The early years of the Los Angeles
Religious Education Congress
1962 At a planning meeting for the CCD "Institute are Timothy Brunet (from left), Janet Murphy, Father Leland Boyer and Arthur Holzman. 1962 The Institute at Immaculate Heart College saw classrooms packed with catechists. 1967 More than 7,000 people jammed the International Airport Hotel (near Los Angeles International Airport) for the 1967 Congress. 1969 Beds and TV sets were moved aside in hotel rooms to make room for speakers and catechists. 1970 Prior to the first Congress at the Anaheim Convention Center, building officials worried that the Anaheim Room (pictured) and other venues would be empty. 1975 With the theme of "Praise, Pilgrim & Rejoice," the Religious Education Congress ended its three days in Anaheim, California, with a Liturgy which invited all participants of the weekend to share and celebrate.
1979 Los Angeles Cardinal Timothy Manning met with some of the students on Youth Day, the prelude to the Religious Education Congress. Youth Day, open to all high school students, is always well attended.
1979 The Closing Liturgy of the Religious Education Congress held in the Anaheim Convention Center Arena, with the theme "He Calls Us Each By Name."
Copyrighted photos courtesy of The Tidings, Archdiocesan paper of Los Angeles
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