Updates about Congress 2014

Religious Education Congress
March 13, 2014
(Youth Day) &
March 14-16, 2014

updated 01/02/18  


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Important Dates
Speaker Changes
Disney Park Tickets
Closed Workshops

Youth Day App
Latest News./ Updates
Congress Registration
Congress Tickets
Youth Day
Recorded Sessions
Arena Workshops
Hall B Workshops
RECongress Emailing
Book/CD Signing Area
Congress Liturgies


Nov 1: Registration Guidebooks mailed
Nov 26: Online registration begins
Jan. 15 - Tickets mailed (for registrations processed by Jan 8)
Jan. 22 - Fees increase after today
Jan. 22 - Last day for refunds
Feb. 5 - Tickets mailed (for registrations processed by Jan 29)
Feb. 21 - Tickets mailed (for registrations processed by Feb 18)
Feb. 27 - Tickets mailed (for registrations processed by Feb 25)
Mar. 1 - After this date, all remaining tickets will be emailed with a barcode to be printed on site in Anaheim.


Youth Day:
Session “K”- Dealing With Stress – Jesse Manibusan will replace Judy McDonald

Session 1-02: "The New Evangelization" (*) – Fr. David Loftus will replace Fr. Pat Brennan
Session 1-22: HIV/AIDS: A Continuing Challenge to the Church and the World (*) – Fr. Chris Ponnet will replace Msgr. Robert Vitillo
Session 2-08: "Divinization: The invitation of the Eucharist to Communion of Life and Love with God" (*) – Dr Paul Ford will replace
                      Rev. Richard N. Fragomeni.
Session 3-09: "Do You See What I See? A Catechist’s Perspective" (*) – Nancy Bird will replace Saundra Kennedy
Session 4-01: "Ministers of Hope as Prophets and Mystics" (*)  - Sr. Kathy Bryant will replace Msgr. Arturo Banuelas
Session 4-07: "Be Dazzled by the Light of Faith: A Practical Look at the Encyclical of Pope Francis (*) – Fr. Jim Clarke will replace
                      Fr. Richard Fragomeni
Session 5-06: "Communio (*) – Bill Huebsch will replace Fr. Pat Brennan
Session 6-22: HIV Prevention Based on the Dignity of the Human Person: Effective and Faithful Responses (*)  – Dr. Elizabeth Crabb Breen,
                    will replace Msgr. Robert Vitillo
Session 7-14: "Motivator, Model, Minister…Catechist, Who Do You Say You Are?" (*)  – Joe Paprocki will replace Saundra Kennedy

Session 1-51: "Ministros de esperanza como profetas y místicos" (*) - Fr. Michael Kennedy will replace Msgr. Arturo Banuelas
Session 1-54:  "La luz de la teología feminista en la historia" (*) – Olivia Cornejo will replace Sr. Teresa Forcades
Session 5-53: "¿Actúa Dios en el mundo? El factor providencia" (*) – Lupita Vital Cruz will replace Sr. Teresa Forcades


We're excited to offer a new mobile event guide for Congress 2014 attendees that features speaker information, session schedules and much more! Best of all, it is accessible from all devices with an Internet browser — smartphones, tablets and desktops. Note: You will need to enter your personal schedule, since the app is not directly connected to the registration system. Access the RECongress app through this QR Code or directly at http://archla.org/congressapp.



Religious Education Congress attendees can purchase specially priced Disneyland resort tickets prior to their arrival. There is special pricing for Twilight Convention tickets (after 4 pm), 1-day 1-park, multi-day and park hoppers tickets. This online offer is only available at www.disneyconventionear.com/ZMRC14A. Tickets are valid Friday, March 7 through Tuesday, March 18, 2014. The online ticket store closes 9:00 PM PST on Wednesday, March 12, 2014.

For orders of more than 20 tickets (20 ticket minimum), you may make a bulk ticket order. Prices are the same as the ticket store. Unused tickets over the minimum may be returned. Contact RECongress@aol.com for forms. Forms must be returned at least 14 business days prior to the date of intended use.

Note: These specially priced tickets are intended only for RECongress attendees and their companions. Only registered attendees are allowed to purchase tickets from the discounted ticket store link and up to 8 tickets maximum. Disney reserves the right to contact the ticket purchaser to request event registration confirmation. If it is discovered that the purchaser of the ticket is not participating or attending this event it will be considered a misuse of this offer and the ticket(s) will be blocked and will not be eligible for a refund. In addition, these tickets cannot be purchased for the purpose of being resold.


Download the Youth Day app for iPhone and iPod Touch now, and it will automatically update itself every year when new versions are released. With this app you can stay up-to-date with all Youth Day speakers, musicians and performers by following them on Twitter, viewing their websites and even finding them on Facebook.

Youth Day is much more than just a one-day experience and this app will allow you to keep with you what each speaker and musician says long after the day is over, and check out their websites and find out how to put everything they said into action.

If you are having any technical problems with the app and would like to report a bug or have more questions about the app, contact the developer at CGonzalez@la-archdiocese.org


Apr 14: Congress volunteer Nancy King left Congress early on Sunday because she was sick. She was admitted to the hospital immediately and diagnosed with lung cancer. She has been in a respite in the Valley.

It is with very sad news that I pass along word from Tina Lavendier of the passing of Nancy King. Nancy served many dedicated years at Congress and was always pleasant and had a smile! Please Nancy and her family in prayer.

Apr 1: Congress Emailing

Mar 18: Congress Emailing

Mar 10: Congress Emailing

Mar 7 - The final film has been announced for the 2014 Film Showcase - Friday, March 14, 7:45 pm in Convention Center 201. The film, "Cesar's Last Fast," is a Sundance Film Festival documentary. Sr. Rose Pacatte will moderate a public Q&A with director Richard Ray Perez. There will also be a raffle.

Mar 6 - Rev. Richard N. Fragomeni will not be able to attend Congress. His sessions:
         2-08: "Divinization: The invitation of the Eucharist to Communion of Life and Love with God" (*) will be presented by Dr. Paul Ford
         4-07: "Be Dazzled by the Light of Faith: A Practical Look at the Encyclical of Pope Francis" (*) will be presented by Fr. Jim Clarke

Mar 3: Congress Emailing

March: This year at Congress 2014...
  Congress Tote Bag RECongress Administrative Assistant Joanna Aguilar is showing off this year's gift bag. All attendees at Congress 2014 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"! The bags are sponsored by the Catholic Education Foundation of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
  Congress Lanyard We would like to thank Liturgical Press for providing the Congress lanyards this year.
  Charging Stations This year, Congress 2014 will offer two charging stations for portable devices. Plug your charger into the Charging Station to recharge your portables. The Charging Stations will be located in the Arena Lobby just outside of Hall A and the other will be located on the southeast side of the Exhibit Hall (Hall A), near the Book Signing tables. We thank the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) for sponsoring the two portable device charging stations at Congress. Don’t forget to bring your chargers!

Feb 27: The fourth mailing of Congress tickets to be mailed (for registrations processed by Feb 25)

Feb 24: Youth Day has reached capacity and is closed to further register. Note: There is no on-site registration for Youth Day.

Feb 24: The RECongress Program book has been printed. You can find a sneak peek on the Guidebook page.

Feb 21: The third mailing of 4,762 Congress tickets is sent out (for registrations processed by Feb 18)

Feb 14: Congress Emailing

Feb 14: Deadline for Youth Day Adult Volunteers

Feb 14: Msgr. Robert Vitillo is unable to attend Congress 2014. His sessions:
         1-22: HIV/AIDS: A Continuing Challenge to the Church and the World (*) - will be presented by Fr. Chris Ponnet.
         6-22: HIV Prevention Based on the Dignity of the Human Person: Effective and Faithful Responses (*)  - will be presented by
         Elizabeth Crabb Breen, PhD

Feb 5: The second mailing of 9,707 Congress tickets is sent out (for registrations processed by Jan 29)

Feb 3: Lori True will not be coming to Congress. She was co-presenting with David Haas.
           3-05: "Cry Out with Joy: Celebrating the Liturgy of the Word in Song"

Jan 31: The Chaldean community is not able to provide a liturgy at Congress this year. Saturday's liturgy will be Divine Byzantine
with Most Rev. Gerald Dino as presider, with music by the Byzantine Community

Jan 29: Sr. Teresa Forcades i Vila will not be attending Congress 2014. Her workshops:
            1-54: La luz de la teología feminista en la historia (*)  will be presented by Olivia Cornejo
            5-53: ¿Actúa Dios en el mundo? El factor providencia (*)  will be presented by Lupita Vital Cruz

Jan 22: Youth Day and Congress fees scheduled to increase after today

Jan 21: Speaker signing page has been posted.

Jan 15: The first mailing of 4,709 Congress tickets is sent out.

Jan 15: Congress Emailing

Jan 14: Deadline for Youth Day Choir & Instrumentalists.

Jan 14: Dr. Saundra Kennedy is unable to present at Congress 2014. Her sessions will be presented:
            3-09: Do You See What I See? A Catechist’s Perspective (*) - will be presented by Nancy Bird
            7-14: Motivator, Model, Minister…Catechist, Who Do You Say You Are? (*) - will be presented by Joe Paprocki

Jan 11: Youth Day MC Training takes place at Holy Family in South Pasadena. Note: Emcees must be registered for Youth Day through their parish or school.

Jan 8: Deadline for Youth Day Choir & Instrumentalists has been extended to January 14.

Jan 6: Youth Day speaker Judy McDonald will not be at Congress 2014. Her Youth Day workshop (Session K) "Dealing with Stress" will be presented by Jesse Manibusan. Please keep her in your prayers as she will be undergoing back surgery in February.

Jan 3: Deadline for Youth Day MCs

Jan 2: Congress Emailing

Dec 16: Congress Emailing

Dec 15: Deadline for parish/school video submissions for Youth Day.

Dec 10: RECongress 2014 first Spanish promotional video is posted on our YouTube page

Dec 9: We welcome Joanna Aguilar as Congress Administrative Assistant / Financial Records for the Office of Religious Education. Joanna has worked in ORE for several years and now adds to her work the role of her predecessor Veronica Reyes (who welcomed a baby boy on December 26, 2013). Joanna can be reached at(213) (213) 637-7346; Fax: (213) 637-6574 or email: JAguilar@la-archdiocese.org


Dec 6: RECongress 2014 first promotional video is posted on our YouTube page

Dec 2: Paulette Smith, Congress Event Coordinator, has been named an Associate Director for the Office of Religious Education (ORE), where she has served for many years. In 2006, she was appointed with Jan Pedroza as Co-coordinators of the Religious Education Congress. As Event Coordinator, Paulette handles Convention Center and hotel facilities contracts as well as all Congress exhibitors.

Dec 2: Congress Emailing

Dec 2: Speaker Fr. Pat Brennan passed away on Saturday, November 30, 2013. His scheduled sessions are:
         Session 1-02: The New Evangelization (*)  will be presented by Fr. David Loftus
         Session 5-06: Communio (*)  will be presented by Bill Huebsch

As reported by the National Center for Evangelization Newsletter on Saturday, November 30: "It is with profound sadness, but also immense gratitude that we share with you that Fr. Pat Brennan has gone home to heaven to be with God. We will be forever grateful for the many gifts that he has shared with people around the country and other places in the world. Our deepest prayer is that as Fr. Pat rests gently in the loving embrace of God, he hears the words of his Master today: "Well done good and faithful servant. You were faithful in small matters, I will now give you great responsibilities. Come and share your Master's joy."

Nov 15: Congress Emailing

Nov 1: Registration Guidebooks printed and delivered.

Nov 1: Congress Emailing

Oct 30: General Liturgy added on Friday with Rev. James Clarke, presider, and music by Patrick Zubiate

Oct 16: Congress Registration Guidebook is posted

Oct 15: Congress Emailing

Oct 1: Congress Emailing

Sept 15: Congress Emailing

Aug 1: Congress Emailing


The registration fee for the Religious Education Congress is $70 ($80 after January 22, 2014). Registrations by the end of February will receive mailed tickets. Any registrant before March 1 will be mailed If you haven't mailed in your registration by MARCH 1, 2014, please either register online or register on site at Congress (Thursday evening, March 13 from 5:30 pm-8:30 pm or beginning at 7 am on Friday, 7:30 am on Saturday, or 8 am on Sunday each day of Congress.)

After March 1, 2014, we will continue to process registrations and send email confirmations. Tickets can be printed at Congress in the Registration area. Congress ticket pick-up begins Thursday evening, March 13 from 5:30 pm-8:30 pm and the times noted above.


Youth Day registration is separate from Congress registration. The fee is $25 ($30 after January 4, 2014). Check the Youth Day page for more information.

A SPECIAL INVITATION FOR ADULTS:  The Youth Day Coordinating Team would like to offer a special opportunity to any adult who is not chaperoning a group from a parish or school and would like to be part of our day. To be part of the team, an adult needs to have been fingerprinted by the Los Angeles Archdiocese and have taken part in a Protecting God’s Children adult training session (upcoming opportunities for these are available). To get more information about joining Youth Day, please visit www.RECongress.org/YD or contact Christina Lamas at clamas@la-archdiocese.org or call (213) 637-7674.

Official Youth Day T-Shirts will be available for sale at a booth in the Grand Lobby (south side) of the Convention Center Arena. Orders for pick-up will be available at 8 am on Youth Day
On-site pricing will be:
    T-shirts: $15
    Hoodies: $30 (in limited quantities)
    Adult sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL
You can also find information online at www.Seraph7.com or by email at seraph7clothing@gmail.com or store@seraph7.com.


Youth Day Badges are scheduled to begin mailing February 9, 2014.

It is important for you to check your Youth Day packet when it arrives. Please check to be sure your received all the Name Badges for your parish/school.


In addition to the indicated taped workshops, the following General Assemblies (Arena sessions and Hall B sessions) will be taped by CSC Digital Media. (Find information about  Congress recordings for current and past sessions.)


This is a listing of all sessions that will take place in the Arena. NOTE: All Arena tickets are good for Arena or Hall B sessions. Asterisks (*) indicate recorded sessions.








Friday - 10:00-11:30 am

Rev. Ronald Rolheiser

Fear and Her Many Children: As Dampening Our Hope and Our Fire (*)



Friday - 1:00-2:30 pm

Jim Wallis

Revolutionary Hope (*)



Friday - 3:00-4:30 pm

Mark Hart

Dying Young: Why the Young Church Is Falling Away and What We Can Do About It (*)



Saturday - 8:30 am

Very Rev. Robert Barron, MA, STD

"Hope to Set the World Afire” (*)



Saturday - 10:00-11:30 am

Rev. R. Tony Ricard

If Loving You is Wrong, I Don’t Want to be Right! Exploring God’s Unconditional Love (*)



Saturday - 1:00-2:30 pm

Liam Lawton



Tony Alonso



Chris de Silva

Pilgrim: Seeking the Way



Saturday - 3:00-4:30 pm

Fr. Richard Leonard

Holding to Belief in an Unbelieving World (*)



Sunday - 10:00-11:30 am

John Allen Jr.

The Francis Revolution: The Papacy at the One-Year Mark (*)



Sunday - 1:00-2:30 pm

David Wells

"Go, and Announce the Gospel of the Lord": Set the World Afire! (*)


This is a listing of all sessions that will take place in Hall B ("Spanish Arena"). NOTE: All Hall B tickets are good for either the Arena or Hall B sessions. Asterisks (*) indicate recorded sessions.








Viernes - 10:00-11:30 am

Sr. Glenda Hernandez

¿Qué quiere Dios de mí? (*)



Viernes- 1:00-2:30 pm

Clodomiro L. Siller Acuña

Necesidad de inculturar el Evangelio y la Iglesia (*)



Viernes- 3:00-4:30 pm

Cardenal Oscar Rodriguez-Maradiaga

Viviendo la misión de Jesús en nuestro mundo de hoy (*)



Sábado - 10:00-11:30 am

P. José Román Flecha

Jóvenes, la iglesia cuenta con ustedes (*)



Sábado - 1:00-2:30 pm

Rev. Domingo Rodriguez Zambrana

¿Qué hacemos con nuestros enojos y desencantos? (*)



Sábado - 3:00-4:30 pm

Luis Benavides

Orientaciones para la catequesis, la pastoral y la evangelización a la luz del magisterio del Papa Francisco (*)



Domingo - 8:30 am

Canónigo Dr. Eduardo Chávez Sánchez

Santa María de Guadalupe – Mujer de Esperanza (*)



Domingo- 10:00-11:30 am

Rev. Luigi Zanotto

El problema más grave y urgente de la iglesia católica: El agua potable (*)



Domingo- 1:00-2:30 pm

Maruja Sedano

El poder de la esperanza (*)


Program Books and Ticket Pick-Up is available on site at the Convention Center in the Registration area located in the Prefunction Lobby, in front of Hall B. Hours are scheduled:
   -- Thursday, March 13 - 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
   -- Friday, March 14 - 7:00 am to 3 pm
   -- Saturday, March 15 - 7:30 am to 3 pm
   -- Sunday, March 16 - 8:00 to 11 am

Scheduled mailing of Congress tickets:

Processed registrations by January 8, tickets mailed January 15
Processed registrations by January 29, tickets mailed February 5
Processed registrations by February 17, tickets mailed February 21
Processed registrations by February 24, tickets mailed February 26
All remaining tickets will need to be printed on site at Congress in Anaheim.


See our latest Congress Emailing. Get Congress updates emailed twice monthly through Congress (September through April) by signing up here.


Authors and performing artists have scheduled times to sign their books and CDs at the Signing Area. The tables are located in the northeast corner of Hall A.
See the Speaker Signing Schedule 


Congress strives to offer experiences that stimulate new ideas and renew excitement about ministry, reinvigorate faith and help restore a spirit of hope. This happens through ritual, prayer, music, dance and Word – not only from workshops, but through the various daily liturgies we offer. We invite you to experience a liturgy from among the many cultures represented.


Character  Location Presider Music
Youth Day - AM Convention Arena Archbishop José Gomez Ed Archer
Youth Day - PM Convention Arena Archbishop José Gomez Ed Archer

FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2014 - 5:15 pm

Character  Location Presider Music
General Hilton California Rev. James Clarke Patrick Zubiate
Celtic Convention Ballrooms Msgr. Clement Connolly Liam Lawton
Jazz Marriott Marquis Rev. Patrick Mullen Curtis Stephan / Chris de Silva
Spanish Convention Hall B Archbishop José Gomez Santiago Fernandez / Rudy Lopez / Stella Garcia-Lopez
Urban Fusion Convention Arena Msgr. Ray East Meredith Augustin
Vietnamese Marriott Grand Bishop Joseph Nguyen Tuoc Vietnamese Community
Evening Prayer (5:15 pm) Convention 303 (3rd floor) Juliette Marsh-Williams Cesar Marquez / Theresa Weiss
Celtic Prayer (9 pm) Convention 303 (3rd floor) Deirdre Ní Chinnéide David Anderson

SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2014 - 5:15 pm

Character  Location Presider Music
Black Culture Convention Ballrooms Rev. Gregory Chisholm Eddie Hilley / John Allen /
Los Angeles Archdiocesan Choir
Divine Byzantine Marriott Grand Bishop Gerald Dino Byzantine Community
Contemplative Hilton California Rev. Jack Stoeger Tony Alonso / Trevor Thomson
Mayan Convention Hall B Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Anna Betancourt / Rafael Moreno
Native American Convention Arena Rev. Henry Sands Donna Peña
Young Adult Marriott Marquis Rev. Gregory Boyle Jesse Manibusan
Morning Praise (7:50 am) Convention Arena Julianne Stanz Donna Peña / Pedro Rubalcava /
John Angotti
Evening Prayer  (5:15 pm) Convention 303 (3rd floor) Diana Macalintal Jeanne Cotter / Gary Daigle
Taizé Prayer (9 pm) Convention 303 (3rd floor)  -- David Anderson

SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 2014

Character  Location Presider Music
Morning Liturgy (8:00 am) Convention Arena Bishop Kevin Vann Congress Choir 2014
Closing Liturgy (3:30 pm) Convention Arena Archbishop José Gomez Congress Choir 2014



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