(Youth Day) & Feb. 22-24, 2013
the Mystery" /
"Entra al Misterio"
day for refunds
day we mail foreign (out of U.S.) tickets
- 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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(Youth Day) & March 14-16, 2014
Today is Last Day to Pre-register
Happy Valentine's Day! Which means
that the 2013 Los Angeles Religious
Education Congress is just one week away. Are
you ready? If you are attending this
this Emailing is full of tips and
information. If you're not joining us
on site this year, be sure to join us
online at www.RECongress.org/LIVE!
TODAY is the last day you
can pre-register online for Congress. If
you're still not ready or would
like to bring someone at the last
minute, you can always register on
site in Anaheim.
Note: We have stopped mailing
Congress tickets. Tickets are only
available through ticket
Pick-Up/Will Call on site at
Congress (see information in this
Remember: The Congress evening
liturgies and concerts are open to
attendees and their guests. These
are not ticketed events. So here's a
simple way you can share Congress
with your friends and family who are
Pass along this emailing or our link
— www.RECongress.org — to share with
friends and encourage them to sign
up for our Congress Emailing for the
latest information and
updates. If you do not care to
receive future updates, you can find
removal information at the bottom of
¡Para información en español,
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).
Exhibits are located in Hall A and will be open:
Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
for Congress? It's not too late. Today is the last
day to register online, until 11 pm PST. But you can still register
on site at Congress at the Registration Booth
located in the Prefunction Lobby. Hours will be on
Thursday, February 21 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm and
Friday and Saturday of Congress beginning at 7:30
Online Registration Ends Today
If you still haven't registered for Congress
know someone who might like to attend
too late to register! TODAY is the last day to
register online. After today, hang on to your
registration form and bring it with you to Congress. You can register on site any
of the three days of Congress, where you will receive Arena
tickets (for English sessions) or Hall B
tickets (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.
Today is the Last Day to Register Online
Did you ask to have your Congress tickets held in
Did you never receive your Congress tickets in the mail? We
have had quite a few tickets returned to us in the
mail (wrong address, wrong ZIP Code, etc.). Check
our Will Call window at the Registration area at
Congress. Ticket pick-up is available on site at the
Convention Center at the Registration Booth located
in the Prefunction Lobby. Hours will be on Thursday,
February 21 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm and Friday and
Saturday of Congress beginning at 7:30 am.
Did you receive your tickets already, but didn't get
the ones you really wanted? For Congress workshops,
you have the following options:
You may use the tickets you receive; or
You may exchange your tickets (beginning 11:30
am on Friday) at the Ticket Exchange booth
located at the Registration Prefunction area
(between Hall B and Hall C); or
Just use the ticket you were assigned for the
workshop you would like to attend. Once all
properly ticketed attendees are admitted, then
the workshop is opened up to other ticket
holders -- if there is available seating.
Remember: Your ticket is always good for the
Arena or Hall B session for that time period.
See Ticket Mailing Information
IN THE TIDINGS
The Tidings, newspaper of the Los Angeles
Archdiocese, is previewing the 2013 Religious
Education Congress in
its February 15 issue and featuring RECongress in
their February 22 issue. You can find
past Tidings stories and links to pieces about
Congress over the years — as well as photos and
videos and what others have said about Congress — on our
Congress Reviews page.
Read Reviews about Congress
this year Seraph 7 will be selling Congress
T-shirts (pictured), sweatshirts and more at their booth in
Exhibit Hall A. Seraph 7 Clothing Company can be
found at booths 337 and 339, adjacent to the
Information/Souvenir booth at the center of Hall A.
Note: The logowear is not available online this
year, but they can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
for any inquiries.
See the Congress Updates page
THE PROGRAM BOOK
ready for Congress: See the online version of the
Program Book that attendees receive when they arrive
at Congress 2013. Get a little extra time to plan
out your weekend by downloading the Program Book.
Available in PDF and iPaper formats.
WHAT YOU'LL FIND:
— Spotlight on events at Congress
— Tech Center schedule
— Speaker Signing schedule
— Exhibitor listing and Categories listing
— Restaurant guide and map
— Audio Recording Form
Take Note! Our Congress survey is found in the
center of the printed Program Book. Use the book to
take note of your Congress experiences and share
them with us on our online survey form during or
after Congress — at www.RECongress.org/survey.
Preview the Congress Program
RECONGRESS TECH CENTER
Technology Center at the Los Angeles Religious
Education Congress is adjacent to the Office of
Religious Education booth, located in the center of
Exhibit Hall A. The RECongress Tech Center's purpose
is to highlight educational software, online
services and Internet resources
be it web site or computer-based software
that is of interest to our Congress attendees.
This year Archbishop Gomez starts off the Tech
Center schedule on Friday with an online student
video chat. Among this year's scheduled events we have
mobile app developer Chris Gonzalez,
who created the Youth Day app and
new this year
— our first
RECongress app. The Tech Center schedules 30-minute
slots all weekend long with appearances by
Charlotte McCorquodale, Mount St. Mary’s College
Campus Ministry, and The Five Loaves; and returning
appearances by Catholic Communication and Collaboration
(C3) Project, Gradelink, Lisa Hendey, Outside da
Box, and the St. Camillus Center. Note: There is a
change in Saturday's schedule from what is printed
in the Program Book, so check the schedule
online or at the Tech Center for
See the 2013 Tech Center
and some performing artists have scheduled times to sign
their books and CDs at the Signing Area. The tables
are located in the southeast corner of Hall A.
Schedule speakers include John Allen, Luis Benavides, Fr. Greg Boyle, Roy DeLeon, Frank DiLallo, Dan Ebener, Dr. Thomas Groome,
Lisa Hendey, Fr. Michael Kennedy, Fr. Richard
Leonard, Josephine Lombardi, Fr. James Martin, Rabbi
Michael Mayersohn, Juan Carlos Montenegro, Fr.
Jonathan Morris, Joe Paprocki, Fr. Timothy
Radcliffe, Fr. Tony Ricard, Fr. Richard Rohr, Fr.
Ronald Rolheiser, Mark Shriver, Daniel
Smith-Christopher, Sr. Anne Smollin, Mary Sperry,
Fr. Robert Spitzer, Pam Stenzel, Char Wenc, David
Whyte and Fr. Ronald Witherup.
Check the schedule online or at the Signing Area for
any updates in table numbers or appearance times.
See the 2013 Speaker Signing
12 TIPS TO 'SURVIVE' CONGRESS
Every year I like to highlight regular Congress
attendee and blogger Claude Muncey's "A (Baker's)
Dozen Handy Tips for Surviving RECongress":
If you're not already familiar with it, the
RECongress is probably the largest regularly
scheduled gathering of Catholics in North America.
It is held at the Anaheim Convention Center across
the street from Disneyland. Thursday is Youth Day,
which attracts around 15,000 high schoolers, and
Friday through Sunday is the Congress itself which
is attended by anywhere from 15,000 to 20,000
teachers, catechists, musicians and other Catholics
in ministry from all over the country. There are
dozens of conference sessions each day with Masses
and other events in the evenings. Here are a dozen
handy tips for surviving the Religious Education
Dress for comfort
nothing formal about RECongress. Good shoes and socks are a must.
Think of it as going on a day hike with 10,000 of your closest friends!
||Get there the night before
If possible, even Thursday afternoon before. Try to avoid crossing Downtown
Los Angeles between the hours of 3 and 7 pm. ...
||Read the rest
on our Web site.
Find all the Congress
'Survival' Tips online
Day 2013 App
Again this year,
Youth Day has its own mobile application for iPhones.
With this app you can stay up-to-date with all Youth
Day speakers, musicians, and performers. You can
also enter giveaways on Twitter and update your Facebook status, all from within the app. Added maps
and schedules will make sure you always know where
to be. Youth Day is much more than just a one-day
experience and this app will allow you to keep with
you what each speaker and musician says long after
the day is over. You can find this year's and last
year's apps online at AppStore.com/YouthDay2013 (coming) and AppStore.com/YouthDay2012.
Congress 2013 App
This year Congress gets its
mobile app for
iPhones! Keep tabs on our Congress speakers
and find information about Sacred Space, the
liturgies, lunchtime entertainment, and more! There
is a detailed name/category breakdown of exhibitors
as well as maps for Exhibit Hall A and the hotels.
Download the Congress 2013 app when it becomes active at
See the RECongress Updates Page
the schedule of our live events from Congress 2013 on
RECongress.org/LIVE. Watch the Arena events,
beginning Thursday with Youth Day and running all
the way through Sunday. And we are mobile
compatible, so the stream will work with iOS devices
like the iPhone and the iPad!
And don't forget to post comments on our
Facebook page and
follow us on Twitter @LACongress. We will be
responding to your comments —
Go to RECongress.org/LIVE!
B Speaker Handouts Online
Some of our Hall B speakers have provided
handouts for their workshops. This option is
speakers assigned to rooms where the capacity is too
large to provide handouts to everyone. There are
also links to the following handouts on our Speakers Page:
1-52: Fr.Jose Roman Flecha —
3-52: Marta Garcia Fernandez —
6-51: Luis Benavides —
8-51: P. Ruben Bellante —
Asemblea Domingo: Luis Benavides —
Many of the Congress workshop sessions are audio recorded with speaker permission. Audio CDs — and
this year, downloadable MP3s — are available for
purchase at Congress at the CSC Digital Media booth,
located at the east wall in Exhibit Hall A. You can
order on site, from the
order page in the Program Book or online.
You may exchange tickets for any open workshops
during the same period beginning on Friday at 11:30
am at the Registration Booth’s Exchange window.
Remember: Any ticket can be used for sessions of the
same time in the Arena or Hall B.
Jesuit priest Fr. Allan Deck will present the
workshop originally scheduled with Cardinal Roger
Mahony, 4-17: "For I Was a Stranger, and You
Welcomed Me!" (*)
See the Congress Updates page
Streaming in Hall B
As an alternative to the Arena, you can now watch
Friday’s Opening Event (8:30-9:30 am) broadcast live
in Hall B.
Scooter / Wheelchair Rentals
OC Medical has scooters and wheelchairs for rent to
attendees during the Religious Education Congress.
Contact them at (800) 593-4942 or online at
Disney Resort Tickets -
purchase by Feb. 20
Congress 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 through Wednesday, February 20,
2013. Tickets are valid from Wednesday, February 20,
2013 to Tuesday, March 5, 2013.
Program Books Online
Our 2013 Registration Guidebook and even our 2013 Congress Program Book
— the one
given away at Congress
— are now available
online in PDF (requires the free Adobe Reader) and
in iPaper format (requires no software download).
RECongress has contracted with local hotels to offer
special rates for attendees.
When making hotel reservations, be sure to ask for
the Religious Education Congress rate. Check online for our most
current listing of hotels.
Convention Center Parking
Day parking is available in the Convention Center
parking structures at the rate of $12 per day, with
no in-and-out privileges.
Airport Shuttle -
Prime Time Shuttle is offering Congress attendees
special online convention discounts for
transportation to and from Southern California
airport or cruise ship terminals. Information can be
found on their special Congress event page.
Unwind at Congress
On Friday and Saturday (10 am-4:30 pm) and again on Sunday (10
am-2:30 pm) in the Hall A Prefuntion Area you can
take a break from the bustle of Congress with a
chair massage. The cost is $1 per minute.
Join a lunchtime meeting (Friday through Sunday)
with other Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) men and women
to share experiences, strengths and hopes with
mutual support for recovery from alcoholism. (The
meeting room is location in the Marriott’s lower
level San Diego room.)
Lost and Found
There is a Lost & Found desk located outside of
located in Convention AR 1, near the south end of
The Message Center, located in the Prefunction area,
can receive incoming messages. Call (714) 765-8883
or (714) 765-8884 to leave a message, or you can
leave a note on the Message Board.
Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Ralphs Rewards Program -
Don't forget to sign up at your Southern California
Ralphs store for the free Ralphs rewards Card and
register the 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. It’s never been easier
to contribute to the RECongress.
See the RECongress Updates
can find all Congress information and updates online.
There are links to speakers, workshops, topics and specially priced tickets for the Disney
Parks. Check our site for the latest updates and announcements.
sure to sign-up for this twice-a-month Emailing about
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Our Emailings for Congress 2013 are scheduled only
through March; Congress 2014 Emailings are set to
begin in August