2019 DATES: March 21, 2019 (Youth Day) & March 22-24, 2019
Held at the Anaheim Convention Center in California  (map)

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LITURGIES - Watch the video here highlighting the Liturgies at RECongress 2018.


VIDEO! Watch "The things you can do at RECongress 2018" here >



PHOTOS - See photos posted from Congress 2018 here


SPEAKER HANDOUTS - As part of our effort to reduce printed materials, we are no longer printing speaker handouts. Some of our speakers do have handouts and we encourage you to check online if any of your workshops offer handouts and print them out and bring them with you to Congress. Find 2018 Speaker Handouts here.



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 (March  21, 2019) – 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.

Adult Congress days (March  22-24) – 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 more.

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 ministries. See our 2017 Exhibitor Listing.


Youth Day offers two tracks – with morning Arena events (Track 1) or afternoon Arena events (Track 2). Everyone gets to experience an Arena Liturgy, participate in the Arena Rally, and see the Arena speaker along with two additional workshop choices.
Our schedule for Youth Day is:

8:00 am General Session – Arena 8:00 am Gathering Session
   (Rally / Liturgy with Archbishop 8:45 am First Convention Workshop
    José Gomez / Keynote) 10:00 am Second Convention Workshop
11:45 am Lunch 11:00 am Lunch
1:00 pm First Convention Workshop 12:15 pm General Session - Arena
2:00 pm Second Convention Workshop    (Arena Rally / Liturgy with
3:15 pm Sending Session      Archbishop José Gomez / Keynote)
3:45 pm Dismissal 3:45 pm Dismissal

The discount fee for Youth Day 2019 will be $35 ($40 after January 25, 2019).
Find more information on the Youth Day page.


Yelp Review
"Some 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 daughter."
Julie C., San Leandro, CA


American Catholic blog
"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 world afire."
Tammy Monjaras, Cincinnati, OH


Congress Registration
The Religious Education Congress 2019 will offer over 300 workshops and keynotes, over a dozen liturgy and prayer experiences, lunchtime entertainment and evening concerts, a film showcase, over 250 exhibitors, Sacred Space, Art Exhibit, live Internet Arena (English) and Hall B (Spanish) events, the Opening Event streamed into Hall B, and so much more. Still the best bargain for adults around, wrapped into a three-day weekend!

The discounted registration fee for Congress 2019 will be $75 ($85 after January 25, 2019) for all three adult Congress days. If you need additional information about RECongress, please contact us:

Online: Order a Registration Guidebook
By email: congress@la-archdiocese.org
By phone: (213) 637-7348
By mail:  Religious Education Congress
3424 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90010