- Watch the
video of how Meredith Augustin created the
RECongress 2016 theme song, " Boundless Mercy /
- See if you or someone you know is pictured among
our posted photos from Congress 2016. You can find
the photos here.
- Find our updated attendance figures for Congress
- In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Los
Angeles Religious Education Congress, there was a
drawing for 60 people to win a free 2017 Congress
registration. Find the list of
RECONGRESS CELEBRATES 60 YEARS!
- The origins of the Religious Education Congress spring from the
Confraternity of Christian Doctrine program, popularly known
as CCD, a ministry that actually began in Los
Angeles in 1922 under Bishop John Cantwell.
CCD Director Msgr. John Clarke joined with Msgr. Leland Boyer in helping
to organize the first CCD Institute held at Mount
Carmel High School, located at 7011 South Hoover
Street in Los Angeles.
Some 500 teachers and catechists attended the
two-day conference. (The school closed in 1976, and
was demolished in 1983.)
When is Congress?
- The majority of the Religious Education Congresses
have been held in the month of February (29 times
since 1967, or 58 percent of the time). It was held
in March 16 times (32 percent); three times in
January (1967, 1985, 1990, or 6 percent) and twice
in the month of April (4 percent). The earliest
dates that Congress was held was January 13-15, 1967; and March
31-Apr 2, 2006 was the latest the Congress event has
been held since 1967.
RECongress is the largest annual gathering of its
kind in the world. The four-day event is held at the
Anaheim (Calif.) Convention Center and is sponsored
by the Los Angeles Office of Religious Education.
Begun in 1968 as an "institute" for
religious education (CCD) teachers, RECongress has
grown to include people of all vocations and different faiths.
Youth Day (February 25, 2016) – Congress opens
on Thursday with a day-long event for high school
youth. This is an opportunity for students – not
only from the Los Angeles Archdiocese but throughout
California and the western states – to come together
and share in Liturgy, workshops, entertainment and
to experience the energy of a Youth Day Rally.
See our Youth Day page.
Congress days (February 26-28) – The remaining
three-day weekend is open to adults and young adults
and offers more than 200 speakers presenting over
300 workshops, in addition to lunchtime
entertainment, evening concerts, 16 Liturgies in a
variety of characters, the Exhibit Hall and much
Free Exhibits (open to Registrants only) –
One of the perks of Congress is the Exhibit Hall –
held Friday through Sunday – showcasing over 200
companies ranging from religious art to music, and
from publishing houses to educational institutions,
in addition to our own represented Archdiocesan
See the 2016
Congress 2017 - February 23 (Youth Day) & February 24-26, 2017
YOUTH DAY -
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2016
New this year, Youth Day 2016 adds an
additional workshop period. Each group selects
either a morning Arena General Session (Track 1) or afternoon
Arena General Session (Track 2) -- so everyone gets to see
the Arena speaker -- and then chooses two other
The theme for Youth Day 2016 is #hopebound.
Registration has closed February 16. The cost was $35 ($30 by January 8, 2016).
The schedule for the day is:
people go to Tibet, Bali, or India for spiritual
rejuvenation or enlightenment. Others take to the
deserts in the Americas or the mountains in the
Andes. I head to Orange County, California. For
nearly a decade, I have joined thousands of other
Catholics for a weekend of workshops, liturgies (I
love hearing my favorite gospel singer!), and
camaraderie. I call it visiting the Catholic planet.
Don't let the name fool you; you don't have to be a
Catholic schoolteacher or catechist to take part or
even a staunch Catholic. In fact, the LA Congress
has conservative Catholic protesters every year
taking issue with the multicultural liturgies and/or
the messages of inclusiveness. I consider this one
of the highlights of every year and I've made it a
family tradition bringing along my mother and now my
Julie C., San Leandro, CA
"The purpose of this event is for the development of
faith, but I think this event is much more than
that. It is an opportunity to celebrate God and the
love of his people. It is also a great opportunity
to be inspired and informed and perhaps even
transformed. To my friends, I call the Los Angeles
Religious Education Congress the Love Fest. There
are people hugging, laughing, and a general sense of
well-being at this convention. After all, isn’t that
what God wants for us, to share in his love, to
offer hope and support to one another, and share our
gifts with each other? I think so, and I can only
hope that I too help in my small way to set the
Tammy Monjaras, Cincinnati, OH
Registration The Religious Education Congress
offers over 300 workshops and keynote, 18 liturgy
and prayer experiences, lunchtime entertainment
and evening concerts, a film showcase, over
265 exhibitors, Sacred Space, Art Exhibit, live
Internet Arena events, the Opening Event streamed
into Hall B, and so much more. Still the best
bargain around, wrapped into a three-day weekend!
The registration fee for Youth Day 2016
is $30; Congress registration is $70 ($80
after January 8, 2016)
for all three Congress days.
Registration can be made online and by
mail, and will begin in October. If you need additional
information about RECongress, please contact