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 Presenters


The 2021 Congress will feature exceptional thought-leaders and practitioners in the area of religious life and formation. 

The Conference has three categories of presenters:

  1. Keynote presenters (plenary addresses to entire Congress)
  2. Pre and Post Congress Workshop presenters (specific pre/post workshop sessions)
  3. Seminar presenters (break-out sessions on specific topics)

Keynote Addresses

Sister Mary Pellegrino, CSJ

From 2008-2018 Sister Mary served as Congregational Moderator of her community, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden, Pa.  From 2015-2018 Mary also served in the presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), the U.S.'s largest leadership group for women religious.  In both of those roles Mary worked to support, encourage and promote the ongoing renewal of religious life in the face of unprecedented challenges and changes in the church, American society and the global community.  

Prior to serving in congregational leadership, Mary served in vocation/formation ministries for her congregation as well as parish and campus ministries. Over the years she has written and presented extensively on topics related to various aspects of religious life. Mary holds a Master’s degree in Christian Spirituality and a certificate in Spiritual and Retreat Direction from Creighton University, along with a Master’s degree in Religious Education from Fordham University.

Currently Mary assists religious communities in planning for the future through the lens of mission and charism in her role with the Religious Institutes Service Group of Plante Moran, PLLC. 

Father Peter Phan, PhD


Father Phan brings the U.S. church into dialogue with global perspectives and contextual theologies. A former president of The Catholic Theological Society of America and The American Theological Society, Phan knows what is happening in a variety of other Christian denominations and non-Christian religions and has served on global commissions and projects.

The Vietnam native is the Ignacio Ellacuria, S.J. Chair of Catholic Social Thought at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He emigrated to the United States in 1975 and has earned three doctorates. Phan taught philosophy at age 18 at Don Bosco College in Hong Kong. He has taught at The University of Dallas, The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., Union Theological Seminary in New York, Elms College in Chicopee, Mass., and St. Norbert’s College in De Pere, WI. In 2001, Phan became the first non-Anglo elected president of The Catholic Theological Society of America. In 2010, he received the John Courtney Murray Award, the society’s highest honor for outstanding and distinguished achievement in theology.

Phan’s writings deal with the theology of icons in the Orthodox Church, patristic theology, eschatology, and the history of Christian missions in Asia. His books include Christianity with an Asian Face; In Our Own Tongues; Being Religious Interreligiously; and The Joy of Religious Pluralism. His writings have been translated into Arabic, Italian, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Serbian, Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, and Vietnamese.

Pre & Post Congress Workshops

Congress workshops will be announced in early 2021. 

Seminar Sessions

Seminar sessions will be announced in early 2021.


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