Religious Formation Conference

The Religious Formation Conference (RFC) is a national Roman Catholic organization serving religious institutes of women and men with programs and services for those in the ministry of initial and lifelong formation, and general congregational membership.

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Congress 2021

RFC Congress

“But for you who fear My name, the sun of justice will rise with healing in its wings...."
-Malachi 4:2

Our Church and world are in need of justice and healing. 

As people of faith we are called to arise and give witness to Christ's Good News of justice, love, and peace. 

  • In what ways is religious life generally, and formation ministry in particular, attending to the 'rising' of God's love, justice and healing? 
  • How are we discerning and naming the 'new risings' emerging today? 
  • In what ways can the transformative power of healing and reconcilation undergird approaches to faith and justice?

The Congress theme both focuses our attention and deepens our awareness of the God-horizon laid out before us.

Join us in Chicago as we traverse this unfolding path.  

Congress 2021

Over 300 attendees are expected to participate in the 2021 Congress November 4-7. Participants from every region of the U.S. – and even some international attendees – will descend upon Chicago or join us virtually for several days of connection and networking, dialogue and learning, prayer and Eucharist.

We're pleased to offer this year‘s Congress onsite in Chicago November 4-7 and virtually for those unable to join us in-person. See registration page for in-person and digital packages.

The face-to-face, in-person option enables peer-to-peer networking, exchange of  ideas and best practices, communal worship and prayer, Q & A with presenters, table discussions, and relationship-building.

Together, we’ll embody the now of religious life and give expression to our future as Catholic Sisters and Brothers!

Congress is a biennial national gathering that offers presentations and seminars that engage, educate, and strengthen formators in their ministry of formation. Topics touch on both initial and lifelong (ongoing) formation. Congress is ideal for formation and leadership personnel as well as partners and collaborators in religious formation.

Sweet home, Chicago!

When you’re in Chicago, you’re home. 

In addition to all that Congress has to offer, come explore famed restaurants, world-class museums, a jaw-dropping waterfront, groundbreaking music, award-winning theatres, iconic architecture by legendary architects, and discover a blend of big-city culture, urban adventure and Midwestern hospitality, all within 77 vibrant neighborhoods that are the heart and soul of Chicago.

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Congress Hotel

Marriott Chicago O'Hare
8535 W Higgins Road
Chicago, IL 60631

Enjoy comfort and convenience at Chicago Marriott O'Hare.

Located near Chicago O'Hare International Airport and the Blue Line Train Station, this contemporary hotel provides easy access to downtown Chicago and the airport with complimentary shuttle service. Dine at Brickton, our all-day hotel restaurant serving delicious American favorites and handcrafted cocktails. Exercise in our hotel's 24-hour gym, soak away the day's cares in the whirlpool, or swim in our indoor and outdoor pools. Relax in spacious rooms and suites with deluxe amenities. With a 50-year history of providing memorable travel for business, family and leisure travelers, our inviting hotel sets itself apart from the rest.

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Questions & Inquiries

We invite you to explore the Congress links above and to the left and learn more about the 2021 Congress.

If you have questions about Congress don't hesitate to contact Ryan Hoffmann, Associate Director, by email at or phone at 773.675.8362.

Alternatively, you can submit the Congress inquiry form and staff will be in touch with you soon. 


1525 E. 53rd St. | Suite 716
Chicago, IL 60615
Phone: 773.675.8362
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Membership Opportunities

Religious Community Membership
Associate Membership
Individual Membership

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