Mar. 22 (Youth Day) & Mar. 23-25, 2012
"Voice Infusing Life" /
"Voz que Infunde Vida"
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RECongress began 56 years ago!
The origins of the Religious
Education Congress spring from the
Confraternity of Christian Doctrine,
popularly known as CCD, a ministry
that actually began in Los Angeles
in 1922. It was in 1956 that the
first CCD “institute” gathering was
held with about 500 catechists and
teachers in attendance. Over the 56
years attendance has continued to
increase. Last year our turnout was
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Religious Education Congress, sponsored by the Archdiocese
of Los Angeles Office of Religious Education, is the
nation's largest annual gathering of Roman Catholics!
Our last RECongress, held in March 2011, brought together
nearly 40,000 people during the four-day weekend!
See 2011 Congress Statistics
for our next Los Angeles Religious Education Congress
• March 22, 2012
• March 23-25, 2012
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).
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The registration fee for Congress is $60 per
person. Youth Day has a separate registration
and fee of
$20 per person.
The Registration Guidebook contains all workshop and
speaker descriptions, entertainment and liturgy options,
and all events during Congress. There are two Registration
Forms per book. Guidebooks have been mailed. If you
did not receive your copyattended RECongress 2011, you
will automatically be mailed a Registration Guidebook.
Guidebooks will be available late-October.
Order a Guidebook
The Congress event has transformed over the years.
What we know today as the Religious Education
Congress, first began in 1956 as an "Institute" of
the Congregation of Christian Doctrine
popularly known as CCD. The two-day event was held
at Mount Carmel High School
(which closed in 1976)
on Hoover Street in Los
Angeles, with about 500
teachers and catechists in attendance.
A decade later, with the cooperation of the Diocese
of Monterey-Fresno and the Diocese of San Diego,
became a three-day "Congress." That first "Southern
California Confraternity Congress" was held at the
LAX-area International Hotel on January 13-15, 1967.
Yet another decade later, in the 1970s, when the CCD
Office was renamed to the Office for Religious
Education, the event officially became the
"Religious Education Congress."
You can find Congress milestones and see photos from
the early years of the Los Angeles Religious
Education Congress on our web site.
See the Congress Milestones
The Saint John’s Bible: Letters and Revelation
After more than 12 years, the creation of The
Saint John's Bible has reached its conclusion. Letters and Revelation, the final volume
of the entire monumental project, includes some of
the most crucial works of all the Christian
Scriptures. Renowned calligrapher and illuminator
Donald Jackson has collaborated with scribes,
artists and theologians to lend them a new life and
vibrancy for modern readers.
Letters and Revelation contains more than 30 illuminations and special text treatments, many of
which are included in this exhibition. They are
stunning in their beauty and dramatic imagery.
Written and drawn entirely by hand using quills and
paints hand-ground from precious minerals and
stones — such as lapis lazuli, malachite, silver and
24-karat gold — The Saint John’s Bible puts Jackson’s
mastery of an ancient craft at the service of the
timeless spiritual vision of Sacred Scripture.
See the Congress Milestones
ORDER YOUR YOUTH DAY T-SHIRTS
official Youth Day T-shirts with the theme "Called
Out - Challenge Accepted"
are available for group pre-orders. Orders with
payment must be received by February 26, 2012.
Customize your Youth Day shirt with your youth group
or parish name on the back
Special Discount Pricing for Pre-Orders:
T-shirts: $12.50, Sweatshirts: $35
Adult sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL
Find out more on the Congress Youth Day site.
at Youth Day
Remember that youth attending Youth Day can apply to be an MC
for the event by attending Emcee training day on Saturday, February 18, 2012. The registration form is available on the Youth Day page. Also, adults who are not already chaperoning a group may volunteer to help with Youth Day. An information flyer for adult volunteers is also available on the Youth Day page.
See the 2012 Youth Day Page
SPEAKER: JOHN BELL
Sunday, March 25, 2012
1:00 - 2:30 pm - Session 8-03
"10 Things You Didn’t Know About Jesus"
Not another workshop about what we already know, but
one about what we overlook. In his book, “10 Things
They Never Told Me About Jesus,” John Bell explores
facets of the personal life, relationships and
ministry of Jesus, which are seldom the stuff of
preaching or conversation, but are all rooted in the
Gospels and are necessary if we are to be freed from
the passive stereotypes that still dominate thinking
about Christ. In this session John will share the
stories of encounters with people on the periphery
of religious life and in situations where politeness
was not a prerequisite for discussing faith.
Rev. Dr. John L. Bell
With his colleague, Graham Maule, John Bell began
the Wild Goose Resource Group and is Liturgical
Resource Worker with The Iona Community, based in
Glasgow, Scotland. He has worked for more than 20
years with churches and Christian organizations.
Bell lectures on spirituality, liturgical music and
Scripture and has been on broadcasts on BBC national
radio, and has authored two books and the DVD
series, “Living the Questions.”
RECongress 2012 Speakers Page
All are invited to
"Accept the Challenge" and share their experiences
on our "Viva Voices" blog -- like this posting...
"Oh No! He's Been To Congress Again!!" -- A
Catholic School Principal Inspiring His Staff...
Religious Education Congress continues to be for me
the highlight conference of the year. I have
traveled to L.A. for the Congress for the past 5
years, knowing the top notch world renowned
speakers, the liturgies and the sense of community
at this Congress will support my vocation as an
educator. As a principal of a Catholic Elementary
School in Edmonton, Alberta, I find the topics and
presentations relate directly to my work with
students, staff and parents. As a liturgist, the
variety of music, liturgical experiences and
atmosphere of the Congress leads me to prayer,
praise and reflection. At the same time, I come back
to school filled with energy and new ideas that
often result in my staff saying: “Oh no, he’s been
to Congress again!!” ...
Read the blog, add your comments, and ...
"Accept the Challenge" Contest
SPECIAL CONGRESS OFFER
Congress attendees can pre-order specially priced Disneyland Resort Tickets.
Find specials on tickets to Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure, with special pricing on evening passes and on single- and multi-day passes for both Disneyland Resort parks. Note: These tickets are only available for sale online until March 22. Tickets are valid March 19-April 1, 2012.
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has contracted with local hotels to offer special rates
for attendees. We suggest making hotel reservations
as soon as possible.
online for our most current listing of hotels for Congress
making reservations, be sure to
ask for the Religious Education Congress
You can find information about contracted hotels on
our web site.
RECongress Hotels Page
FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIANS
We encourage all
Southern California 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. Find
step-by-step instructions and information on our
RECongress Ralphs Program
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hotel information. Check our site for updates and announcements.
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