13 (Youth Day) & March 14-16, 2014
"Hope: A World Afire" / "Esperanza que Enciende
"Never Alone, Forever Accepted"
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those of you emailing or phoning in
to the Congress office, you may have
been in contact with Joanna Aguilar. Joanna has
worked in the Office of Religious
Education for several years and in
November added the role of Congress
Administrative Assistant, taking
over for Veronica Reyes (who
welcomed a baby boy on December 27,
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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, 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 2013 Congress Statistics
2014 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress dates
• March 13, 2014
Congress is held annually at the Anaheim Convention
Center, located at 800 West Katella Ave. in Anaheim,
Calif. (just south of Disneyland and Disney California
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The registration fee for Youth Day 2014, March 13 is
per person. The adult
days have a separate registration and fee, which is
$70 per person. Fees increase after the late registration
date (postmarked after January 22, 2014). There is a
$30 processing fee for refunds. There are NO REFUNDS
AFTER JANUARY 22, 2014.
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registration) or online by credit card. And with your
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Tickets are valid March 7-18, 2014. See information
and notes on our Updates page.
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public will be admitted. Parking not included. All
of these tickets expire March 18, 2014.
See the Congress Updates page
YOUTH DAY UPDATE
Judy McDonald has announced that she will not be presenting at
this year's Youth Day.
Please keep her in your prayers as she will be
undergoing back surgery. Jesse Manibusan will now be
presenting her workshop.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Session K" "Dealing with Stress"
Are you stressed? Does just being asked the question
stress you out? We all get stressed from time to
time, but how we choose to deal with it can really
say something about us. Come to this session if you
are OK with laughing and loving God and, oh ya,
totally stressed out!
Itinerant witness, songwriter, speaker, joy
cultivator, storyteller and evangelizer, Jesse
Manibusan is co-founder, along with his wife, Jodi,
of 2by2 Ministries. With over 28 years of experience
as a music minister, catechist and youth worker, he
travels throughout the United States, Canada and
beyond, with numerous appearances at the L.A.
Congress, World Youth Days, and various parish
missions, Catholic schools and diocesan events. A
workshop clinician, composer and recording artist,
Manibusan has several CDs published by Oregon
Catholic Press and spiritandsong.com.
See the 2014 Youth Day pagee
DAY SPEAKER FEATURE: FR. STAN FORTUNA
Stan Fortuna, a Catholic priest, is one of the
founding members of the Community of Franciscan
Friars of the Renewal. Before he entered the
priesthood, he was a professional jazz musician, and
he continues to play bass and sing at his
presentations at conferences both nationally and
internationally. In 1987, Fr. Fortuna established
the non-profit Francesco Productions to record and
distribute evangelical music and video productions
with all of the proceeds benefiting the community’s
work with the poor of South Bronx, N.Y.
This workshop will focus on the fundamental vocation
for every human person without exception: Love. Love
is for everybody. For all the different states of
life in the Church, as well as for believers and
non-believers. What does this mean? How does it
happen? What happens when this doesn’t happen? Who’s
to say? Come and see.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
B: "Love – The Fundamental Vocation for
See our Youth Day Workshops
CONGRESS SPEAKER UPDATES
Though we have a few speakers that are not able to
make it for Youth Day and Congress, the workshop
will still be offered. Here are the replacement
speakers for the Congress workshops.
"The New Evangelization" (*) – Fr. David Loftus will
Fr. Pat Brennan
"Do You See What I See? A Catechist’s Perspective"
– Nancy Bird will replace Saundra Kennedy
"Communio (*) – Bill Huebsch will replace Fr. Pat
"Motivator, Model, Minister…Catechist, Who Do You
Are?" (*) – Joe Paprocki will replace Saundra
See the Congress Updates page
SPEAKER FEATURE: JIM
Wallis is a best-selling author, public theologian
and frequent national and international speaker.
Author of 10 books, he is founder and President of
Sojourners and Editor-in-Chief of Sojourners
magazine. Wallis’ columns run in major newspapers
and blogs, and he appears on radio and television as
a commentator. He has taught at Harvard University
and currently teaches a course on “Faith, Social
Justice, and Public Life” at Georgetown University
in Washington, D.C.
Friday, March 14, 20144
1:00 - 2:30 pm — Session 2-24
Jesus was not a zealot, but his movement was
revolutionary in that it exposed the misplaced
priorities of the world’s systems. Jesus puts the
last at the front of the line, blesses the poor,
promising them his Kingdom, and offers hope to the
hopeless. So what does Jesus’ Kingdom look like, and
how is his Kingdom different from any other kingdom?
What are the ways in which we’re called to share
this hope with a hopeless world?
Friday, March 14, 2014
3:00 - 4:30 pm — Session 3-27
"The Common Good and an Uncommon Hope "
Ours is a shallow and selfish age and we are in need
of conversion – from looking out just for ourselves
to looking out for one another. It is easy to feel
hopeless, that this is all there is. But how does
our pursuit of the common good point us to and
awaken an “uncommon hope” of the world that is to
See the Congress 2014 Speakers
CONGRESS LITURGIES: NATIVE
SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2014 - 5:15 pm
Native American liturgy will be celebrated by Rev.
Henry Sands, with music led by Donna Peña. The
Native liturgy is a celebration of different Indian
tribes' or nations' traditions blending with our
Catholic faith. We will celebrate our spiritual
moments with color, music, regalia, dance and native
Fr. Henry Sands comes to us from the U.S. Conference
of Catholic Bishops' Secretariat of Cultural
Diversity as a consultant on Native American
Affairs. He deals with issues concerning Native
Americans. Fr. Sands is a full-blooded Native
American belonging to the Ojibway, Ottawa and
Potawatomi tribes. He grew up on Walpole Island (Bkejwanong
First Nation), which is an Indian reservation
located in the St. Clair River between Michigan and
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SPOTLIGHT: LIVE BROADCASTS FROM CONGRESS
and Saturday, noon-3 pm – Hall A
Come watch SiriusXM Radio's "The Busted Halo Show"
as it broadcasts live from Congress. Join in the fun
with host Fr. David Dwyer and his team as they
interview speakers and entertainers appearing at
Congress 2014. The Busted Halo Show airs Monday
through Friday, from 7 pm to 10 pm Eastern time on
SiriusXM Satellite Radio channel 129.
Go to the Congress Spotlight page
forget to make your travel arrangements now for the
2014 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. We have
secured special rates for Congress attendees at a number
of hotels with pricing to meet everyone's needs. Make
sure when making your reservations you mention the
Religious Education Congress so that you receive
our special rate.
See the RECongress Hotels Page
JUST FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIANS
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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. This
is an annual program that must be renewed each year.
The current term runs from September 1, 2013 through
August 31, 2014!
If you were part
of the program last year, we thank you, but everyone
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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.
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instructions and information online.
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