March 13 (Youth Day) & March 14-16, 2014
"Hope: A World Afire" / "Esperanza que
Enciende al Mundo"
"Never Alone, Forever Accepted"
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Our planning for the 2014 Los Angeles Religious Education
Congress is fully underway. We are
constantly adding speaker bios and workshop
updates, and you can find our latest
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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 Adventure).
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The key to registration is the Registration Guidebook,
which contains all workshop and
speaker descriptions, entertainment and liturgy options,
and all events during Congress. If you attended RECongress 2013, you
will automatically be mailed a Registration Guidebook.
If you need a Guidebook, please order one here. (Guidebooks
will be available late-October.)
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Hope: A World Afire
Sr. Edith Prendergast, RSC, Director of the Office
of Religious Education, reflects on this theme:
A WORLD AFIRE flows from the word
proclaimed on the second Sunday of Lent. Hope rooted
in grace and goodness shines brightly on the face of
Jesus. As we reflect on this Transfiguration moment,
we too are drawn into that incredible experience. In
the presence of the HOLY, we become shining stars of
Read the Director's complete reflection about this
year's Congress theme — and many about past themes —
online on our Themes page.
See the RECongress Themes Page
DAY SPEAKER FEATURE: PAUL J. KIM
J. Kim is an international youth speaker, vocalist
and beatboxer. He presents and performs full time,
sharing his music, comedy and inspirational talks. A
featured performer at the 2013 National Catholic
Youth Conference (mainstage), Paul was also speaker
at the Steubenville Summer Youth Conferences and
presenter at Spirit in the City festival in London,
England. His releases include “The World Sings”
(2013) and “Run Fly Fall” (2010), both available on
iTunes and Amazon.
Relationships: The Good, the Bad and the Awesome
In this generation of hooking up, broken
relationships and jaded hearts, God wants to show us
his plan for love, sex and relationships. Everyone
wants to love and be loved, but not everyone knows
the difference between the authentic and
counterfeit. In this workshop, Paul J. Kim delivers
a powerful message through comedy and music (beatboxing)
that not only entertains but inspires his audience
to settle for nothing less than authentic love!
Go to the Youth Day Page
CONGRESS SPEAKER FEATURE: FR. LOUIS
priest of the Chicago Archdiocese, Fr. Louis
Cameli’s ministry of service in Illinois has
included: Pastor of Divine Savior Church in
Norridge; teaching for over 20 years as Professor of
Spirituality and Director of Spiritual Life at
Mundelein Seminary; director of ongoing formation
for priests, and as a theologian for the Archdiocese
of Chicago, where he serves as Cardinal’s Delegate
for Formation and Mission. He has authored books and
monographs, and has led retreats and convocations as
well as catechetical conferences in collaboration
with RCL Benziger.
Chasing the Devil Out of Your Parish: Recognizing
and Resisting Evil in Parish Life
Fr. Louis Cameli
will draw from his book, “The Devil You Don’t Know:
Recognizing and Resisting Evil in Everyday Life,”
and make applications to the struggles that we
frequently encounter in parish life. He will reflect
on the four ordinary works of the devil: deception,
division, diversion, and discouragement.
Get Them to Church: Ways to Bring Catholics to
Sunday Mass, Every Sunday
Drawing from his book, “Bread of Life: Exploring the
Presence of Eucharist in Our Lives,” and the recent
Year of Sunday Mass in the Chicago Archdiocese, Fr.
Louis Cameli will suggest ways of addressing
decreasing participation in Sunday Mass. The focus
will be on deeper understanding, clear witness and
creating a supportive environment.
See the Congress 2014 Speakers Page
SACRED SPACE AT CONGRESS
Sunday at Congress
Take a break from the busyness at Congress events
and enter a space dedicated to facilitating a sense
of spiritual rejuvenation. Our Sacred Space will
offer Eucharistic Adoration in the Chapel, the
sacrament of reconciliation, a labyrinth, art and
Watch the interview with
the creator of Sacred Space, Valerie MacRae.
See other Highlights from
staying in town for Congress. You can check our list
hotels with special
rates for Congress attendees.
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 rate.
See the RECongress Hotels Page
JUST FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIANS
Ralphs Grocery Company, a major supermarket chain in
the Southern 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. This is an
annual program that must be renewed each year. The
current term is begins this month — now through August 31,
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 -
Organization Number: 90658
Find step-by-step instructions and information
See the RECongress Ralphs page
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