Religious Formation Conference marks 60 years of dramatic change

The Sisters' Formation Planning Committee in 1956

Looking out a window in the tiny offices housing the Religious Formation Conference, it's hard not to notice the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' headquarters next door, towering above everything else in all its stone and glassiness.

"I'm not even sure they know we're here," Holy Union Sr. Carol Regan, associate director of the Religious Formation Conference, said with a laugh.

She was joking, but it could be true.

If you ask anyone involved with the Religious Formation Conference, they will probably tell you it's a vital, albeit often overlooked, group. It doesn't get the media coverage of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious or, these days, the Vatican bank. Few Catholics have even heard of it. But, since 1954, the Religious Formation Conference has been steadily tackling the biggest challenges in formation for religious life.

Read the full story at Global Sisters Report.
A version of this story appeared in the Sept 26-Oct 9, 2014 print issue under the headline: A passion for formation .

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