NACPA Annual Convocation 

Gratitude for a Joyous NACPA 2024!

Our time in Kansas City was informative, spirited and rejuvenating! We are so pleased that it brought together 140 attendees, from 36 states, Washington, DC and Vancouver, Canada who came to us from as far as Alaska, Maine and Florida! Together, our community represented 15 archdioceses, 38 dioceses, 25 parishes, 11 religious communities, and representatives from several Catholic Charities, Catholic Cemeteries, and schools across the nation. Throughout our event we were graciously supported by our 27 exhibiting vendors and sponsors and their 50 on-site representatives.

At our beautiful Opening Liturgy, we were welcomed by Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr. of Kansas City-St. Joseph at Visitation Church.

Opening Liturgy at Visitation Catholic Church, Kansas City, MO. Celebrated by Bishop Johnston of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph

We heard from two stellar Plenary Speakers who stirred both our bodies and souls, and attendees chose from 12 excellent breakout sessions lead by our expert speakers. For the first time, we provided morning mass on both Monday and Tuesday, as well as morning prayer. We had a marvelous Opening Social, accompanied by the jazzy Brant Jester Trio. We hosted 3 book-signings and delighted in our Monday evening Thank you Kansas City Happy Hour, sponsored by Mutual of America, where we sampled local beer and spirits. Our time together was topped like icing on a cake with a spectacular performance by St. Monica's Choir at our Closing Social followed by a delicious Banquet Awards Dinner where we celebrated each other and toasted our tremendous and deserving awardees. On Tuesday night we had our first ever on-site Karaoke After Party - where we let loose and were treated to great music and remarkable displays of talent (in signing, dancing, and comedic timing), it was a jubilant evening that imbodied the absolute good vibes and comradery of our entire week.

 NACPA 2024 Plenary Speakers: Marvelless Mark Kamp, Deacon Larry Oney

Our sincere gratitude to the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph of Missouri and the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas and everyone on their teams for their hard work this year on behalf of all of NACPA. We also offer our great thanks to each of you for making the time to participate, especially to those who lent their time and talents as one of our expert speakers. This year's program was packed with timely information, unique to the field of Church HR, and it wouldn't have been possible without the passion and commitment of our NACPA members. Your efforts highlight what is the most treasured resource of NACPA membership; your generosity of shared expertise and knowledge.

Cheers to NACPA 2024!

We look forward to seeing you all in Salt Lake City, UT April 27-29, 2025!

Stay tuned for the 2025 Call for Speakers coming in July


Recertification - HRCI / SHRM
Exhibitors & Sponsors
Past Convocations

Convocation Overview

NACPA's annual convocation allows members to learn from experts in HR and the world of HR in the Church; from those who have succeeded in creating a better and more prosperous environment, through the field of HR, within their communities. During the three-day meeting, delegates attend a spirited Opening Ceremony, uplifting prayer services, and networking opportunities. They will hear from outstanding Plenary speakers; select 4 compelling workshops from a choice of 12; participate in a hot topic round table discussion (three to choose from) and will be able to meet face-to-face with vendors specific to the fields of HR and HR within the Catholic Church.

Click for Sample Program Agenda (2024)

Our Attendees

  • All who work in HR-related fields for the Church
  • Chancellors
  • Finance Directors / Managers
  • Human Resource Associates
  • Human Resource Directors
  • Pastors
  • Parish Managers / Business Managers
  • Principals / Heads of School
  • Religious Community HR Directors & Associates / Business / Finance Managers 


Convocation Recertification

NACPA Convocation is a wonderful opportunity for Church HR Professionals to gain recertification credit hours from both HRCI and SHRM! Below were the credit hours an attendee could submit from attending NACPA 2024. 

This activity was approved for 11 recertification credit hours of which 6.25 are business credit hours toward aPHR®, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®). Full Registration Attendees will receive the activity ID after the program concludes. For more information about certification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at


NACPA 2024 is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits(PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. This program was approved for 11 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit



Attendees receive the activity ID after the program concludes.

Exhibitors & Sponsors 

Our annual convocation is the perfect place to make a true connection with our members. NACPA is proud to be able to offer this annual event, not only as a space for members to learn, commune and connect with each other, but as a space where our members can meet with vendors who offer exemplary solutions for their specific Church Human Resources needs.

As a close-knit community, our members rely on each other for advice and referrals when choosing new vendors. When you attend NACPA convocation, you not only have the opportunity to create a bond with our attending members, your organization will also be represented, via attendee experiences and recommendations throughout the year, as other members come in need of your services.

Included in the exhibit fee is a 6’ x 30” skirted table, two chairs, full participation in non-breakout session event offerings, for two representatives; including the opening reception, opening liturgy, morning prayer, two plenary sessions, Monday evening happy hour, two continental breakfasts, and the closing social and Awards Banquet Tuesday night.

Registration will open Sun April 14 at 1 PM. Exhibits can be assembled on April 14 from 1 PM - 4 PM and can be dismantled after lunch on Tue April 16 (not provided as many off-campus options), though we invite all exhibitors to attend the Social (6:30) and Banquet that evening at 7 PM.

Sample Convocation Schedule

Terms and Conditions on Exhibiting 

Convocation Sponsorship Information



 Convocation 2024 - Kansas City, MO - April 14-16, 2024

Convocation 2024 Full Program

Convocation 2023 ~ April 30 - May 2, 2023

NACPA 2023 Full Program


Convocation 2022 ~ May 1-3, 2022

 NACPA 2022 Full Program
NACPA 2022 Closing Awards Banquet Slide Show


Convocation 2021 ~ April 26-28, 2021

We wish to thank the Archdiocese of Baltimore, our Speakers and Sponsors for a beautiful and fulfilling convocation!

#NACPA2021 kicked off our 50th anniversary — it was indeed an occasion for celebration and charting a course for the next 50. 

2021 Session Package Available
through September 15th
50th Anniversary Giving Campaign
NACPA 2021 Program
2021 Virtual Exhibit Hall

(Please note the SHRM number within the program is incorrect)


 Convocation 2020

Read the Letter from NACPA President regarding NACPA 2020 Convocation

We would like, again, to thank Archbishop Gregory Aymond, of the Archdiocese of New Orleans and NACPA's Episcopal Moderator, for his blessing over our members and his words of hope and grace during the Half-Hour Happy Hour and each of the VEH Sponsors (below) and Exhibitors for their time, talents and continued support and commitment to NACPA Members.

Convocation 2019 San Antonio

Convocation 2018 Niagara Falls

 Convocation 2017 Nashville


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