In his keynote address at the 2010 Convocation of the National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC), Most Reverend Pietro Sambi, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, invited religious-community vocation directors seeking to recruit new members to remember that Jesus promises to make us fishers of men and women and “blesses us to yield a ‘bountiful catch.’”
Drawing from the Convocation’s theme of “Casting the Net: Vocation Ministry in a Global Church and World,” the Nuncio assured religious communities and the sisters, brothers, priests, and lay associates gathered at the convocation of the Vatican’s support of religious vocations and the important Christian witness provided by men and women in consecrated life: “The Church wants you to be successful in your catch.”
The NRVC, a professional organization that provides resources and support for those in vocation ministry, held its biennial convocation at the Intercontinental Hotel in Cleveland, OH Nov. 4-8 and welcomed 375 attendees from the U.S., Canada, England, and Australia.
Br. Paul Bednarczyk, CSC, executive director of the National Religious Vocation Conference, said, “Based on the NRVC’s Study on Recent Vocations, we know that globalization, the convocation’s theme, is the hope and challenge of religious life today. We must cast the net wide but make sure we offer depth, strength, and wholeness to those considering a religious vocation.”
Other keynote speakers included Br. David Andrews, CSC, who voiced the need for a spirituality of globalization; Sr. Angela Ann Zukowski, MHSH, who spoke on new technogies and the digital culture they created, which she described as mission territory for the Church; and Fr. Bryan Massingale, STD, who explored the theology of globalization. Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans, the NRVC’s episcopal liaison to the USCCB, presided at the Friday evening liturgy.
Another highlight of the gathering was the presentation of the Harvest Award to Passionist Fr. Robin Ryan, CP and Catholics on Call, a ministry dedicated to helping young adult Catholics discern their role in the church and the world.
Fr. Kevin Nadolski. OSFS, of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, and Sr. Magdala Marie Gilbert, OSP, of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, were also honored for their contributions to vocation ministry.
HORIZON, the quarterly journal of the NRVC, will publish the addresses in its Winter 2011 issue available in February 2011.
Find more information about the NRVC and its publications at www.nrvc.net.