Pre-convocation opportunities

Pre-convocation opportunities

Workshops, vocation fair

Come early for convocation and take in a day-long workshop, participate in a vocation fair, or do both. 

These in-depth workshops will run 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on October 27 at the Sheraton Hotel in Overland Park, Kansas, where the NRVC convocation will begin October 28.

Crafting authentic community

Presented by Sister Ruth Ann Harkins, I.H.M., this workshop will explore the theological and scriptural foundations for communal life and look at ways to rejuvenate community bonds and positive communication in a religious order.


Tips of the trade: How to market vocations for your religious institute

Communications expert Ms. Cynthia Krohn of Christian Brothers Services will explore how to develop a clear vision and marketing strategy. She will also examine tools for conveying your message, including social media.


Understanding and assessing behavioral addictions

Psychologist and St. Luke Institute president Father David Songy, O.F.M. Cap. will review behavioral addictions such as excessive gambling, eating, spending,  Internet use, etc. He will discuss the addiction cycle, warning signs, and interventions.


Vocation ministry and the issues of civil, canon and immigration law

Mrs. Donna Miller of the Resource Center for Religious Institutes and Mr. Miguel Naranjo of Catholic Legal Immigration Network are the presenters. This workshop will examine legal concerns pertaining to vocation ministry, including  privacy issues, assessment practices, financial practices, etc. One half the workshop will look at legal concerns of foreign-born candidates.


Vocation fair opportunity

NRVC's Heartland member area, Serra Club, and the Archdiocese of Kansas City invite NRVC members to participate in a vocation fair prior to the convocation, on Wednesday, October 26, 5-8 p.m., to meet young adults from the Kansas City area. The fair will be held at Ascension Parish, four miles from the Sheraton, and NRVC is offering shuttle service to and from the site. To participate, contact Sister Vicki Lichtenauer at or 816-718-2660. There is a $20 registration fee to offset expenses.

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