National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC): Communication Skills to Promote Vocations Workshop: July 22-24, 2019

This workshop is created from the syllabus of the NRVC Vocation Ambassadors Program and will teach those vested in vocation ministry and new membership how best to promote vocations through diverse platforms. This interactive, hands-on workshop will focus on practicing new ideas, strategizing for more effective communications and avoiding online mistakes.

Learn practical tips for developing your social media platforms, website, newsletter, and other technology to share your unique charism. Through a variety of skilled presenters, participants can evaluate their time, resources and techniques to reach inquirers in this highly digitalized era that is image driven and culturally diverse. Participants must bring a laptop and mobile device.

Bring along a millennial, member/employee/associate of your religious institute and you’ll receive a $300 refund at the conclusion of the workshop for the additional participant.

Please note this workshop ends at 4:30 p.m. on July 24. Overnight accommodations are contracted for 4 nights, arrival on July 21 and check out on July 25.

Workshop fees

Workshop fees include materials, speaker, facility fees and lunch. The fees do not include supper. Residents are provided with a continental breakfast.

Commuter:        $525 – NRVC Member               $780   –  Non-NRVC Member

Resident:           $985 – NRVC Member               $1,240 – Non-NRVC Member


Late registration

Registrations received after June 22 incur a $100 late fee.


Cancellations for workshops and accommodations must be received in writing to before June 23 to receive a full refund less a $100 processing fee. After June 23., all fees are non refundable.


Mr. Alex Cranstoun is the Media Manager for the Catholic Apostolate Center, where he manages the development, implementation, and maintenance of the Center’s social media, podcasts, webinars and promotional efforts in addition to other various media ventures. After joining the Center as an Intern in 2016, he found himself deeply enamored with its mission which empowers his work today. A native of Washington (the State), Alex was highly involved in ministry at his home parish and his Jesuit High School, as a retreat leader and later as a youth minister.

Father Frank Donio, SAC is the Director of the Catholic Apostolic Center and is a consultant to the USCCB Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis. Fr. Frank holds a Doctor of Ministry in Adult Spiritual Formation as well as a Bachelor of Arts in History and Church History (Catholic University of America). He also holds a Master of Divinity (Washington Theological Union) and a Master of Church Management (Villanova University School of Business). He has an extensive background in young adult ministry, vocation and formation ministry. Fr. Frank and the Center received the Gaudium et Spes Award from the National Association for Lay Ministry in 2018.

Sister Lisa Laguna, DC is the vocation directress for her province of the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul. Although a native of Los Angeles, she currently lives in the Silicon Valley/South Bay Area of California. Sister Lisa is an educator by profession, with a BA in Philosophy and an MS in Education, both from Mount St. Mary’s University, Los Angeles. She has had the joy of journeying with young people in discernment for the last nine years as vocation director for her province. Lisa currently serves on the NRVC Board and was the tech liaison for Convocation 2018, producing podcasts of the keynote presentations.

Ms. Siobhán O’Neill Meluso is the Communications Coordinator for the Benedictine Sisters of Chicago and a member of the Communicators for Women Religious. She previously worked as the Social Media Editor for TrueQuest Communications, which produces the VISION Vocation Guide and HORIZON. While employed at TrueQuest Communications, she was recognized in 2017 by the Associated Church Press “Best of the Christian Press” for Online/New Media: Social Media for her work on VISION Vocation Guide’s social media accounts. Siobhan is married to her husband, Andres. She presented at the NRVC Vocation Ambassadors Program, 2016 and 2017.

Mr. Nicholas T. Schafer, CFRE was named executive director of the Communicators for Women Religious in 2016. Nick has professional experience in communications and fundraising for St. Joseph Public Library in South Bend, Saint Joseph College (Indiana), and served in AmeriCorps. Nick earned bachelor’s degrees in communication and English literature from Saint Joseph’s College as well as a certificate in Fundraising Management from the Indiana University School of Philanthropy. He is co-editor for the Communications Manual for Institutes of Women Religious, published in 2018. He lives in northwest Indiana with his wife and daughters.

Ms. Carol S. Scheiber has been publications editor for NRVC since 1998. Through TrueQuest Communications, she edits HORIZON, the NRVC newsletter, and VISION, and contributes to NRVC’s corresponding websites and social media. She helps form communications strategies for NRVC and various VISION advertisers seeking expert advice. She has applied her expertise in communications to numerous nonprofits over the years. She and her husband are parents to three young adults. Carol has been recognized annually by the Catholic Press Association and received the NRVC Harvest Award in 2000. She presented at the NRVC Vocation Ambassadors Program in 2016 and 2017.

I appreciated the fact that instructions took into account the many proficiency levels in the room. The presenters were extremely patient and helpful. It was a great workshop with great information and very organized. 

–Mrs. Nancy Costello for the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus from Philadelphia, PA

I loved the great interaction and collaboration in formal activities and informal settings to sharpen our language. The presenters were sincere and helpful, and responsive to our needs. 

–Sr. Kathy Kurdziel, IHM from Scranton, PA

I enjoyed the use of video clips to portray the tutorials. The use of team work was very helpful. The combination of different presenters was valuable for this workshop. 

–Fr. Kenneth Keke, SSJ from Washington D.C.

Workshops are designed from the NRVC three-component curriculum for those who wish to deepen their understanding of the complex theological, spiritual, psycho-sexual, ethical, and diversity issues often present in contemporary vocation ministry. NRVC recommends that vocation ministers participate in ongoing educational opportunities to attend to their own vocation, faith formation, and to further develop their professional competencies. Please read the terms and conditions of all NRVC programs and events.

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