The National Religious Vocation Conference began in 1988 as a merger of the National Conference of Religious Vocation Directors (NCRVD) and the National Sisters Vocation Conference (NSVC). Today the NRVC has an annual membership of over 950 women and men representing over 350 religious institutes, organizations and dioceses, most of whom are vocation ministers for religious congregations. The organization is divided into 12 member areas. The National Board consists of twelve representatives and the NRVC Executive Director.


Mission of the NRVC

The National Religious Vocation Conference is a professional organization of vocation ministers that presents religious life as a viable option in the Catholic Church. NRVC promotes vocation awareness, invitation, and discernment to life as a religious sister, brother, or priest. NRVC reflects all forms of religious life and provides educational opportunities, resources, and other supportive services for spiritual, professional, and personal growth.

NRVC Goal #1

The NRVC proclaims a positive and hopeful image of religious life in the Church and society, while affirming the call to holiness of each person.

NRVC Goal #2

The NRVC provides education, resources, networking, and support to its members and others involved in vocation work.

NRVC Goal #3

The NRVC promotes dialogue among national organizations concerned with Church vocations, in particular to religious life.

NRVC Goal #4

The National Religious Vocation Conference recognizes and values the diversity within our church and strives to be inclusive of this diversity in all of its endeavors and programs.

NRVC Goal #5

The National Religious Vocation Conference fosters dialogue on vocational issues with a variety of church organizations with special emphasis on those who serve young adults and parents.

NRVC Goal #6

The executive director, staff, and board of the NRVC ensure that the administrative responsibilities of the organization support and facilitate the purpose and mission of the organization.


The National Religious Vocation Conference began in 1988 with the merger of the National Conference of Religious Vocation Directors (NCRVD) and the National Sisters Vocation Conference (NSVC). Vocation directors had hoped for the consolidation of the religious vocation conferences for many years, so that combined resources, personnel, and energy could be focused on one mission and require only one membership.

In the spring of 1988, the interim NRVC board of directors, composed of members of the National Sisters Vocation Conference (NSVC) and the men’s National Conference of Religious Vocation Directors (NCRVD)--together with their respective executive directors, Sister Sharon Baudry, CSA and Sister Jeanne Schweickert, SSSF--finalized the structure and documentation of the National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC). Brother Joseph Samson, FMS, became the first NRVC executive director.

Since 1979 NCRVD and NSVC had shared office space at 1307 South Wabash Avenue in Chicago with the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors (NCDVD) and the National Catholic Vocation Council (predecessor to the National Coalition for Church Vocations). In 1990 the NRVC, NCDVD and NCCV offices relocated four blocks away to 1603 South Michigan Avenue.

Sister Catherine Bertrand SSND became NRVC executive director in 1992. Five years later, NRVC and NCCV were invited by the Catholic Theological Union (CTU) to relocate to the first floor of their residence hall at 5420 South Cornell Avenue in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago.

Brother Paul Bednarczyk, CSC, assumed the position of NRVC executive director in 2002. The residence hall housing the NRVC offices was demolished in 2007 to make way for CTU's new school building. The NRVC office then moved to 5401 South Cornell Avenue, across the street from the new CTU building. 

Sister Sharon Dillon, SSJ-TOSF, served as executive director from June 2017 to March 2018. The NRVC staff consists of Ms. Marge Argylelan, Sr. Deborah Borneman, SS.C.M., Mrs. Maureen Cetera, and Miss Debbie Prieto. 

Contact Us

National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC)
5401 South Cornell Avenue, Suite 207
Chicago, IL 60615
Phone: 773.363.5454
Fax: 773.363.5530
Email: nrvc@nrvc.net
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March 2018

National Catholic Sisters Week

March 8-14

NRVC celebrates NCSW with CSCL, CWR, GV and RFC at CTU on March 13 at 6:00 p.m. 

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