Historical Note/Scope and Content

Historical Note

Originating as a committee of the Conference of Major Superiors of Women in 1965, the National Sisters Vocation Conference was established as an independent organization four years later. The NSVC was "dedicated to deepening the understanding of the role of women, especially women religious in the Church, through service in the vocation apostolate." To this end, it provided a variety of workshops, annual symposia, a bimonthly newsletter, research materials, and other vocation education resources. It worked closely with the other major vocation organizations--the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors, the National Conference of Religious Vocation Directors, and Serra International--as a member of the National Catholic Vocation Council. The NSVC merged in 1988 with the NCRVD to form the National Religious Vocation Conference.

The collection contains correspondence, memoranda, minutes of Executive Board meetings, publications, recordings of presentations, reports, and subject files.

Related material is in the records of the National Catholic Vocation Council, the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors, and the National Conference of Religious Vocation Directors in this repository, and in the Serra International Records at the University Archives and Special Collections, Loyola University Chicago.

Gift of the National Sisters Vocation Conference, 1983.

Scope and Content

Series 1, Executive Board Files, 1967-1987, contains memoranda, minutes, and reports, arranged alphabetically by type of record and chronologically thereunder

Series 2, Administrative Subject Files, 1967-1987, documents activities and projects of the NSVC's national office, its relations with other organizations of vocation personnel, and its merger with the National Conference of Religious Vocation Directors. The records are arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically thereunder.

Series 3, Meetings Files, 1969-1986, contains records of the symposia and other programs offered by the conference, including proceedings and audiocassette recordings of some of the presentations. The series is arranged in chronological order.

Series 4, Publications, 1968-1987, includes the NSVC's newsletters, its studies on entrances and departures from religious communities, and other vocation education materials, arranged in chronological order.