The early years of the Los Angeles
Religious Education Congress
1962 – At a planning meeting for the seventh CCD Institute are (from left) Timothy Brunet, 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 removed in some of the hotel rooms at the LAX-area International Airport Hotel to make space for speakers and catechists. Note the mirror still on the wall behind the screen and chalkboard. 1970 – The annual Confraternity of Catholic Doctrine Congress moves to the Anaheim Convention Center. Prior to the event, 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 that invited all participants of the weekend to share and celebrate.
1979 – Los Angeles Cardinal Timothy Manning meets with students on Youth Day. Thursday of Congress is dedicated to high school students and 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." 1986 – Cardinal Roger Mahony greets youth in the Arena lobby at Youth Day 1986, with the theme, "The Word is in Your Heart."
Copyrighted photos courtesy of The Tidings, Archdiocesan paper of Los Angeles
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