Orientation Program for New Vocation Directors, Oct. 11-15, 2017

Orientation Program for New Vocation Directors, Oct. 11-15, 2017

Presenters: Deborah M. Borneman, SS.C.M. and Sharon Dillon, SSJ-TOSF


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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 will 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.


This workshop starts at 9 a.m. each morning from Oct. 11-15. Please note this workshop ends at noon on October 15. Overnight accommodations are contracted for 5 nights, arrival on October 10 and check out on October 15—the same day the workshop ends. 


Workshop fees include materials, speaker, morning light refreshments, and facility fees. The fees do not include meals or parking. 

Commuter:  $675 – NRVC Member     $1,015 – Non-NRVC Member
Resident:  $1,250 – NRVC Member   $1,590 – Non-NRVC Member  


Registrations for workshops received after September 27 will incur a $100 late fee per workshop:


Cancellations for workshops and/or accommodations must be received in writing before September 27 to receive a full refund, less a $100 processing fee per workshop. After the deadline, all fees are non-refundable for the cancellation of workshops and/or accommodations. 



Sister Deborah M. Borneman, SS.C.M. is a member of the Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius. She began working for the NRVC in 2011 and currently serves as the Director of Member Relations and Services. Sister Debbie has served previously in youth ministry, campus ministry, parish pastoral care, and as vocation director for her congregation. She also ministered as coordinator for vocation awareness programs for the Diocese of Harrisburg. Sister Debbie has a Master of Divinity degree and a Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University of Chicago. She focused her research on The Weariness among Women Religious in Promoting Vocations to Religious Life in the Twenty-first Century.

Sister Sharon Dillon is a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis. She was vocation director for her community for 10 years and served as executive director for the Franciscan Federation for six years. In the past 25 years she also co-founded, directed, worked at, and served on the board of several nonprofits that specialize in providing hospitality and support for people with intellectual and medical/physical challenges. Dillon has a master’s in education, is certified in special education and physical education, and is a Franciscan spiritual director.



The warmth, enthusiasm, and positive spirit of the speakers created a very supportive atmosphere which helped build confidence and spark ideas. They created an atmosphere of encouragement, hope, and gave solid, practiced, and holistic information.

 —Sister Sharon Ratteree, O.S.C.

The content and resources were excellent. I appreciated sample forms and the thoroughness of the topics. The presenters were very well prepared and I appreciated their wisdom.

—Father Dat Tran, C.S.P.

Thank you for sharing the ups and downs of vocation ministry, what works well and not so much. I really appreciated the hopes for religious life because my perspective has shifted. Thank you for understanding and being real.

 —Sister Traci Stutz, O.S.B. 


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