NACPA Annual Convocation

NACPA Convocation 2023, Focus on the Future, April 30 - May 2, 2023 in Baltimore, Maryland.

The convocation will be held at the newly renovated Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

The workshop, breakout speaker schedule for NACPA 2023 will run from Monday, May 1, at 11 AM, local time - Tuesday, May 2, at 3 PM.

The schedule will include two Plenary and 12 workshop, breakout sessions as well as 3 Roundtables (discussion lead, no speakers needed).

Attendee Registration (released Oct. 1)
Member Early Bird (Oct 1 - Dec 31) $550
Speaker Registration $550
Member Regular (Jan 1 - Mar 31) $595
Non Member Price $625

Accommodations (released Oct. 1)
$164/per night

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 (out of 3), welcoming forums, as well as post-session and speaker chats, and will be able to meet face-to-face with vendors specific to the fields of HR and HR within the Catholic Church.

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 

Plenary Speakers

We’re delighted to report that Helen Alvare and Jackie Mulligan will be the keynote speakers at NACPA 2023 in Baltimore.


A leading author, legal expert and Vatican consultant, Helen Alvare will explore “Religious Freedom After the Sexual Revolution.” Jackie Mulligan, the Chief Eucharistic Officer (CEO) of Reform Wellness, will present "In Invitation to Christ-Centered Wellness."


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Session Topics Requested

Among other Church HR and HR related topics, for 2023 we are specifically interested in providing more information to our members regarding the following issues:

  • Future of the workplace
  • Future of HR roles
  • Future policies/handbook updates
  • Culture of Health and Wellness, Addressing the Mental Needs of Your Employees
  • Diversity in the Workplace
  • Contemplatives in Action: Integrating faith and prayer in our daily work
  • Tough Love at Work: how to implement policies with compassion and consistency
  • Employer Value Proposition for the Parish:  How to Attract and Gain Commitment of Workers
  • Principles of Catholic Social Teaching and their Application to HR Policies and Practices
  • What is “Just and Decent Remuneration” for Employees in the Current Marketplace?
  • The Bermuda Triangle: ADA/FMLA/Workers Comp and how they all play together
  • Maternity/Paternity Leave Policy/Programs – how and why to create one
  • Compensation Evaluations in this Volatile Job Market


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 Awards Banquet Tuesday night.

Registration will open Sun May 1st at 1 PM. Exhibits can be assembled on Sun May 1st from 1 PM - 4 PM and can be dismantled after lunch on Tue May 3rd (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.

Convocation Schedule

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This activity will apply for recertification 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




This program will apply to SHRM for Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit



Attendees will receive the activity ID after the program concludes.


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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