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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Intercongregational Collaborative Novitiate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




Click to watch Februray 10th Information Session on this new initiative
 

About this initiative

Initial plans developed to date:

  • The intercongregational novitiate will be located in Chicago, close to Catholic Theological Union, in the Hyde Park section of the city.
  • The intercongregational novitiate will be offered on an academic year schedule (beginning in August 2021 and ending in June 2022.) 
  • The novitiate will be open to novices of women’s congregations; application materials and criteria are in the development process.
  • The novitiate program will be offered in English. Exploration into bilingual programming will be made at a future date.
  • The novices will participate weekly in the Intercommunity Novitiate (ICN) program located in the Chicago area.
  • There will be two co-directors for the novitiate.
  • The program of the intercongregational novitiate will focus on the constitutive elements of religious life in partnership with the sending congregations vis-a-vis their foundational responsibility for the transmission of the charism of their community to their novices
  • A Board of Directors will serve as the governance structure for the intercongregational novitiate. Among other policies, they will develop the financial model for the novitiate.
     

Questions/inquiries

For more information please contact Ellen Dauwer, SC, Conference Executive Director, at edauwer@relforcon.org. 

RFC

5401 S. Cornell Ave. Suite 304
Chicago, IL 60615
Phone: 773.675.8362
Email: rfc@relforcon.org
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