The J.S. Paluch National Vocations Awareness Division

Annual Vocations Seminar Topics 1988 - 2016

 

J.S. PALUCH VOCATION SEMINARS — Overview
The National Vocations Awareness Division (NVAD) of the J.S. Paluch Company has hosted and underwritten vocation seminars annually since 1988. The seminars provided a forum for national collaboration between the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors (NCDVD) and the National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC). The initial seminar participants were the NCDVD and NRVC national board members. In subsequent years, their regional coordinators joined the board members.

The seminars grew to include members and representatives from the USCCB Secretariats of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, Higher Education, and Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, Pontifical Mission Societies in the US, Serra International, National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), National Association of Diaconate Directors (NADD), Diocesan Vocation Directors of Canada (DVDC), National Association of Vocation and Formation Directors of Canada (NAVFD), Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM), Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR), Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), Communicators for Women Religious (CWR), Religious Brothers Conference (RBC), the Vocation Committee of the U.S. Conference of Secular Institutes (USCSI), National Federation of Priests’ Councils, Christian Family Movement (CFM), Construyendo Matrimonio Renovación Familiar, National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association (NCYAMA), the Catholic Campus Ministry Association (CCMA), National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), La Red, the Knights of Peter Claver, Institute on Religious Life (IRL), National Institute for the Renewal of the Priesthood, and the NVAD Advisory Board.

The seminars also provided a forum for planning, discussing, and evaluating World Youth Day 2016, the Third Continental Congress on Vocations to the Ordained Ministry and Consecrated Life in North America, A Future Full of Hope: A National Strategy for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life in the Dioceses and Archdioceses of the United States, and many initiatives and programs in vocation ministry.

The 2009 Paluch Vocation Seminar expanded the number of organizations invited to participate in support of the continued creation and development of a culture of vocations. Every year the seminar endeavors to increase collaborative efforts and establish new and renewed contacts among those in leadership positions in vocation, formation, communication, education, marriage and family life, ethnic ministry, and youth and young adult ministry.

 

J.S. PALUCH VOCATION SEMINARS — 1988-2016 Topics and Presenters  
The Year of Mercy: Leadership, Mission, and Vocations (2016)
Keynote: Most Rev. Bernard A. Hebda, Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
CCLV Report: Rev. Ralph O’Donnell, Executive Director, USCCB Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations
NCDVD Report: Mrs. Rosemary Sullivan, Executive Director, National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors (NCDVD)
NRVC Report: Br. Paul Bednarczyk, CSC, Executive Director, National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC)
Salt and Light Report: Mr. Chris Adamczyk, Manager, Ms. Vivian Cabrera, Social Media and PR Manager, and Mr. Noel Ocol, Director of Marketing and Communications, Salt and Light Television in Canada.
Vocation Panel: Sr. Chioma Ahanihu, SLW, Sister of the Living Word; Rev. Timothy Combs, OP, Newman Center Associate Pastor, Purdue University in Indiana; Mr. Mark Piper, Associate of the Sisters of Mercy and Director of Mercy Association for the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas West Midwest Community; Br. Joseph A. Siegel, OSA, PLOWs (Palos, Lemont, Orland, and Worth) Council on Aging in southwest Cook County; Ms. Kathleen Tierney, member and National Directress of the DeSales Secular Institute; Sr. Alicia Torres, Franciscan of the Eucharist of Chicago; Rev. Michael Trail, Associate Pastor at St. Damian Catholic Church in Oak Forest, Illinois.
World Youth Day (WYD) Panel Chair: Paul Jarzembowski, Assistant Director for Youth and Young Adult Ministries, USCCB Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth
WYD Panelists: Br. Paul Bednarczyk, CSC, NRVC Executive Director; Rev. Ralph O’Donnell, CCLV Executive Director; Mrs. Rosemary Sullivan, NCDVD Executive Director
Facilitator: Kathleen Leggdas, former Director of Ministry Evaluation, Archdiocese of Chicago
 
Vocation: Keys to Collaboration (2015)
Keynote: Very Rev. Frank S. Donio, SAC, Director, Catholic Apostolate Center
CCLV Report: Rev. Ralph O’Donnell, Executive Director, USCCB Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations
Presentation of NRVC Study — Br. Paul Bednarczyk, CSC, Executive Director, National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC)
Salt and Light Collaboration Report: Chris Adamczyk, Manager, and Noel Ocol, Director, Marketing & Communications, Salt and Light Television
Panel: Chair: Paul Jarzembowski, Assistant Director for Youth and Young Adult Ministries, USCCB Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth
Panelists: Br. Paul Bednarczyk, CSC, Executive Director, National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC); Beth Mahoney, Director of Mission, Holy Cross Family Ministries; Amy McEntee, Executive Director, National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association (NCYAMA)
Facilitator: Kathleen Leggdas, former Director of Ministry Evaluation, Archdiocese of Chicago

Vocation: From Local to Global Vision (2014)
Keynote: Rev. Thomas Rosica, CSB, English language Assistant to the Holy See Press Office and CEO of Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation
Presenter: Rev. John Guthrie, Associate Director of the USCCB Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations
Introduction to The Francis Effect film: Mr. Sebastian Gomes, producer, Salt and Light Television
Panelists: Br. Paul Bednarczyk, CSC, Executive Director, National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC); Sr. Kathleen Bryant, RSC, Regional Vicar, Religious Sisters of Charity; Rev. Msgr. Robert Fuhrman, Assistant National Director, Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States; Julie Gilberto-Brady, Chair of the Board of Directors, Communicators for Women Religious; Paul Jarzembowski, Assistant Director, USCCB Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life; and Marilyn Santos, Director of Mission Education, Pontifical Mission Societies in the US
Facilitator: Mr. Dominic Perri, Principal, Essential Conversations Group

Vocation: The Power of Personal Witness (2013)
Keynote: Most Rev. Christopher J. Coyne, Auxiliary Bishop of Indianapolis and member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis
Presenter: Rev. Shawn McKnight, Executive Director of the USCCB Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations
Panelists and Breakout Session Leaders: Barton Wells Baker, Senior Consultant, Deloitte Consulting, participant in World Youth Day 2013; Jenny Milena Bernal de Baker, Resource Coordinator, Archdiocese of Washington, participant in World Youth Day 2013; Craig Gould, Director of Youth and Young Adult Programs, Catholic Theological Union Chicago; Bart Hisgen, Associate Director of Vocation Ministry for the Clerics of St. Viator (Viatorians) in the United States; Rev. Linh Hoang, OFM, Consultant, USCCB Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Siena College, Loudonville, New York; Sr. Mary Diane Langford, CDP, Director of Faith Formation, St. Peter's Church, Joplin, Missouri; Sefanit Mekonnen, Director of Religious Education, Mary Immaculate Church, Farmers Branch, Texas, participant in World Youth Day 2013; Lorena Reyes, Eucharistic Minister and Coordinator, St. Agnes of Bohemia Parish, Chicago, Illinois, participant in World Youth Day; Kathy Schmitt, Associate Editor, Seminary Journal, NCEA Seminary Department; Elizabeth (Beth) Starczewski, Vicariate VI Youth Ministry Coordinator, Office for Catechesis and Youth Ministry, Archdiocese of Chicago; and Alfred D. Turnipseed, Jr., National Black Catholic Congress (NBCC) Representative, Archdiocese of Washington Secretariat for Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns.
Facilitator: Dominic Perri, Essential Conversations Group

The New Evangelization and Vocations: Challenges and Opportunities (2012)
Keynote: Most Rev. Sam Jacobs, Bishop of Houma-Thibodaux, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis
Main Presenter: Msgr. Laurence J. Spiteri, official in charge of the Legal Office of the Vatican Apostolic Library, Judge on the Court of Appeals for the See of Rome, and consultant to various Roman Congregations and religious communities
Presenter: Fr. Shawn McKnight, Executive Director of the USCCB Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations
Panelists and Breakout Session Leaders: Ms. Paloma Cabetas, Midwest Co-Director, Focolare Movement assisted by Ms. Jade Giacobbe, Focolare member; Mr. Paul Jarzembowski, Executive Director, National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Associaiton (NCYAMA), assisted by Mr. Matthew Robaszkiewicz, Membership Services Coordinator, National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM); Ms. Jean L. Merry, Communications Director, Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, and National Communicators Network for Women Religious (NCNWR) Board Member; Sr. Theresa Rickard, OP, President and Executive Director, RENEW International; Ms. Marilyn Santos, Director of Youth and Young Adult Outreach, Pontifical Mission Societies in the US, and President, La Red; and Rev. Andrew Small, OMI, National Director, Pontifical Mission Societies in the US
Facilitator: Dominic Perri, Essential Conversations Group

Vocation Ministry on the Digital Continent (2011)
Keynote: Most Rev. Ronald P. Herzog, Bishop of Alexandria, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Communications
Presenter: Ms. Kim Cavallero, Board Chair of the National Communicators Network for Women Religious (NCNWR) and Director of Communications for the American Province of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus
Panel: Rev. James Gallagher, CSC, Director of the Office for Vocations of the US Province of the Holy Cross Priests and Brothers;
Ms. Julie Gilberto-Brady, Communications Director for the School Sisters of Notre Dame; Ms. Tanya Mullin, Communications Associate and
IT Specialist for the Sisters of St. Martha of Antigonish, Nova Scotia; and Sr. Julie Vieira, IHM, A Nun’s Life Ministry
Facilitator: Br. Paul Michalenko, ST

Parents and Family: Doorways to Vocations (2010)
Keynote: Most Rev. Joseph E. Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth
Panel: Mrs. Rosemary Sullivan, NCDVD Executive Director; Sr. Kathleen Bryant, RSC, Regional Vicar, Religious Sisters of Charity;
Timothy and Anamaria Barder, parents of Br. Luke Barder, OP; Bob and Anne Broderick, parents of Sr. Cynthia Broderick, OP; Mrs.
Sheila Liaugminas, mother of Rev. Andrew Liaugminas; Mrs. Janette Mazon, mother of Sr. Andrea Mazon, CSJ; Carl and Sue
Wisdom, parents of Rev. Andrew-Carl Wisdom, OP
Facilitator: Dominic Perri, Essential Conversations Group

A Collaborative Community Creating a Culture of Vocations (2009)
Keynote: Most Rev. Roger L. Schwietz, OMI, Archbishop of Anchorage, former Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Vocations
Presenters: Br. Paul Bednarczyk, CSC, Executive Director of the National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC), Sr. Mary Bendyna, RSM,
Executive Director of the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), and Very Rev. Thomas Dragga, Rector of Borromeo College
Seminary and National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) Executive Committee member
Facilitator: Dominic Perri, Essential Conversations Group

Young Adult Catholics and Ecclesial Vocations (2008)
Presenters/Facilitators: Rev. Robin Ryan, CP, Director of Catholics On Call and Adjunct Professor in Systematic Theology,
Catholic Theological Union at Chicago (CTU), and Sheila McLaughlin, Director of the Bernardin Center for Theology and Ministry at CTU

A Culture of Vocations: From Foundations to the Future (2007)
Presenters/Facilitators: Sr. Katarina Schuth, OSF, Professor, Endowed Chair for the Social Scientific Study of Religion,
The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota

Crossing Borders: Vocation Ministry in a Multicultural Church (2006)
Presenters/Facilitators: Rev. Gary Riebe-Estrella, SVD, Vice President and Academic Dean, Catholic Theological Union at Chicago (CTU)

Reflections on Collegians, Priesthood, and Eucharist Today (2005)
Presenters/Facilitators: Rev. James J. Bacik, Adjunct Professor of Humanities at the University of Toledo and Pastor of Corpus Christi University Parish

Contemporary Vocation Ministry: Calling Men and Women to Live Marginally in a Postmodern World (2004)
Presenters/Facilitators: Rev. Christopher Robinson, CM, Department of Religious Studies at DePaul University

Conscious Celibacy: Truth or Consequence (2003)
Presenters/Facilitators: Rev. Bill Jarema, Founder/Director of the Mercy Center for Healing the Whole Person, Colorado Springs,
Colorado; Br. Paul Bednarczyk, CSC, NRVC Executive Director; Mrs. Dorothy Foss, NCDVD Executive Director; Rev. Edward J. Burns and Rev.
Raymond Lafontaine, Co-Chairs for the Continental Congress on Vocations; Sr. Susan Kidd, CND, Continental Congress Executive Committee member

Celibate Commitment and Affectivity in Today's Church (2002)
Presenters/Facilitators: Very Rev. Canice Connors, OFM Conv, Minister Provincial of the Immaculate Conception Province, President of the
Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM), Immaculate Conception Friary, Rensselaer, New York

Come and See: Who's Looking and What Are They Finding? (2001)
Presenters/Facilitators: Br. James R. Zullo, FSC, Ph.D., faculty member, Loyola University, Chicago

Sharing Our Vision: Preparing for the Third Continental Congress on Vocations (2000)
Presenters/Facilitators: Rev. Edward J. Burns, Executive Director of the Secretariat for Vocations and Priestly
Formation and American Co-Chair of the Executive Committee for the Third Continental Congress on Vocations to Ordained Ministry and
Consecrated Life in North America, and Rev. Raymond Lafontaine, Canadian Co-Chair of the Executive Committee for the Continental Congress

Vocations: Marketing, Image, and Media for 2000 and Beyond (1999)
Presenters/Facilitators: Sage Communications Team: Tim Anderson, Ann Thompson, Helen Wilkie

Mentoring Today's Candidates for Healthy Religious Life and Priesthood (1998)
Presenters/Facilitators: Br. James R. Zullo, FSC, Ph.D., Faculty member, Loyola University, Chicago

Almost Home: An Exploration of the Spirituality of the Vocation Director (1997)
Presenters/Facilitators: Dominican Preaching Team: Rev. Michael Kyte, OP, and Sr. Ann Willits, OP

A Future Full of Hope: Challenges and Opportunities (1996)
Presenters/Facilitators: Most Rev. Paul S. Loverde, Chairman, NCCB Committee on Vocations, and Most Rev. John J. McRaith, Committee Member, NCCB Committee on Vocations

Emerging from the Crunch: Collaboration for the Future (1995)
Presenters/Facilitators: Br. Loughlan Sofield, ST, Councilor General of the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity and Senior Editor of Human
Development magazine, and Sr. Carroll Juliano, SHCJ, Director of Life Planning for Ministry, Summit, New Jersey

Diocesan and Religious Vocation Ministry: Working Together (1994)
Presenters/Facilitators: Most Rev. John McRaith, NRVC episcopal liaison and NCCB Vocation Committee member, and Rev. John Linnan, CSV, CTU theology faculty member

Vocation Ministry: A Multicultural Focus (1993)
Keynote: Rev. Mark Francis, CSV, Faculty member, Catholic Theological Union at Chicago (CTU)
Presenters: Sr. Verónica Méndez, RCD, Director of Hispanic Ministry at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein; Rev. Donald Sterling, Past President,
National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus, and Rev. Thang Tran, SVD, Vocation Minister at Divine Word College; Group Leader: Sr. Carmen de Barros, OSF,
Director of Casa Franciscana de Alegría in Chicago
Facilitator: Sr. Dorothy Monikowski, SSJ TOSF, Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis, Chicago

Applicants and Implications: Priesthood & Religious Life (1992)
Presenters: Rev. Eugene Hemrick, USCC Office of Research, and Sr. Eleace King, IHM, Center for Applied Research (CARA)
Facilitator: Sr. Dorothy Monikowski, SSJ TOSF, Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis, Chicago

What's Working: Vocation Awareness, Invitation, & Discernment (1991)
Presenters/Facilitators: Rev. Jay O'Connor, NCDVD Executive Director, and Br. Joseph Samson, FSC, NRVC Executive Director

Strategy 6: Fostering Parish-based Vocation Awareness (1990)
Presenters/Facilitators: Rev. Edward J. Griswold, NCDVD Executive Director, and Br. Joe Samson, FSC, NRVC Executive Director

Pastoral Planning to Promote Diocesan Priesthood & Religious Life among Young Adults (1989)
Presenters: Rev. John Cusick, Director of Young Adult Ministry, Archdiocese of Chicago; Ms. Carol Fowler, Director, Ministry in Higher Education, Archdiocese of Chicago; and Sr. Sharon Glumb, SLW, Vocation Office, Archdiocese of Chicago
Facilitators: Rev. Edward J. Griswold, NCDVD Executive Director, and Br. Joseph Samson, FSC, NRVC Executive Director

Imaging Priesthood for Today's Youth (1988)
Presenters: Most Rev. Thomas J. Murphy, Coadjutor Archbishop, Archdiocese of Seattle, and board members and regional representatives from NCDVD and NRVC
Facilitator: Rev. J. Cletus Kiley, Director, Department of Personnel, Archdiocese of Chicago