Find out about the “Accept the
Challenge” contest beginning October
inviting people to Congress who have
never been before. Also, you can now
REGISTER ONLINE for Congress with a
credit card. Check the Congress web
site for information about the Congress schedule, spotlights,
speakers, and more. Also be sure to
check our updated listing of hotel properties,
and be sure to ask for your special attendee rates.
So decide on your workshops and be
among the first to register for Congress 2012!
Pass along this emailing or our link
— to share with friends and encourage
them to sign up for our Congress Emailing
for updates. If you do not care to receive
future updates, you can find removal
information at the bottom of this message.
¡Para información en español,
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! We
had registrants from across the country and as far away
as Ireland and Australia.
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).
See a Yahoo Map
The registration fee for Congress is $60 per
person. Youth Day has a separate registration
and fee of
$20 per person.
You can now register online for Congress with your
Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit card. To
pay by check, you can have the Registration Guidebook
mailed out to you. The Guidebook contains all
workshop and speaker descriptions, entertainment and
liturgy options, and all events during Congress.
There are two Registration Forms per book.
Register online by credit card
Reach Out - Help Us to Evangelize! Be a
Voice for Congress
There is a new and exciting contest being offered in
conjunction with Congress 2012. The “Accept the
Challenge” contest involves getting the word out to
people that have never been to Congress (those
people in the pew who don’t know that it exists) and
a chance for you to win exciting prizes. Starting
October 24, 2011, a new website will open for the
challenge. You will need to register at that website
and then get new people that have never registered
for Congress before, to NAME you when they register
online for the event. You just go out and get at
least two people (but more is great) to register for
the weekend. It’s that easy. Then, after they have
registered, you automatically will be entered into a
drawing for prizes. The details and site for you to
register will go live next
Monday, October 24.
It’s that easy to win!
"Accept the Challenge" Contest
You can relive some of Congress 2011 online in our video archive
recorded interviews from Congress with speakers Char
Wenc, Fr. Richard Leonard, Fr. Robert Barron,
Fr. Tony Ricard, and musicians The Jacob & Matthew Band,
John Angotti, Jesse Manibusan, Donna Peña and John Angotti
... among others!
You can also view the Arena sessions from Congress 2011:
Period 1: Rev. Ronald Rolheiser
Period 2: Rev. Richard Rohr, OFM
Period 4: Rev. Terry Hershey
Period 5: Castle of the Soul (presented by GIA Publications)
Period 6: Rev. James Martin
Period 7: Rev. R. Tony Ricard
Period 8: Dr. Wilkie Au
View all the uploaded videos and video slideshows of
Congress and Youth Day on our RECongress.org/LIVE!
Go to RECongress.org/LIVE
YOUTH DAY PLUS ONE VIDEO CONTEST
A week has 168 hours: 167
for daily life, plus 1 for Sunday Mass. Howe does
your plus 1 affect the other 167?
November 1 is the deadline to submit videos for the PLUS ONE Video Contest being co-sponsored by
the Los Angeles Archdiocese's Youth Ministry, Catholic Schools, and the Office for Worship. This is a great opportunity for young people to show off their technology and filming skills. It’s also a great way to have your video shown at Youth Day 2012 in Anaheim! The contest is an opportunity for young people to express how parts of the Mass impact their lives. There’s a wide open field of creativity for young people to express how the Plus
One hour of weekly liturgy impacts the rest of the week. You can learn all the details for the contest and find out how an individual or a group can submit by going
to the web site. Check it out today and get your campus ministry, confirmation or youth ministry young people inspired to create a great video!
Go to the Plus One Contest
FEATURE: ARCHBISHOP LUIS TAGLE
Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle, STD
Language: English Topic(s): Ecclesiology
2-25: New Evangelization: Some Perspectives from
5-25: Living the Eucharist in Asia(*)
On October 13, 2011, Bishop Luis Antonio Tagle, a
great theologian and a frequent speaker at the
RECongress, has been appointed as the next
Archbishop of Manila, Philippines. He had been a
priest of the Archdiocese of Manila previously. He
is 54 years of age, and he replaces Cardinal Rosales
who is now 79.
Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Tagle, STD
Most Rev. Luis Antonio Tagle was recently appointed
Archbishop of Manila, Philippines. He formerly
Bishop for the Diocese of Imus, Philippines. He is
Rector of the diocesan major seminary and teaches in
various schools of theology in Manila, Philippines.
Bishop Tagle is a former member of the International
Theological Commission in Rome. He is a member of
the Council of the Synod of Bishops, and is also
Chair of the Office of Theological Concerns for the
Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences.
See our Congress Speakers
ORDER THE REGISTRATION
The Our Religious
Education Congress Registration Guidebook is due to
be mailed in about a week. But you don't have to
wait, you can review it now ONLINE (and download
the pages). This includes the new information and NEW
process for registering for Youth Day — with the new
If you didn't attend Congress 2011 and would like to
receive the Guidebook, you can sign up online to be
mailed a copy. Also, to save paper, the Guidebook
like most of our Congress
will also be available
View the Registration Guidebook
Our Congress liturgies have been announced and
listed on our Congress Updates page. This year's
FRIDAY, MARCH 23 - 5:15
Character — Presider
General — Rev. Richard Leonard
Contemplative — Rev. Joe Brennan
Hawaiian — Rev. Alapaki Kim
Jazz Hilton — Msgr. Ray East
Native American — Rev. Paul Ojibway
Spanish — Archbishop José Gomez
SATURDAY, MARCH 24 - 5:15 pm
Character — Presider
General - Rev. Joe LaBrie
Armenian — Rev. Krikor Gregory Chahinian
Black Culture — Rev. Tony Ricard
Celtic — Rev. Joe McDermott Liam Lawton
Spanish — Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez
Vietnamese — Bishop Thomas Hieu Vu Dinh
Young Adult — Rev. Ken Deasy
See the complete listing of liturgies and prayer
services offered during Congress, listing the presider and who is
See our Congress Updates page
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
Congress attendees can pre-order specially priced
Disneyland Resort Tickets. Click for 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.
FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIANS
The newRalphs 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 rewards 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, 2011 through August 31, 2012.)
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
Organization Number: 90658
step-by-step instructions and information online.
RECongress Ralphs Program
You can find all the latest Congress information and
updates online. We are always adding new speaker and
hotel information. Check our site for updates and announcements.
Our Emailings for Congress 2012 run from September 2011
through April 2012. Be sure to Sign-up for our Congress
Emailing List for Congress reminders and news. If
you missed any, you can find them all online at
www.RECongress.org/Emailing. You may
opt out from this Emailing at any time from the link