- Fees increase
- Last day for refunds
- Congress & Youth Day ticket mailing begins
- Last day to mail in Congress registrations
- Last day we mail out-of-state tickets
- Last day we mail in-state tickets
- Online registration ends
Mar. 22 (Youth Day) & Mar. 23-25, 2012
"Voice Infusing Life" /
"Voz que Infunde Vida"
So. Cal-ers Only
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Tickets begin mailing this week!
Our Los Angeles Religious Education
Congress is next month! Tickets are
starting to be printed this week.
Why the "delay" if you registered
long ago? Did you know that we
actually collect about 6,000
registrations before projections are
made. It is only then that it is determined
which will be the most popular
speakers and they are assigned to
the largest capacity rooms. That way
more people get to see their first
Our RECongress Emailings highlight
some of the events going on at
Congress 2012 — including added
events and a spotlight on some of
the speakers and musical artists
coming to Congress.
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for our next Los Angeles Religious Education Congress
• March 22, 2012
• March 23-25, 2012
Congress is held at the Anaheim Convention Center, located
at 800 West Katella Ave. in Anaheim, Calif. (just
south from Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure).
See a Yahoo Map
The registration fee for Congress is $70 ($60 until
Youth Day registration has closed.
The Registration Guidebook contains all workshop and
speaker descriptions, entertainment and liturgy options,
and all events during Congress. You can view the
Guidebook online, download it and
all paper free!
Order a Guidebook
sure to see the new RECongress
2012 video, with a welcome by Sr.
Edith Prendergast, Director of
Religious Education, and Ernesto
Vega, Coordinator of Hispanic
Ministries. Featuring highlights
from Congress, the video also
invites you to "Accept the Challenge"
and share your own experience of
Congress with others.
the 'Accept the Challenge' site you can find:
Take the Challenge - Sign up for the contest
Voice Infusing Life - Watch the video
Shout Out! - Post on Facebook and Twitter
Viva Voices! - An update blog and RSS Feed
"Accept the Challenge" Contest
The Happiest Place On Earth
"The first time
I went to the Los Angeles Religious Education
Congress seven years ago, I was amazed.
"Of course I had heard stories about "Congress"
from friends who had been attending for many
years, friends who encouraged me to come, and
friends who couldn't stop talking about it, but
I couldn't imagine what all the fuss was about.
What was so special about a convention?
"Well, that question was answered as soon as I
stepped onto the grounds of the Convention
Center in Anaheim and was surrounded by tens of
thousands of active, thoughtful and happy
Catholics. I don't think I've ever felt so
hopeful about the church as I have, and do, at
"Well, first of all, you meet the most amazing
people doing the most amazing things in the
church, from across the country--directors of
religious education, pastoral associates,
priests and religious, music ministers, and on
and on. It fills you with hope about the future
of the church. When you come to Congress it's
hard no to think, even in the midst of
difficulties, "The church is in good hands!" You
can feel the Spirit alive here. ..."
Read all about Fr. Martin's Congress experiences on the "Viva
Voices" Blog, and share your own!
See the 'Viva Voices' Blog
We had only made it to the date of the price change
this year (February 4th), when we reached
capacity for Youth Day. We are now starting to print
and mail packets with name badges. Remember: There
are no tickets this year. Your name badge is your
entry to the Arena and to your workshop.
YD Trading Items
Many groups have been asking about starting a
tradition of creating “Trading Items” for Youth Day.
This would be based on a similar trend that happens
at the National Catholic Youth Conference, where
different dioceses bring little items that represent
their city or area of the country to trade with
other people. We are hoping that parishes and
schools will think of small, fun items that
represent them to bring to Youth Day and trade with
others. It’s a fun way to enhance the interaction
See the 2012 Youth Day Page
REV. DR. RICHARD GAILLARDETZ
Richard Gaillardetz is the Joseph McCarthy Professor
of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College.
He previously served as Professor of Catholic
Studies at the University of Toledo, Ohio, and as
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at the
Graduate School of Theology at the University of St.
Thomas in Houston, Texas. Gaillardetz is a popular
public speaker and has published numerous articles
and eight books including, “Keys to the Council,”
co-authored with Catherine Clifford.
March 23, 2012
10:00 - 11:30 am — Session 1-13
"Behind the Scenes at Vatican II: The Council that
This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the
opening of Vatican II. Many are familiar with the
Council’s key reforms and basic teachings, but not
many appreciate how close Vatican II came to being a
complete disaster. This workshop will tell the
behind-the-scenes story of the key factors and
events that forestalled disaster and profoundly
reshaped our Church.
March 23, 2012
3:00 - 4:30 pm — Session 3-09
"Four Paths to Wisdom in the Christian Tradition"(*)
Any authentic spirituality today will have to
acknowledge the challenges raised by individualism,
technology and pluralism. This workshop will briefly
consider those cultural challenges and then map out
four “paths to wisdom” drawn from Scripture,
literature and contemporary theological insights.
Asterisks (*) indicate a recorded session.
the RECongress 2012 Speakers Page
CONGRESS REGISTRATION STATS
Did you know that Congress not only attracts
attendees from across the country, it also welcomes
people from around the world! At last year's Los
Angeles Religious Education Congress we had 564 from
outside of the United States — including Argentina,
Australia, Burundi, Canada, England, France,
Ireland, Mexico, Namibia, New Zealand, Northern
Ireland, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Spain and
Uganda. Congress truly is an international event.
Already this year, we have registrants from these countries outside
the United States:
See our Congress 2012
SATURDAY LUNCH ENTERTAINMENT
Hall B — 11:45 am - 12:30 pm
Steve Angrisano & Pedro Rubalcava
Sing, rejoice, pray and celebrate with this gifted duo of veteran
composers. Their rich blend of music, prayer, humor
and inspiration is sure to lift your spirits!
Steve is a
composer and youth minister who has been featured at
six World Youth Days, several National Catholic
Youth Conferences and many diocesan youth
conventions/conferences, Pedro has been directing
liturgical music groups for more than 30 years. For
the past 26 years, he has been working in
professional pastoral ministry in areas of liturgy
and music, evangelization, youth and young adult
ministry, catechetical ministry and RCIA.
See the Congress Schedule
OC Medical has scooters and wheelchairs for rent
to attendees during the Religious Education Congress.
Contact them to reserve equipment. OC Medical Supply
is located at 755 N Euclid Street in Anaheim 92801.
Their toll-free number is 1-800-593-4942 and fax is
Store hours are Monday through Friday from 9am - 6pm, Saturday from 10am - 2pm.
Online at www.ocmedicalsupply.com.
See other Congress Updates
attendees can pre-order specially priced Disneyland
Resort Tickets. Find specials on tickets to Disneyland
and Disney’s California Adventure, with special pricing
on evening passes and on single- and multi-day passes
for both Disneyland Resort parks. Note: These tickets
are only available for sale online until March 22. Tickets
are valid March 19-April 1, 2012.
See other Congress Updates
forget to make your hotel reservation. RECongress has
contracted with local hotels to offer special rates
for attendees. We suggest making hotel reservations
as soon as possible.
online for our most current listing of hotels for Congress
making reservations, be sure to
ask for the Religious Education Congress
You can find information about contracted hotels on
our web site.
RECongress Hotels Page
FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIANS
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California 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.
step-by-step instructions and information on our Congress
RECongress Ralphs Program
You can find all the latest Congress information and
updates online. We are always adding new speaker and
hotel information. Check our site for updates and announcements.
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