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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Life Commitment Program



Life Commitment is an 8-day program that provides an opportunity for Catholic religious women and men to contemplate and reflect on their call to embrace a life-time commitment to consecrated life. Those discerning or anticipating profession of final vows gather in the company of their peers with presenters, seasoned in religious life and skilled in adult learning processes, to engage the compelling questions, experiences, and insights that speak to the reality of living vowed religious life in the 21st century.

During their time together, participants reflect on their:

  • Relationship with God, Community, Church and Culture.
  • Personal and communal witness to the mission of Jesus Christ as vowed religious.
  • Call to service for the life of the Church, world and Earth.
  • Commitment and authentic living of the vows – poverty, celibacy, and obedience.

The program creates opportunities for participants to:

  • Gain insight into the challenges and blessings of living as vowed religious at this time in history.
  • Enhance their ability to reflect, live, and act in a manner consistent with the prophetic mission and nature of their vocation call.
  • Participate in personal and communal prayer and daily Eucharistic liturgy.
  • Dialogue with peers and share experiences, both challenges and graces, of vowed communal life.
  • Meet new friends and connect with women and men from diverse cultures and congregations/provinces, and experience an array of charisms.

Presenters at the 2021 program will include:

  • Wednesday, July 7 | Apostolic Religious Life - Maria Cimperman, RSCJ
  • Thursday, July 8 | Vow of Poverty - John Barker, OFM 
  • Friday, July 9 | Retreat Day with Spiritual Direction option 
  • Saturday, July 10 | Vow of Obedience - John Skrodinsky, ST 
  • Sunday July 11 | Community - Nancy Gerth, SCN 
  • Monday, July 12 | Vow of Chastity/Celibacy - Mary Pat Garvin, RSM 

Date, Location, and Cost of LCP 2021

LCP 2021 will take place July 7-12 online via Zoom. Reliable internet access is required.  

100.00 Non-refundable deposit plus a 400.00 payment, a total of 500.00

150.00 Non-refundable deposit plus a 500.00 payment, a total of 650.00

Request for Application

Please fill out and submit the inquiry form below to receive application materials and more information about the program.

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    1525 E. 53rd St. | Suite 716
    Chicago, IL 60615
    Phone: 773.675.8362
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