You're not alone. It's true: There are
many who look forward to Congress, and when it's
over they feel a a little "postpartum"
depression. So, here's a little "Congress fix"
to help ease the suffering! On our Congress site
you'll find updated photos from Youth Day, links
to recorded workshops, take our online Congress
survey, see the transcripts from the Cardinal's
online chat sessions, new video segments, and
This will be our last Emailing until
September when we will announce Congress 2009.
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DATES FOR CONGRESS 2009
Our (tentative) dates for the 2009 Los
Angeles Religious Education Congress are:
• February 26, 2009
• February 27 - March 1, 2009
Congress is held at the Anaheim Convention
Center, located at 800 West Katella Ave. in
Anaheim, Calif. (just across from Disneyland
and Disney’s California Adventure).
We invite those of you
who attended Congress 2008
to tell us about your
thought and effort has gone
into planning Congress 2008.
Please tell us how effective
our efforts have been by
completing our new online
evaluation form. We’d like
to hear from you, especially
if you would rate any event
as “excellent” or “poor.”
Please let us know the
reasons for your evaluation
at the end of the survey in
the “Comments” section.
A number of our Congress
workshops were recorded
by CSC Digital Media, and
are available on Audio CDs
and cassette tapes.
If you didn't get a chance
to order any
recordings during Congress,
you can still order online
Also, from that page you can
order recordings from past
years as well.
John O’Donohue, Irish author, poet and a
Congress speaker at Congress, died suddenly
January 3 at age 53 while vacationing in France.
The author of “Anam Cara,” a best-seller
published in England in 1997 and later in the
United States, O’Donohue also authored “Eternal
Echoes,” “Beauty, The Invisible Embrace” and
most recently “Benedictus: A Book of Blessings”
in addition to two books of poetry.
From 1999 to 2006, O’Donohue was an annual
presenter at the Los Angeles Religious Education
Congress. He was scheduled to present two
workshops at Congress this year. CSC Digital
Media has collected all his Congress talks and
is offering a set of presentations either on
Audio CD or Cassette, which includes:
2000 - Toward a Poetics of Hope
2003 - Now is the Time for Each of Us to Light
the Candle of Hope
2003 - Toward a Poetics of Dreaming
2004 - Beauty is God
2004 - Love is the Only Antidote to Fear
2005 - The Rhythm of God: Toward a Poetics of
2005 - Toward a Portrait of Mary: The Feminine
and the Divine Imagination
2006 - As you Enter Into Freedom, Possibility
Comes to Meet You
2006 - In the Shadow of the Angels: Meister
Eckhart’s Theory of Angelic Presence
Youth Day photos are now online on
the RECongress Web site. Find the Photos
link off our Home Page. And check back often
for more photos of Congress as we build our
treasure of Congress 2008 photos.
CARDINAL CHAT TRANSCRIPTS
On Friday morning at Congress,
Cardinal Roger Mahony conducted two
online chat sessions from the Technology
Innovation Center in the Exhibit Hall.
First, in a private chat with 12
seventh- and eighth-grade students from
Sacred Heart School in Covina, Calif.
Then the Cardinal switched to an open,
nationwide chat, hosted by ChurchWerks
and moderated by Ellie Hidalgo of The
Tidings. This was the Cardinal's 12th
annual chat from Congress, and only his
third on-site with a school.
See the transcript from the Cardinal's
student chat at
Left something behind at
Congress? Each year after
our Religious Education Congress
event there are a great many
unclaimed items -- glasses,
bags, books, jackets -- that end
up in our Lost and Found.
Please contact the Congress
Office with what you seem to be
missing, and we'll see if it's
among our Lost and Found items.
You can find contact information
online on our
Lost and Found page.
On Youth Day,
students could ask
the Cardinal some personal
questions -- via
recorded his answers
on Friday at
put it all together
-- and more. Some of
the questions posed:
* What is a
Cardinal? What is
the hardest part of
being a Cardinal?
* Were you
religious in high
* How do you deal
with the vow of
* Why can't women
These questions and
others appear on the
2008 Los Angeles
Off the Community
Home Page you can
listen to a special
message from Sr.
hear what others
thought were the
best parts of this
year's event or post
your own comments,
view a Tech Center
"Ministry Minute" or
download some of
music -- and much,
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