Vocation events & resources of NRVC collaborators

Vocation events & resources of NRVC collaborators

Webinars, book, DVD, workshops, etc.

National Catholic Youth Conference

The National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) will take place November 19-21 in Indianapolis, Indiana, and vocation directors are invited to be part of the event as volunteers or as exhibitors. NCYC is a three day high-energy experience of prayer, community, and talks for more than 23,000 teens, parents, and youth ministers from around the country. The 2015 NCYC theme is Here I Am Lord/Aqui Estoy Senor. For details about how NRVC members can take part, click here.

Please note: The registration deadline for exhibitors and vocation teams is October 9. Additionally: All adult participants must have safe ministry credentials and background checks. This requirement will be processed after registering for the event.


Religious Formation Conference hosts November congress

In addition RFC will hold a congress in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, November 5-7 with a theme of "Rejoice: God's Tomorrow Beckons." The keynote speakers will be Father Daniel Groody, C.S.C. and Sister Janet Mock, C.S.J. Seminar presenters are Sister Linda Gibler, O.P.,  Sister Julia Prinz, V.D.M.F., Brother Loughlan Sofield, S.T. and Father David Couturier, O.F.M. Cap.TLoughlan Sofield, ST

RFC is also hosting a webinar November 17 by Sister Paula Cooney, I.H.M. on "Retirement: an Invitation to Transformation."  For more on the congress or webinar, see relforcon.org.


A Nun's Life sponsors webinar by NRVC's Sister Debbie

Vocation directors are encouraged to let discerners know about a webinar series tailored specifically for them—the next of which occurs October 28 and features NRVC's Sister Debbie Borneman, SS.C.M. She will speak at 7 p.m. on "Discernment Techniques in a World Full of Choices." 

Sponsored by A Nun's Life Ministry, each of the three remaining webinars are led by a different sister, with topics including prayer tips, Advent engagement, and how to know if God is really calling you. Learn more and register to take part at anunslife.org/webinars.

Center for the Study of Consecrated Life conference

The Center for the Study of Consecrated Life invites the public to its fall conference, “The Global Call of Religious Life Today," on October 15-17 at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Participants will explore questions including: To what is the Spirit inviting consecrated life and all of us seeking to live the Gospel today? How are we to read the signs of the times and respond in light of the Gospel today? How are we to respond to the calls and cries of the world today? Keynote speakers include: Sister Patricia Murray, I.B.V.M., general secretary of the International Union of Superiors General and former executive director of Solidarity with South Sudan Project; Father Benigno Beltran, S.V. CEO of Vertias Social Empowerment, Inc. in the Philippines; and Father A. E. Orobator, S.J., moral theologian and former provincial of the Eastern Africa region. For more information see ctu.edu/consecratedlife or call 773-371-5431.  


Workshops explore identity of Catholic sisters

St. John Vianney Center is sponsoring a  series of programs for Catholic sisters focusing on “Exploring the Identity of Religious Life in the 21st Century: Who do you say that I am?” Sessions are scheduled for:

  • DuPont Education Center, Wilmington, Delaware, October 2-3
  • Double Tree Hotel, Kenner, Louisiana, November 20-21

For more information, click here, or contact Pat Weston at pweston@sjvcenter.org or call 888-993-8885.


Webinar looks at psychology in seminary admissions

St. Luke Institute is offering a free, live webinar on the new U.S. bishops’ document, "Guidelines for the Use of Psychology in Seminary Admissions," on Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. (ET). The presenters are Father David Songy, O.F.M.Cap., S.T.D., Psy.D.; Emily Cash, Psy.D.; and Altoona-Johnstown Bishop Mark Bartchak, J.C.D.

Designed for vocation directors, formation directors, psychologists, and other professionals engaged in candidate assessments, the presenters will discuss key components of the document, canonical and ethical considerations, and practical suggestions for implementation. The workshop will be relevant for both religious community and diocesan personnel. For details, see sliconnect.org/assessment.


CMSWR produces film, offers symposium "To Wake up the World"

The Council of Major Superiors of Women (CMSWR) has produced a documentary about the calling and daily lives of a variety of women religious. Titled "For Love Alone," the DVD may be purchased for $9.95 on Amazon.com. See the trailer on YouTube.

CMSWR will also host a fall symposium, “To Wake up the World,” November 13-14 at the Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch in St. Louis. This will be a national event at which scholars and religious come together to discuss the beauty and witness of religious life. The keynote address will be by Archbishop Augustine DiNoia, O.P., adjunct secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. It is open to all religious, priests, and laity. Learn more at cmswr.org.

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