How much does it cost to attend the Religious
The price for Congress 2017 was $70 ($80 after the early bird
deadline). There is
a separate registration and pricing to attend Youth Day. .
How do I register
for the Religious Education Congress?
You may register online or by mail. If you
register online, you may pay utilizing a credit card or check (ACH
processing). If you register by mail, you may do so ONLY until March 3,
2018 utilizing a check or money order along with the form found in the
Registration Guidebook. (You may order the Guidebook here, or download the form.)
Be sure to provide an email address to receive your registration
confirmation. Registration and ticket printing will also be available
onsite at the Anaheim Convention Center.
I didn't attend Congress last year, but how do
I get a Registration Guidebook each year?
Only Congress attendees "automatically" are mailed a copy of the
Registration Guidebook for the next Congress event. The complete
Guidebook is available online under the "Guidebook" link. If you missed
attending last year's event or moved since our last Congress and you want
a paper copy, you can order one to be mailed here, or order a
Guidebook from the "Order Guidebook" link on the home page.
How will I receive my Congress tickets?
All Congress tickets will be mailed beginning in January. If
you do not receive your tickets in the mail, please come to the
Registration Area located in the Prefunction Lobby of the Anaheim
Convention Center and we will assist you. For those registering online
or by mail, be sure to provide an email address that that you will receive an email
your registration. After February 29, 2018 tickets will no longer be
mailed. You may use the barcode appearing in your confirmation email to print tickets at Congress. Please bring that email with
you to the Registration Area (or have it available on your phone) to scan and print out your tickets.
If you register and do not receive an emailed barcode confirmation,
please call the Congress Registration Desk at (213) 637-7348.
The Registration Area and Program Pick-up is located in the Prefunction
Lobby and the hours during the Congress weekend are:
Thursday, March 15: 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Friday, March 16: 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
Saturday, March 17: 7:30 am to 2:30 pm
Sunday, March 18: 8:00 am to 11:00 am
May I register over the phone?
Is there a preferred means of registering?
Yes, we encourage you to register online. Online registration provides
two benefits: 1) You can get tickets for the workshops you want to attend
since sold out sessions are shown in real time; and 2) You receive an email confirmation
When is the last day to register by mail?
March 3, 2018 is the last day to mail in a registration form
for Congress 2018. After this date, you may register online (by
credit card) or on site (by cash, check, or credit card).
What is the last day to register for the
Religious Education Congress?
register online until 9:00 a.m. PST Sunday, March 18.
Why do I have to provide my email address
when I register?
By providing an email, you will receive confirmation of all your
workshop selections and other important information. This email confirmation
also provides a link for you to make changes to your workshop selections
if you change your mind or have made a mistake when registering. We
do not share or sell your email address to anyone.
I want to change my workshop selections.
What can I do?
If you provided a valid email address with registration, you received
an email confirmation summary. That email also contains a unique hyperlink
that allows you to return to your registration page. Click that link
to make any changes to your workshop selections or to correct any mistakes
in your registration. However, you may only do so until your name badge/tickets
are printed. Once tickets are printed, you are no longer able to make
I am disabled. May I attend with a helper?
If you need an attendant at Congress, we ask that only one Personal
Care Attendant (PCA) accompany you to workshops and other Congress events.
If an attendant is to accompany you, it is important to mail your registration
and payment – along with your attendant’s registration (no payment necessary)
– in the same envelope with a brief note explaining the circumstance.
It is essential to register by the fee increase date (January 13, 2018).
Distances between the Convention Center and surrounding hotels are quite
lengthy. Though the Convention Center has a free shuttle service to
Convention Center buildings, you may wish to be scheduled for Arena-only
or Hall B-only workshops. You may select the Arena (or Hall B) sessions online,
or please include a note with your mailed in registration card.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your ability to attend
or enjoy RECongress due to handicap access or mobility concerns, please
feel free to contact Rob Williams at
Mobility Team will be available to help with wheelchair transport, special
seating and any access issues within Congress. At Congress you can find
the Mobility Team located just outside Congress Headquarters (AR-1),
in the Arena Lobby area.
NOTE: The Convention Center does not provide wheelchairs. You may contact
Alpha Drugs Pharmacy at either of their two locations in Anaheim: 1240
S. Magnolia, (714) 220-0373; or 515 S. Beach Blvd., (714) 821-8959.
I want to attend the Congress for only one
day. How much will it cost?
The Religious Education Congress has a flat-rate fee, whether
you attend for only one session or stay for all three days. Our
ability to bring in world-class speakers under one roof is something
you cannot find anywhere else. Even if you attend only one session,
Congress is an incredible value. Your registration fee also allows
you entrance to the Keynote and Sunday Morning Addresses, Exhibit
Hall, Liturgies, Sacred Space, entertainment and more!
Can my two boys attend with me for just
Congress is an adult/young adult-ONLY religious education event. If
you must bring your child(ren), they MUST be registered and they
must accompany you at all times. We ask that they be your sole
responsibility so they do not disturb the other delegates. Children
need to pay the full amount even if they are attending only one
workshop. There are no discounts.
Do workshops get cancelled?
We try not to cancel any Congress workshops. If a workshop speaker cannot
attend Congress, we will try to fill the session with a speaker offering
the same or similar topic. There are no new sessions added at Congress.
Can I stand-by for workshops that I did
Yes. A line will form outside each workshop room location for people
that have tickets to attend a different workshop. A few minutes
before the workshop begins, attendees in the stand-by line will be
permitted to enter IF there are seats available in the room. (There
are fire code regulations that prohibit people from standing in the
back without having a seat.) Sometimes you will get in, but
oftentimes you will not. We cannot guarantee that you will get into
your preferred workshop if you were not originally assigned to it.
Why do so many good topics run concurrently?
With over 300 workshops scheduled over 8 periods, averaging 35 sessions
per period, all packed into three days – it's no wonder workshop topics
run in conflict. We do plan out topics to try to spread them out evenly.
Also, check which workshops are recorded – attend the ones that are
not recorded and you can then pick up audio CDs (or download MP3s) for
the sessions that have time conflicts.
I don't have a hotel reservation and the
list on the website indicates many hotels as "Sold Out." What am I supposed to do?
You must ask for the "Religious Education Congress" rate at the hotels.
However, many of the hotels contracted by Congress sell out of these
room blocks. Though there are only a certain number of rooms contracted
at the "Congress rate" and the hotels may sell out of these rooms, you
can check to see if there are still rooms available at regular rates.
Why don't you book more hotels?
We book the maximum allowed number of rooms at each hotel. A "Congress"
room rate is agreed to at the time we sign the contract. Congress guarantees
that the room block at each hotel will be met or faces penalties.
How much does it cost to attend Youth Day?
Youth Day has a separate registration and fee from the adult
Congress days. The registration fee for Youth Day 2017 was $30
($35 after the early bird deadline).
May I exchange Youth Day name badges?
No, once name badges have been printed, they cannot be
You may, however, substitute people. For example, if a youth or
chaperone is unavailable at the last minute, you may replace them
with a youth or adult respectively by using the same name badge
and just updating the name with pen, marker or label.
When will I get my Youth Day name badges?
Youth Day packets (name badges and information brochure)
will be mailed beginning in January. All Youth Day name
badges will be printed and mailed by March 6, 2018. If you do
not receive your mailed packet, check your email for a
confirmation of your registration. Print out the email and bring
it with you to the Congress Registration Area.
Why does the fee increase after a certain
Processing late registrations is more expensive for us and
requires us to allocate additional resources to dealing with
registration issues. The increased fee helps us cover these
additional costs. Also, workshops sell out to the great
disappointment of many of our attendees. We find that raising
the price encourages many people to sign up early, which results
in people receiving their first-choice workshops.
What is required now
of Youth Day Chaperones?
All adults attending Youth Day as group
Chaperones MUST be compliant with Safe
Environment policies and procedures
(fingerprinting/background checks, etc.)
including compliance with required Safe
Environment Adult Training. The Contact Person
must be able to produce records indicating
completion of these awareness sessions should
he/she be asked. This year, the registration
process requires that each adult be compliant.
If mailing in, please check the “Compliant” box
under Chaperone. The "Adult" and "Compliant"
boxes must be checked or the registration and
check will be returned. If registering online,
please check the "Compliant" boxes for both
Chaperones and adults. (This would not apply to
parents bringing their own children.)
Can I register via the internet?
Yes. In fact, we encourage you to do so. Go to
www.recongress.org and select the Register
button. Online registrations have two benefits: 1) You avoid postal
delays or lost mail and can receive a confirmation immediately; and
2) You can see which workshops are sold out and select the alternative
workshop that you wish to attend.
What are the Arena and Hall B workshops?
The Arena is the largest venue at the
Anaheim Convention Center. We try to place our most popular speakers
and those workshops which we anticipate will draw the largest crowds
in the Arena since it is large enough to accommodate everyone who
wishes to attend. There is an Arena workshop in each period.
Online, if you select the "Arena Only" button, you are choosing
to attend all the events that take place in the Arena. Hall B is
another very large venue for our Spanish-language workshops.
I do not see where to select my workshops.
The third page of the online registration process is the Workshop
Selection page. Here you can choose the workshops you wish to attend.
If you select the Arena or Hall B buttons, you are choosing to attend
the specific workshops that are being held in those respective venues.
If you wish to attend anything other than the preselected workshops
in the Arena or Hall B, you must SCROLL DOWN on the page and there
you will see where you can select your workshops for each period.
I’m on the Workshop Selection page,
but I only see two buttons that say Arena and Hall B. Where can
I select my workshops?
The two buttons labeled Arena and Hall B offer you a quick way
to select all the workshops that will take place in those respective
venues. These are preselected workshops and you should review these
to make certain these are the workshops you wish to attend. Most
people do NOT wish to attend only Arena or Hall B workshops and
want to customize their selections. If you wish to select individual
workshops other than those in the Arena or Hall B, you must SCROLL
DOWN on the page and there you will see where you can select your
workshops for each period.
I misunderstood the Arena Only option.
Can I fix it?
Yes, you can return to your registration at any point before
tickets are printed and make changes to your choices, as long as
space is still available for the session you desire. Please log
in again and edit your changes. Any changes to your registration (email
address, mailing address, workshop sessions, etc.) will not
affect your payment.
I’m trying to register online, but the
system won’t let me past the Workshop Selection page. What’s going
You are either trying to select a workshop that is sold out,
or you have left a workshop selection blank. You MUST select something
for each workshop. If you do NOT wish to attend a workshop during
a given session, please select “I do not wish to attend a workshop
in Period x” for that time period. Also, the workshops that are
SOLD OUT are listed underneath the drop-down menu for each session.
Review the list and make certain that you ARE NOT choosing one
of the sold out workshops.
I’m on the Workshop Selection page and
it says all the workshops are SOLD OUT.
No they are not. The closer you register to the actual event
date, the more workshops will be sold out. At first glance it may appear that ALL the workshops are
sold out. But they are not all sold out. First of all, we will never
sell out of seats for Arena or Hall B workshops. Second, if you
review the list carefully, you will notice that it lists the workshops
that are sold out. You must then click on the down-arrow in the
selection box to pull up a list of ALL the workshops. Now you must
select a workshop that does NOT appear in the list of sold out workshops
It is advisable to review the workshops
that are sold out prior to beginning the registration process. You
can go to
www.RECongress.org, then select Updates
from the left-side navigation menu, then select
Doing so will allow you to give careful thought to other workshops
you may wish to attend if your first choice is sold out.
I completed my online registration,
but now I got an email that states, “Your online registration is incomplete.”
What does this mean?
If you started to register online, but had to stop for whatever
reason or had computer problems and had to start over, the registration
system thinks you are another person making a completely separate
registration. As long as you have a confirmation email saying that
your registration is complete and your payment was processed, you
may ignore any emails that say your registration is incomplete.
If this is not the case, please go online to secure your
Where are the second- and third-choice
We no longer need second and third choices for online registration.
A benefit of our online registration system is that you are able
to view all the available workshops, and for any session you choose,
you will instantly receive a ticket. Mail-in registration cards
still require second and third choices in case a workshop is filled.
Can I be sure I got into the workshops
Our online registration system is "live"! You can only select
available workshops. Generally speaking, the first 5,000 registrants
receive their "first choices."
What forms of payment do you accept?
If you mail your registration, you can send a
check or money order made out to Religious Education
Congress. If you register online, you can pay by check,
credit card or debit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard,
American Express, and Discover.
Can I pay by check if I register
Yes! We are now able to accept check payments with
online registrations. Register online as you normally would
and choose the "ACH payment" option when it comes time to
pay. You will be asked to provide the bank routing number
and account number found on the bottom of the check.
My check was cashed, but I received
a notice that I owe $10 more. Why is this?
The cost to attend Religious Education Congress was $70
by January 13, 2017. Any mailed registrations
POSTMARKED after that date will be processed at $80. Simply
including a check or money order that is dated prior will not suffice.
Why does the fee increase after
a certain date?
Processing late registrations is more expensive
for us and requires us to allocate additional resources to
dealing with registration issues. The increased fee helps us
cover these additional costs. Also, workshops sell out to
the great disappointment of many of our attendees. We find
that raising the price encourages many people to sign up
early, which results in people receiving their first-choice
Will I get tickets for the Religious Education
Congress in the mail?
Maybe. If you registered online prior to the date we print our tickets,
you will receive tickets in the mail. If you register after that date,
you will need to take your email confirmation (that includes your
bar code to print tickets) to the Bar Code Scan line at the Religious Education Congress.
When will I get tickets for the Religious
Education Congress in the mail?
We will begin mailing tickets in January. HOWEVER, we utilize an
outside company that prints our tickets in batches, so not everyone
will get their tickets at the same time. Even a husband and wife that
registered together may not get their tickets at the same time. Please
be patient. If you registered online, you can return to your registration
and it will inform you when your tickets are printed and mailed. Allow
up to two weeks for the Post Office to deliver your tickets.
It is past the date when you were supposed
to start mailing tickets and I have not received mine. What should I
Again, we start mailing tickets in January, but our contractor does
not mail them all at the same time. You may check your online registration
for the latest information on when and where your tickets were mailed.
OK. I’ve been patient. It’s now two weeks
before Congress and my tickets have still not arrived. What now?
If your tickets have still not arrived a couple of weeks before
the start of the Religious Education Congress, please email our office
to see if perhaps your tickets were returned by the Post Office. Sometimes
we do not have your correct address and the Post Office is unable to
deliver your tickets. If they have been returned to our office, we can
mail them back to you.
However, if the tickets were lost in the mail,
you will have to bring your email confirmation and a form of ID to the
Existing Ticket Holders line in the registration area at Congress and
we will reprint your tickets for you.
Will I be charged the $30 reprint fee if
I did not receive my tickets in the mail?
I have tickets, but now I'm not able to
attend. Can I get a refund?
Refunds are available (minus a $30 processing fee) only until
January 6, 2018. After that date, there are no refunds. However, you may pass
along your tickets to someone else who might like to attend Congress.
(Note: Until tickets have been printed, you can pull up your account
online and change the name appearing on the badge.)
My name is misspelled. Can it be fixed?
Unfortunately we cannot correct errors on name badges once they have
been printed. However, you may
make the correction using a permanent marker or label.
Is Continuing Education credit available for
Yes, Continuing Education Units (CEU) are available for attending Congress
workshops and keynotes through Loyola Marymount University. Fees,
information and a form appears in the Registration Guidebook. You can also
contact Loyola Marymount's Continuing Education Division at (310) 338-1971.
How do I get updated information prior to Congress?
Keep checking our website. Our Updates page includes up-to-date information.
Also, be sure to Sign Up for our monthly Congress Emailing (archived
here), which provides information and updates.
How can I purchase a video of Congress Arena
You can find most every Congress Arena workshop and liturgy -- along with
highlights and interviews -- on our RECongress Channel on YouTube at www.youtube.com/RECongress.
And it's all available for free. Also, check the information about
Do you still need volunteers?
Congress literally 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, check our
We have need for English-speaking, Spanish-speaking and bilingual volunteers.
Volunteer positions include "MC" (introducing the speaker), Chairperson
(coordinator) and Assistants (ticket takers) as well as opportunities in
the Congress Choir and as an Extraordinary Minister of the Cup in the Arena.
If we arrive earlier in the week
or stay later, what is there to do?
The Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau (located on-site
at the Anaheim Convention Center) produces the Anaheim/Orange County Official
Visitor Guide -- order online at
write them at 800 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA 92802-3415, dial (714) 765-8888,
or fax (714) 991-8963. Their website also offers additional visitor information.
Are there any discounts available
to local theme parks?
Check our Congress Updates page for a limited time offer on advance
purchase of specially priced one-day, multi-day and convention rate tickets
for Disneyland and Disney California Adventure themes parks. This offer
is only available online before Congress and not at Congress.
Is there available Wi-Fi at the
Anaheim Convention Center?
The Anaheim Convention Center offers free Wi-Fi (256K download / 128K
upload) throughout the center. To access the free Wi-Fi service inside
the Anaheim Convention Center: 1) Go to the location on your smart phone
or computer where you connect to Wi-Fi services; 2) Click on "Anaheim
Free Wi-Fi" in the list of connection choices; 3) Click on the "Continue
to Free Internet" button.
You can find access information
addition higher band options through Smart City at (714) 765-8600 or
Need more information?
Email is the best way to contact us. You may email the Religious Education
Congress office at
email@example.com. Please provide as
much information as you can so that we may help you quickly and efficiently.
You may also call the Congress Office at (213) 637-7346 or (213)