(Youth Day) & Feb. 22-24, 2013
the Mystery" /
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day we mail foreign (out of U.S.) tickets
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- Last day we mail out-of-state (outside California) tickets
day we mail in-state (in California) tickets
- Online registration ends 11 pm PST
- Ticket Exchange begins at 11:30 am at Congress
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Hear the Congress 2013 Theme Song
The 2013 Los Angeles Religious
Education Congress is only two weeks away!
And we're celebrating with a preview
of the Congress Theme Song. In this
extra Congress Emaling we have
information about the theme song,
ticket mailing, registering, and
much more. Be sure to join us for our event on
site ... or online at
And we had to
share this review on Yelp.com that just came to our
Note: We have stopped mailing
tickets to foreign (out-of-U.S.)
addresses. Today is the last day you
can MAIL IN your registration. If
you're not ready, you have until
February 14 to register online.
After that you can still register on
site in Anaheim.
Some people go to Tibet, Bali, or
India for spiritual rejuvenation or
enlightenment. Others take to the
deserts in the Americas or the
mountains in the Andes. I head to
Orange County, California. For
nearly a decade, I have joined
thousands of other Catholics for a
weekend of workshops, liturgies (I
love hearing my favorite gospel
singer!), and camaraderie. I call it
visiting the Catholic planet. Don't
let the name fool you; you don't
have to be a Catholic school teacher
or catechist to take part or even a
staunch Catholic. In fact, LA
Congress has conservative Catholic
protesters every year taking issue
with the multicultural liturgies
and/or the messages of
I consider this one of the
highlights of every year and I've
made it a family tradition bringing
along my mother and now my daughter.
Pass along this emailing or our link
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latest information and
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¡Para información en español,
Religious Education Congress, sponsored by the Archdiocese
of Los Angeles Office of Religious Education, is the
nation's largest annual gathering of Roman Catholics!
People from across the country have registered for
Congress 2013, and we have registrations from
Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Ireland
Australia, Guam, the Dominican Republic, and more.
See 2013 Congress Statistics
2013 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress dates
• February 21, 2013
Next year's Los Angeles Religious Education Congress
is scheduled for:
• March 13, 2014
March 14-16, 2014r
Congress is held at the Anaheim Convention Center, located
at 800 West Katella Ave. in Anaheim, Calif. (just
from Disneyland and Disney California Adventure).
The registration fee for Congress is $75 per
person ($65 by January 4).
If you don't get your registration in the mail
today, HANG ON to it and bring it with you to
Congress to register on site. Still want to
pre-register and choose your workshops? You can
still do that online through February 14.
Register Online for Congress
WHERE ARE MY TICKETS?!
If you haven't received your Youth Day or Congress
tickets yet, you can check our Congress 2013 Updates page for
Let us know if your tickets don't arrive. For those
who have asked to pick up tickets at Congress, our Will Call
window is located in the Registration area at the Convention Center in the Prefunction Lobby. Hours will be on Thursday, February 21 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Friday
and Saturday beginning at 7:30 am, and Sunday beginning at 8:00 am.
See Ticket Mailing Information
If you still haven't registered for Congress
know someone who might like to attend
too late to register! Pre-registrations should be
mailed TODAY, but online registration will continue
through February 14 at 11 pm. But you don't need to
register ahead of time. You can register on-site any
of the three days of Congress. Bring your
registration card with you, if you have one, and you
will receive Arena (for English sessions) or Hall B
(for Spanish sessions)
which are the most popular workshops in each period.
You can find a list of Arena and Hall B workshops on
our Updates page.
the Congress 2013 Updates page
CONGRESS THEME SONG
a preview of the 2013 RECongress Theme Song, "Enter
the Mystery," by Curtis Stephan. You can find
the play button on our Congress home page and also
on our Congress Songs page, where you can listen to
past Congress Theme Songs.
See the Congress Songs Page
ARENA & HALL B SPEAKERS
Our last two Congress Emailings announced our Arena
and our Hall B speakers. You can find last-minute
information about speakers on our Congress 2013
Updates page. And that is also the place where you can
download the notes from those Arena/Hall B speakers
who have handouts.
Go to the 2013 Updates Page
SPEAKER FEATURE: JULIANNE
Donlon-Stanz is Director of Adult Faith Formation
for the Diocese of Green Bay, Wis. Born in Ireland,
she has extensive workshop, retreat and presentation
experience both locally and nationally, and is
currently working on a doctorate. Donlon-Stanz is a
consultant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic
Bishops’ Committee on Catechesis and Evangelization.
She is co-editor of “Come Follow Me” (with Michael
O’Rourke) and “A Shepherd Tends His Flock” (with
"Adult Faith Formation: From Information to
Transformation, From Program to Process"
Saturday, February 23, 2013
3:00 - 4:30 pm - Session 6-05
What does it mean to be an “adult centered”
community of faith? What does it take to move adults
from complacency to vibrancy, and intentionally form
disciples who are “on fire” for Christ? This
workshop explores contemporary issues and creative
strategies to reach out to our adults who come from
diverse cultural, ethnic, educational, vocational,
social, political and spiritual realities.
Participants will gain a greater understanding of
the changing landscape of religious diversity among
adults and examine national and global trends that
are influencing adult faith formation and identify
creative strategies in ministering effectively and
Formation for the 21st Century: From Best to Next
Sunday, February 24, 2013
10:00 - 11:30 am - Session 7-08
A vibrant, future-focused ministry often involves
moving from using “best practices” to “next
practices.” Best practices are a snapshot of what we
know has worked well in the past, while next
practices are an attempt to take that prior
experience and transform it rather than to merely
replicate it. Best practices allow your ministry to
focus on what you are currently doing a little
better, while next practices increase your
ministry’s capability to do things that it could
never have done before. Practical strategies
including strategic planning, utilizing classic and
contemporary marketing strategies and social
networking will all be discussed in this Year of
See all the Congress 2013 Speakers
CONGRESS LITURGY SPOTLIGHT
Friday, February 22, 2013, 5:15 pm
Rev. Alapaki Kim, presider
Hawaiian liturgy will take place on Friday evening
in the Arena with Fr. Alapaki Kim from Hawaii as our
celebrant. Music will be lad by Joe Camacho and
Saturday, February 23, 2013, 5:15 pm
Msgr. Ray East, presider
One of our Saturday evening, the Gospel
Mass, will be held in the Convention Arena with
Msgr. Ray East as our celebrant. Msgr. East is
pastor at St. Teresa of Avila Church in Southeast
Washington, D.C. Music for the liturgy will be led
by ValLimar & Frank Jansen along with Cliff Petty.
REMEMBER: You can watch both these Arena liturgies online at
See the Liturgies at Congress
SPEAKER UPDATE: FR. ALLAN
DECK, SJ, PhD, STD
Allan Deck will be presenting the workshop
originally scheduled with Cardinal Roger Mahony,
Session 4-17: "For I Was a Stranger, and You
Welcomed Me!" (*). Fr. Deck holds the Charles
Casassa Chair of Social Values at Loyola Marymount
University in Los Angeles, where he is Professor of
Catholic and Latino Studies. He served from
2007-2011 as the first Executive Director of the
Secretariat of Cultural Diversity at the U.S.
Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C.
In addition to research, writing and teaching, Fr.
Deck has served in pastoral work as parish
administrator, diocesan director of Hispanic
ministry, and as Executive Director of the Loyola
Institute for Spirituality in Orange, Calif.
See other Congress Updates
purchase of specially priced Disneyland resort tickets
are available to Religious Education Congress attendees!
Special pricing for Twilight tickets (after
4 pm), 1-day 1-park & multi-day tickets and park hoppers
are available. Click on the graphic or
This offer is only available online through Wednesday,
February 20, 2013. Tickets are valid from Wednesday,
February 20 to Tuesday, March 5, 2013.
Note: These discounted tickets are for use ONLY for
RECongress attendees and their companions during their
stay. Tickets cannot be purchased for the purpose of
or with the intent of being resold.
See the RECongress Updates Page
staying in town for Congress. You can check our list
for special rates for Congress attendees.
Note: Some hotels have early-February deadlines. You
can find the listing of hotels, and our
interactive map of these hotels, on
our Web site. When making reservations,
be sure to ask for the Religious Education Congress
See the RECongress Hotels page
GET YOUR FREE MP3 DOWNLOAD!
Digital Media is the official recording company for
Congress, providing selected sessions on Audio CDs and
now, downloadable MP3s. For trying the service, they
one FREE MP3 download
from the 2012 Religious Education Congress audio recordings.
Simply visit www.cscrecording.com,
select your sessions and redeem your free download using
Coupon Code REC2012
when checking out.
(Coupon is good for the download of one session per
customer and expires February 28, 2013.)
See the RECongress Recording page
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