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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RFC Welcomes 19 to Life Commitment 2019

Dear Friend,

Nineteen women and men religious have gathered this week at the Marillac Spirituality Center in Leavenworth, KS for RFC's 36th annual Life Commitment Program. 

We welcome these amazing religious to this year's Life Commitment Program!

Samuel Amos, FMS (USA)
Christina Atienza, OP (Philippines)
Emmanuel Bolangi, CICM (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Trieu Cao, SVD (Vietnam)
Marita Capili, SP (Philippines)
Faustina Ferko, CSFN (USA)
Kate Fitzgerald, CDP (USA)
Kathleen Flood, OSF (USA)
Chinero Iwundu, SHCJ (Nigeria)
Stanley Madubuko, CCE (Nigeria)
Khanh Minh Ha, SVD (Vietnam)
Lynne Moldenhauer, SSIHM (USA)
Thinh C Ngo, SVD (USA)
Anthonia Okoroji, FHM (Nigeria)
Joan Pikiell, SSND (USA)
Laura Santos, CSC (Mexico)
Elizabeth (Liz) Schumacher, FSA (USA)
Donna Smith, CSJ (Canada)
Marlon Vargas, SVD (Philippines)

In addition this year's participants, we are thrilled to have the following facilitators joining us:

Br. John Barker, OFM (Vow of Poverty)
Sr. Elyse Ramirez, OP (Religious Life as a Prophetic Enterprise in the 21st Century)
Br. John Skrodinsky, ST (Vow of Obedience)
Sr. Nicole Trehan, FMI (Vow of Celibacy)
Sr. Connie Schoen, OP (Communal Life)

Presenters will engage participants in dialogue on the vows, community and communal life, and the blessings and challenges of vowed religious life in the 21st century. Opportunities for group process, individual and communal prayer and reflection, silence, peer conversation, along with leisure will create an atmosphere for deepening discernment regarding one's desire and freedom to choose a lifelong vowed commitment.

Be sure to follow our Facebook and Twitter pages for pictures, updates and more from the 2019 Life Commitment session! 

Please keep us in your prayers as we gather this week for what will surely be graced time of prayerful and joyous community.


Connie Schoen, OP

Program Director



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