(Youth Day) & Feb. 22-24, 2013
"Enter the Mystery" /
"Entra al Misterio"
What is Congress?
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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
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
3 WAYS TO BE PART OF YOUTH DAY
MCs at Youth Day
— We invite all high
school students attending Youth Day to consider becoming
an MC to introduce speakers before workshops. All interested
youth are required to attending training on Saturday,
January 19, 2013. (Submission deadline is Friday, January
Youth Day Choir/Musician
— Here's a way for
young people to be part of the music for the Mass at
Youth Day. Rehearsals are held during the months of
January and February. Ed Archer, from St. Monica Parish,
directs the Archdiocesan choir. Check out the flyer
for more information. (Submission deadline is
Tuesday, January 8, 2013).
Adult Volunteers at Youth Day
— If you or someone
you know who is adult and is NOT chaperoning a group
for Youth Day, but would like to volunteer for the great
event, we have a place for you! Our adult volunteer
team helps with crowd control, information sharing and
much more during the day. We’re looking for youth-friendly
people that can make the day more enjoyable for all.
(Submission deadline is Friday, January 25, 2013).
all the forms from the Youth Day page.
Go to the 2013 Youth Day Page
registration is now available for both Youth Day and
with separate fees and separate registrations. If you
haven't already done so, be sure to register this month
as fees increase on January 4, 2013.
YOUTH DAY — Registration is $25 per person. Check
the Youth Day home page for information and registration
forms and links.
CONGRESS — Congress registration is $65 per person.
Online registration will provide an email when your
credit card is charged. Then, once your registration
is processed (usually within two weeks), you will receive
another email showing your RECongress Registration number.
(This is a benefit of online registration; mailed-in
registrations do not receive such confirmations).
sure you have all your workshops chosen BEFORE you start
the online registration process.
Go to the Registration Page
SPEAKER FEATURE: DAVID WHYTE
and lecturer, David Whyte, a native of Yorkshire, England,
is author of six volumes of poetry and three books of
prose, and most recently, a book entitled, “Pilgrim.”
He is one of the few poets to take his perspectives
on creativity into the field of organizational development,
where he works with American and international companies
offering lectures and workshops. Whyte has traveled
extensively, speaking to large and small audiences for
more than two decades. He now lives with his family
in the Pacific Northwestern United States.
Way: Setting Direction for a Future Life"
Friday, February 22, 2013
10:00 - 11:30 am - Session 1-27
this session, David Whyte will look at the great questions
of human life through the eyes of the pilgrim: someone
passing through relatively quickly, someone looking
for the biggest context they can find or imagine, someone
dependent upon hospitality from friends and strangers
alike, someone who needs to ask for visible and invisible
help as the destination changes, step by step, subject
to the vagaries of wind and weather along the way. The
theme of internal resilience – the necessity for following
a certain star not seen or perceived by anyone else
– and the way an internal migration can keep our outward
journey in the world relevant and true will be explored.
"Pure and Simple:
The Art of Creating a Beautiful Mind"
Friday, February 22, 2013
1:00 - 2:30 pm - Session 2-29
world exists independent of human thought, but it is
seen through the lens of the mind. How much stress or
unhappiness we undergo can depend on the qualities of
perception that we cultivate. The way we treat and are
treated by the world is partly determined by the state
and depth of our critical and emotional intelligence.
In this workshop, we will look closely at the role of
the imagination as a faculty of perception that cultivates
our ability to turn away from false abstracts, act courageously,
and above all, have a life worth living at the center
of our endeavors.
See all Congress 2013 Speakers
CONGRESS 2013 HIGHLIGHTS
Friday through Sunday – Convention 304
Take a break from
the busyness of Congress' many events and enter a space
dedicated to facilitating a sense of spiritual rejuvenation.
Our Sacred Space will offer Eucharistic Adoration in
the Chapel (pictured), the Sacrament of Reconciliation,
a labyrinth, art and meditative music. Sacred Space
returns once again to its home on the third level of
the Convention Center, with extended hours on Saturday.
See other Congress Highlights
ENDOWMENT FUND: GOOD NEWS!
Office of Religious Education has established an Endowment
Fund to support the ongoing training and formation of
religious education leaders, particularly by making
scholarships available for catechetical leaders to pursue
graduate studies. Fund contributions come through gift
offerings at the Congress Saturday night liturgies along
with registration contributions.
want to express my sincere gratitude to all of you who
have generously contributed to our Religious Education
Endowment Fund. You will be pleased to know that because
of your commitment and thoughtful contributions year
after year, we have passed the $1 million mark. This
is Good News as we are currently enabled to offer financial
assistance to 22 lay ministers involved in Parish Catechetical
Ministry and related areas in Youth, Young Adult and
Adult Formation. Again, I appreciate your support as
we continue to ensure quality catechetical leadership
to all involved in evangelization and faith formation."
Sister Edith Prendergast, RSC
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
SPECIAL CONGRESS OFFER
for the announcement of specially priced Disneyland
Resort Tickets in our next RECongress Emailing (Dec.
There will be special pricing on evening passes
and on single- and multi-day passes and park hoppers
for both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.
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
are offering 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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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 rewards 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, 2012 through August 31, 2013.)
If you were part of the program last year, we
thank you, but everyone needs to re-enroll each 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
Organization Name: Archdiocese of Los
Angeles - Religious Education
Organization Number: 90658
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