities, philanthropic organizations, and those considering life as a religious sister, brother, or priest.

A main impetus for the debt study was the finding in the 2009 NRVC/CARA Report on Recent Vocations to Religious Life in the United States that the average age of those entering religious life is 30 and most entrants are college educated. In addition feedback provided in the NRVC’s regular vocation trend surveys on its VocationNetwork.org website indicates that debt has played a role in candidates’ readiness or eligibility for religious life.

____________________________________________________________________________________________

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 is a family foundation established in 1944 by the founder of Hilton Hotels. The foundation provides funds to nonprofit organizations working to improve the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people throughout the world. Since its inception the Foundation has awarded nearly $900 million in grants.

 

Learn more about the Study here.



Leave a comment

This article has no comments or are under review. Be the first to leave a comment.
Please Log-in to comment this article

Webinar on vocation ministry strategy ...
Join us Nov. 17 for a free interactive webinar on "Using ...  More
National Vocation Awareness Week ...
National Vocation Awareness Week is an annual week-long celebration of the ...  More
Fall Institute ...
Join us as we move incrementally to innovative virtual learning. Due ...  More
Navigating Uncertainty with Young People ...
Join us for this free online workshop for all NRVC members ...  More
HORIZON ...
Learn what skills, traits, and practices build up communal bonds. Explore ...  More
Religious Life Today Storymap ...
Be sure to visit and share our new Religious Life Today ...  More

NRVC Member Areas


Click here to locate members of the NRVC in your member area.

CONNECT WITH NRVC

Member Area Gathering - Midwest & Upper Midwest

October 19,

via Zoom

Navigating Uncertainty with Young People

October 19,

Read more...

National Vocation Awareness Week

Nov 7-13,

Read more

Vocation Ministry Strategies Webinar

November 17,

Read more...

Member Area Gathering - International

November 22,

via Zoom

Member Area Gathering - Hudson Valley

November 30,

via Zoom

Annual MAC Gathering

December 13-16,

held in Tucson, AZ  

World Day for Consecrated Life

February 2 ,

Read more

Religious Brothers Day

May 1,

Read more

SUPPORT NRVC

Iamnrvc
Renew your NRVC membership