(Youth Day) & Feb. 22-24, 2013
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day to mail in your Congress registrations (on-site
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Hall B Speakers
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(Youth Day) & March 14-16, 2014
Hear the Youth Day 2013 Theme Song
Our 2013 Los Angeles Religious
Education Congress is nearly here,
and we have already reached capacity
for Youth Day 2013! Though
registration is now closed, you can still register for Congress! February 7 is the last day to register by
mail and February 14 is the last day to register online.
After the deadlines, just save your registration form and
bring it with you to register on site at Congress.
of what is now only 20 days away,
you can listen to the 2013 Youth Day Theme Song, "Your Love," by the
Jacob & Matthew Band, published by World Library
Publications. Use the link to
download a free mp3 download. (The
FREE download is available until
February 21, 2013.)
Day 2013 Theme Song
Jacob and Matthew Band
"Your Love" (mp3)
from "Your Love"
(World Library Publications)
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information about ticket mailing, the Program Book, what's
new at Congress 2013 Youth Day, and much more.
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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 2012, 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 2013 Congress Statistics
2013 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress dates
• February 21, 2013
Congress is held at the Anaheim Convention Center, located
at 800 West Katella Ave. in Anaheim, Calif. (just across
from Disneyland and Disney California Adventure).
The registration fee for Congress is $75 per
person ($65 by January 4).
Registration Guidebook contains all workshop and speaker
descriptions, entertainment and liturgy options, and
all events during Congress. There are two Registration
Forms per book. If you attended RECongress 2012, you
will automatically be mailed a Registration Guidebook.
If you need a Guidebook, please order one here.
Register Online for Congress
WHERE ARE MY TICKETS?!
Tickets for Youth Day and Congress began being
mailed (in order of registration number) on January 14.
You can check our Congress 2013 Updates page for
the expected schedule for mailing of Congress tickets for the remainder of time prior to Congress.
Let us know if your tickets don't arrive. For those
who have asked to pick up tickets at Congress, our Will Call
window at Congress is available on site at the Convention Center at the Registration Booth located in the Prefunction Lobby. Hours will be on Thursday, February 21 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Friday
and Saturday beginning at 7:30 am, and Sunday beginning at 8:00 am.
See the Congress Updates Page
SNEAK A PEEK AT THE PROGRAM BOOK
ready for Congress ahead of time: See the online
version of the Program Book that attendees receive
when they arrive at Congress 2013. Get a little
extra time to plan out your weekend by downloading
the Program Book. Available in PDF and iPaper
WHAT YOU'LL FIND:
(Or view the page online)
Spotlighting events at Congress (Spotlight
Tech Center schedule (Tech Center
Speaker Signing schedule (online)
Exhibitor listing and
Restaurant guide and map
Audio Recording Form (Recording
Go to the 2013 Guidebook Page
YOUNG ADULTS AT CONGRESS
Have you ever been to the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress? No? Why not make this the year to go! With 40,000 in attendance, it's the largest annual gathering of Catholics in the world! Got questions? We've got answers!
I'm not a religious educator. Why should I go?
Congress is not just for educators, but for anyone wanting to learn more about their faith and deepen their relationship with Christ. There are
over 300 workshops on a wide range of topics, from relationships to prayer, from
Scripture to humor, along with amazing liturgies and worship services full of inspiring music.
What's there for young adults?
Aside from a number of workshops of interest to young adults, there is a young adult liturgy Saturday evening, with Msgr. Kevin Kostelnik presiding and The Jacob & Matthew Band and Danielle Rose providing the music. The liturgy is followed by a young adult dance where over 400 young adults gather to meet and move into the night.
Who's gonna be there?
Congress always draws the best of the best. Just to drop a few names, this year's lineup includes Matthew Kelly, Fr. Greg Boyle, Donna Pena, Fr. Jim Martin, John Allen, Sr. Anne Bryan Smollin,
Tony Melendez, Mark Hart, and many, many more!
Where? When? How much? How do I sign up?
Congress will be February 22-24 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Registration is only $75! Register online at www.RECongress.org. The website has all the other info you might need. We'll see you in Anaheim!
See Congress 2013's Schedule
HALL B SESSIONS
Now that registrations show which are our most
popular sessions, we can now announce our most
popular Arena/Hall B workshops (Arena sessions are
in English; Hall B sessions are in Spanish). Find
our listing of Arena speakers online. All Arena and
Hall B sessions are recorded, indicated by asterisk
WORKSHOP (* = recorded)
Rev. José Román Flecha
Fe, palabra e imagen (*)
Dr. Eduardo Chávez Sánchez
Santa María de Guadalupe: Modelo de
evangelización perfectamente inculturada (*)
Marta García Fernández
Biblia: Siete herramientas para leerte (*)
Rev. Virgilio Elizondo
La tierra de Jesus: Una peregrinación
Dr. Timothy Matovina
Rev. Michael Kennedy
Sanando heridas de la vida (*)
Cómo entender a los niños y jóvenes de hoy
¡El Señor es mi pastor, qué me puede faltar!
Dr. John Yzaguirre
¿Es posible tener unidad cunado somos tan
Rev. Ruben Bellante
Ser catequista hoy ¿un proyecto sobrehumano?
Our Congress 2013 updates page includes last-minute
information about speakers, and is also the place where you can
download the notes from those Arena/Hall B speakers
who have handouts.
Go to the 2013 Updates Page
SPEAKER FEATURE: FRANK
DiLallo is currently the Prevention/Intervention
Schools Consultant for the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio,
which serves 78 Catholic schools — pre-K through
12th grade — in 19 counties. He conducts numerous
educator trainings, assemblies for students and
parents, with over 30 years’ experience in education
and counseling. DiLallo is a frequent local,
regional and national speaker on the topic of
bullying prevention and has published the “Peace Be
with You – Christ Centered Bullying Solution” and
the “Peace2U – Three Phase Bullying Solution”
"Bullying: A Catholic Response for Educators"
Friday, February 22, 2013
1:00 - 2:30 pm - Session 2-09
This workshop will explore a practical overview of
the highly complex bullying dynamic and a unique
Catholic response to the problem. Frank DiLallo will
introduce the first-ever Scripture- and
evidenced-based curriculum for Catholic school
educators. Learn how to create a compassionate
formation program grounded in Scripture, ethics and
theology, including well-researched bullying
prevention theory. Steeped in Gospel guidelines,
educators and parish leaders will be equipped with
practical faith-based applications and skill sets
for effective classroom implementation. Come learn
about this new Christ-centered approach to
Help for Parents"
Sunday, February 24, 2013
10:00 - 11:30 am - Session 7-07
Have you ever faced a parent who emotionally reacts
to your efforts to respond to bullying behaviors
involving their child? This workshop will explore 10
ways contentious parents inadvertently exacerbate
the bullying problem by undermining the effective
counter strategies we can employ. Come increase your
toolbox options by learning how to build rapport
with difficult parents, help parents understand what
bullying is and is not, learn five ways to build
parent trust surrounding your responses to bullying
behaviors, learn 10 practical tips to share with
families on how to bully-proof their child(ren), and
find meaningful ways to connect the sacraments and
Gospel values to your bullying prevention efforts.
See all the Congress 2013 Speakers
CONGRESS LITURGY SPOTLIGHT
Renewing All of Creation
Friday, February 22, 2013, 5:15 pm
Hilton California Ballroom
Rev. Richard Leonard, presider
On Friday evening, one of the 14 Eucharistic
Liturgies at Congress will be focused on healing.
The music will be led by
Jeanne Cotter and Tony Alonso. Our presider, Fr. Richard Leonard,
is a Jesuit that comes to us from the Australian
Saturday, February 23, 2013, 5:15 pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom
Most Rev. Gerald Dino, presider
One of Saturday evening's liturgies will be Divine
Byzantine, with music lead by the Byzantine
Community. Bishop Gerald Dino, the celebrant, heads the Metropolitan Archeparchy of Pittsburgh, a Ruthenian Catholic
Church of the Byzantine based in Phoenix, Arizona. The eparchy encompasses the
western states of Alaska,
Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho,
Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah,
Washington and Wyoming.
See the Liturgies at Congress
NEW AT CONGRESS 2013!Congress
This year at Congress, all attendees will receive a souvenir
bag containing your Program Book. Note: If you
already have your tickets with name badge, you can
bypass the Registration area and proceed to the
Program Book Pick-Up line to receive your Congress
bag "and swag"!
We thank Catholic Cemeteries for
providing the Congress participant bags this year.
USB Flash Drive
Also this year, Loyola Press has
sponsored the flash drives given out at the Office
of Religious Education booth, located near the
center of Hall A.
A new feature this year at Congress is a portable
device charging station. Bring your charger! The Charging Station is
located on the southeast side of the Exhibit Hall (Hall A), near the
Book Signing tables. (This photo is a concept
may appear different.)
We also thank:
for providing the Congress lanyards
and the Roman Missals at all Congress liturgies.
for their contribution of all
altar wine at Congress 2013..
LITURGY TRAINING PUBLICATIONS
for gifting 15 Congress participants with
registration scholarships in
memory of frequent Congress speaker Bob Piercy.
See other Congress Highlights
purchase of specially priced Disneyland resort tickets
are available to Religious Education Congress attendees!
Special pricing for Twilight tickets (after
4 pm), 1-day 1-park & multi-day tickets and park hoppers
are available. Click on the graphic or
This offer is only available online through Wednesday,
February 20, 2013. Tickets are valid from Wednesday,
February 20 to Tuesday, March 5, 2013.
Note: These discounted tickets are for use ONLY for
RECongress attendees and their companions during their
stay. Tickets cannot be purchased for the purpose of
or with the intent of being resold.
See the RECongress Updates Page
staying in town for Congress. You can check our list
for special rates for Congress attendees.
Note: Some hotels have early-February deadlines. You
can find the listing of hotels, and our
interactive map of these hotels, on
our Web site. When making reservations,
be sure to ask for the Religious Education Congress
See the RECongress Hotels page
GET YOUR FREE MP3 DOWNLOAD!
Digital Media is the official recording company for
Congress, providing selected sessions on Audio CDs and
now, downloadable MP3s. For trying the service, they
are offering one FREE MP3 download
from the 2012 Religious Education Congress audio recordings.
Simply visit www.cscrecording.com,
select your sessions and redeem your free download using
Coupon Code REC2012
when checking out.
(Coupon is good for the download of one session per
customer and expires February 28, 2013.)
See the RECongress Recording page
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using your Ralphs rewards Card
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RECongress. (Note: This is an annual program that must
be renewed each year. The current term is September
1, 2012 through August 31, 2013.)
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card at Ralphs, RECongress will automatically earn up
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Organization Name: Archdiocese of Los
Angeles - Religious Education
Organization Number: 90658
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