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 President of Service Year Alliance, Robert is a nationally recognized scholar on racial equity. Prior to joining Service Year Alliance, Robert served as the VP of Strategy and Innovation for the Campaign for Black Male Achievement and 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 at Loyola University Maryland.
Information about additional keynotes coming soon! 



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