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THE INSTITUTE
for diocesan vocation personnel

“3-DAY BOOTCAMP FOR NOVICES”

August 31-September 2, 2021

Rev. Jeff Eirvin

Rev. Jeff Eirvin was born in St. Louis, Missouri and relocated to Portland, Oregon in 1999 with his family. He graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in graphic design and worked in advertising prior to entering Mount Angel Seminary in 2005. In 2007 he began his theological studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome where he received a Bachelor’s of Sacred Theology from the Angelicum and a License of Sacred Theology from the Gregorianum. Fr. Eirvin was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Portland on June 9, 2012 and was named Director of Vocations in 2014. Since 2014, Fr. Eirvin has served in leadership positions for the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors and is currently serving as NCDVD President.

Rev. Edwin Leonard

Ordained in 2012 by Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell for the Diocese of Dallas, Fr. Edwin Leonard served his first two years of priesthood as the Parochial Vicar at St. Rita Catholic Church. Father has served as the Director of Vocations for the past 7 years. In addition to Vocation work he was appointed in 2018 as Chaplain of Bishop Lynch Catholic High School and currently serves on the Executive Board for the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors. His work with the National Evangelization Team (NET) from 2003-2005 helped develop his ability to promote the Gospel with devotion. Fr. Leonard is a graduate of Franciscan University.

Rev. Neal Hock

Rev. Neal Hock grew up on a family farm in southwest Nebraska.  He received a BSBA in Accounting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  He worked as an accountant for 5 years prior to entering Seminary for the diocese of Grand Island. Ordained in 2011, he is beginning his 8th year as vocation director and Newman Center chaplain.  He is going into his 5th year of being the director of the permanent diaconate in Grand Island and is serving as Treasurer on the NCDVD Executive Board.

Religious Immigration Services at CLINIC

Embracing the Gospel value of welcoming the stranger, CLINIC promotes the dignity and protects the rights of immigrants in partnership with a dedicated network of Catholic and community legal immigration programs.

The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., has been on the cutting edge of training nonprofit immigration legal service providers to provide affordable, quality legal representation to immigrants since its founding in 1988. Today the network includes more than 380 nonprofit organizations in 47 states.

The network includes faith-based institutions, farmworker programs, domestic violence shelters, ethnic community-focused organizations, libraries and other entities that serve immigrants. Agencies in the network employ about 2,300 accredited representatives and attorneys who, in turn, serve hundreds of thousands of low-income immigrants each year. CLINIC and its affiliate agencies represent low-income immigrants without regard for their race, religion, gender, ethnic group or other distinguishing characteristics.

As it has throughout its history, CLINIC continues to react adeptly to rapid changes in the world of immigration law and policy. With a robust response to recent threats to vulnerable populations, CLINIC prepares its members to meet growing demands for legal screening, protection from deportation, adjustments of status and naturalization as citizens.CLINIC’s staff is based in our national office in Silver Spring, Maryland, with another dozen field offices across the United States. CLINIC’s work focuses on five core areas: advocacy, capacity building, national partnerships, religious immigration services, and training and legal support.

Mrs. Rosemary Sullivan

Mrs. Rosemary Sullivan is the Executive Director of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors and has over 18 years of experience in the ministry of vocations for diocesan priesthood.  Rosemary’s work in this ministry began in 2002 as the Vocation Program Coordinator for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, including overseeing seminary candidate admissions; and remained in that role until 2012. This led to her being hired as the Events Coordinator for the NCDVD in 2006, and subsequently their Executive Director in 2009.

Since 2009, Rosemary has also served as a consultant to the USCCB committee for Clergy, Consecrated Life & Vocations. In addition to her work in vocations, in 2012 Rose was appointed by Timothy Cardinal Dolan to serve as Program Director for the newly established Sacred Heart Institute for the ongoing formation of Clergy, part of the St. Charles Borromeo Tri-Diocesan Partnership.  Rosemary is a member of the Board of Directors for the Foundation of Priestly Vocations. A graduate of St. John’s University with degrees in Business and Communications, Rose has been married to her husband Gary for close to 35 years; they are Grandparents and have two daughters and two sons.  One son is a priest for the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

Rev. David Songy, O.F.M. Cap., S.T.D., Psy.D.

President and CEO – Saint Luke Institute

Rev. David Songy is a priest of the Capuchin Province of Mid-America and a clinical psychologist. Prior to coming to Saint Luke Institute, he was the spiritual director and prefect of studies at Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary in Denver, Colorado. He also was director of counseling services at the Pontifical North American College in Rome and held several positions at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary. Fr. Songy holds a doctorate in psychology from the University of Denver and a doctorate in sacred theology from the Teresianum, the Pontifical Institute of Spirituality in Rome. He holds a master’s degree in pastoral counseling from Loyola College and theology degrees from Aquinas Institute. Fr. Songy speaks Italian, Spanish and Tok Pisin, the language of Papua New Guinea. He is an international speaker on topics such as priestly spirituality, formation in priestly celibacy, and healthy sexual integration and affective maturity.

Rev. Luke Ballman

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Rev. Luke Ballman, STL, a priest of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, is the Executive Director of the Secretariat of Clergy Consecrated Life and Vocations at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  Fr. Ballman formerly served as the Director of Apostolic Formation at the Pontifical North American College, a position he held for five years.  Ordained in July of 2001, Fr. Ballman’s priestly ministry has also included service as a parochial vicar, pastor, vocation director, and vicar for clergy in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. A Graduate of the Pontifical North American College, with a STL in Spiritual Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, University of Dayton (1987), Cum Laude. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Rev. Chuck Dornquast

Fr. Chuck was born and raised in the small town of Zephyrhills near Tampa, FL. His practice of the faith began after his family experienced the generosity of his local parish. He entered St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami, FL immediately following High School. He then attended St. Vincent de Paul regional seminary in Boynton Beach, FL and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of St. Petersburg on May 16, 2015. He served 4 years as the associate pastor of St. Lawrence in Tampa where he also became the team priest for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2019 he was appointed Director of Vocations, serving as both vocations promoter and director of seminarians. He currently serves as a member-at-large on the executive board for the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors.

Dr. Laura Webb

Dr. Laura Webb, MD received her medical degree from the University of Oklahoma and completed her residency in the field of psychiatry.  She lives in Oklahoma City with her husband, Jeremy, and their three children.  In addition to practicing psychiatry for 16 years, she is a catechist with The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  In her free time she enjoys running, coaching her daughter’s fast pitch softball team, gardening with her son, and wallpapering with her husband. She also serves the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City as a member of the Vocations Board.