Held at the Anaheim Convention Center, 800 West Katella Ave., Anaheim, Calif. (just across from Disneyland)
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WHAT IS CONGRESS?
Nation's Largest – The Religious Education Congress, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Office of Religious Education, is the nation's largest annual gathering of Roman Catholics!
With 40,000 in Attendance – Our last Religious Education Congress, held in February 2017, brought together nearly 40,000 for the four-day event! We had 32,939 registered from across the country and nearly 800 registered from as far away as the U.K. and Australia. Attendance at Youth Day 2017 was nearly 14,000! (See Congress 2017 registration statistics)
Variety of Topics – Over the three days, Congress 2017 offered over 300 workshops presented by 200 speakers. (See the list of Congress 2017 Speakers). Topics range from personal growth to music to spiritual topics – in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.
Representing Many Cultures – Congress annually offers a number of liturgies of different character. Congress 2017 offered 16 Eucharistic Liturgies of different character, including Care of the Earth in the Hawaiian Tradition; Celtic; Contemplative in the Filipino Tradition; Immigrants, Exiles, Refugees (in English) and Inmigrantes, Exiliados, Refugiados (in Spanish); Joy of Love – Celebrating Christian Marriage; Maronite Divine Liturgy; Mass of Healing; Preservation of Peace & Justice in the African-American Tradition; Spanish; Vietnamese; Young Adult and Evening Prayer and Taizé services. (See a listing of Congress 2017 Liturgies.)
Free Exhibits (open to Registrants only) – Congress 2017 showcased 545 booths housing 257 companies as exhibitors – ranging from religious art to music, and from publishing houses to educational institutions, in addition to our own represented Archdiocesan ministries. (See our 2017 Exhibitor Listing.)
Free Entertainment for Registrants – Admission to Congress includes both free lunchtime and evening concerts – ranging from contemporary Christian music to the leading Latino composers and artists. Congress 2017 featureed entertainment by Craig Colson, Ivan Diaz, Estela Garcia-Lopez, David Haas, Sarah Hart, Marty Haugen, ValLimar Jansen, Michael Joncas, Rudy Lopez, Jesse Manibusan, Rafael Moreno, Mario Perez, Pedro Rubalcava, Trevor Thomson and the Vietnamese Lasallian Youth Troupe with Tuan Quoc Le, and others – along with our Art Exhibit, our evening Film Showcase, Sacred Illumination, Sacred Space, our annual Young Adult Dance, and much more!
ABOUT THE RECONGRESS:
• REVIEWS Index -- See what's been written about Congress!
• Milestones of the Religious Education Congress • CCD / RECongress history in pictures • Congress Themes (1956-present) • RECongress 1970 (photos) • The CCD: History in the Making (1972) • "A look back at 30 years of Congress" (2000) • "The past history of the Religious Ed Congress" (2001) • "The early days: 'A certain spirit' " (2001) • "Still growing, a half century later" (2016)
WHO MAY ATTEND?
The 3-day Religious Education Congress is open to all who wish to learn more about the Catholic faith or seek personal growth.
Dates for RECongress 2018 are March 15, 2018 (Youth Day) & March 16-18, 2018 (adult days)
The registration fee covers admission to all three days of workshops (tickets are required), exhibits, concerts and liturgies. The fee for Congress 2017 was $70 ($80 after the January 13, 2017 deadline).If you would like information about RECongress, please contact us. Be sure to provide your name and complete mailing address:
By e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org By phone: Call (213) 637-7348 or (213) 637-7301 By mail: Religious Education Congress
Office of Religious Education
3424 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90010
Congress could not function without the hundreds of volunteers who give of their time. If you have attended Congress in the past and would like to find out more about becoming a volunteer for our next Religious Education Congress, please consider this your "personal invitation." See our Volunteer Information.
The Los Angeles Religious Education Congress continues to grow with each passing year. At Congress 2016, we had nearly 40,000 attendees. It remains the largest annual catechetical and liturgical gathering in the world; and it happens every year in Anaheim.
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 L.A. 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 liturgy to accurately and authentically reflect the church of Los Angeles.
The combined talents of nearly 275 musicians comprise the group that provide the music for the final liturgies on Sunday at Congress. Over 16,000 people attend these liturgies. Prior to 1991, the "band" consisted of piano, one percussionist, one guitar, electric bass and a synthesizer. The choir was 16 voices. Over the years, both the choir and band have grown considerably in depth and membership. Today's Congress Band/Orchestra consists of approximately 40 instrumentalists and last year's choir was the largest with over 200 members from six dioceses. Last year, we had nearly 30 students from 6 different colleges and universities singing with us. We’re working hard to include as many talented people as possible in this experience.
Congress Liturgy Committee
WHAT IS YOUTH DAY?
Youth Day is held annually on the Thursday as an opening to our Congress weekend. High school students from many different backgrounds from throughout the Archdiocese – and beyond – come together to participate in morning and afternoon workshops, culminating in a Youth Rally.
WHO CAN ATTEND?
Youth Day is designed for all students from public and Catholic schools, grades 9 through 12. NOTE: Students below the 9th grade are not allowed to participate in this event and will be refused admission.
Registration for Youth Day 2017 was $30 ($35 after January 13, 2017).
See the Youth Day page
since Nov 21, 2002