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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ForMission Program

ForMission Participants

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Due to ongoing COVID-19 health concerns, upcoming ForMission sessions will be held online via Zoom January 16-22 (current cohort) and May 25-June 1, 2021 (current and new cohort).

The Conference has extended the deadline to apply to this year's new ForMission cohort until Tuesday, February 2, 2021To receive application materials, please fill out the inquiry form below and they will be sent to you electronically.

The current health pandemic necessitated we alter our scheduled program dates and move to a virtual format in May/June 2021. We hope to move back to in-person gatherings after the May/June session if health and safelty guidelines allow.

The new ForMission cohort will convene for a day-long virtual orientation on Sunday, March 21. Additionally, the group will be offered other opportunities to engage with the content and each other prior to the May/June gathering. 

ForMission is a two-year program intended for women and men:

  • formation ministers currently accompanying new members at any stage of initial formation;
  • preparing to become a formation minister;
  • in elected and informal leadership who actively support and oversee the effectiveness and quality of the congregation/province initial formation program.

The goal of the program is:

  • Personal and communal transformation for the sake of communal life and mission in the context of religious life, the church, and world in the 21st century.

The two-year program is designed to:

  • assist participants to strive toward personal and communal transformation;
  • assist women and men responsible for any stage of initial or ongoing formation to be agents of personal and communal transformation;
  • assist participants to develop and articulate the vision, aptitudes and skills necessary for the formation of persons for a prophetic way of religious life in the 21st century;
  • assist participants to transfer learnings, skills and processes to the lived reality of their respective congregation/province and local communities

Activities and Content:

  • Participants are admitted to the program annually during the May-June residential session. Over the course of the two (2) years, participants attend four (4), week-long, residential sessions –  two (2) in January and two (2) in May-June. Generally, the venue for the sessions rotates between Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL and Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, TX (unless scheduling requires an alternative site). Credentialed program presenters are drawn from theological schools, religious congregations and organizations that offer the expertise needed in the education and formation of formators, are first rate in their respective disciplines, and lecture nationally and internationally.
  • Between residential sessions, participants engage in various program requirements at home. Some responsibilities call for personal reflection, prayer, reading and writing of reflection papers and assessments/progress reports.  Other activities engage participants in study with members of their own communities or with religious from other congregations, and participation in a peer supervision group. A final project connected to one’s ministry and of relevance to one’s religious community is submitted at the conclusion of the program. Upon successful fulfillment of all ForMission requirements, a certificate of completion is issued.

The residential intensives focus on the themes of:

  • Mission and Religious Life in the 21st Century
  • Communion and Community
  • Spirituality for Apostolic Religious Life
  • Formation for Religious Life

Residential sessions utilize processes reflective of an adult learning model integrating both theory and skills practice/development. Daily Eucharist, prayer, community, networking, and peer support provide a framework for a rich learning environment. Each participant is assigned a mentor with whom s/he connects regularly to address whatever needs may arise during the two-year process.  The mentor gives feedback and support regarding written and at-home requirements of the program.


Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021 is the application deadline for those seeking admission to the cohort beginning May/June 2021.

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To receive application materials, please fill out and submit the inquiry form below.

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Chicago, IL 60615
Phone: 773.675.8362
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