National Conference of Veterans Affairs Catholic Chaplains Website.
A Letter from
the NCVACC President
The 2015 Annual NCVACC Educational Conference
The University of Utah Guest House
Salt Lake City,
The location for the Conference will be at The University of Utah Guest House and Conference Center. It is a wonderful and popular facility, located on the campus of the University of Utah in the beautiful historic district of Fort Douglas on the East Side of St. Lake Valley. The Hotel and Conference Center were the home for the 2002 Winter Olympic athletic village. Fort Douglas is a very scenic and peaceful area of the campus.
July 14, 2015
Dear NCVACC Members and VA Catholic Chaplain Brothers!
I am pleased to write to you regarding our 2015 NCVACC Annual Educational Conference. The theme for this year’s conference is “Pastoral Approaches in Suicide Prevention and Care.” We have experts in the field that will be presenting at the conference from both the military and VA community.
Our conference this year is to be held at the University of Utah Guesthouse and Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The conference begins Monday October 26th with the Liturgy of the Eucharist at 4PM, and ends Thursday evening on October 30th. Please plan your travel days to be Monday and Friday for the conference.
The University of Utah Guesthouse and Conference Center is located on the grounds of the University of Utah and is adjacent to the grounds of Fort Douglas. In addition to the guesthouse accommodations, the buildings of the once active fort provide a beautiful setting for the conference. The Guesthouse is a modern hotel with options for a private room, or for attendees to share a room. Please visit their website at www.universityguesthouse.com
Again, this year the VA requires a process of “pre-registration” for all external conferences, which includes the NCVACC conference. Included in this Registration Packet is critical information for the entire registration process. The registration information will also be on our website: www.ncvacc.net. Please be sure to follow the “Instructions for the Traveler” document that is included in the packet. All those attending, whether paying their own way, or being funded for the conference by their station would do well to follow the pre-registration procedures. Funding is tight in the VA, so please plan that your travel may not be funded. AMS requires attendance for continuation of your VA Endorsement, despite whether your station funds it or not. Please plan accordingly.
Reverend Father Martin Smith-Soucier