Held at the Anaheim Convention Center, 800 West Katella Ave., Anaheim, Calif. (just across from Disneyland)
WHAT IS CONGRESS?
Nation's Largest – The Religious Education Congress, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Office of Religious Education, is the nation's largest annual gathering of Roman Catholics!
With over 39,000 in Attendance (See Congress 2012 registration statistics) – Our last Religious Education Congress, held in March 2012, brought together over 39,000 over the four-day weekend! We had 21,626 registered from across the country and as far away as the U,K. and Australia. Attendance at Youth Day 2012 was 14,773!
Variety of Topics – Over the three days, Congress 2012 offered 305 workshops presented by over 193 speakers (See our list Congress 2012 Speakers). Topics range from personal growth to music to spiritual topics – in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.
Representing Many Cultures – Congress annually offers a number of liturgies of different character. Congress 2012 offered 18 Eucharistic Liturgies of different character, including African American, Byzantine, Celtic, Contemplative, Indonesian, Jazz, Nigerian, Spanish, Spanish, Vietnamese, Young Adult – as well as evening prayer and a Taize service.
Free Exhibits (open to Registrants only) – Congress 2012 showcased 477 booths housing over 200 companies as exhibitors – ranging from religious art to music, and from publishing houses to educational institutions, in addition to our own represented Archdiocesan ministries. (See our 2012 Exhibitor Listing.)
Free Entertainment for Registrants – Admission to Congress includes both free lunchtime and evening concerts – ranging from contemporary Christian music to the leading Latino composers and artists. Congress 2012 featured John Angotti, Steve Angrisano, Meredith Augustin, John Bell, John Burland, Andrew Chinn, Gary Daigle, Santiago Fernández, The Jacob & Matthew Band, Peter Kolar & The Holy Cross Marimba Ensemble, Michael Mangan, Rafael Moreno, Donna Peña, Donna Peña, Danielle Rose and Pedro Rubalcava – along with our Art Exhibit, our evening Film Showcase, Sacred Space, our annual Young Adult Dance and Social and much more!
ABOUT THE RECONGRESS:
• REVIEWS Index -- See what's been written about Congress!
• Milestones of the Religious Education Congress • CCD / RECongress history in pictures • Congress Themes (1956-present) • "The past history of the Religious Education Congress" • "The early days: 'A certain spirit' " • "A look back at 30 years of Congress" • The CCD: History in the Making
WHO MAY ATTEND?
The 3-day Religious Education Congress is open to all who wish to learn more about the Catholic faith or seek personal growth.
Dates for RECongress 2012 will be:
March 22, 2012 (Youth Day)
March 23-25, 2012 (Congress)
The registration fee covers admission to all three days of workshops (tickets are required), exhibits, concerts and liturgies. The fee for Congress 2013 is $65 ($75 after the early price deadline).If you would like information about RECongress, please contact us. Be sure to provide your name and complete mailing address:
Online: Get the Registration Guidebook By e-mail: email@example.com By phone: Call (213) 637-7348 By mail: Religious Education Congress
Office of Religious Education
3424 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90010
Congress could not function without the hundreds of volunteers who give of their time. If you have attended Congress in the past and would like to find out more about becoming a volunteer for our next Religious Education Congress, please consider this your "personal invitation." See our Volunteer Information.
The Los Angeles Religious Education Congress continues to grow with each passing year. At Congress 2012, over 39,000 delegates attended. It remains the largest annual catechetical and liturgical gathering in the world; and it happens every year in Anaheim.
Here in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, liturgy is celebrated every Sunday in no fewer than 40 different languages. Living in the gift, promise and spirit of the Second Vatican Council, the L.A. Religious Education Congress liturgies have grown as they have embraced this wonderfully diverse church. Without exaggeration, complimentary reports and reviews come from six of the world’s seven continents. From Gregorian chant to gospel choirs; from Aztec dancers to Vietnamese and African drummers; we’ve worked diligently to inculturate the liturgy to accurately and authentically reflect the church of Los Angeles.
The combined talents of nearly 275 musicians comprise the group that provide the music for the final liturgies on Sunday at Congress. Over 19,000 people attend these liturgies. Prior to 1991, the "band" consisted of piano, one percussionist, one guitar, electric bass and a synthesizer. The choir was 16 voices. Over the years, both the choir and band have grown considerably in depth and membership. Today's Congress Band/Orchestra consists of approximately 40 instrumentalists and last year's choir was the largest with over 200 members from six dioceses. Last year, we had nearly 30 students from 6 different colleges and universities singing with us. We’re working hard to include as many talented people as possible in this experience.
Congress Liturgy Committee
Thursday, February 21, 2013
WHAT IS YOUTH DAY?
Youth Day is held annually on the Thursday as an opening to our Congress weekend. High school students from many different backgrounds from throughout the Archdiocese – and beyond – come together to participate in morning and afternoon workshops, culminating in a Youth Rally.
WHO CAN ATTEND?
Youth Day is designed for all students from public and Catholic schools, grades 9 through 12. NOTE: Students below the 9th grade are not allowed to participate in this event and will be refused admission.
See the Youth Day page
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