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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Women Religious and the New Cosmology

New Cosmology

Dear Members of the RFC,


The invitation below is for those members who are part of communities of women religious. Men’s communities can disregard this email.


If members have questions about this invitation/survey/project please contact them directly by email at




Dear Members of the Religious Formation Conference,

As part of a research project funded the Louisville Institute, I invite those who are Catholic Sisters engaged in formation ministry to fill out a survey entitled “Women Religious and the New Cosmology.”  The survey serves as an initial investigation into the project’s chief questions: “How does Jesus Christ function within the New Cosmology, and what are the implications of that role for Catholic Women Religious for whom a relationship with Christ is constitutive of their vocation?” 

The survey is available through SurveyMonkey and can be accessed in English by clicking on this link: 

Spanish by clicking on this link:   

The survey consists of 25 questions.  All responses are anonymous and there is no risk to participants in taking the survey.  Should you prefer not to answer a given question, you are free to do so.  The research is being carried out in accord with human subject protocol requirements in accord with the standards of CTU’s Institutional Review Board.  I encourage participants to plan to spend about half an hour taking the survey, though of course the amount of time will vary from participant to participant. 

The survey is available from October 22, 2019 until November 13, 2019. 

Please note that while the survey is for those in the six discrete cohorts named in the attached proposal, all who are interested in following this research, sharing their ideas, and joining in the conversation are most welcome to do so through the research project blog “In The Beginning…”on the Catholic Theological Union website

Thank you again for your participation in this survey which will provide invaluable quantitative and qualitative data on this topic which is important to Women Religious in the United States and beyond.  I am most grateful for your time and participation in this project.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email at if you have any questions about the survey or the project.  Blessings on your leadership and ministry.


Laurie Brink, O.P., Ph.D.

Professor of New Testament Studies

Catholic Theological Union 

5401 S. Cornell Avenue 

Chicago, Illinois 60616



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