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Mar. 17 (Youth Day) & Mar. 18-20, 2011
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The 2011 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress
March 17, 2011
March 18-20, 2011
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
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The fee for Youth Day is $20
per person. The fee for Congress, with separate registration
fee, is $60 per person. Rates
are scheduled to increase after February 4, 2011.
You can register for Youth Day and Congress days
online by credit card. For those paying by check,
you can use the forms in the Registration Guidebook.
The Guidebook contains all workshop and speaker
descriptions and one Youth Day form and two
individual Congress Registration Forms per book.
If you need a Guidebook, you can view one or order
See the Guidebook
Theme: Godbook: Everyone Invited
March 17, 2011
The first Youth Rally was held 40 years ago, in 1971,
at the Anaheim Convention Center. The half day for
students set the pattern for what has become Youth
Day, which now annually attracts over 15,000 on the
Thursday of the Congress event.
Know anyone who would like to take part in the day? We are looking
for MCs, Singers, Musicians and other interested
youth to be part of the activities in Anaheim. We
would also love to have adults volunteer for our
day. Those interested must be over 21 and NOT
planning to chaperone a parish or school group. You
can download registration forms and get much more
information online at www.RECongress.org/YD.
Youth, Be a Part of Youth Day
Arena Choir -
To find out about becoming a singer or
instrumentalist for the Arena Choir, download the YD
Deadline is January 4, 2011.
Grand Ballroom Choir -
To find out about being part of the the Grand
sponsored by the Santa Barbara Region,
contact Daryl Hitt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline is January 4, 2011.
YD MCs -
Young people who would like to be MCs for Youth Day, with duties to introduce speakers
and more, can download the
YD MC flyer. (Deadline is February
Adults, Be a Part of Youth Day
- Adults who are
NOT chaperones can find out about volunteer
opportunities by downloading the
YD Volunteer form. (The deadline is February 15,
Go to RECongress.org/YD
REGISTER AND GET YOUR FIRST CHOICES
Want to "guarantee" getting your first choices of Congress workshops? Register now. Workshops are not actually assigned to a room location until 5,000
or more are registered. At that point, we run a projection of attendance and assign the most popular workshops to the Arena and the larger rooms. So, generally speaking, the first 5,000 registrants are "guaranteed" their first choices.
Make sure you're among those first 5,000 by registering
now. When you register online you will receive immediate email confirmation of your payment (only if you supply an email address). And once your workshop registration has been processed (usually within a week or two of submission), you will receive an email confirmation with your RECongress Registration number. This is a benefit of online registration; mailed-in registrations do not receive email confirmations. (Tickets will be mailed out beginning
February 10, 2011.)
To register online: First, choose your workshops (either from the Guidebook or our online page listing found at www.RECongress.org/2011nav.htm); then pay by credit card; and
then indicate your
ticket mailing address
and your workshop choices.
Register for RECongress now
Fr. Greg Boyle
appeared on the "Dr. Phil" TV show. The December 15,
2010 episode was entitled "Troubled Teens
Turnaround: Futures, Not Funerals."
"We get about
15,000 folks who walk through our doors every year,
gang members trying to redirect their lives," says
Fr. Greg Boyle. "They might come for tattoo removal
and discover that we can locate a job for them or
maybe they need counseling. ... In Los Angeles
County, we have 1,100 gangs and 86,000 gang members.
I buried my first young person in 1988. I buried my
170th this morning."
Watch the entire episode from the show's link online
on our Updates page.
features 193 speakers presenting 308 workshops.
These are the RECongress workshops listed under the
Restorative Justice category:
Rev. Gregory Boyle
Friday, March 18, 2011 - 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Period 2 - Session 2-04*
"Who Would Jesus
Hire? Creating a Movement to Welcome the Outcast,
the Gang Member and the Felon"
Friday, March 18, 2011 - 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Period 3 - Session 3-15*
"Restorative Justice: A New Paradigm for Social
Saturday, March 19, 2011 - 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Period 5 - Session 5-13*
"The Journey of Forgiveness: Destination Peace"
March 19, 2011 - 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Period 5 - Session 5-17*
"Amazing Grace: A
Story of Survival, Faith and Hope on America's Death
Find the complete listing of
all topics for this year
on our Web site.
Congress 2011 Speakers Topics Page
CONGRESS ENTERTAINMENT SPOTLIGHT
Sunday Lunchtime Entertainment
Sunday, March 20 -
11:45 am - 12:30 pm
Convention Center Arena
John Angotti and Danielle Rose
Join John Angotti and Danielle Rose as they bring
you into a place of trust in song. Their blend of
rhythms and sound will encapsulate your heart and
fill you with energy for the rest of Congress.
John Angotti is a full-time music missionary who travels the world providing concerts, workshops, retreats, missions, conferences, and worship. Originally from Clarksburg, W.V., he now resides in Memphis, Tenn., with his wife and two children. He is a graduate of West Virginia University, and the U.S. Military School of Music, where he was a member of the U.S. Navy Band as lead vocalist. With the style and likes of Billy Joel and Elton John, John Angotti delivers a dynamic blend of contemporary styles and meaningful lyrics, leading him to be granted awards for "Male Vocalist of the Year," "Pop/Contemporary," and "Praise and Worship Album of the Year." His writing style includes contemporary rock, pop, and Latin rhythms. In July 2008, John was a featured performer in Sydney, Australia for World Youth Day. He released a new Christmas album in the fall of 2009 titled Welcome Home for Christmas. His latest album, titled Extraordinary Love, was released in early 2010. He has nine recordings to date through World Library Publications.
Danielle Rose is a 2002 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where she received bachelor degrees in music and theology. Her debut album, Defining Beauty, was released in 2001 by World Library Publications. After graduating from Notre Dame, Danielle Rose began traveling the globe as a music missionary, ministering from World Youth Day in Toronto to her hometown of Duluth, Minn. In 2004, Danielle received the personal blessing of Pope John Paul II when she presented him with her second album, Mysteries, a collection of meditations upon the 20 Mysteries of the Rosary. She received a Unity Award from the United Catholic Music and Video Association as Female Vocalist of the Year in 2005. One year later she recorded her third album, I Thirst, a musical tribute to the life and work of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. In August 2007, Danielle recorded her fourth album, Pursue Me, which describes the journey of accepting the call to discernment.
Congress 2011 Speakers Topics Page
CONVENTION CENTER AWARDED FOR
The Anaheim Convention Center has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED
is the rating system for designing, constructing and
operating green, energy efficient buildings. The
Convention Center's initiatives have included an
intensive recycling program, water-saving plumbing
fixtures and a solar energy system.
Did you know...
The Anaheim Convention Center is the largest on the West Coast.
The facility opened in July of 1967, and since that
time has experienced five major expansions.
1.6 million square feet
Size: 53 total acres
Space: 813,000 square feet of exhibit space
Arena: 8,000 seats
Meeting rooms: 51
See our Congress Updates Page
Would you like to volunteer at Congress? Congress could not function without the hundreds of volunteers who give of their time. If you have attended the Religious Education Congress in the past and would like to find out more about becoming a Congress volunteer this year, please consider this your "personal invitation."
We have a need for volunteers at Youth Day and for English volunteers at Congress workshops and as Eucharistic Ministers for the two Closing Arena Liturgies. Volunteer positions include Assistants (ticket takers), Chairperson (coordinator) and Master of Ceremonies "MC" (to introduce the speakers).
Volunteers must be available to work FOUR workshop sessions. All volunteers must arrive 20-30 minutes prior to their assigned workshop and stay for the entire length of the session.
A Congress Volunteer meeting will be held on February 22, 2011. For those
interested, additional information and contact information can be found on
the Congress Web site.
See Our Volunteer Page
This year we
have contracted with 28 hotels nearby the Anaheim
Convention Center to offer special rates for attendees. Find a hotel
for Congress using our online 2011 Hotel page and our Interactive
Hotel Map! We suggest making hotel reservations as soon as possible.
When making reservations, be sure to ask for the
Religious Education Congress rate.
BRING YOUR OLD CELL PHONE TO CONGRESS
Last year we witnessed two of the largest natural disasters in recent memory in Haiti and Pakistan. And through the generous participation of Congress 2010 attendees in our Cell Phone Recycling Initiative, we have been able to donate $1,800 to Catholic Relief Services’ emergency assistance to Haiti. Again this year we are partnering with GetGreenToGetGreen.com to collect phones to benefit Haiti and Pakistan.
Bring your old cell phones — working or not — with you to Congress. More than 130 million cell phones are thrown away every year. Don’t throw away electronics that should be recycled. Do your part to recycle your old cell phone — and help us help Haiti and Pakistan in the process.
RECongress Spotlight Page
FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIANS
Grocery Company, a major supermarket chain in the Southern
California area, supports schools, churches and other
non-profit organizations with annual contributions.
The Los Angeles Religious Education Congress is a member
of Ralphs Community Contributions Program. Simply by
using your Ralphs rewardss Card
a portion of eligible purchases are contributed to the
RECongress. (Note: This is an annual program that must
be renewed each year. The current term is September
1, 2010 through August 31, 2011.)
Even if you were part of this program last year, you will need to
update your account again this year. We encourage all
Ralphs shoppers to sign up for the free Ralphs rewards
Card and register their card with the Community Contributions
Program. It’s easy! Every time you shop for groceries
and scan your card at Ralphs, RECongress will automatically
earn up to 5% of all eligible purchases per enrolled
card. Sign up now! It’s never been easier to contribute
to the RECongress.
Organization Name:: Archdiocese of Los
Angeles - Religious Education
Address: 3424 Wilshire Blvd., 3rd Floor,
Los Angeles, CA
Organization Number: 90658
step-by-step instructions and information online.
RECongress Ralphs Program
You can find all Congress information and updates online.
We have begun to add our Exhibitors list for Congress
2011 and are constantly
updating on our Congress 2011 Updates page. Check our site
for updates and announcements.
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