41st Annual National Conference on Faith-Based Service

Hosted by Catholic Volunteer Network

Each fall, over 150 staff members of faith-based volunteer programs, campus personnel, and other partners gather for the National Conference on Faith-Based Service. 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.

Each year we feature a series of keynote speakers and offer participants the opportunity to attend valuable workshops on all aspects of program management and operation.

Baltimore, Maryland | Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards | November 8-11, 2018

|  Registration  |  Travel & Lodging  |  Schedule   

|  Keynote Speakers & Workshops  |  Exhibitors & Sponsors  |  Questions?   |


Registration will open in July! Stay tuned for more details! 

Travel & Lodging

Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards
110 S Eutaw St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Ideally located in the Arts and Entertainment district, near some of the city's most popular attractions, the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards is the perfect home base for exploring. Intuitively designed hotel rooms and suites offer plush bedding, flat-screen TVs, high-speed Wi-Fi access and mini-refrigerators. Stop by The Yard for delicious, locally sourced dining, as well as Baltimore-area craft beers and a selection from our unique wine wall. We also offer a vibrant pop-up pizza restaurant, BrickNFire.
Conference Room Block will open in July.
Getting there from Baltimore Washington International Airport - Marriott Inner Harbor is located approximately 9.5 miles (15 minute drive) from BWI airport. MTA Light Rail Hunt Valley line will connect you from the airport to the Pratt Street station, located one block from the hotel. Fares are $1.80. For more information, please click here

Schedule Overview

Thursday 11/8Friday 11/9Saturday 11/10Sunday 11/11
3:00-7:00pm - Registration
3:00-7:00pm - Exhibits Open
7:00pm - Conference  Opening
7:30pm - Keynote Speaker
9:00pm - Reception 
7:30-8:30am - Breakfast
8:30am - Morning Prayer
8:45am - Cohort Session #1 
9:45am - Workshop Session #1
11:15am - Break/Exhibits
11:30am - CVN Membership Meeting
12:30pm - Networking Lunch
1:45pm - Panel Discussion
3:00pm - Break/Exhibits
3:15pm - Open Space
5:00pm - Free Evening
7:30-8:30am - Breakfast
8:45am - Morning Prayer
9:00am - Keynote Speaker
10:45am - Break/Exhibits
11:00am - Workshop Session #2
12:30pm - Lunch (on your own)
2:15pm - Workshop Session #3
3:45pm - Break/Exhibits
4:00pm - Cohort Session #2
5:00pm - Break
5:30pm - Mass 
6:30pm - Social & Cash Bar
7:00pm - Banquet & Awards Ceremony
8:30-10:30pm - Music & Dancing
8:00-9:00am - Breakfast
9:00am - Morning Prayer
9:15am - Keynote Speaker
10:45am - Closing Ritual

Keynote Speakers & Workshops

Dr. Robert Simmons III
Reflecting on my Father's Incarceration: How Courage, Faith, and Service Guide my Life
Growing up in a house guided by principles of courage, faith and service, his father's physical incarceration offered Robert great life lessons. Maturing at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic in Detroit provided many challenges despite living in a loving home with his grandmother and mother. Nonetheless, Robert struggled with anger issues and a sense of outrage at every turn. Using his failures as life lessons and his experiences attending a Jesuit high school, becoming the second African American man to become a tenured professor at a Jesuit university and familial connections to social justice movements, Dr. Simmons will offer reflections on how courage, faith and service have been foundational to his life journey. 
Currently serving as the CEO of the See Forever Foundation in Washington DC, Robert is a nationally recognized scholar on racial equity having authored and co-authored over 40 publications including the book Talking about Race. Robert has shared his thoughts on racial equity on national media outlets such as CNN, as well as local media in Detroit, Baltimore, DC and Los Angeles. Robert has served in senior leadership positions in national nonprofits, while also serving as the Chief of Innovation & Research with the DC Public Schools. As a result of this work in DC, the city was recognized as one of leading cities working to support males of color. Robert served as the director of the Center for Urban Catholic Education and a tenured professor of urban education and African/African American studies at Loyola University Maryland. Despite all of these accomplishments, Robert believes his most impactful work has been the time he spent as a science teacher in his hometown of Detroit, MI. 
Erricka Bridgeford
A Rumbling in Our Spirits
There are many times when we feel that Quiet Nudge urging us to go down a particular path. We often spend time rationalizing whether to follow that path. We ask, "Why me? Who am I to do this thing?" But when there's a rumbling in our spirits, we realize that the real question is, "How dare I NOT be the one?" Courage is the heart's tool to push us forward, while Faith reminds us to expect greatness and abundance on the path. Erricka will share her experiences with leaning into the rumbling in her spirit.
Erricka Bridgeford trains mediators, teaches conflict resolution skills, co-organizes a movement that rallies Baltimore City to avoid violence during three-day weekends and performs rituals for every person who is murdered in Baltimore. Her life has been impacted by murder since she was 12 years old, and she has been working for over 20 years to ensure that murder does not have the last say. From addressing rape culture, to advocating for death penalty repeal, Bridgeford's ability to influence social injustice is fueled by her commitment to transform her personal pain into "hope in action."
Sr. Teresa Maya, CCVI
Leaders with a Heart for Mission
Mission needs leadership. This keynote address will explore the heart of leadership for mission. The threshold our Church and our World are crossing requires a new exploration about the place and role of leaders. Key principles and values for leadership on mission will be explored. Participants will be encouraged to see leadership as ministry.
Sister Teresa Maya is a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio since 1994.  Her ministry has been in education. She has served as teacher, history professor, and administrator.  She has passion for the formation of ministers for Hispanics/Latinos in the United States.  Sister Teresa got her B.A. at Yale University, her M.A. at the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley and the Ph.D. in El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City.  She is currently serving as Congregational Leader for her Congregation and in the Presidency for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR).


The 2018 conference will feature a wide variety of workshops during three workshop sessions.Topics will include: Social Media and Communications; Vocational Discernment; Effective Volunteer Recruitment and Retention Strategies; Social/Racial Justice; Program Evaluation and Impact Measurement; Fundraising Strategies; Practicing Healing and Reconciliation; Preparing Volunteers for International Service, and much more! Questions? Contact Mike McCormick via email at mmccormick@catholicvolunteernetwork.org.

Exhibitors & Sponsors

If you would like to learn more about becoming a sponsor and/or exhibitor for this event, please review our sponsorship brochure OR complete the online sponsorship application by clicking HEREQuestions? Contact Mike McCormick at mmccormick@catholicvolunteernetwork.org

Questions about the National Conference on Faith-Based Service? Contact Sarah Hammel at shammel@catholicvolunteernetwork.org

For information about the 2017 conference, please click here