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NRVC Strategic Plan

Building Hope: Strategic Plan 2018-2023

September 26, 2018

Vision Statement

To set the world ablaze with the fire of God’s love through the prophetic, joyful witness of religious sisters, brothers, and priests as radical disciples of Jesus.

Mission Statement

The National Religious Vocation Conference is a catalyst for vocation discernment and the full flourishing of religious life as sisters, brothers, and priests for the ongoing transformation of the world.


To accomplish its mission, the National Religious Vocation Conference, in collaboration with its members and strategic partners, provides professional development, advocacy, education, resources, and networking opportunities to support vocation ministry and religious life.


In presenting religious life as a viable, prophetic option that remains mystery and gift, the NRVC seeks to:
1.    Provide professional development, best practices, and shared wisdom to animate the elements of vocation ministry: encounter, invitation, and accompaniment; 
2.    Foster a culture of vocations in a spirit of collaboration, joy, and hope to inspire and be inspired by the minds and hearts of the young church;
3.    Celebrate the charism of each Catholic religious institute as part of the mission of Jesus; and
4.    Grow and nurture an intercultural approach to vocation ministry.


Strategic Goals and Objectives

1.    Enhance collaborative efforts for engaging the culturally diverse young church in discerning and impacting the future of religious life.
A.    Solicit, process, and disseminate input from the young church on what they value as effective in vocation ministry and as relevant in religious life and in the life of the Church.
B.    Develop, implement and share the most effective practices for engaging the culturally diverse young church, especially in vocation discernment and in issues affecting religious life.
C.    Pursue collaborative ventures with other organizations, especially intercultural organizations, and the young church to further the topics and results of the 2018 International Bishops’ Synod on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.
D.    Develop, fund, disseminate and promote strategies to assist the larger Church in fostering a culture of vocations
E.    Advocate for an international religious vocation office in Rome.
2.    Provide leading-edge resources, formation, and research to advance the field of intercultural vocation ministry, assessment skills, and discernment to religious life.
A.   Determine the most effective ways to study, identify, and disseminate best practices pertaining to creating a culture of vocations and vocation discernment, especially regarding the young church.
B.     Replicate the landmark NRVC/CARA 2009 Study on Recent Vocations to Religious Life by Mary Gautier and Sr. Mary Bendyna, OP with additional focuses on the impact of technology and the use of social media.
C.     Utilize existing research by NRVC, as well as other organizations, for data mining and analysis through the lens of vocation ministry with a focus on the engagement of youth.
D.    Assess how best to maintain the high quality and reader interest of the    quarterly Horizon publication and the appeal and outreach of VISION magazine and its resources.

3.    Increase the visibility and awareness of the NRVC in order to fulfill our mission.  
A.    Develop and implement an intentional communications and marketing program focused on multiple audiences. 
B.    Maximize the use of technology to facilitate and enhance services, communications, and fundraising.
C.    Engage a professional marketing/communications firm to strengthen NRVC’s brand identity and presence across a wide range of social media platforms.
D.    Redesign the NRVC website to make it more mobile device-friendly and to offer a more comprehensive array of resources, including apps.
E.    Produce and deliver high-quality, current online content that helps grow a culture of vocation discernment and promotion. 

4.    Create the organizational structure and financial model needed to sustain and grow NRVC.
A.    Assess the human resource implications of the strategic plan for board membership and engagement, executive leadership, and national office staff. 
B.    Determine the funding gap between our current level of operations and the aspirational goals of this strategic plan and pursue closing the gap through a multi-source revenue stream:  membership fees, philanthropic support, endowment income, and earned revenue.
C.    Establish roles, responsibilities, and hiring timelines for development personnel within the national office.
D.    Solicit foundations for sustaining partnerships to seed the initial years of the financial model.
E.    Create a hierarchy of funding needs to pursue through philanthropic funding.
F.    Identify funding sources and methods to underwrite current programs and services and pilot new ones, including giving circles, parish and diocesan appeals, and major gifts.

Download a copy of the plan

Women's Assessment Instrument

Vocation Culture: Reflection to Action

This eight-page resource was created by women for use in women's communities. It is designed to assist in strengthening the vocation culture within women's religious institutes. NRVC created this instrument in response to requests from participants in the "Women Religious Moving Forward in Hope" series. It consists of a series of behavioral questions to be used by religious institutes in diverse settings. The  questions were written based on eight critical needs identified by the Moving Forward in Hope participants.

MEMBERS: Click here to download this instrument. For additional printed copies, click here to purchase it in the NRVC store.

Men's Assessment Instrument

Culture of Vocations Assessment Tool

This eight-page assessment tool was developed by Brother John Mark Falkenhain, O.S.B., for the Men Religious Moving Forward in Hope gatherings held in 2013-14. This assessment tool may be used in a variety of ways depending on the nature and structure of the religious institute. It can be adapted to a number of settings. For instance it can be used for individual reflection, in a series of small group discussions, or by leadership to generate strategic initiatives.

The overarching aim of this assessment tool is to identify areas of strengths and areas that need development. Assessment questions are organized under six categories: charism, community, spiritual life & prayer, work, preparation for celibacy, and relationship to the larger church.

MEMBERS: Click here to download this resource. For additional printed copies, click here to purchase it in the NRVC store.

NRVC constitution and bylaws

Click here for a pdf of the NRVC constitution.

Click here for a pdf of the NRVC bylaws.

Or scroll to the bottom of this window for links to these two documents

Vocation videos

Vocation Videos

Trends in Vocation Ministry by Sr. Deborah Borneman, SS.C.M.

Best Practices for Finding Joy in the Ministry by Fr.  Adam MacDonald, S.V.D.

Convocation Keynote Presentations

Digging Deep into Discernment by Fr. Kevin O'Brien, S.J.

Discipleship: The Key to Vocations by Ms. Sherry Weddell

Eleven Reasons to Keep Building our Future by Fr. Bernhard Eckerstorfer, O.S.B.

Following Jesus: a journey out far and in deep by Mary Maher S.S.N.D. Part One and Part Two

Inviting thresholds: How communities might respond to shifting times by Sr. Maria Cimperman O.S.U. Part One and Part Two

Journey into the Future by Father Timothy Radcliffe O.P. Part One and Part Two

Laughing with the saints: Joy, humor and laughter in the spiritual life by Fr. James Martin S.J.

The Gospels and the journey to religious life by Fr. Donald Senior CP Part One and Part Two

The Joy of the Gospel has Messages for Us by Sr. Theresa Rickard, O.P.

Transfigured by God by Sr. Colleen Mary Mallon, O.P.

Vocation ministers as ambassadors for Christ: a reconciling presence by Archbishop Joseph Tobin C.S.S.R.

Vocation Ministers can Follow St. Paul's Path toward Reconcilation by Sr. Kathryn Hermes, F.S.P.

Jesus' deep invitations to contemporary religious life by Father Ronald Rolheiser O.M.I.

Religious Life: Absolutely Millennial Video Series

Moving Forward in Hope, Perspectives from Newer Members

Part One: Responding to God's Call

Part Two: The Value of Living Together

Part Three: The Value of Praying Together

Part Four: The Value of Gathering Together at Eucharist

Part Five: The Value of Being Seen Together

Part Six: Moving Forward in Hope

Discernment Videos

A Vocation Story from CMSWR

BRO: Men with Hope to Bring Trailer

Celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week

Comfortable: 50 People 1 Question

Consecrated in Cleveland

Dream Small

Fishers of Men Part 1 Fishers of Men Part 2

For Love Alone Trailer

Francis Effect

Here I am, the Servant of the Lord

Highlights from You Talk. We'll Listen

If we could see inside each other's hearts

In Honor of NRVC's 25th Anniversary

Inspirational Story: Growing Good Corn

Inspirational Story: The Little Things in Life

Is God Calling You?

Jesus Calls Women

More Like Love

Moving Forward in Hope: Perspectives from Newer Members

Moving Forward in Hope: Keys to the Future

Rejoice with Us!

Relationships are Complicated

Set a Fire

Sister Story: Because I met a Sister

Stuck on an Escalator

The Three Key Questions

VISION Vocation Network Videos

Vocation 101

Vocation 101: What is Vocation?

Vocation 201: How Do I Discover My Vocation?

Vocation Stories from NRVC Members

Why We Love Our Vocation

Discernment Songs

A Beautiful Prayer

Abide with Me

All the Ends of the Earth

Bao La Tình Chúa


Companions of the Journey

Deep Within

Digo Si Senor

Fall In Love

Follow me to the Sea

Give Us Your Peace

Grateful: A Love Song for the World

Here I am, Lord

Here I Am to Worship

How Can I keep from Singing?

Humble and Kind

Hymn to Our Lady of Guadalupe

I am for You

If Not Now

In the Name of Love - Do You Remember the Call?

La promesa

Late Have I Loved You


Look Around You

Magnificat - David Haas

Magnificat - Lori True

My Song Will be for You Forever

On a Mission

Open the Eyes of My Heart

Pescador de Hombres

Planting Seeds: A Song of life

Room at the Table

Servant Song

Speak Lord, I'm Listening

Standing on the Shoulders

10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)


The Call

The Deer's Cry

The Summons

The Turning of the World

Wake the World

We are Called

Where Feet May Fail

You are Mine

You Can Do This Hard Thing

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NRVC Member Areas

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


Orientation Program for New Directors

July 11-15,

Leavenworth, KS

Ethics Issues Workshop

July 17-18,

Leavenworth, KS

Behavioral Assessment 1 workshop

July 21-23,

Leavenworth, KS

Member Area Gathering - Delaware Valley

August 29,

via Zoom 

Member Area Coordinators Gathering

September 11-14,

Darien, 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

National Vocation Awareness Week

November 5-11,

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Behavioral Assessment 2 workshop

December 2-3,

Tucson, AZ

Renew your NRVC membership