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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Fear, Faith, and Religious Life in the Context of Global Crisis

You're invited to join Fr. Daniel Horan, OFM and the New England Member Area for this Zoom conversation on Sunday, November 15th at 2:00pm eastern time.

We are living through unprecedented times of great challenges and anxiety. Social, political, and ecclesial division is high, global climate change poses an existential threat to all life, the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc around the globe and especially in the United States, and the persistence of systemic racial injustice in our communities is on the hearts and minds of women and men of good will. This presentation examines the relationship between fear and faith in these times, particularly as it relates to religious life and formation in religious life today.

While this is a free offering, registration is required below. All are welcome.

Format of virtual gathering:

  • Welcome & introuctions
  • Main presentation by Fr. Daniel Horan, OFM
  • Q&A with participants
  • Brief New England formators & leaders meeting

Daniel P. Horan, OFM is the Duns Scotus Chair of Spirituality at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, where he teaches systematic theology and spirituality, a columnist for National Catholic Reporter, and the author of twelve books including the award-winning Catholicity and Emerging Personhood: A Contemporary Theological Anthropology (2019) and The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton: A New Look at the Spiritual Influence on his Life, Thought, and Writing (2014). His current book projects include the tentatively titled: Not Because of Sin: Reconsidering the Reason God Became Human (Liturgical Press) and The Way of the Franciscans: A Prayer Journey Through Lent (SPCK Publishing).

He is the author of numerous popular and scholarly articles; is a frequent lecturer and retreat director around the United States and abroad; and has previously taught at Siena College, St. Bonaventure University, and in the School of Theology and Ministry of Boston College. Fr. Daniel currently serves on the Board of Trustees of St. Bonaventure University in New York, the Board of Regents of the Franciscan School of Theology in California, and the Board of Directors of the International Thomas Merton Society. He is also the co-host of The Francis Effect Podcast. Fr. Daniel previously served as the Catholic Chaplain at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., as co-editor of the academic journal New Theology Review, and was a columnist for America Magazine. He received his PhD in theology from Boston College, MDiv and MA from the Washington Theological Union (DC), and a BA from St. Bonaventure University. In addition to several other recognitions, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Felician University (New Jersey) in 2015.



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