2014 Orientation Program

2014 Orientation Program

Br. Paul Bednarczyk, C.S.C. & Sr. Deborah M. Borneman, SS.C.M.

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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 include: theology of call; candidate issues; discernment, assessment and the application process; the role of membership and religious leadership; advertising and education; ethics and boundaries; and self-care of the vocation director.


July 14-18, 2014

This workshop begins at 9 a.m. on Monday, July 14 and ends at noon on Friday, July 18. Some of the printed material is now available in Spanish. Please indicate when you register if you would prefer an English or Spanish binder.



Brother Paul Bednarczyk, C.S.C., NRVC Executive Director is a member of the Congregation of Holy Cross, and has been the Executive Director of the National Religious Vocation Conference since 2002. Prior to this ministry, Brother Paul served as teacher, administrator and campus minister in Holy Cross schools in Maryland and Rome, Italy. He was vocation director and member of the provincial council for the Eastern Province of Brothers for nine years. He has written several articles for Review for Religious, Vision, and Horizon and has given workshops in North America, Australia and Europe. Brother Paul has a M.A. degree in Religion and Religious Education with a concentration in spirituality from Fordham University.

Sister Deborah M. Borneman, SS.C.M., NRVC Associate Director is a member of the Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius and began her position at NRVC in August, 2011. Prior to this ministry, Sister Debbie served 10 years as vocation director for her congregation. She has also ministered as coordinator for vocation awareness programs for the Diocese of Harrisburg and as a certified Catholic campus minister at Bloomsburg University of PA. Other previous ministry experiences include: youth ministry, religious education, and parish pastoral care. Sister Debbie has a Master of Divinty degree and a M.A. degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University of Chicago.


Workshop Fees

Fees include lunch, materials, speaker and facility fee, but not parking, breakfast, or supper.

Commuter: $ 600 – NRVC Member $ 900 – Non-NRVC Member
Resident: $1125 – NRVC Member $1425 – Non-NRVC Member



Room reservations are for 5 nights with a check-in after 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 13 and a check out by 9 a.m. on Friday, July 18. If you are staying for the next workshop, you will not need to check out.




This workshop is very comprehensive!
—Lori Benge, for Adorers of the Precious Blood




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