By Maria Torres
"AWAKEN HOPE - SHOUT JUBILEE" is the theme of this
year's Religious Education Congress in April and it's an
event people can find out more about via the Internet.
"Our web site offers an overall view of Congress
2000," said Adrian Whitaker, Congress coordinator in the
archdiocesan Office of Religious Education. "Having this
information on-line is an added convenience for all of
our delegates, for anyone interested in finding out more
Launched in 1996, the web site is located at http://congress.la
archdiocese.org [later to become www.RECongress.org].
Designed by Chris Krause, consultant for the Religious
Education Congress, the site features descriptions,
photos and stories of past congresses; a detailed
listing of dates, times, speakers, workshop topics and
other information for Congress 2000; and a variety of
links to related Internet sites.
A newly added feature on the site allows secure
on-line registration for Congress 2000 with the use of a
major credit card.
"We used to get a lot of calls from people asking
what Congress is all about or from others who wanted to
know how to register," said Whitaker. "This web site can
answer all their questions and save a lot of time for
Dubbed the "nation's largest gathering of Roman
Catholics" drawing as many as 37,000 people -- the
annual Religious Education Congress is open to all
interested in learning more about the Catholic faith,
growing in their ministry or enriching their
spirituality. Congress 2000 will be held at the Anaheim
Convention Center April 7-9, preceded by "Youth Day" on
Sponsored by the Office of Religious Education,
Congress 2000 will offer more than 200 workshops
(including English, Spanish and Vietnamese), addressing
subjects ranging from Jubilee themes to liturgical
topics to the Catholic pro-life movement. Daily
liturgies and Saturday and Sun day morning keynote talks
with also be presented.
In addition, Congress 2000 will present more than 200
exhibit booths, featuring music, religious art,
publishing houses, educational institutions and numerous
others. Free lunchtime are evening entertainment will
highlight a variety of music styles, from Caribbean to
The registration fees for Congress 2000 are $50 per
person through Feb. 20 or $60 thereafter. The
registration cost covers admission to all workshops,
exhibits, concerts and liturgies.
For additional information, to order Congress 2000
Registration Guidebooks, or for on-line registration, go
to http://recongress.org. Information is also available
by calling (213) 637-7346.
Copyright 2000 The
Tidings -- February 4, 2000
photo by Maria Torres