2007 RECongress Youth Day Schedule

Religious Education Congress
March 1, 2007

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8:30 a.m.


Youth Day kicks off in the Arena with the music of Jesse Manibusan and Curtis Stephan. In Hall B we welcome Jacob and Matthew as our musical guests. The Opening Session follows in each room featuring the gifts of young people throughout the Archdiocese. Our Opening Sessions will call each of us to LIVE OUT LOVE through music, prayer, dance, and inspirational talks.





Card. Mahony
Fr. Tony
Fr. Richard









9:45 a.m.


Immediately following our opening, participants will be able to attend one of the 13 Morning Workshops that offer specific ways we can LIVE OUT LOVE in our daily lives. We suggest that you share the list of speakers with your young people and allow them to choose (in groups of 10) who they would like to hear.


11:00 a.m.


Our Eucharistic Liturgies follow with Cardinal Roger Mahony celebrating with us in the Arena, with music provided by youth from throughout the Los Angeles Archdiocese under the direction of Ed Archer of St. Monica’s Parish in Santa Monica. In Hall B, Fr. Tony Ricard celebrating liturgy with music led by Jacob and Matthew. The Grand Ballroom Liturgy welcomes Fr. Richard Leonard as presider along with the music of Jesse Manibusan and the choir of St. Bernard Parish in Bellflower.


12:15 p.m.


Following our Eucharistic celebrations everyone will have time to meet new friends and spend time with old ones during lunch.


1:30 p.m.


The Afternoon Workshops are a second chance to hear from some of the best speakers assembled. Remember, all these workshops (except Session "S") are repeats from the morning session.


2:45 p.m.


3:30 p.m.

Youth Day 2007 ends with two energetic Closing Rallies, one in the Arena and one in Hall B! These powerful sessions will include speakers and musicians from our day, as well as the talents of young people from across our Archdiocese. Come be renewed in your commitment to LIVE OUT LOVE in all that you do!

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2007 RECongress Youth Day Workshops

Religious Education Congress
March 1, 2007

NOTE: All these Morning Workshops are repeated in the Afternoon Session (except Session "S").

A    Living Out Love: Caring for Other

More powerful than his words, were Jesus’ actions. He came with a radical message of love. But he didn’t just talk about it, he lived it out in the way he cared for others. Join APeX as they explore, in their unique way, what it means to following Jesus’ example by being a servant to others.

APeX Ministries

APeX, aka Gene Monterastelli and Brad Farmer, are two young men who make their living by crisscrossing North America as evangelists. They use a unique presentation style they call Christian Vaudeville, which includes death-defying juggling, humor, sketch comedy, storytelling, audience participation and personal testimony. They have been throwing things at each other (professionally) since 1996. Gene one day hopes to compete in the Olympics in synchronized swimming. Brad is very strong!

B    Live Out Love – Even in the Hallways!

St. Francis said, “Preach the Gospel at all times; use words if necessary.” By the very way we live our lives, we preach the Gospel of Christ. Before Jesus did anything else on Earth he loved in word and in action. He calls us to the same kind of love, the same kind of life. Let’s explore what it means to be a person who follows Jesus … even in the hallways, classrooms, locker rooms and Friday night football games, for we preach the Gospel with our lives.

Tammy Evevard

Tammy Evevard has spent the last 20 years travel­ing the country. She has presented to countless audiences, and has been featured on several TV programs. She was recently a keynote at the National Catholic Youth Conference in Atlanta. Evevard is a past member of National Evangelization Team and Reach Youth Ministry Team, both traveling retreat teams. She is an active member of her parish, Sacred Heart of Jesus, where she leads music each week for the Life Teen Mass.

C    Wider Arms and Bigger Hearts: Reaching In  and Reaching Out to the World

Christ invites all of us to be “agents of compassion” in a broken world. As followers of Jesus we reach out with love so we can let God’s people in, to change our hearts and minds. How do we embrace this great dream of God for a better world? How do we “raise the standard of loving” in our lives? What happens to our service when we let others break into our hearts, setting us free to care more deeply? Using prayer, ritual, music and stories, this workshop inspires young people to move from service to reflection and out again to “be” a better world.

Joseph Grant

A native of Scotland, Joe Grant has ministered in Europe, the Amazon and the United States. He lives in Louisville, Ky., where he serves as the Youth/Young Adult Coordinator for JustFaith Ministries and creator of the JustFaith process, JusticeWalking. The co-founder of Crossroads Ministry has authored youth ministry publications on prayer, justice and Scripture, and presents numerous keynotes, workshops, retreats around the country.

D    Okay, Jesus Loves Me … Now What?!?

How do you make your “church life” fit into every other part of your life without people thinking you’re insane? How do you get more involved at your age, with little free time, in a world where people still treat you like a kid? How do you make your faith come alive more? Hear the truth, have some laughs, learn some tips and get some ideas on “where you go from here.” Receive an answer to the raw, honest question, “Now what?” – the answer might change your life forever.

Mark Hart

Mark Hart is an author, evangelist and teacher. He has taught on junior high, high school and college campuses, and has spoken at World Youth Days, LIFE TEEN national events, youth conferences and eucharistic congresses. He has lead retreats, missions, camps and conferences in over 50 dioceses around the United States, Canada, the U.K. and Australia. Though Vice President of LIFE TEEN International, he is known to tens of thousands simply as the “Bible Geek.”

E    Becoming the-Best-Version-of-Yourself

God doesn’t want to control you, or manipulate you, or stifle you. “God wants you to become the-best-version-of-yourself!” This is the ultimate dream – God’s dream for you – and the Church and Catholic spirituality are gifts from God to help us live this dream. Examining each of the four aspects of the human person – physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual – this presentation will examine the ways we can live God’s dream for us. Participants will discover that at every moment they choose between the-best-version-of-themselves and some second-rate version of themselves.

Matthew Kelly

Matthew Kelly is a New York Times best-selling author and widely recognized speaker. Over the past 14 years he has spoken in over 50 countries to a collective audience of more than 3 million people including schools, churches, businesses, corporations, conferences and workshops. Hundreds of private, Catholic and public schools have hosted him. Kelly is author of a number of books, including “Perfectly Yourself .”

H    Live Out Love in the Media: Internet Responsibility and Media Mindfulness

Internet, movies, TV – most of us love all forms of media. And yet we’re told that they can be hostile to our faith. They can be, but with a few skills and some guidance, the Internet, TV and the movies can be sources of support in our journey of faith, and help us grow in hope and love.

Richard Leonard, SJ

Fr. Richard Leonard directs the Australian Catholic Film and Television Offices. He lectures in cinema and theology at the United Faculty of Theology in Australia and has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Melbourne. Dr. Leonard is a consultant to the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Media Committee and a film critic for all the major Catholic newspapers of Australia. He has traveled on speaking engagements throughout Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

I    Living With Passion, Living With Commitment, Being Who You Are Called To Be!

Come see how Tony Melendez and the Toe Jam Band share their music and passion for life. Tony will present how he has been able to transform adversity into hope, passion and strength! Experience the energy of his band and how they are also tied to the kind of Love that sends us soaring and celebrating the gift of life through music. (Afternoon Arena session only.)

Tony Melendez

Tony Melendez was born in Nicaragua with no arms and a clubbed foot due to the doctor-prescribed drug Thalidomide his mother took while pregnant. He had to learn to do almost everything with his feet and taught himself how to play the guitar. In 1987 he played for Pope John Paul II on his Los Angeles visit. Now 19 years later Melendez has recorded five albums, has made numerous TV appearances and has traveled to all 50 states and 31 countries.

K    Grief and Loss – Holding On In Times of Trouble

Death, broken relationships, moving away from friends and love ones all cause pain in our lives. How can you “live out love” when you are dealing with grief and loss? This workshop will help to name the cause of grief and loss in our lives, and offer practical strategies for holding on when all seems lost.

Robert J. McCarty, DMin & Maggie McCarty, DMin

Drs. Maggie and Bob McCarty have a combined 60 years in ministry. Maggie is Director of Development for the Good Shepherd Center, a residential treatment program for adolescent girls in Baltimore. Bob is Executive Director of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, based in Washington, D.C. They present workshops and retreats internationally, and volunteer on the youth ministry team at their parish of St. Francis of Assisi in Fulton, Md.

M    Being Christian to Your Family: It Can Be Done!

Do you feel like your parents, brothers and sisters just don’t understand you? Are you uncomfortable talking to them about your faith? Then this workshop is for you! Being a part of the Body of Christ also means being a part of your own family. The workshop will focus on communicating with your parents, and getting them and your siblings excited about their faith, or at least understanding about yours. Hear from someone who figured out how to have close, faith-based relationships in her own family.

Judy McDonald

Judy McDonald, based in San Diego, Calif., has been performing stand-up for 12 years. In college, she worked at KFMB studios in radio and television. Her professional comedic experience includes an appearance on the “Dennis Miller Show” and opening for such comedians as Paula Poundstone, Mark Curry, Caroline Rhea and Margaret Cho. Her touring has taken her to parishes, conferences and military bases.

P    Whut It Doo? Falling in Love with Jesus

This workshop will focus on falling in love with Jesus. As Jesus reveals himself to us, he also shows us who we are. As we come to know the beauty of God, we also come to know ourselves.

Righteous B

Bob Lesnefsky, whose “rapper name” is Righteous B, is really, really holy. His thuggish ways combined with his passion for Christ make this homie straight up off the heezy fo-sheezy. He has worked as a youth minister for the last seven years and has recorded three CDs that have received critical acclaim (from his mom). He is now a full-time rap star and has recently started a non-profit, Dirty Vagabond Productions, for the development of quality urban youth ministry.

S    Sex Still Has a Price Tag

In this workshop Pam Stenzel takes a hard-hitting look at the consequences of sexual activity. Combining her personal story and extensive pregnancy counseling experience, Pam frankly talks about the consequences of sexual activity outside of God’s design for sex, which is marriage. Stenzel tackles the tough issues with candor, insight, humor and a challenge to get the “abstinence advantage.” (Morning Arena session only.)

Pam Stenzel

Pam Stenzel’s career as a speaker stems from years on the “front lines” counseling young girls with crisis pregnancies. For the past 14 years she has presented abstinence assemblies to private, parochial and public schools around the world. Founder of Enlighten Communications, Stenzel has been a guest on numerous TV and radio programs, including “The Dr. Laura Show” and “Politically Incorrect.”

X    Lost that Loving Feeling?

In the busyness of this world, we often find ourselves burned out, discouraged, angry, cold and numb. Well, get excited because you don’t have to feel that way! It’s time to rediscover the source of love and peace and get reconnected with God. Through music and prayer Curtis Stephan and Sarah Hart will help find that loving feeling in the Light of Christ’s Love.

Curtis Stephan

Singer, songwriter and clinician, Curtis Stephan is presently Music Director at St. Ann Parish in Coppell, Texas, where he formerly served as youth music minister. Stephan’s experiences have been as Catholic campus music director at the University of North Texas and as Itinerant Witness at many parishes. His CD collections include “Sacred Revolution.”

Sarah Hart

Sarah Hart has been a staff songwriter for major Christian publishers, an award-winning record producer and a founder of the popular all-women singing group Daughters of God. Either as solo artist or with the Daughters, Hart has performed before intimate café crowds to the 30,000 teenagers at the National Catholic Youth Convention in Indianapolis and the 500,000 at World Youth Day in Toronto.

Z    The Ultimate Extreme Makeover, U.K. Edition: Changing Lives One Prayer at a Time

Happy with the way you are? Feel in need of a “grace‑lift” or perhaps a little inner renovation? Well, you’ve seen the TV show, you may even have attended the liturgical makeover at last year’s Congress ... now tune in to the ultimate spiritual makeover led by this United Kingdom-based trio. Under the watchful eye of the greatest design team ever – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – this workshop draws on prayer, reflection, Scripture and songs of faith to help “redecorate us from within.” So whether it’s a last-minute touch-up you need or the whole transformation experience, this is the workshop for you!

David Wells

David Wells is Director of the Department for Formation in the Diocese of Plymouth, England. Previously, he served in England as Director of Adult Religious Education for the Nottingham Diocese. He is a well-known speaker with engagements that have taken him throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and North America. Also an author, Wells has appeared at conferences of catechesis and evangelization as well as a number of Canadian TV broadcasts.

Mike Stanley & Jo Boyce

Singers/songwriters Mike Stanley and Joanne Boyce – together known as cjm|music – work in the United Kingdom as music and workshop leaders with youth in high school and parish settings. Mike worked as a teacher and youth leader for many years. Jo became Music Director of Soli House in Stratford-upon-Avon, where Mike eventually worked as a music coordinator. They partnered professionally in 1996.

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