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 Webinars

Webinars are open to all those who wish to attend. One does not need to be a member of the RFC to participate. RFC members enjoy the added benefit of having access to an archive of recorded webinar sessions and other materials. 

Seeing with Resurrection Eyes

Webinar: Wednesday, May 13 | 1:00pm central, 2:00pm eastern 

Maria Benavides, a senior at Ann Hall High School San Antonio, will share her encounter with refugees and migrant children at the bus station in downtown San Antonio, TX. As she listened to the voices and dreams of the children she discovered an inner passion for the work of social justice. Through the stories and eyes of the children, she awakened to a beauty and hope rooted in resurrection love.  

Maria Benavides was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico. At the age of fourteen she moved to San Antonio, Texas with her family to pursue an education in the United States. Motivated to act after the family separation crisis during the summer of 2018, Maria started volunteering at the bus station in downtown San Antonio, where she provides brief legal aid to incoming refugee families from Africa and Latin America.

While interacting with the families at the bus station, she discovered a passion for activism and social justice which has led her to utilize creative outlets such as writing and public speaking to speak about the current migration crisis among other social justice issues. Maria is the author of A Summer with the Butterflies, a book highlighting the voices and dreams of refugee and migrant children.


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Chicago, IL 60615
Phone: 773.675.8362
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