ForMission

ForMission Program Beneficial

by Priscilla Torres, OP, Relationships for Mission Team

Sr. Priscilla Torres’ theological reflection group with a sculpture of Jesus at the Last Supper included (from left)
Cory Canon, SC; Christine Conroy, CSSF; Danile Kico, SM; Micheal Avila, FSC; Peter Hill, CSsR; Priscilla; Hilary Case, OCD; and Telesia Mulipola, SMSM. 

Sr. Priscilla Torres’ theological reflection group with a sculpture of Jesus at the Last Supper included (from left) Cory Canon, SC; Christine Conroy, CSSF; Danile Kico, SM; Micheal Avila, FSC; Peter Hill, CSsR; Priscilla; Hilary Case, OCD; and Telesia Mulipola, SMSM. 

The Religious Formation Conference (RFC) is a national Catholic organization serving women’s and men’s religious institutes. One component of the RFC mission is to educate and strengthen those in the ministry of formation.

The ForMission program, an RFC program, is for those preparing for formation ministry, formation directors currently accompanying new members in initial membership, and those in elected or informal leadership who actively support or oversee the initial membership program.
I have been a participant in the ForMission program for two years. The program involved attending four weeklong residential intensive sessions with a specific theme. Each session has presenters that offer the expertise needed in the education and formation of those in formation ministry. Theological reflections and horizon analysis are also part of each session.

Jan. 3–11, 2020, I completed the last residential session in San Antonio, TX, with the 2020 cohort made up of 13 women and men religious. The theme for this last session was Formation for Religious Life. It was a great week of information, learning, praying, sharing, and reflecting. I look forward to integrating the information learned.

The presenters for the ForMission residential week at Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio were Janice Bachman, Dominican Sister of Peace, Shadow Work; John Markey, Dominican Friar of the Southern

Province, Imitating Christ through Personal and Socio-Political Transformation; Linda Gibler, Dominican Sister of Houston, Formation in an Evolutionary Context; and Arturo Chavez, PhD, Interculturality and Power Differentials.

I am grateful to the Congregation for the opportunity to participate in the ForMission program. I found it to be educational for and essential to accompanying women in initial membership. I am also thankful for the ongoing support of the Relationships for Mission Team.

To read more about the program, visit the Religious Formation Conference website at www.relforcon.org.

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