March 12 (Youth Day) &
March 13-15, 2015
2015 Congress Theme
"See" / "Ver"
2015 Theme Reflection
Read Sr. Prendergast's reflection on the 2015 (and prior) Congress themes.
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Did you know?
Sr. Edith Prendergast, RSC, current
Director of the Office of Religious Education is retiring this year. She took the helm as the first woman director of the office in 1987.
Our 2015 Los Angeles Religious
Education Congress is just
one month away. Congress
tickets will continue to be
mailed this month - along
with the first batch of
Youth Day tickets. Also note
that Monday, February 16 is
the last day you can
T-shirts for Youth Day.
Watch a behind-the-scenes
video from the Rally
rehearsal from Youth
Day Training Day at
Last month, teens from across the Los Angeles
Archdiocese came together to prepare
in a training day for
Youth Day 2015!
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The 2015 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress dates are:
• March 12, 2015 (Youth Day)
• March 13-15, 2015
Congress is held annually at the Anaheim Convention Center, located at 800 West Katella Ave. in Anaheim, Calif. (just south of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure).
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Online registration is available for both Congress and Youth Day. Register online by credit card. You can register as individual or a "group" (2 or more people, all just paying with one credit card).
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The Guidebook is available online in a variety of ways
– downloadable as a PDF or viewable online in iPaper format,
as web pages. If you haven't already been mailed a Registration Guidebook, you may order one here. (Guidebooks are mailed out weekly on Wednesdays.)
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Following nearly three decades of service, Sr. Edith Prendergast, FSC,
Edith describes her
27-year tenure as “a very energizing experience."
"It’s all been very, very positive for me. What helped sustain me along the way is certainly my passion for this ministry, my vision, my excitement about it, and the relationships that I have created along the way, which are central to building community,” she
July 1. Fr. Bazyouros
to be a
Youth Day T-Shirts
your Youth Day 2015 T-shirts – with the theme “Talk Jesus with Me.” Customize your Youth Day shirt with your youth group or parish name on the back for only $2 additional.
Pre-order discount rate:
T-shirts: $13; V-Neck: $16; Sweatshirts: $25: $25
Adult sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL
(2XL - 4XL sizes are $2 extra for T-shirts and $5 extra for hoodies.)
Order online at www.seraph7.com or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Both Tracks at Youth Day are set to see the Youth Day Arena speaker and one additional workshop, including this one and 11 others whose sessions are held in the Convention Center meeting rooms.
Session X - "Snapchat
Youth Day, Thursday, March 12, 2015
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RECongress Spotlight: Speaker Book Signings
through Sunday – Convention Hall A
Authors and performing artists
appearing at Congress have scheduled
times to sign their books and CDs at
the Signing Area. The tables are
located in the southeast corner of
Hall A. Check the posted schedule
for new speakers and updates to
See the 2015 Speaker Signing
See other 2015 RECongress Spotlights »
of liturgies and prayer
will be featuring some of our 17
Eucharistic Liturgies and 4 Prayer
Services from the Congress weekend
here in our Emailings.
March 13, 2015, 5:15 pm
Australian Culture -
Rev. Richard Leonard, presider
Music by Michael Mangan / John
Burland / Andrew Chinn
The Australian Culture Mass is new
to Congress in 2015. Come and
celebrate the universal Church with
Aboriginal dance, the haunting
sounds of the didgeridoo, and Aussie
musicians Michael Mangan, John
Burland and Andrew Chinn. Fr Richard
Leonard and Fr. Rob Galea will lead
us in a liturgy steeped in both the
ancient and modern Church from "the
land Down Under."
priest Fr. Richard Leonard is
Director of the Catholic Office for
Film & Broadcasting, based in
Melbourne, Australia. He is a
Visiting Professor at the Gregorian
University in Rome and has been a
Visiting Scholar at the University
of California, Los Angeles. Fr.
Leonard is a popular speaker at the
RECongress. He is author of eight
books, including “What Are We Doing
on Earth for Christ’s Sake?” and
“Where the Hell is God?”
Fr. Rob Galea, a Catholic priest, is
an assistant parish priest and also
a Chaplain at Notre Dame College,
both in Shepparton, Victoria,
Australia. In addition to his series
of recordings and CD releases, Fr.
Galea has written a number of songs
for various campaigns and
international conferences. He was
selected to sing the official 2008
World Youth Day song, “Receive the
Power,” and performed in some key
events before the 500,000 pilgrims
in Sydney. He is co-founder of
Stronger, a youth program that is
quickly becoming one of Victoria
state’s largest Catholic youth
View the 2015 RECongress Liturgies
Over the three days, Congress 2015
will offer 309 workshops presented
by 202 speakers. Topics range from
personal growth to music to
spiritual topics – in English,
Spanish and Vietnamese. Each
Emailing we spotlight one of those
James Martin is a Jesuit priest and
Editor at Large of America magazine.
He is author of several
award-winning books, including
“Jesus: A Pilgrimage,” “Together on
Retreat,” “Between Heaven and
Mirth,” “The Jesuit Guide to
(Almost) Everything” and “My Life
with the Saints.” The popular
speaker has given retreats and
presented to parish groups and
national conferences, and for the
past several years has been a
frequent speaker at the Religious
Who is Jesus? (*)
Session 2-20, Friday, March 13,
2015 - 10:00 - 11:30 am
The person at the center of our
lives, Jesus, can sometimes seem so
distant. But by entering more deeply
into the Gospel narratives, we can
come to know him more deeply. Fr.
James Martin will help you look at
both the historical Jesus (the man
who walked the dusty earth of
first-century Palestine) and
encounter the “Christ of faith” (the
one who performed miracles, rose
from the dead and now lives with us
through the Holy Spirit). Come and
meet Jesus anew!
Session 6-14, Saturday, March 14,
2015 - 10:00 - 11:30 am
Too often the Gospel message is
reduced to a bland series of dos and
don’ts. Join Fr. James Martin in
looking at not only the places where
Jesus shows us his own joy, but also
how the saints and the great
spiritual masters used joy, humor
and laughter in their quest to
holiness. All this and some great
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Daily Life." You can
watch other past
for free on our
And you can
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still find all the
2011 on our
Disney Tickets Offer
Religious Education Congress attendees can purchase specially priced Disneyland resort tickets prior to your arrival. There are discounted rates for Twilight Convention tickets (after 4 pm), 1-day 1-park, multi-day and park hopper tickets. This offer is only available online at www.disneyconventionear.com/ZMRC15A and not available at the Park. Tickets are valid Tuesday, March 10 through Sunday, March 22, 2015. The online ticket store closes 9:00 PM PST on Tuesday, March 10, 2015.
Check online for restrictions and bulk ticket orders.
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Special Hotel Rates
Don't forget to make your travel arrangements now. We have secured special rates for Congress attendees at a number of hotels with pricing to meet everyone's needs. Make sure when making your reservations you mention the Religious Education Congress so that you receive our special contracted rates.
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Just for Southern Californians
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Organization Name: Archdiocese of Los Angeles - Religious Education
Organization Number: 90658
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