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Religious Formation Ministry Programme

Dublin, Ireland

Celebrating Forty Years

History of the RFM Programme

The Loreto House Programme, as the Religious Formation Ministry Programme is more popularly known, was established in Ireland in 1982. The initiative was taken by the Conference of Religious of Ireland (then known as the Conference of Major Religious Superiors). It came into being in response to the need to prepare religious women and men and for the ministry of formation of new members and for leadership roles in their Congregations/Societies/Dioceses. However, a significant number of religious also availed of the RFM Programme for personal renewal or to discern future ministry during a time of transition.

As the number of international participants increased the sponsorship of the RFM Programme was taken over by the Irish Missionary Union in 1998. It offers a valuable resource to its members, many of whom are in the process of handing over responsibility for formation, leadership and projects to local members of the Congregation /Society abroad.

In 2016, CORI and IMU came together to form a new body called AMRI, Association of Leaders of Missionaries and Religious of Ireland. AMRI is now the sponsoring body of the Religious Formation Ministry Programme.


The RFM Programme continues to develop and adapt to meet the needs of participants in a rapidly evolving world and universe. In the rich and challenging environment of diverse cultures, worldviews and experiences, the RFM Programme aims to create an inclusive, welcoming community which seeks to read the signs of the times from a Gospel perspective. 

RFM Programme locations since 1982

1982 - 1997 Carysfort School Campus in Blackrock, Dublin
1997 - 1999 Dominican Priory in Tallaght, Dublin
1999 - 2005 Mill Hill Campus, Dartry, Dublin
2005 - the present Willow Park School Campus, Blackrock, Dublin



From the beginning the course welcomed applicants from any part of the world, though the majority in the early years were Irish born. To date 1001 women and men have participated in the RFM Programme.

Africa Asia Europe Oceania The Americas
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Celebrating 40 years of the RFM Programme 1982-2023



Contact Us

For further information and application forms please contact:

The Director
Religious Formation Ministry Programme
Willow Park
Rock Road
County Dublin
A94 TW98 AMRI logo

Tel: + 353-1-2107921