Formation of aspiring religious is central to the work of the members of the Conference. COR aims to facilitate collaborative initiatives in this area.

The organisation dealing with enquiries for religious life on behalf of COR is COMPASS:

Courses are also available at the Religious Life Institute, St Anselm's and St Luke's. They can be contacted as below:

Religious Life Institute (RLI)

The Religious Life Institute was set up in 2007 as an initiative from the Conference of Religious of England and Wales and from religious involved in initial and lifelong formation of religious, both female and male, apostolic and monastic contemplative.

The Religious Life Institute is now based at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, Cambridge. For further information contact the Director, Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ :

The Institute of St Anselm
01843 234700

St Luke's Centre
0161 226 4563

COR also works closely with the National Office for Vocation (NOV), who can be contacted at or on 020 8458 6017.