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.


For more information please contact Ellen Dauwer, SC, Conference Executive Director, at 


5401 S. Cornell Ave. Suite 304
Chicago, IL 60615
Phone: 773.675.8362
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