(Youth Day) & Feb. 22-24, 2013
"Enter the Mystery" /
"Entra al Misterio"
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Religious Education Congress, sponsored by the Archdiocese
of Los Angeles Office of Religious Education, is the
nation's largest annual gathering of Roman Catholics!
Our last RECongress, held in March 2012, brought together
nearly 40,000 people during the four-day weekend! We
had registrants from across the country and as far away
as Ireland and Australia.
See 2012 Congress Statistics
2013 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress dates
• February 21, 2013
Congress is held at the Anaheim Convention Center, located
at 800 West Katella Ave. in Anaheim, Calif. (just across
from Disneyland and Disney California Adventure).
See a Google Map
The registration fee for Congress is $65 per
person. Youth Day has a separate registration
$25 per person
The Registration Guidebook contains all workshop and
speaker descriptions, entertainment and liturgy options,
and all events during Congress. There are two Registration
Forms per book. If you attended RECongress 2012, you
will automatically be mailed a Registration Guidebook.
If you need a Guidebook, please order one here.
Order a Guidebook
BE A PART OF YOUTH DAY
are presently two ways people can volunteer for Youth
Day 2013. Registered youth that will be attending the
day are invited to be Emcees and introduce our speakers.
That training day will be Saturday, January 19. Also,
adults that will NOT be chaperoning a group are invited
to become a volunteer (free admission, fun with 14,000
young people, and a free hot dog!). We need youth-friendly
adults to help with crowd control, giving directions,
and much more. If interested, please check the adult
volunteer form on our website. In the coming weeks we
will also be adding a form for any young person that
would like to be part of the Youth Day Choir as a singer
Go to the 2013 Youth Day Page
— Please have your Congress workshop choices
ready before you begin your online registration process.
You can find online session
descriptions here. We recommend that you select
a first and a second choice of workshop for each period
you plan to attend.
registration for Congress is a two-part process: 1)
Make your payment (Visa, MasterCard, American Express
and Discover are accepted.) Then, 2) Once your payment
is processed, submit your workshop choices.
registration is $65 per person. Remember, fees increase
after January 4, 2013, so register early.
The Want to "guarantee" getting your first choices
of Congress workshops? Register online now. Workshops
are not actually assigned to a room location until we
get the first 5,000 registrants. 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.
Register Online for Congress
SPEAKER FEATURE: FR. FRANK DeSIANO
in 1972 as a Paulist priest, Fr. Frank DeSiano has served
as pastor in downtown New York and Chicago parishes.
He has written numerous books and articles on discipleship,
spirituality and parish renewal. The nationally known
preacher is a frequent speaker at diocesan clergy conferences,
catechetical conferences and lay leadership training.
In 1994, he was elected President of the Paulist Fathers;
he now serves as President of Paulist Evangelization
Ministries, based in Washington, D.C.
3:00 - 4:30 pm - Session 3-06
"Catechesis and Family Evangelization"
This session presents
statistical and anecdotal information to highlight crucial
areas of needed family evangelization, and explores
how a revision of our catechetical models can further
this important but difficult goal. The session will
be quite interactive, soliciting the experiences of
catechists and pastors.
1:00 - 2:30 pm - Session 8-05
"Evangelization and Catechesis"
This session explores
how ideas of evangelization can sharpen and clarify
the purpose of catechesis, and how Catholics can understand
themes of conversion. Developing both personal and cultural
modes of conversion, this session will situate catechesis
and family evangelization in the wider objectives of
pastoral life today.
See all Congress 2013 Speakers
CONGRESS FILM SHOWCASE
February 22, 2013
8:00 pm - Anaheim Convention Center
The Center for Religion and Spirituality and the Archdiocesan
Office for Religious Education invite you to the 2013
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress Film Showcase
in Anaheim, California.
As a society, we have come to recognize the great catechetical
power that modern cinema and media have in forming the
Catholic conscience. One local minister put it best:
“up until 50 years ago, people learned values, ethics,
morals, and spirituality through their sacred texts
and clergy. Today, much of our culture learns about
these things through the movies.” Thus, the Congress
Film Showcase was established in 2007 to highlight cinematic
work rooted thematically in the Catholic social teaching,
narrative tradition and spirituality. The Showcase honors
and exhibits excerpts from narrative feature lengths,
shorts, documentaries, experimental and animation films
with an international audience of educators, ministers,
artists and fellow filmmakers from both the Hollywood
and independent communities.
We are currently accepting
submissions for the Congress Film Showcase. Entry projects
must be submitted in their entirety on DVD for consideration,
along with a project synopsis and pertinent media information
(list of awards, festival screenings, press releases,
filmmaker biographies, distribution/retail information
if available). Submission Deadline: Saturday, December
1, 2012. Please visit the Showcase website at www.lafilmshowcase.org
for more information and submission form.
See other Congress Highlights
has contracted with local hotels to offer special rates
for Congress attendees. Check online for our most current
listing of hotels, and now we have an interactive viewable
map of these hotels. We suggest making hotel reservations
as soon as possible. When making reservations, be sure
to ask for the Religious Education Congress rate. You
can find information about contracted hotels on our
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 recording
from the 2012 Religious
Education Congress audio recordings. Simply visit
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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Organization Name: Archdiocese of Los
Angeles - Religious Education
Organization Number: 90658
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