Orientation Program for New Vocation Directors

Orientation Program for New Vocation Directors

July 8-12, 2020

By NRVC National Office

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This workshop is intended for new and recently appointed vocation directors. Its goal is to provide participants with the skills, context, theory, challenges and practicalities of contemporary vocation ministry. Topics will include foundational elements of vocation ministry; assessment of inquirers and discerners; application and admission process; vocation promotion, ethics and boundaries, resiliency and self-care of the vocation director.


Please note this workshop ends at noon on July 12. Overnight accommodations are contracted for 6 nights, arrival on July 7 and check out on July 13.

Workshop fees

Workshop fees include materials, speaker stipends, facility rentals and lunch. The fees do NOT include supper. Residents are provided with a continental breakfast. 

Commuter:       $787 NRVC member             $1,180 Non-NRVC member

Resident:          $1,477 NRVC member           $1,870 Non-NRVC member            

Late registration

Registrations received after June 20 incur a $100 late fee. 


Cancellations for workshops and accommodations must be received in writing to debbiesscm@nrvc.net before June 20 to receive a full refund less a $100 processing fee. After June 20., all fees are non refundable. 


Sister Deborah M. Borneman, SS.C.M. began working for the NRVC in 2011 and presently serves as the Director of Mission Integration. A Sister of Saints Cyril and Methodius, she served 10 years as vocation director for her community and is currently serving on her congregational leadership team. Sr. Debbie has previous ministerial experience in pastoral care, youth ministry, college campus ministry and immigration advocacy. She has presented on various topics in vocation ministry in Ireland and throughout the United States. Sr. Debbie holds a Master of Divinity degree and a Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Studies (Loyola University, Chicago).  


Father Adam MacDonald, S.V.D. is a native of Flint, Michigan and ordained for the Society of the Divine Word.  Since 2011, Fr. Adam has served as a Vocation Director for his congregation. He previously served in the Philippines, on the Provincial Council for the Chicago Province and as Vice-Provincial. Fr. Adam holds a Master of Divinity degree (Catholic Theological Union, Chicago) and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Center for Spiritual Development, California. He currently serves on the NRVC National Board executive committee and has previously served on the NRVC Editorial Board and the Vocation Ambassador Design team. 


Sister Minnette Welding, I.H.M. is a Sister, Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scranton, PA, and ministers as the Director of Vocations for her IHM Congregation. She has spent her religious life ministering to adolescents and young adults in college campus ministry, secondary education and parish youth/young adult ministry as well as Diocesan vocation ministry. She is also a spiritual director and retreat director. Sister has a Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Neumann University concentrating in Spiritual Direction and a Master of Science Degree from Fordham University in Youth and Young Adult Ministry/Religious Education.

This workshop exceeded my expectations. It led me to consider aspects of vocation ministry which I had not considered. My eyes were opened. The presenters were excellent in terms of conveying good information in a positive and hopeful manner.

–Br. Zachary Wilberding, O.S.B.

As a beginner in this ministry, everything was totally new for me. I gained insights, information and confidence. I appreciated the topics of professional behavior, confidentiality, and best practices.

–Sr. Maria Lotica Palma, C.S.C.

I have a better understanding of the role, responsibilities and ethics of a vocation director. I found the information around marketing, communications, generational data and social media most helpful.

Sr. Denise West, O.S.B.

Workshops are designed from the NRVC three-component curriculum for those who wish to deepen their understanding of the complex theological, spiritual, psycho-sexual, ethical, and diversity issues often present in contemporary vocation ministry. NRVC recommends that vocation ministers participate in ongoing educational opportunities to attend to their own vocation, faith formation, and to further develop their professional competencies. Please read the terms and conditions of all NRVC programs and events.

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