2024 Ethical Issues in Vocation and Formation Ministry Workshop

2024 Ethical Issues in Vocation and Formation Ministry Workshop

July 16-17, 2024

This workshop will be offered again in July 2025

Workshop description

This workshop is designed to assist vocation directors, formation directors, congregational leaders, and vocation team members in understanding and articulating the basic ethical values, principles, and standards of vocation ministry. Topics include the ethical principles governing agency, confidentiality, and obligations related to positions of trust; dissemination of information; the timeliness of admissions or dismissal decisions; dual relationships; document disposition; the respect for human dignity, interculturality, and other issues related to ethical rights of candidates and of those in positions of authority.

Arrival and departure dates/times

Please note this two-day workshop begins on July 16 at 9:00 a.m. and ends on July 17 at 4:00 p.m. Central time. Overnight accommodations are included, with arrivals after 3 pm on July 15 and departures before 9 am on July 18. If you are staying for the Behavioral Assessment 1 workshop, you will not have to check out, your room and meals are included between workshops. 


This second workshop of our Summer Institute will be held at the Malliac Center, Leavenworth, KS. It is the home of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, The nearest airport is Kansas City (MCI) and ground transportation is available through Lyft, Uber, and Super Shuttle. Workshop participation is limited to 23 participants.  


Eucharistic Liturgy for workshop participants will be offered each day at 8:00 a.m. in the Chapel. Each workshop includes communal prayer. 


Reverend Raymond P. Carey, Ph.D. is a priest of the Archdiocese of Portland, OR. He has taught at both the secondary and university levels and presently teaches at Mount Angel Seminary Graduate School of Theology in Saint Benedict, Oregon. Fr. Carey holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Ottawa, Canada. He has presented workshops in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. He is a recipient of the NRVC Harvest Award and a Lifetime NRVC member for his work in service of vocation ministry.

Workshop fees

Workshop fees include materials, speaker stipends, facility fees, all meals, and breaks. The workshop fee also includes overnight accommodations for 3 nights, arriving after 3:00 p.m. on July 15 and checking out by 9:00 a.m. on July 18. If you do not need overnight accommodations, please contact dinasp@nrvc.net

NRVC member: $700                              Non-member: $900

Become an NRVC member here to save on workshop fees.   

Workshop registration is now closed.

Late fees

All workshop registrations received after June 30 incur a $100 late fee.  


Cancellations for workshops must be received in writing to dinasp@nrvc.net before June 30 to receive a full refund minus a $100 processing fee. After June 30, all fees are non-refundable. 

Financial assistance available

The Misericordia Scholarship Fund is available to assist NRVC members with their professional development. Scholarship funds can be applied to NRVC workshops; however, they do not cover the cost of transportation, accommodations, meals, or personal expenses. If you need financial assistance to attend an NRVC workshop, please apply here

Workshop terms and conditions

Please read our NRVC terms and conditions for all events and programs.

“Father Ray was not only a wealth of information but for the most part, gave clear explanations by using examples and situations that I could relate to.” 
                                     --Sister Annette Lucero, O.P.

“This workshop exceeded my expectations….Father Ray's technique of giving examples and telling stories to deepen the topic is very good.”
                                     --Father Carlos Jacobo, C.S.C.

“Having had Fr. Ray in Behavioral Assessment,  this workshop totally met my expectations. It gave me language and context of ethics.”
                                     --Mrs. Michelle Horton, representing
     Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa; and Heartland Member Area Coordinator

“I have a better idea of all that Vocation Directors’ responsibilities include and how challenging it can be.”
                           --Sister Celeste Trahan, CCVI, congregational leader
                       of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston

Workshops are designed from the NRVC 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. 

Questions about Summer Institute workshops?

Please contact Sr. Dina Bato, S.P. at dinasp@nrvc.net.

Workshop registration is now open in the online 

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