2008 RECongress Statistics

Religious Education Congress
February 28
, 2008 (Youth Day)
February 29 - March 2, 2008 (Congress days)


Sponsored by the Los Angeles Archdiocese's Office of Religious Education
Held at the Anaheim Convention Center, 800 West Katella Ave., Anaheim, Calif. (just across from Disneyland & Disney California Adventure)

RECongress Statistics
(as of 10/05/2015)
Registration rate increased January 5, 2008.
Youth Day closed on January 22, 2008

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Congress Statistics by Year:
REGISTRANTS  
 Guidebooks Mailed (2007 Attendees) 23,043
 Youth Day Chaperones 2,603
 Youth Day Youths 13,269
 Youth Day Total 15,872
   
 Congress Pre-registered 12,996
 Online Registration 8,499
 On-site Registration 1,259
 Congress Pre-registration 22,754
   
 Contributors to Endowment Fund  $10,110
 Endowment Fund Contributions 701
   
EXHIBITORS  
 Companies 243
 Representatives 1,809
   
WORKSHOPS  
 Speakers 191
 Languages 4
 Congress Sessions 276
 Youth Day Sessions 24
 Volunteers 405
 Others   --  
    --  
 TOTAL PRE-REGISTERED 38,774


U.S. Registrations by State
(as of February 4, 2008)

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STATE/TERRITORY

PRE-REGISTRATIONS

 Alabama 2
 Alaska 32
 Arizona 400
 Arkansas 4
 Armed Forces 2
 California 16,640
 Colorado 74
 Connecticut 6
 Delaware 3
 District of Columbia 6
 Florida 21
 Georgia 7
 Hawaii 155
 Idaho 30
 Illinois 57
 Indiana 34
 Iowa 3
 Kansas 27
 Kentucky 6
 Louisiana 5
 Maine 0
 Maryland 33
 Massachusetts 14
 Michigan 21
 Minnesota 18
 Mississippi 0
 Missouri 28
 Montana 11
 Nebraska 18
 Nevada 167
 New Hampshire 0
 New Jersey 30
 New Mexico 44
 New York 36
 North Carolina 9
 North Dakota 1
 Ohio 26
 Oklahoma 11
 Oregon 217
 Pennsylvania 9
 Puerto Rico 4
 Rhode Island 2
 South Carolina 17
 South Dakota 3
 Tennessee 4
 Texas 225
 Utah 156
 Vermont 1
 Virgin Islands 0
 Virginia 17
 Washington 168
 West Virginia 7
 Wisconsin 20
 Wyoming 3
Total Pre-registrations 18,834


Top 1% of Cities
(as of February 4, 2008)
All cities in California

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LOS ANGELES 1,834
SAN DIEGO  460
SAN JOSE 300
LONG BEACH 264
ANAHEIM 200
BAKERSFIELD 199
TORRANCE 194
SANTA ANA 190
FRESNO

176

SAN BERNARDINO

157

FONTANA 155
WHITTIER 154
Total Pre-registrations

4,283

 

Foreign Pre-registrations
(as of February 4, 2008)

AUSTRALIA 6
CANADA 286
ENGLAND 18
IRELAND 35
MANILA 1
MEXICO 34
NEW ZEALAND 4
NIGERIA 1
PHILIPPINES 1
PUERTO RICO 3
SINGAPORE 3
THAILAND 1
TRINIDAD 1
Total Foreign Pre-registrations 394

 

2008 CONGRESS OVERVIEW

“Lift Your Gaze … See Anew” is the theme of the 2008 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. The man born blind of John’s Gospel gives inspiration for our theme and to us, the confidence that trust placed in God opens our eyes to new ways of entering God’s grace. Clifford Petty has blessed us by writing our theme song.

The Los Angeles Religious Education Congress continues to grow with each passing year. Last year, 40,000 delegates attended. 1t remains the largest annual catechetical and liturgical gathering in the world: and it happens every year in Anaheim, Calif.

Here in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, liturgy is celebrated every Sunday in no fewer than 50 different languages. Living in the gift, promise and spirit of the Second Vatican Council, the L.A. Religious Education Congress liturgies have grown as they have embraced this wonderfully diverse church. Without exaggeration, complimentary reports and reviews come from six of the world’s seven continents. From Gregorian chant to gospel choirs; from Nigerian and Guatemalan dancers to African and Vietnamese drummers; we’ve worked diligently to inculturate the liturgy shaped within the universality of the Roman Rite and the Church of Los Angeles.

The combined talents of nearly 400 musicians comprise our Congress Choir for 2008, which will provide the music for the final liturgies on Sunday, March 4. Over 19,000 people attend these liturgies. Prior to 1991, the “band” consisted of piano, one percussionist, one guitar, electric bass and a synthesizer. The choir was 16 voices. Over the years, both the choir and band have grown considerable in depth and membership. Today’s Congress Band/Orchestra consists of approximately 40 instrumentalists and last year’s choir was the largest with over 350 members from six dioceses. Last year, we had nearly 45 students from seven different colleges and universities singing with us. We’re working hard to include as many talented people as possible in this experience.

John Flaherty
Congress Committee 
 


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