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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Announcing Sunday's English Address
The Sunday English Address at the 2014 Los
Angeles Religious Education Congress has
been announced. Dr. Carolyn Woo,
President and CEO of Catholic Relief
Services, will speak on "Leadership
for Transformation" And find updates of all
our Congress speakers, schedule,
entertainment and liturgies on our web
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¡Para información en español,
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).
See a Yahoo Map
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). The late fee for Youth Day is $35; the late
fee for RECongress is $80. There is a $30 processing
fee for refunds. There are NO REFUNDS AFTER JANUARY
22, 2014. The replacement ticket cost for
Youth Day is $50
for RECongress it
is $30 per person.
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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ENDOWMENT FUND: GOOD NEWS!
The 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.
It is our hope that every Director of Religious
Education and Director of Youth Ministry will be
given the opportunity to receive a master’s degree
in Religious Education/Religious Studies.
Fund contributions come through gift offerings at
the Congress Saturday night liturgies along with
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
Sister Edith Prendergast, RSC
DAY SPEAKER FEATURE: FR. ROB GALEA
Rob Galea, an ordained Catholic priest, is currently
serving as an assistant parish priest and also as a
Chaplain at Notre Dame College, both in Shepparton,
Victoria, Australia. He is a singer and songwriter
with an international fan base. Apart from his
series of recordings and CD releases, Fr. Galea has
also written a number of songs for various campaigns
and international conferences. He is the co-founder
of Stronger, a youth program that is quickly
becoming one of Victoria state’s largest Catholic
Loving Our Liturgy
Liturgy can be boring, yet it is one of the most
powerful ways we can connect with our awesome God.
The boredom often comes from a lack of understanding
and recognizing where God is in all of the words,
rituals and incense. Fr. Rob Galea will share about
his coming-to-appreciation and love of the liturgy
and how it played a vital role in his freedom from
anger, bitterness and addiction.
Go to the Youth Day Page
SUNDAY ENGLISH ADDRESS: DR.
Sunday, March 16, 8:30 am
and raised in Hong Kong, Carolyn Woo came to the
United States to study at Purdue University and
after her undergraduate and advanced studies became
a member of its faculty. From 1997-2011 Dr. Woo
served as Dean of the University of Notre Dame’s
Mendoza College of Business. Concurrently, she also
served on the Board of Directors at Catholic Relief
Services, and in 2012 she became President and CEO
of CRS. Dr. Woo travels extensively throughout the
world, speaking at local events, university seminars
and various Catholic conferences.
"Leadership for Transformation: Ministry Afire for the Common Good with Uncommon Excellence!"
Join Dr. Carolyn Woo, President and Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Relief Services, as she inspires leadership for transformation of our world. Enjoy music by OCP artists touched by their journey to Ghana, Africa. Enter into the story of Dr. Woo’s journey from her birth place in Hong Kong, her immigration to the United States to attend Purdue University, as Dean of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, to her current position at CRS, our U.S. Catholic community’s mission to serve millions of our brothers and sisters around the world with compassion and excellence. Leave inspired with the tools to be the body of Christ in the world and lead lives and ministry “afire” for the common good.
See the Congress 2014 Speakers Page
CONGRESS VIDEOS ONLINE
Channel on YouTube you can find nearly 100 videos
and nearly 40 hours of programming just from
Congress 2013. Watch the Arena events, beginning
with Youth Day on Thursday and running through
Find all of this at our YouTube.com/RECongress
Channel. And don't miss out on our other social
media sites: follow us on Twitter @LACongress and
find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RECongress.
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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
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JUST FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIANS
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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 runs from September 1, 2013 through
August 31, 2014!
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