Who are we?
Created in 1954 following the Second Vatican Council, the Canadian Religious Conference is an association that brings together the leaders of 200 Catholic congregations of women and men religious in Canada.
To be the go-to organization for canadian leaders of catholic religious communities in their ministry among the Church and the society.
The mission of the CRC is to be at the service of its members and of the Canadian Church in a discerning and prophetic way.
"The Canadian Religious Conference (CRC) is both a voice for and a service to leaders of religious institutes and societies of apostolic life. The mission of the CRC is to encourage its members to live fully their vocation in following Christ. The CRC supports its members in their prophetic witness to justice and peace within society and the church. The CRC looks for audacious ways of interpreting faith and life so as to embrace the new vision of the universe."
Mission statement adopted in 2010
- To help its members carry out their role of leadership and promote consecrated life while respecting the autonomy, nature and proper spirit of each institute.
- To foster an appropriate and close collaboration among its members with the laity, and with ecclesial authorities.
- To establish suitable coordination and cooperation with Episcopal conferences and with individual bishops.
- To assist its members in their relationships with civil authorities.
Composed of lay people and religious, the staff of the CRC, based in Montreal, is divided between several complementary services to respond to the Organization's mission.
- Social justice (JPIC - justice, peace and integrity of creation): coordinate, with the JPIC managers identified in each religious communities and other partners, the reflection and implementation of actions in favor of social justice (protection of the environment, fight against human trafficking or poverty, respect for the right of women and Aboriginal peoples, etc.).
- Workshops: propose to leaders theological workshops and sessions that will help them to exercise their Ministry in their congregations.
- Communications: to promote collaboration and sharing between members; to support members for communication issues; to release information about activities of the CRC and the religious communities in Canada; to develop new relationships between the CRC, dioceses, bishops, media, and ecclesial institutions.
- Donation Priorities (Quebec only): to analyse and evaluate grants applications filed by community organizations from the Quebec province and addressed to religious communities established in Quebec; to make recommendations to the members on these requests.
The CRC Logo
The CRC logo was created in 2003 with the reorganization of the Canadian Religious Conference to reflect the mission and dynamism of religious life in Canada.
The logo illustrates the mission and dynamism of the CRC. It underlines the commitment of religious to build the kingdom of justice and peace. The movement created symbolises the prophetic action of the CRC, and implies the confidence of religious to embrace new ways of being.
The logo is fresh and new and, like the CRC, it strives for continuity. It reminds us to step forward with faith in the future and pride in our heritage. The colour blue symbolises our presence from ocean to ocean, our link with the cosmos and the desire of the CRC to guard the integrity of Creation. Blue is also associated with the waters of Baptism, which the CRC Mission Statement refers to: “Baptized in Christ, consecrated publicly to God in religious life, we are called to be a prophetic sign, in the world and in the Church.”
The earthy brown recalls our roots and basic mission, and our connectedness to the Earth. It also symbolises light and vitality and evokes the partnership that we wish to maintain with other groups that share in the mission to transform our world. Overall, the logo reminds us of our great hope.