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.

Continuing the Conversations

As a follow-up to its fall workshop series, Conversations at the Well: Crossing Over to Meet the Other and Oneself, the Conference will offer a spring series on skills for successful border-crossings.

Religious Communal Living as an Intercultural Journey

MAY 6, 2017
Mercy Center, St. Louis, MO
Presenter: Pio Estepa, SVD

The missionary movements of the 19th and 20th centuries bore fruit by making the Catholic faith spread worldwide. A consequent grace for religious congregations that fostered mission ad gentes has been their internationalization. Along with it, however, comes the challenge to journey from multicultural membership to intercultural synergy. What intra- and inter-personal skills do we need to mature through the journey? Communities are also affected by rapid changes of globalization; sociocultural conditions that raised baby boomers significantly differ from those that formed succeeding generations. How can we revitalize communal living intergenerationally as well as interculturally?

Crossing the Borders of Diversity: Interpersonal Skills and Challenges

MAY 13, 2017
Mother Boniface Spirituality Center, Philadelphia, PA
Presenter: Luisa M. Saffiotti, Ph.D.

Crossing borders of diversity of many kinds in mission and community life is essential to contemporary religious life and expresses a fundamental orientation towards the other. This workshop will explore interpersonal dispositions and skills necessary to engage bordercrossing and respect boundaries of diversity. Participants and presenter will also identify psychological challenges in community and mission that can become obstacles to crossing borders of diversity, and consider ways of addressing those challenges.


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