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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Regional Gatherings: 13 visits in 12 states in 5 months

Regional Visits

Dear Friends,

Earlier this year the RFC made it a priority to visit all our regions and dream big about the next phase of our new member area structure. Through sleet, snow and sunshine we accomplished our goal of visiting formation communities across the country! 

In all we managed 13 visits in 12 states in 5 months. Not only did we share our local restructuring and revitalization plan, but listened as many of you shared your responses, ideas, feedback, thoughts and recommendations. We are so grateful for your input. 

The RFC could not have convened these important meet-ups without the time, hospitality, generosity and support of so many who partnered with us to host these gatherings. To all of you: thank you. 

Delaware Valley: Sr. Megan Brown, RSM: meeting host; Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary: hospitality

Midwest: Sr. Marsha Speth, SP: meeting host 

Upper Midwest: Sr. Mary Ann Nelson, OP: meeting host; Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters: hospitality

Lake Erie/Ohio River: Sr. Elaine Davia, CBS: meeting host; Sisters of the Humility of Mary: hospitality

Hudson Valley: Sr. Elaine Bebyn, MPF: meeting host

New England: Sr. Patty Moriarty, RSM: meeting host & Sr. Carol Regan, SUSC: meeting co-host

Northern California: Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose/Sr. Mary Liam Brock, OP: hospitality & meeting host

Southern California: Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet/Sr. Kathy Stein, CSJ: hospitality & meeting host

Pacific Northwest: Sisters of St Joseph of Peace/Sr. Coralie Muzzy, CSJP: hospitality & meeting host

Southwest: Sr. Kathleen Goike, IWBS: meeting host; Congregation of Divine Providence/Sr. Helen Marie Miksch, CDP: hospitality

Heartland: Sr. Cathy Vetter, CCVI: meeting host; Sisters of Mercy/Sr. Mary Katherine Doyle, RSM: hospitality

Mid-Atlantic: Susan Gibbs: meeting host and hospitality; Conference of Major Superiors of Men: hospitality

Southeast: Sr. Vicki Lichtenauer, SCL: meeting host; House of Charity New Orleans: hospitality

To commemorate our visits, we created a brief video with some sights from the road. 

We look forward to bringing Member Area Liaisons together this September for a retreat to continue planning for this new area structure. We're also excited about inaugurating this achievement with a kick-off celebration at the upcoming 2019 RFC Congress. The Spirit continues to nudge us forward with faith and courage!


Ellen Dauwer, SC
Executive Director

Ryan Hoffmann
Associate Director 


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