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NRVC is hiring a database director

NRVC is hiring a database director

The NRVC is seeking a new director of database administration because of the retirement of Marge Argyelan on June 30. This full-time position emphasizes ministry-oriented strategic thinking, as the new director will be part of a leadership team that serves as the organization's executive director. The NRVC hopes to fill this position early in 2024 to allow time for the incoming person to train with the current director.  A job description and application details are at nrvc.net.


Resource of the month: Litany for Vocations and Clothing Impact Reflections

Resource of the month: Litany for Vocations and Clothing Impact Reflections

This beautifully designed handout includes a Litany for Vocations on one side, with the reverse side featuring a series of reflections on the impact of the clothes we wear. This handout was part of the successful T-shirt swap event held during the National Catholic Youth Conference in November, 2023.

 

The Litany handout may be ordered online, $30 for a pack of 50 ($20 for members). Or members can download the Litany (with or without the clothing reflections) from the Member Toolbox.


"Talk it Up Tuesdays" begins February 13

"Talk it Up Tuesdays" begins February 13

Starting February 13, NRVC members are invited to take part in one or more "Talk it Up Tuesdays," a free, seven-part online series of short presentations followed by small and large-group discussion. Sessions begin at 1 p.m. Central Time and last one hour. Topics range from "Using Your Gifts for Vocation Ministry" (February 13)  to "Enhancing Community Involvement" (February 20).  Details and registration are at nrvc.net.


Catholic Sisters Week March 8-14

Catholic Sisters Week March 8-14

Once again, the church will celebrate Catholic Sisters March 8-14. The NRVC encourages members and friends to use the opportunity of this special week to call attention to the spirituality, ministry, and communal lives of women religious. For celebration ideas and resources, visit nrvc.net and catholicsistersweek.org.


Latest snapshot of those making final profession

Latest snapshot of those making final profession

In January, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) released its latest report detailing characteristics of those making a final profession in the past year. On behalf of the USCCB, The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) identified 144 adults who professed final vows in 2023 (68 women and 76 men, from 67 institutes). Among other things, the downloadable survey of this group showed:

  • Average age of 36
  • 22% born outside the U.S.
  • 93% served in parish or volunteer ministry
  • 82% regularly took part in Eucharistic Adoration 
  • 77% took part in a "Come and See" event

Summer Institute includes new workshop on health

Summer Institute includes new workshop on health

"Health and wellness in candidate assessment" is a new workshop being offered July 23-24 as part of NRVC's Summer Institute, taking place in July at the Marillac Center in Leavenworth, Kansas. The health workshop will focus on both medical and mental health concerns that impact the application process. It will address questions such as: Which conditions preclude membership? What does canon law say about health issues? How can vocation directors ask minimally invasive questions? Both presenters, Sister Chero Chuma, C.S.J.P., D.N.P. and Sister Mary Catherine Redmond, P.B.V.M., have experience in healthcare delivery as well as vocation ministry. 

Details and registration are online for this workshop and four others:

Orientation Program for New Vocation Directors,    
Ethical Issues in Vocation and Formation Ministry,      
Behavioral Assessment 1,
Being Human and Sexual: An Evolving Understanding.


Sign up for HORIZON subscriptions

Sign up for HORIZON subscriptions

It is not too late to give 2024 HORIZON subscriptions to key personnel and households in your membership. Remember: NRVC members who take out a bulk subscription (10 or more), pay only $40 per subscription. That's 20 percent less than our standard member rate of $50 a year. For a bulk subscription rate, contact Marge Argyelan: margyelan@nrvc.net or 733-490-6556. All other subscriptions can be handled at nrvc.net/signup_horizon


Member area meetings

Member area meetings

A major perk of membership in the National Religious Vocation Conference is the ability to network with and learn from other vocation ministers. Any member can attend any member area meeting. For details, contact your member area coordinator

 

Upper Midwest— Feb. 27, Zoom
Heartland— Feb. 27, Zoom
International — April 11, Zoom
Mid-Atlantic — April 30, Washington DC, In-person and Zoom
Pacific Northwest— April 30 to May 2, In-person and Zoom
Heartland — April 30 to May 2, Atchinson, KS


News and events of our collaborators

News and events of our collaborators

Check out news about our collaborators: resources, classes, retreats, and gatherings.

CONNECT WITH NRVC

Talk it Up Tuesdays

Feb 13 - March 19,

Learn more...

Catholic Sisters Week

March 8-14,

Learn more...

Synodal Consultation with NRVC and RFC

March 20,

Register for this Zoom event

National Office Closed

March 28-29,

Holy Thursday/Good Friday

Member Area Gathering - International

April 9,

via Zoom

World Day of Prayer for Vocations

April 21,

Plan now

Member Area Gathering - Mid-Atlantic

April 30,

Washington DC/hybrid

Member Area Gathering - Heartland

April 30 - May 2,

Atchinson, KS

Religious Brothers Day

May 1,

Plan ahead...

Member Area Gathering - Pacific Northwest

April 30 - May 2,

Hybrid

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