About the Workshop

For over ten years, the National Catholic Development Conference (NCDC) has offered an extremely popular workshop, “Fundamentals and More,” especially designed for small religious institutes that currently have no resource development program.  This workshop was created in response to a survey of religious institutes conducted by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) and NCDC that indicated some significant trends:

  1. Most religious institutes are struggling financially.
  2. Most realize they need new sources of revenue and support.
  3. There are a significant number of viable institutes who do not have a resource development program in place.
  4. Most of these groups are interested in learning how to establish such a program.

At the recommendation of past participants and the requests of those still interested in attending this program, we are again offering “Fundamentals and More.”  This year’s workshop will take place May 6-8, 2019 at the Carmelite Spiritual Center in Darien, IL.

Because NRRO believes so strongly in this program, the Retirement Office is willing to once again offer grants for religious institutes to attend this workshop.  


What to Expect from this Program

    • Invaluable information to take back in order to make a decision regarding the establishment or growth of a development office or program.
    • Clearly identified next steps for creating a development plan for their institute.
    • Information that is practical and applicable to their institute and its needs.
    • An organized reference binder with instant access to important information and notes.
    • Mentors available to offer support and assistance, at your request.

In evaluating the program, participants felt “Fundamentals and More” was well worth the investment of time and energy and they learned a tremendous amount in such a short time.

Intended Audience

This program is limited to small religious institutes without a resource development program, that are struggling financially, and are in need of new sources of revenue and support.

Previous workshop attendees included priors, major superiors, treasurers, leadership team members and in some cases, a person who was designated as the future development director.


Program Grants Available

Because NRRO believes so strongly in this program, the Retirement Office is willing to once again offer grants for religious institutes to attend this workshop.

We know that the availability of grant monies from NRRO will you a real chance to participate in the program.  We are extremely grateful to NRRO for recognizing the need for development and thank them for their support.

It is the responsibility of each institute to apply directly to NRRO for the grant money.  You can download the grant application from NRRO here.


About the Presenters


Sr. Madeline Franze, SSJ, CFRE
Development Consultants, Sisters of St. Joseph
Philadelphia, PA

Sister Madeline Franze is an NCDC Active Member and full time development consultant  for Catholic congregations of women and men religious. Development Consultants has serviced about fifty congregations in twenty states of the United States, as well as Jamaica and Ireland. Sister Madeline began the Development Office for the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1988 and served as the Director and Co-Director until 2003. She has been a certified fundraiser (CFRE) since 1994, and has received the President’s Award from the AFP Philadelphia Chapter in 2008 and the NCDC George T. Holloway Award for Distinguished Service in 2010.


Sr. Mary McFadden, SSJ, CFRE
Development Consultants, Sisters of St. Joseph
Philadelphia, PA

Sister Mary McFadden has been involved in development ministry for the past twenty-one years. She served as Co-Director of Development for her congregation from 1992-2003 during which time she obtained a master’s degree in Philanthropy and Development from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and obtained her CFRE. For the past ten years, Mary has worked with more than fifty organizations both nationally and internationally as a development consultant.  Mary has been a frequent presenter at NCDC and co-presented the annual NCDC Fundamentals and More program since 2005.

*Tentative and subject to change

Monday, May 6
1:00 p.m. - Arrive
1:15 - 5:30 p.m. - Program
6:00 p.m. - Dinner (included)

Tuesday, May 7
8:00 a.m. - Breakfast (included)
9:00 a.m. - Program
11:30 a.m. - Liturgy
12:00 p.m. - Lunch (included)
1:00 - 5:30 p.m. Program
6:00 p.m. - Dinner (included)

Wednesday, May 8
8:00 a.m. - Breakfast (included)
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Program

11:30 a.m. - Liturgy
12:00 p.m. - Lunch (included)



Carmelite Spiritual Center
8419 Bailey Rd
Darien, IL 60561

Registration and Fees

Registration Fee
$650 single occupancy
$550 double occupancy (must register two individuals)

May 6: Lunch, dinner, overnight accommodations
May 7: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, overnight accommodations
May 8: Breakfast, lunch
Overnight accommodations available on May 5 upon request. (Additional charge)

Space is limited. We will only be able to accommodate twenty (20) congregations with two (2) persons from each participating group. Additional persons will be placed on a waiting list. Each year the workshop fills quickly. We suggest you register as soon as possible.

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"It was well worth the money and the time because we learned a lot and we were fully engaged in it. Making it so participative made for a very educational and positive experience!"

-2018 Fundamentals and More Participant


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