- Fees increase
- Congress & Youth Day ticket mailing begins
- Youth Day Registration Closes
- Last day to mail in Congress registrations
- Last day we mail out-of-state tickets
- Online registration ends
- Last day we mail in-state tickets.
Mar. 17 (Youth Day) & March 18-20, 2011
"Hold Firm ... Trust!"
"Mantente Firme ... ¡Confía!"
YD Theme Song
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Keynote announced; fees to go up
Fees for the Los Angeles Religious Education
Congress are set to increase after this
Friday, February 4 -- however, you can
get a time extension online! Throughout
the weekend you can register at the
lower rate. If you haven't already done
so, be sure to plan out your workshops
and register online this week to save
Our RECongress Emailings highlight some
of the events going on at Congress 2011
— including added events and a spotlight
on some of the speakers and musical
artists coming to Congress. Be sure
to check our Web site for speakers,
hotel and exhibitor updates.
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¡Para información en español,
2011 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress dates
• March 17, 2011
• March 18-20, 2011
Congress is held at the Anaheim Convention Center, located
at 800 West Katella Ave. in Anaheim, Calif. (just across
from Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure).
See a Yahoo Map
Fees increase after this weekend. The fee for Youth
per person. The fee for Congress, with separate registration
form and fee, is $60 per person. Rates
are scheduled to increase after February 4, 2011.
You can register for Youth Day and Congress days online
by credit card. For those paying by check, you can use
the forms in the Registration Guidebook. The Guidebook
contains all workshop and speaker descriptions and one
Youth Day form and two individual Congress Registration
Forms per book. If you need a Guidebook, you can view
one or order one online.
See the Guidebook
The Congress 2011 Theme song is by the Jacob and Matthew Band. Jacob
Villalobos and Matthew Leon started together as high
school students to sing at a weekend retreat for St.
Hilary Church in Pico Rivera, Calif. Today, the Jacob
and Matthew Band is a five piece Southern California-based
group that includes singer-songwriter Jacob Villalobos
on guitar, singer-songwriter Mathew Leon on lead vocals,
singer-songwriter Michael Paul Leon on electric guitar,
Michael Debellis on bass, and Lonn Hayes on drums.
can find them more information about the band at JacobandMatt.com.
And you can find the artists from other Congress theme
songs online on our Songs page.
Go to RECongress Songs page
19 - Convention Arena
and Sent: Saints, Prophets and Martyrs on a Mission”
Gospels, the legacy of holy witnesses, and Vatican II
speak of a Church that, at its best, gathers and sends.
While this fundamental dimension of our faith tradition
has struggled to see full expression in the local parish,
the future of American Catholicism holds some exciting
and promising prospects if we are willing to renew the
possibilities of parish purpose and structure.
spent six years in a Catholic Worker community before
turning his attention to transformative education. For
the last dozen years he has given 40-50 presentations
annually, including continuing education opportunities
for priests, deacons, religious communities as well
as keynote addresses for Pax Christi, St. Vincent de
Paul, Catholic Charities USA, and the National Association
of Diaconate Directors. Jezreel is the original author
of “JustFaith” and serves as founder and Executive Director
of JustFaith Ministries, based in Kentucky.
Congress 2011 Speakers Page
Sunday, March 20 -
11:45 am - 12:30 pm
Convention Center Arena
Rafael Moreno and
join this charismatic duo for an unforgettable lunchtime
musical experience! From festive to inspirational, from
reflective, their songs will surely lift your spirit
and leave you reenergized!
Moreno, a lay musician who is entirely committed
to evangelization through music, has performed for 25
years in the ministry of "Producciones Agua Viva." His
concerts, or "prayer assemblies" as he prefers to call
them, have taken place in a wide variety of settings
and locations. His work of evangelization through music
has led him to present workshops on songwriting, music
production and arrangement, group dynamics, rehearsals,
the spiritual life of the music service, among others.
He has traveled throughout the United States, Mexico,
Guatemala, Panama, Colombia, Argentina, and Chile, and
has recorded and performed with numerous Catholic musical
groups and solo artists.
Fernández has been active in parish music ministry
for the past 20 years. He is currently Music Minister
at St. Michael Parish in Pontiac, Mich., where he directs
the English and Spanish choirs. Santiago is a frequent
speaker and workshop presenter at events and conferences
around the country in the area of Hispanic liturgical
music. He holds a bachelor's degree in music and is
certified in both Pastoral Ministry and Liturgical Ministry,
locally by the Archdiocese of Detroit and nationally
by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB)
Commission on Certification and Accreditation. A Liturgy
& Prayer coordinator for the First National Encuentro
for Hispanic Youth and Young Adult Ministry 2006, Santiago
is currently Music Director for the National Catholic
Council for Hispanic Ministry (NCCHM). He has also participated
at various events of the Archdiocese of Detroit as guest
conductor, cantor and consultant. Santiago won Spanish
Album of the Year and Spanish Song of the Year at the
2010 Unity Awards and previously in 2006 for Best International
Artist, CD and song.
See the Congress 2011 Schedule
RELEASE AT CONGRESS
Abounds: A Call to Awaken and Renew Your Faith"
by Sr. Edith Prendergast, RSC with a foreword by Cardinal
"Sr. Edith’s stellar and passionate keynotes, gathered
beautifully here, will inspire and educate us for years
Rev. Richard Rohr, OFM, Founding Director
Center for Action and Contemplation
this collection of rallying keynotes from the annual
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, Sr. Edith
Prendergast, RSC, Director of the Archdiocese's Office
of Religious Education, issues a clarion call to both
conversion and renewal...
can find more and pre-Congress ordering information
the Updates Page
The Religious Education Congress Committee wants
everyone to enjoy their Congress experience. If
you need an attendant to accompany you at Congress,
you are allowed free admission for only one attendant
to accompany you to workshops and other Congress
events. It is important to mail your registration
— along with your attendant’s — in the same envelope
with a note explaining that both need to be registered
in the same workshops. It is essential that you
register by this weekend.
Congress also offers interpreters and Assistive
Listening Devices (ALDs) for deaf and hard of hearing
persons. Our Closing Liturgy on Sunday will be interpreted
with special seating for all deaf community members.
You can find additional information and a special
request form in the Registration Guidebook to be
submitted along with your registration.
you have any questions or concerns regarding your ability
to attend or enjoy RECongress due to handicap access
or mobility concerns, please feel free to contact Rob
Williams at RECmobility@recongress.org. RECongress'
Mobility Team will be available to help with wheelchair
transport, special seating and any access issues within
Congress. At Congress you can find the Mobility Team
located just outside Congress Headquarters (AR-1), in
the Arena Lobby area.
NOTE: The Convention Center does not provide wheelchairs.
You may contact Alpha Drugs Pharmacy at either of their
two locations in Anaheim: 1240 S. Magnolia, (714) 220-0373;
or 515 S. Beach Blvd., (714) 821-8959.
See our Volunteer & Mobility information
AN IPAD AT CONGRESS
Visit the Office of
Religious Education booth (booth #430 near the center
of Exhibit Hall A) for information how how you could
win an Apple IPad.
Also at the ORE Booth
is the new Broadcast Booth area. Get in on the action
as we interview presenters, artists, exhibitors and
more, all from the floor of Exhibit Hall A!
And be sure to check
our Web site soon for information about this year's
RECongress LIVE! coverage, which begins Friday morning
of Congress and continues throughout the entire weekend.
Check recongress.org/LIVE in the coming weeks for a
schedule of events.
Our Exhibitor Page
The Office of Religious Education has established an
Endowment Fund to support the
education and formation of Directors of Religious Education,
Adult Educators, Young Adults and Youth Ministers.
by making scholarships available to them to pursue graduate
studies. It is our hope that every Director of Religious
Education will be given the opportunity receive a master's
degree in Religious Education/Religious Studies. The
fund is currently supporting 20 students to pursue a
master’s degree in religious education.
offerings at the 2010 Congress Saturday night liturgies
with online contributions
$44,702 to this fund. It's an easy add-on to online
registration . Those who contribute to this fund will
be listed in the Congress Program Book as a Benefactor,
Donor, Sponsor, or Friend. In addition, the portion
contributed to the fund is tax deductible.
Register at RECongress.org/register.htm
Some of the Arena and Hall B speakers have provided
handouts for their workshops. This option is for
speakers assigned to the biggest rooms where the
capacity is too large to provide everyone handouts.
There is a link to the following handouts on our
1-55: Del ministerio al misterio(*) - Rev. Domingo
3-55: ¿Es mi grupo un grupo sano?(*) - Sr. Glenda
5-51: La catequesis con niños pequeños(*) - Luis
6-53: Felicidad del camino(*) - José-Román Flecha
8-01: Gratitude as a Spiritual Pathway - Dr. Wilkie
See the 2011 Speakers page
Most of the hotels
that have contracted with Congress only guarantee special
rates through this month. Consider staying locally to
enjoy the full experience of Congress. Check our Hotel
listing to find information about rates. And our Interactive
Hotel Map shows hotel locations and rates. Make your
hotel reservations as soon as possible. When making
reservations, be sure to ask for the
Religious Education Congress rate
YOUR OLD CELL PHONE TO CONGRESSS
year we witnessed two of the largest natural disasters
in recent memory in Haiti and Pakistan. And through
the generous participation of Congress 2010 attendees
in our Cell Phone Recycling Initiative, we have been
able to donate $1,800 to Catholic Relief Services’ emergency
assistance to Haiti. Again this year we are partnering
with GetGreenToGetGreen.com to collect phones to benefit
Haiti and Pakistan. Bring your old cell phones — working
or not — with you to Congress. More than 130 million
cell phones are thrown away every year. Don’t throw
away electronics that should be recycled. Do your part
to recycle your old cell phone — and help us help Haiti
and Pakistan in the process.
RECongress Spotlight Page
FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIANS
Grocery Company, a major supermarket chain in the Southern
California area, supports schools, churches and other
non-profit organizations with annual contributions.
The Los Angeles Religious Education Congress is a member
of Ralphs Community Contributions Program. Simply by
using your Ralphs rewardss Card
a portion of eligible purchases are contributed to the
RECongress. (Note: This is an annual program that must
be renewed each year. The current term is September
1, 2010 through August 31, 2011.)
if you were part of this program last year, you will
need to update your account again this year. We encourage
all Ralphs shoppers to sign up for the free Ralphs
rewards Card and register their card with the
Community Contributions Program. It’s easy! Every time
you shop for groceries and scan your card at Ralphs,
RECongress will automatically earn up to 5% of all eligible
purchases per enrolled card. Sign up now! It’s never
been easier to contribute to the RECongress.
Organization Name:: Archdiocese of
Los Angeles - Religious Education
Address: 3424 Wilshire Blvd., 3rd Floor,
Los Angeles, CA
Organization Number: 90658
step-by-step instructions and information online.
RECongress Ralphs Program
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