ForMission 2.0

Points Where Canon Law & Decision-making
in Religious Life Can Become Entangled 

ForMission 2.0

ForMission 2.0 is an opportunity for formators and elected leadership who have participated in Orientation to Formation and/or the ForMission programs to dive deeper into a specific topic, refresh and reinvigorate skills and learnings along the way, connect with other formators, and engage in some peer supervision.

ForMission 2.0 will take place on Zoom. Access to reliable internet is important.

  • Thursday, March 14, 2024 | 11:00am - 2:00pm CST 
  • Friday, March 15, 2024 | 11:00am - 2:00pm CST  

This is a two-day virtual workshop. Participation in both days is strongly encouraged in order to fully receive and engage the information. Given the nature of the workshop, it will not be recorded. This workshop is not intended for those who are currently participating and have not graduated from the ForMission program.  


Payment can be made by credit card or by e-check. If paying by check, please have your checking account information available. You will further directions along with the Zoom link in the weeks ahead. 

  • Members: $150
  • Non-members: $200

Please see the Conference cancellation policy regarding no-shows and cancellations.  


While the text of your institute’s proper law and accompanying Policy Manual may seem clear, difficulties or confusion can arise when working with a real situation. We are filled with the desire to act justly and fairly. But this desire has to be weighed in light of the common good of the Institute and the good of the individual(s) involved. This requires being grounded in both the principles underpinning legal norms and retaining respect for the role of conscience plus the acceptance of the implications of one’s actions. Such weighting ideally takes much hard work to gather all the essential facts and taking time to pray. Our time together will consider the framework for weighing legal principles and then apply the framework to different situations that play out, arriving at the best decision possible.

Submitting questions and/or situations ahead of the sessions are welcomed and encouraged. Please email these to us at with "ForMission 2.0" in the subject line.  


LynnLynn Jarrell, OSU is a member of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, Kentucky. She has a Doctorate in Canon Law from the Catholic University of America in 1985 and a Masters in Communication from Western Kentucky University in 1974.

Lynn has served as Vice-President (1992-1996) and President (2008-2014) of her Congregation. From 2005-2008, Lynn was the Associate Director for Canonical Affairs at the Resource Center of Religious Institutes (the predecessor of RCRI) in Silver Spring, Maryland. She has taught in various Schools of Theology, seminaries and other programs as a full time faculty member, adjunct professor or lecturer. She has contributed to canonical publications, either as author or editor. Lynn served full time in the Tribunals for the Diocese of Evansville, Indiana (1984-1988) and the Archdiocese of San Francisco, California (1997-2001). Lynn has served for seven years on the Board of the Canon Law Society of America as Consultor, Secretary, Vice President, President and Past President. She has also served on several of its committees and as an editor of one of its publications.

Since 1984 Lynn has worked with the leadership of religious institutes and their national organizations in the United States and beyond, most recently in Ireland, Zambia, South Africa and Pakistan. After finishing her term as President of her congregation she resumed this work full time, serving as consultant, facilitator and presenter on a range of canonical and religious topics including presenting retreats on religious life, facilitation of leadership groups and chapters, and accompanying institutes through the planning and implementation process of coming to completion.

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