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 Schedule

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All times below are in central/Chicago time. Subject to change.

Thursday, November 4

10:00am-4:00pm (breaks allotted) | Pre-Congress Workshop
Intergenerational Living: “From Generation to Generation…” (Mary Pat Garvin, RSM, PhD)

6:00-7:30pm | Welcome & Congress Overview, Opening Celebration, Optional Social

Friday, November 5

11:00am-1:00pm | Prayer, Keynote Address & Small Group Sharing
Being A Disciple of Jesus the Migrant (Peter Phan, PhD)

2:00-3:30pm | RFC National Meeting
Discerning the Formative Horizon of Religious Life

Saturday, November 6

11:00am-1:00pm | Prayer, Keynote Address & Small Group Sharing
Rise Up: Reclaiming Public Space for the Good (Mary Pellegrino, CSJ)

2:00-3:00pm | Small Group Networking: Topical Interest Groups (TIGS)  

  • Group 1 - Initial formation: sharing of best practices around the journey of initial formation.
  • Group 2 - Ongoing formation: how to engage and equip the entire community in the journey of lifelong formation.
  • Group 3 - ForMission: current and former ForMission participants gather to reconnect and network.
  • Group 4 - Open Discussion: exploration of topics of individuals' choosing.  

4:00-5:30pm | Saturday Mass and Closing Eucharist, Presentation of Mary Emil Penet Award, Congress Closing

Sunday, November 7

11:00am-5:00pm (breaks allotted) | Prayer & Post-Congress Workshop
Sexuality: An Evolving Understanding (Lynn Levo, CSJ, PhD)

Seminar Sessions

Seminar Sessions will be offered at staggered times via Zoom on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 2nd and 3rd. Seminar sessions will be recorded and made available to Congress participants to watch "on demand" if they are unable to participate in the live session. Connection details will be sent upon Congress registration.

Tuesday, November 2nd 

11:00am-12:30pm central time | In Their Own Words: Wisdom for Formators from Newer Members (Michelle Lesher, SSJ)

1:30-3:00pm central time | Formation As Ritualization: Pondering Embodied Practices (Edward Foley, OFM Cap)

4:00-5:30pm central time | Passing on the Gift of Charism: Best Practices and Tools for Formators (Frank Santucci, OMI, PhD)

Wednesday, November 3rd

11:00am-12:30pm central time | Black Catholic Historical Truth Telling as an Anti-Racist Practice of Freedom, Reparation, and Solidarity (Shannen Dee Williams, PhD)

1:30-3:00pm central time | Migration for Mission: International Catholic Sisters in the United States - An Overview (Mary Johnson, SNDdeN, PhD)



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