The GLOBAL SISTERS REPORT, a project of the National Catholic Reporter features the Religious Formation Conference. Click here to read the article.


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,” Carol Regan, a Holy Union sister and associate director of the Religious Formation Conference, said with a laugh.

She was joking, but it could be true.

This year marks the conference’s 60th anniversary, but before there was a Religious Formation Conference, there was a Sister Formation Conference. Spearheaded in the early 1950s by Mary Emil Penet, an Immaculate Heart of Mary sister, the Sister Formation Conference originally addressed the woefully inadequate way in which sisters teaching in parochial schools were prepared for their ministry...