40th 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.

St. Louis, Missouri | Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark | November 1-4, 2017

Schedule & Registration 

Schedule and registration will be available in July 2017.

Exhibitors & Sponsorships

If you would like to learn more about becoming a sponsor and/or exhibitor for this event, please review our sponsorship brochure. Questions? Contact Alyssa Sickle at asickle@catholicvolunteernetwork.org

Workshop Proposals

Submit your conference workshop proposal! Click here to view form. Please email Mike McCormick with submissions or inquiries: mmccormick@catholicvolunteernetwork.org

Keynote Speakers

The Rev. Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., is the founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, Calif., the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world.  From 1986 to 1992, Father Boyle was pastor of Dolores Mission Church, then the poorest Catholic parish in Los Angeles with the highest concentration of gang activity in the city.  In the face of law enforcement tactics and criminal justice policies of suppression and mass incarceration as the means to end gang violence, Father Boyle and parish and community members adopted what was then a radical approach: treat gang members as human beings.  From that, Homeboy was born.  Father Boyle is the author of the 2010 New York Times-bestseller Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

Mother 2 Mother began in September 2014, by Dr. Christi Griffin, founder and president of The Ethics Project, as a means of creating understanding, healing and solutions to racism and over policing in the African American community. The Conversations were launched to a full house at the Missouri History Museum in partnership with the Racial Justice Program of the YWCA and the Missouri History Museum. The idea was prompted by a forum at Christ the King Church following the killing of unarmed teenager, Michael Brown. Christ the King’s pastor, Rev. Traci Blackmon, herself a mother of Black sons, shared her experience at the launch of the Conversations. Gestating only as an idea, it became reality when radio host Carol Daniel contacted Griffin for an interview and encouraged action. Eleven Mothers have shared their stories with thousands of mostly White, attendees in a total of 18 conversations. In April 2016, a Conversation was filmed for a documentary at The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN, at the request of PBS. Excerpts of that documentary were aired twice following the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. It will be aired nationally in full this fall.

Jim Wallis is president and founder of Sojourners in Washington, DC. a non-profit faith-based organization, network, and movement whose mission statement calls for “putting faith into action for social justice.” He is editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine and web site which has a combined print and electronic media readership of more than a quarter million people with several million unique visitors to the website, sojo.net, each year.  Wallis is a bestselling author, public theologian, national preacher, social activist, and international commentator on ethics and public life. His latest book, America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America, released in January. Wallis has written ten previous books, including The (Un)Common Good and the New York Times bestsellers God’s Politics and The Great Awakening. He is a frequent speaker in the United States and abroad, has written for major newspapers, does regular columns for Huffington Post and TIME.com, and appears frequently on ABC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and NPR; on shows from Jon Stewart’s Daily Show to the O’Reilly Factor and Sunday shows like This Week and Meet the Press. Wallis also teaches at Georgetown University and has taught at Harvard University. He served on President Obama’s first White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and as the chair of the Global Agenda Council on Values of the World Economic Forum. 

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