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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Ryan J. Hoffman

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Ryan J. Hoffmann as the next Associate Director of the Religious Formation Conference.

Ryan brings to the Conference a wide range of skills and experience as a Catholic nonprofit professional in communications and marketing, conference and event planning, and administrative leadership.

Did you catch the RFC’s new logo in the upper left corner of this page?

The Religious Formation Conference is delighted to launch its new logo. The fruit of months of reflection and conversation, the logo symbolizes the RFC’s commitment to engage in the unfolding of religious life, a process captured in the logo’s fluid, dynamic, open design.

We hope this eye-catching and inviting logo will draw viewers to celebrate the gift religious life is to our world and to our church and commit themselves to fostering its flourishing, through each one’s ongoing formation and through the ministry of religious formation, for generations to come. The logo will be formally presented to Conference members at the RFC’s national meeting during Congress 2017.

The Board of Directors of the Religious Formation Conference is pleased to announce that Mary Pat Garvin, RSM,  Ph. D., will be the 2017 recipient of its Mary Emil Penet, IHM, Award.  The award, presented at the Conference’s biennial National Congress, honors persons who have made an outstanding contribution to the formation, initial and/or lifelong of vowed religious.

At its April 30-May 2 meeting the RFC Board of Directors welcomed three new Board Members: Richard Hall, OMI, from San Antonio, TX; Elyse Marie Ramirez, OP, from Springfield, IL; and Mary Walsh, CSJ, from Brooklyn, NY.  Their terms will run through December 2019.

Just who is planning for the RFC’s future?  We all are!  Planning activities flowing from the GHR grant which is funding the RFC’s strategic/emergent planning process have included not only the Steering Committee (pictured), but also the RFC Board and, most important, RFC members.

While at the Mexican American College in San Antonio, TX, in March for an RFC workshop in the series Continuing the Conversations, Ellen Dauwer, SC and Connie Schoen, OP met with a group of women religious to reflect on the need to prepare formators from Spanish-speaking congregations for initial formation in the United States and on the possible collaboration of MACC and the RFC in this regard.


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