2016 Convocation

2016 Convocation

Overland Park, KS, October 27-31






The 2016 NRVC Convocation was held at the Sheraton Hotel in Overland Park, Kansas. Questions pertaining to the hotel may be directed to Nix and Associates

 Convocation keynote presenters

Father Kevin O'Brien, S.J,   Ms. Sherry Weddell

Father Kevin O'Brien, S.J.
Jesuit School of Theology


Ms. Sherry Weddell
Catherine of Siena Institute


For information about our keynote presenters, click here.

For the complete list of workshops and presenters,  click here.

For the Convocation schedule, click here.

Convocation Fees

NRVC member early registration rate: $585

Non-member early registration rate: $875

Pre-Convocation Workshop member rate: $175

Pre-Convocation Workshop non-member rate: $265

NRVC member rate after October 1: $685

Non-member rate after October 1: $975

After October 1, all conference cancelations were not refunded.

Hotel accommodations: $115 per night (without taxes). Complimentary parking and internet access for hotel guests.

To learn more about our conference site hotel, click here. Questions regarding hotel bills should be directed to Nix and Associates, at 800-266-0866 or registrar@nixassoc.com.  

Participants were urged to stay at the conference site hotel because NRVC depends on  reaching a set number of rooms to keep the meeting space prices at a minimum.  

Commuter fee (for those not staying at the hotel): $100

Financial assistance was made available to NRVC members through the Misericordia Scholarship Fund. Click here to learn more about the fund.


Sponsorship/Exhibitor opportunities

For more information about being a Convocation sponsor, click here.

For more information about being a Convocation exhibitor, click here.


Special live-streamed panel of young religious and discerners

NRVC is delighted that Deacon Pedro Guevara-Mann and his Salt + Light crew broadcast live on October 30 from convocation. Deacon Pedro moderated a panel of young religious as well as young Catholics who are discerning their vocation. The program, "So you think you've been called," was live-streamed and interactive with questions from the convocation audience as well as those watching the broadcast remotely.


Meet our liturgist, Mr. Mikey Needleman

Mikey Needleman is a full-time freelance music missionary and internationally published Catholic artist. He performs at events across the country including NFCYM sponsored events, Catholic Heart Workcamps, Life Teen Camps, as well as local retreats, parish missions, diocesan rallies and Catholic school campuses. Mikey has two CDs, All for You and Your Ways. A third CD, We Ask of You, is slated for release this year. 

Thursday evening welcome

The Hrvatski Obicaj Tamburiztans, a group of Kansas City area ethnic dancers and musicians, were part of the welcoming activities on Thursday evening.



Convocation theme

The theme for Convocation 2016 was "Awakened by the Spirit: Called to Discipleship." The theme draws on Pope Francis' invitation to those in consecrated life to "Wake up the World." Once awakened by the Spirit, we are compelled to move outward and proclaim the Good News. We know that as disciples, the Spirit moves in and through us and God "is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, by the power at work within us" (Ephesians 3:20). 


Sunday Mass Collection for Veronica's Voice

One of NRVC's cherished traditions is to collect money at Sunday's Mass for a charitable organization selected by members of the host member area. The Heartland member area selected Veronica's Voice, which offers outreach, school and community awareness, maintains a crisis line, and conducts Johnz Schools. It is the first facility of its kind in Kansas City to provide a safe haven and a place of healing for women seeking escape from commercial sexual exploitation. For more information see veronicasvoice.org.

Vocation Fair prior to Convocation sponsored by the Heartland Member Area

The Heartland member area of NRVC, Serra Club, and the Archdiocese of Kansas City invited NRVC members to participate in a Vocation Fair prior to the convocation, on Wednesday, October 26, from 5 - 8 p.m. The fair was held at Ascension Parish, located just 4 miles from the hotel. NRVC offered a shuttle service to and from the site. The coordinator for this opportunity was Sister Vicki Lichtenauer, O.S.B. vlichten@hotmail.com or 816-718-2660.

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NRVC Member Areas

Click here to locate members of the NRVC in your member area.


Member Area Gathering - Midwest

October 9-11,

Frankfort, IL

Virtual Orientation Program

October 9-13,

Virtual workshop

Behavioral Assessment 1 workshop

October 17-19,

Virtual workshop

Accompaniment and Communications with Young Catholics

October 24-26,

Virtual workshop

Member Area Gathering - Lake Erie/Ohio River

October 23-25,

Villa Maria, PA

Young Adult Retreat Day

November 4,

hosted by the Delaware Valley Member Area. Learn more

National Vocation Awareness Week

November 5-11,

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Behavioral Assessment 2 workshop

December 2-3,

Tucson, AZ

National Board Meeting

December 4-8,

Tucson, AZ

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