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Resource of the month: "I hope you come to find" prayer cards

Resource of the month: "I hope you come to find" prayer cards

Ideal giveaways, these beautiful prayer cards feature a vocational message from the words of martyred Maryknoll Sister Ita Ford. These cards can be mailed to contacts to show support for their spiritual journey. Or they can be given out during summer festivals and events.  The back side of the cards lists prominent figures in Scripture who have answered God's call. These cards are postcard-sized (3 3/4 inches by 6 1/4 inches) and come in packs of 100. $6 for members. $9 for non-members. Order in English or Spanish.


Thank you, Serrans, for sponsoring vocation booths

Thank you, Serrans, for sponsoring vocation booths

At Eucharistic Congress

The NRVC gives thanks to the U.S. Council of Serra for its outstanding support of vocation ministry at the National Eucharistic Congress (NEC) in Indianapolis in July. The Serrans generously sponsored 50 vocation booths, including the booth of the National Religious Vocation Conference. Vocation ministers appreciated the Serrans’ warm welcome, thoughtfulness, and encouragement.

 

Over 50,000 Catholics passed through the Convention Center, many showing interest in learning more about vowed communal life. Questions varied from curiosity about the vows, where religious minister, how they pray, how to hear God's call, and how to contact a vocation director to begin discernment.

 

During the NEC, members of the NRVC served as volunteers, were ushers at Mass, and took part in the Eucharistic pilgrimage. They also attended daily sessions about the Eucharist in the stadium. The next National Eucharistic Congress will be in 2033. 


Seven people assume role as member area coordinators

Seven people assume role as member area coordinators

Seven new member area coordinators began two-year terms of  service on July 1:

  • Sister Anita Quigley, S.H.C.J., in the Delaware Valley with Sister Michele Fisher, C.S.F.N.
  • Sister Jenny Wilson, R.S.M. in the Hudson Valley with Sister Gloria Ardenio Agnes, M.M.
  • Mrs. Teri Iverson (Precious Blood Sisters, Dayton) began serving earlier this year in Lake Erie/Ohio River with Sister Caryn Crook, O.S.F.
  • Friar Emanuel Vasconcelos, O.F.M.Conv. in the Mid-Atlantic with Sister Jean Rhoads, D.C.
  • Sister Heather Jean Foltz, O.S.B. in the Midwest with Sister Jill Reuber, O.S.B.
  • Sister Paz Vital, O.S.B., began serving in the Pacific Northwest with Sister Chero Chuma, C.S.J.P. earlier this year.
  • Sister Kim Xuan Nguyen, C.C.V.I., in the Southwest with Brother Mark Motz, S.M.                                                         

The Southeast Member Area is seeking a member to serve as a coordinator with Mrs. Renee Dee (Missionaries of Our Lady of LaSalette). Consider volunteering for this leadership role by contacting Renee Dee at lsvocationsoffice@gmail.com or Sister Deborah Borneman, SS.C.M. at debbiesscm@nrvc.net.


Preconvocation workshops on Oct. 31

Preconvocation workshops on Oct. 31

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Be sure to check out the October 31 workshops that will precede the NRVC convocation. These workshops will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the convocation hotel in Minneapolis. They are designed for vocation ministers, leadership teams, and those responsible for the admissions process. Learn more and register today. (For more on the overall convocation, click here.)

Preconvocation workshops

1.  Requirements of Immigration Law in the Discernment Process 

2.  Requirements of Civil and Canon Law in Candidate Assessment

3. Navigating the Maze of Psychological Assessment in the Application Process 

4.  Are you Really Woke to the Opportunity?

5. God’s Call is Everywhere: A Global Analysis of Contemporary Religious Vocations 


NFCRV grant encourages another vocation

NFCRV grant encourages another vocation

Since it was established in 2014, the National Fund for Catholic Religious Vocations (NFCRV) has helped 52 individuals to pursue their dream of religious life. Dozens of religious communities have benefited from NFCRV grants which  cover the cost of education debt. The most recent beneficiary is Alyssa Sidelka, a candidate with the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis of Penance and of Charity in Tiffin, Ohio. She was inspired to join the Tiffin Franciscans by their charism to adhere to Jesus' words: "whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me."

 

Alyssa attended Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland State University, and Cleveland Marshall College of Law. She has earned both a Bachelor of Arts and J.D. and hopes to serve those most affected by the criminal justice system, both victims and defendants. She is also interested in restorative justice programs. Additionally, Alyssa hopes her vocation may help guide others into a relationship with God.


Award nominations due August 15

Award nominations due August 15

August 15 is the deadline to nominate a person or group for the Outstanding Recognition Award or the Mustard Seed Award. These honors will be presented at the November 2024 convocation. Details about these awards and the form for making nominations are here.


I am NRVC: Sister Lisa Maurer, O.S.B.

I am NRVC: Sister Lisa Maurer, O.S.B.

It is not common for a Catholic sister to be a men's football coach, but vocation director Sister Lisa Maurer, O.S.B. has, in fact, been both things at once.

Her coaching days go back about a decade, and today her ministry has her involved in something closer to life coaching. She is the vocation director for St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth, Minnesota. Nonetheless, Sister Lisa continues to play sports and follow her favorite teams.


News and events of our collaborators

News and events of our collaborators

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

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Health and Wellness in Candidate Assessment

July 23-24, 2024,

Workshop

Being Human and Sexual: An Evolving Understanding

July 26-29, 2024,

Workshop

Board Executive Committee Meeting

August 8-10, 2024,

Chicago, IL

National Office Closed

September 2, 2024,

National Holiday

National Board Meeting

Sept. 9-13,

Philadelphia, PA

Southwest Member Area Gathering

Sept 17, 2024,

via Zoom

Pray, Walk, Eat at The Catholic University,

October 6, 2024,

Mid-Atlantic

International Member Area Presentation

October 17, 2024,

via Zoom

Pre-Convocation Workshops

October 31,

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Convocation

Oct. 31 - Nov. 4,

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