A Look at Congress 1997!
Religious Education Congress
The Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese
Office of Religious Education
Combined with the attendance of Youth Day, which is the prelude to the four day period, the most recent Religious Education Congress attracted nearly 30,000 people. Congress 1997 showcased nearly 150 exhibitors in the Anaheim Convention Center's main hall.
Some images from Congress '97. Click on any of the pictures below for a full-sized version. Use your browser's "Back" button to return.
"WHATEVER THE 20,000 catechists who attended [the 1997] Religious Education Congress have 'given up' for Lent, enthusiasm is not on the list. Those who packed the Anaheim Convention Center Feb. 14-16 for the annual event, the largest of its kind in the United States, demonstrated that this is not a season for Gloomy Guses (or Gussies); rather, it is a time for reflection, for sacrifice and for service, in which virtually all of those in attendance are regularly involved. That does not mean, however, that they cannot celebrate their faith joyously in a variety of ways. And from the spirited liturgies and workshops to concerts and productions -- including the dynamic new Marty Haugen musical, 'Song of Mark' -- Congress-goers embraced the Word (and words) in abundance at Congress '97, and departed ready to echo the Gospel message in their local parish communities."
-- Mike Nelson
The Tidings, February 21, 1997
Cardinal Mahony online
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Cardinal Roger Mahony went online live from the RECongress in the first nationwide chat session hosted on America Online on Friday, February 14, 1997.
Read the transcripts from other Religious Education Congress online chats
with Archbishop Josι Gomez with Cardinal Roger Mahony
2010 2010 (St John Chrysostom School, Inglewood) 2009 2009 (St Elisabeth, Van Nuys) 2008
2008 (Sacred Heart, Covina) 2007 2007 (St Benedict, Montebello) 2007 (St Rita, Sierra Madre) 2006
2006 (Holy Innocents, Long Beach) 2005 2004 2003 2001 2001 (St Jerome, Westchester)
2001 (Holy Family, South Pasadena) 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996
with Bishop Edward Clark, Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop
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