Updates about RECongress 2018

Religious Education Congress
March 15, 2018
(Youth Day) &
March 16-18, 2018

updated 09/21/17  



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Important Dates
Speaker Changes
Disney Park Tickets
Closed Workshops

Latest News./ Updates
Congress Registration
Congress Tickets
Youth Day
Youth Day Badge Mailing
Recorded Sessions
Arena Workshops
Hall B Workshops
RECongress Emailing
Book/CD Signing Area
Congress Liturgies



Jan 15 - First mailing of Congress tickets (for registrations processed by Jan. 8)
Jan 19 - Last day to request refunds
Jan 23 - Last day to mail in registrations
Jan 23 - First mailing of Youth Day name badges (for registrations processed by Jan. 19)
Jan 26 - Registration fees increase after today
Feb 6 - Second mailing of Youth Day name badges (for registrations processed by Feb. 2)
Feb 6 - Second mailing of Congress tickets (for registrations processed by Feb. 1)
Feb 6 - After this date, all registrants will be emailed a barcode to print tickets on site in Anaheim.
Feb 20 - Third (final) mailing of Youth Day name badges (for registrations processed by Feb. 13)
Feb 23 - Last day to register by mail (register online or on site at the Convention Center after this date.


Youth Day:   Thursday, March 15, 2018
First Reading: Ezekiel 32:7-14
Psalm: Ps 106:19-20, 21-22, 23
Gospel: John 5:31-47
Congress:    March 18, 2018 - Fifth Sunday of Lent
First Reading: Ezekiel 37:12-14
Psalm: Ps 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
Second Reading: Romans 8:8-11
Gospel: John 11:1-45


Youth Day:   none
Congress:   none


May 21: In a surprise announcement Sunday, May 21, 2017, Pope Francis named Monsignor Gregorio Rosa Chavez, an auxiliary bishop who works as a parish pastor in San Salvador, El Salvador, and as cardinal. Pope Francis will formally elevate five to cardinal's rank in a ceremony at the Vatican on June 28. Mons. Chavez appeared as an RECongress speaker several times, most recently as keynote at RECongress 2010.

May 5: It is with great sadness that I share with you the death of Luis Maria Benavides. Living in Argentina, Luis Benavides had been a speaker at Religious Education Congress for some years in the area of Elementary Catechesis. An invitation was sent to him to return to Congress 2018 and speak but unfortunately, we received the news that he passed away after receiving treatment for an inoperable brain tumor. A native of Argentina, he had a joyful personality and described himself as “Pope Francis’ friend. We are comforted by the promise of eternal life given to us by Christ Jesus. Please remember to pray for the repose of his soul and the comfort of his wife, Liliana.
Apr 17: I have been notified of the sad news of Mary Lou McGee's death. It happened on Thursday, April 13, 2017. Those who worked with RECongress and the Office of Religious Education knew her. She was the former RECongress Coordinator (2004), MaryLou worked in the Office of Religious Education and for the Department of Catholic Schools for many years. Her Funeral Mass took Friday, April 21 at 10 am at St. Jude the Apostle Church in Westlake Village. Please keep Mary Lou's family in your prayers.

Thank you, Tina and Dave Lavendier, for letting us know about this sad news. Mary Lou was an engaging and funny person. She will be dearly missed.

-- Jan Pedroza
Religious Education Program Coordinator


The registration fee for the Religious Education Congress 2018 is $70 ($80 after January 26, 2018). Registrations by the end of January will receive mailed tickets. After January 23, registrations can only be made online or on site at Congress. We will continue to process registrations and send email confirmations. Tickets can be printed at Congress in the Registration area. Registration area hours are:
-- Thursday, March 15 - 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
 -- Friday, March 16 - 7:00 am to 3 pm
 -- Saturday, March 17 - 7:30 am to 3 pm
 -- Sunday, March 18 - 8:00 to 11 am


The fee for Youth Day 2018 is $30 ($35 after January 26, 2018). Check the Youth Day page for more information.

A Special Invitation for Adults: The Youth Day Coordinating Team would like to offer a special opportunity to any adult who is not chaperoning a group from a parish or school and would like to be part of our day. To be part of the team, an adult needs to have been fingerprinted by the Los Angeles Archdiocese and have taken part in a Protecting God’s Children adult training session (upcoming opportunities for these are available). To get more information about joining Youth Day, please visit www.RECongress.org/YD or contact Victoria Radleigh at clamas@la-archdiocese.org or call (213) 637-7674.


It is important for you to check your Youth Day packet when it arrives. Please check to be sure your receive all the Name Badges for your parish/school group and each Adult Chaperone and each student has his or her own name badge. We will mail out all Youth Day packets by February 20, 2018. If you do not receive your packet, check your email for a confirmation of your registration with a barcode. Print that email out and bring to the Congress Registration Area. If you haven't received a barcode confirmation, please visit us onsite during our registration hours for assistance. If you have further inquiries, please call the Congress Registration Desk at 213-637-7348,


Youth Day packets have been mailed, which includes Name Badges, Chaperone tags and information about the day. Packet mailing dates of Registration Numbers (File ID #) are:

Jan 23: 1st mailing
Feb 6: 2nd mailing
Feb 20: 3rd mailing
After Feb 20: Any remaining packets can be picked-up onsite at the Registration area


Religious Education Congress attendees may purchase specially priced Disneyland resort eTickets prior to their arrival. There is special pricing for Twilight Convention tickets (after 4 pm), 1-day 1-park, multi-day and park hopper tickets. This eTicket offer is only available online at http://mydisneygroup.com/ZMRC18A and only from Friday, November 10, 2017 through 9:00 pm PST on Monday, March 12, 2018. Tickets are valid from Saturday, March 10, 2018 through Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

Note: These special ticket prices are not available once you arrive at the Resort. Prices are subject to change without notice.

These specially priced tickets are intended only for RECongress attendees and their guests. Only registered attendees are allowed to purchase tickets from this discounted ticket store link and can purchase up to 6 tickets maximum. We reserve the right to contact the ticket purchaser to request event registration confirmation. If it is discovered that the purchaser of the ticket is not participating or attending this event it will be considered a misuse of this offer and ticket, and the ticket(s) will be blocked and will not be eligible for a refund. In addition these tickets cannot be purchased for the purpose of being resold.

For orders of 10 or more tickets, you may make a bulk ticket order. Prices are the same as the ticket store. Unused tickets over the minimum may be returned. Contact RECongress@aol.com for forms. Forms must be returned at least 10 business days prior to the date of intended use.


Click here. Congress attendees can receive promotional offers and discounts during Congress with the "Show Your Badge & Save" program. Discounts are exclusively available to attendees during the conference for participating attractions and restaurants. Show your event badge and save at participating restaurants, attractions and much more!


When it becomes available, be sure to download the Religious Education Congress 2018 app – available on the iOS and Android platforms – as your mobile guide to Congress. The application is available on the App Store for iPhone and iPad users and on the Play Store for Android smartphone and tablets users. The app features information for both Youth Day and Congress -- with speaker information, session schedules, workshops, maps and more! 


 Exhibit Hall (Hall A) hours during Congress are:
-- Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
-- Saturday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
-- Sunday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

See the 2018 Exhibitor listing
You can also download a map of Hall A.


In addition to the indicated taped workshops, the General Assemblies (Arena and Hall B sessions) will be taped by CSC Digital Media. (Find information about Congress recordings for current and past sessions.)


This is a listing of all sessions that will take place in the Arena. NOTE: All Arena tickets are good for Arena or Hall B sessions. Asterisks (*) indicate recorded sessions.


This is a listing of all sessions that will take place in Hall B ("Spanish Arena"). NOTE: All Hall B tickets are good for either the Arena or Hall B sessions. Asterisks (*) indicate recorded sessions.


This is a listing of all sessions that will take place in Convention 203 (second floor). NOTE: Asterisks (*) indicate recorded sessions.


Congress Tickets and this year's attendee bag with Program Book is available on site at the Convention Center in the Registration area - location TBA. Hours are scheduled:
   -- Thursday, March 15 - 5:30 pm to 8 pm
   -- Friday, March 16 - 7:00 am to 3 pm
   -- Saturday, March 17 - 7:30 am to 3 pm
   -- Sunday, March 18 - 8:00 to 11 am

Scheduled mailing of Congress tickets:

Processed registrations by January 3, tickets mailed January 15
Processed registrations by January 17, tickets mailed February 6
All remaining tickets will need to be printed on site at Congress in Anaheim


See our latest Congress Emailing. Receive Congress updates emailed twice monthly through Congress (August 2017 through March 2018) by signing up.


On Friday through Sunday of Congress, authors and performing artists have scheduled times to sign their books and CDs at the Signing Area. The tables are located in the northeast corner of Hall A.
See the Speaker Signing Schedule


Several of the performing artists at Congress have scheduled time to appear at the new Performance Stage in Hall A. The stage, located in the southeast area of Exhibit Hall A, runs Friday through Sunday and showcases 20-minute sets of live music. Check the posted schedule onsite for appearance times.
See the Performance Stage Schedule


Within the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, liturgy is celebrated every Sunday in no fewer than 40 different languages. Living in the gift, promise and spirit of the Second Vatican Council, the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress liturgies have grown as they have embraced this wonderfully diverse church. Without exaggeration, complimentary reports and reviews come from six of the world’s seven continents. From Gregorian chant to gospel choirs; from Aztec dancers to Vietnamese and African drummers; we’ve worked diligently to inculturate the liturgies at Congress to accurately and authentically reflect the church of Los Angeles.

Character Location Presider Music
Youth Day - AM Convention Arena Archbishop José Gomez Ed Archer
Youth Day - PM Convention Arena Archbishop José Gomez Ed Archer
FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2018
Character Location Presider (Concelebrant) Music
Care of the Earth in the Perspective of the Filipino Culture Convention Arena Cardinal Luis Tagle Ricky Manalo / Clarissa Martinez
Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit in the Perspective of Black Culture Convention Ballrooms Rev. Anthony Bozeman Kenneth Louis / Richard Cheri / ValLimar Jansen / W. Clifford Petty
Restorative Justice: An Act of Mercy Marriott Marquis Bishop Richard Garcia Marty Haugen / Daniel Delgado
Spanish Convention Hall B TBA Anna Betancourt / Rafael Moreno
Evening Prayer (5:15 pm) Convention 303
(3rd floor)
Diana Macalintal John Angotti
Compline (9:00 pm) Convention 303
(3rd floor)
Tricia Hoyt Ian Callanan
Character Location Presider (Concelebrant) Music
Eritrean (Eastern Rite) Convention 303 Rev. Tesfaldet Asghedom Eritrean Community
Mary, Mother of Reconciliation Convention Ballrooms Msgr. Ray East Tony Alonso / Jeanne Cotter
Misa del Pueblo Inmigrante (Spanish) Convention Hall B Bishop Gerald Kicanas Pedro Rubalcava / Santiago Fernandez / Ivan Diaz
St. Patrick: The Immigrant Saint Convention Arena Rev. David Loftus Liam Lawton
Vietnamese Marriott Grand   Rufino Zaragoza / Paul Nguyen
Hope for the World in the Young Adult Perspective Marriott Marquis Rev. Daniel Horan Steve Angrisano
Morning Praise (English - 7:50 am) Convention Arena   Meredith Augustin / Trevor Thomson
Morning Praise (Spanish - 7:50 am) Convention Hall B   Dolores Gomez / Ivan Diaz / Rafael Moreno
Evening Prayer (5:15 pm) Convention 210 (2nd fl.) Ellie Hidalgo ValLimar Jansen / Jesse Manibusan
Taizé (9:00 pm) Convention 303 (3rd floor)   David Anderson
SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2018
Character Location Presider Music
Morning Liturgy (8:00 am) Convention Arena Bishop Kevin Vann Congress Choir 2018
Closing Liturgy (3:30 pm) Convention Arena Archbishop José Gomez Congress Choir 2018

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