Catholic Volunteer Network hosts 35th conference in Cincinnati, launches 50 year anniversary

Contact: Kate Flannery, Communications Dept.

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November 6, 2012



From November 13-16, Catholic Volunteer Network (CVN) will host their 35th conference for member programs in Cincinnati, Ohio. The conference will also announce the organization’s 50th year anniversary, which will continue until November 2013.

“The 50th anniversary year is truly a time to celebrate yesterday, today and tomorrow,” explained Jim Lindsay, CVN Executive Director. A video commemorating the launch will accompany the official announcement.

Hosted in a different location each year, the National Conference is an opportunity for those involved in faith-based service to come together to learn new skills, share their experience and expertise, and network with their colleagues. Over 100 staff members from CVN’s more than 200 member programs will fly from around the country for the event.  

The theme of the conference this year is “Breaking Open a Faith that Transforms.” It coincides with the Catholic Church’s announcement of The Year of Faith and the celebration of the Second Vatican Council’s 50th anniversary.

“Faith formation is such a vital part of the volunteer experience. It is my hope that our members will come away from this conference better equipped to walk with their volunteers on that journey of faith,” Lindsay explained.

Invited to the conference as keynote speakers are Jack Jezreel from JustFaith Ministries and Rev. Dr. Daisy L. Machado from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Jezreel will discuss the impact of the encounter between rich and poor, and what type of significance this encounter has, specifically in regards to Christian Ministry. Machado’s talk, titled “Radical Faith, Radical Action, Radical Love,” will focus on what programs, members and volunteers can do to make sure the vision for their program is being carried out and made evident in the work they do.

The Father George Mader Award will also be presented at the conference this year to Roger Grein at an evening banquet on November 15th. Grein is a Cincinnati businessman, philanthropist and speaker. The Father George Mader Award was created in 1988 to honor organizations and individuals that foster faith-based service in the United States and abroad. It is named after Father George Mader, of the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, who in 1963, together with his sister, Patricia Mader Stalker, founded what is today known as Catholic Volunteer Network.

“Looking back at the richness of [Catholic Volunteer Network’s] fifty year history really strengthens the sense that we are all part of this community of faith, and it is at our annual conference when we have the opportunity to gather together in prayer and fellowship,” explained Katie Mulembe, Coordinator of Recruitment and Alumni Relations.

Established in 1963, Catholic Volunteer Network (CVN) is the leading non-profit association for domestic and international volunteer programs. Currently, more than 18,000 volunteers serve in its member programs throughout the U.S. and in over 100 other countries worldwide. Its annual directory, RESPONSE, lists faith-based volunteer opportunities both domestically and overseas. To receive a copy or learn more, please visit