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

Click here to view more pictures from this summer's ForMission session. 

The next ForMission class will begin in May/June 2019. Application materials and updated information will be available in August 2019. If you want to be notified when application materials are available and/or have questions about the program, please fill out and submit the inquiry form below.

The goal of ForMission is:

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

The ForMission program is intended for:

  • Formation ministers currently accompanying new members at any stage of initial formation
  • Those preparing for formation ministry
  • Those in elected and informal leadership who want to support and strengthen the inseparable reality of leadership and formation.

The two year program is designed to:

  • Assist participants in personal and communal transformation
  • Assist those women and men responsible for formation to be agents of personal and communal transformation
  • Assist participants in developing aptitudes and skills required in the formation of and for a prophetic way of religious life in the 21st century
  • Assist participants to transfer learnings, skills and processes to the situation in their congregations and home countries.

Participants attend four residential sessions. They are, depending on availability, in Chicago, San Antonio and Baltimore or other suitable locations. Throughout the ForMission program, in between sessions, participants assume various program related responsibilities at home. They are performed by themselves, with congregational members of one’s own community and with religious outside one’s community. A final project connected to their ministry and of relevance to one’s religious community is submitted at the conclusion of the program. Upon successful fulfillment of the ForMission requirements, a certificate of completion is issued.

The intensive sessions cover the themes of:

  1. Mission and Religious Life for the 21st Century
  2. Community
  3. Spirituality of Apostolic Religious Life
  4. Formation for Religious Life.

The program will start once a year, so participants join the program either with session one on Mission or session three on Spirituality of Apostolic Religious Life.

The sessions will engage the newest findings from the currently ongoing three year action-oriented RFC initiative: Transformation of Religious Life in North America. Desired outcomes of the session include, but are not limited to:

  • the animation of communal apostolic religious life, by engaging the current trends in religious life, church and world with greater clarity, skill and vision;
  • the ability to exercise leadership in formation ministry in collaboration with congregational leadership and general membership;
  • developing the capacity for a dynamic articulation of the vows and living them in times of transition;
  • an updated understanding of current trends in missiology and its relevance for formation now.

Each intensive session contains input by carefully selected program presenters. They 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.

In addition, processes reflective of an adult learning model and skills fostering personal and communal transformation are interwoven throughout the program. Daily Liturgy and prayer and the possibility to build community and network with other participants provide a framework.

Each participant will have a mentor with whom he or she meets/connects regularly; the RFC will provide orientation and on-going support for mentors.

Responsibilities between sessions include:

  • Participation in a monthly reading group with members of one’s community
  • Participation in a monthly peer supervision/conversation group in your area with members outside of one’s community
  • Creating time and space for reading, prayer and reflection and the writing of reflection papers and assessments/progress reports.

If you want to be notified when application materials are available and/or have questions about the program, please fill out and submit the inquiry form below.


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