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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Thanksgiving 2021: Bearers of Gratitude


Above all, let us not forget to thank: if we are bearers of gratitude, the world itself will become better, even if only a little bit, but that is enough to transmit a bit of hope. The world needs hope. And with gratitude, with this habit of saying thank you, we transmit a bit of hope. Everything is united and everything is connected, and everyone needs to do his or her part wherever we are.
-Pope Francis

Dear Members and Friends of the Conference, 

Here at the RFC we are profoundly grateful for the many ways you enable and strengthen our work at the Conference. We are blessed, indeed, and we give thanks.

To all our member communities, partners and collaborators, and those who have gifted the RFC with financial support, resources, time and wisdom: thank you!

It is only through the generosity of time, talent and treasure that the Conference is able to engage religious communities with resources, services, and experiences that support our ministry as formators. Thank you for helping advance RFC's mission to respond to the emerging future of religious life.

May we embody the call to be "bearers of gratitude" in a world in need of hope. Please know of our prayers and gratitude this Thanksgiving.

In gratitude,

-RFC Staff

Ellen Dauwer, SC, Executive Director
Ryan Hoffmann, Associate Director
Maribeth Howell, OP, Together Program Coordinator
Brian Michalski, Program Manager
Sofia Mikolyash, Operations Manager

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Chicago, IL 60615
Phone: 773.675.8362
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