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 March 2018, brought together over 36,000 for the four-day event! We had 33,452 registered from across the country and nearly 700 registered from as far away as the U.K. and Australia. Attendance at Youth Day 2018 was 12,837! (See Congress 2018 registration statistics)
Variety of Topics – Over the three days, the adult days of Congress will offer over 300 workshops presented by 200 speakers. (See the list of Congress 2019 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 2018 will offer 14 Eucharistic Liturgies of different character, including Byzantine Divine Liturgy, Honoring Our Ancestors in Faith from the Black Culture Perspective, Mass for Persecuted Christians (Spanish and Vietnamese), Mass for Promoting Harmony, Mass for the Progress of Peoples – Church on the Way to Unity, Mass for Those Held in Captivity, Sanctification of Human Labor (English and Spanish), The Cross and Suffering in Today’s World in the Franciscan Tradition, along with Morning Praise (one with the English Keynote and one with the Spanish Keynote), Evening Prayer and Taizé. (See a listing of Congress 2019 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 2018 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 2019 featured entertainment by John Angotti, Meredith Augustin, John Burland, Andrew Chinn, Fr. Rob Galea, Sarah Hart, M. Roger Holland II, ValLimar Jansen, Tom Kendzia, Michael Mangan, Jesse Manibusan, James Wahl, and WAL – 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) • " 'Congress’ at 45" (2012) • "Still growing, a half century later" (2016)
WHO MAY ATTEND?
The three adult days of the Religious Education Congress is open to all who wish to learn more about the Catholic faith or seek personal growth.
Dates for RECongress 2019 are March 21, 2019 (Youth Day) & March 22-24, 2019 (adult days)
Youth Day has a separate registration and pricing from the adult days. The regular registration priciing for Youth Day 2019 is $40, with special discount pricing of $35 available until February 22, 2019. Admission to the three aduts days includes all workshops (tickets are required), exhibits, concerts and liturgies. The regular registration fee for the adult days of RECongress 2019 is $85, with special discount pricing of $75 available until February 22, 2019.If you would like information about RECongress, please contact us. Be sure to provide your name and complete mailing address:
Register: Register Online 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. 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 Religious Education Congress weekend. High school students from many different backgrounds from throughout the Archdiocese – and beyond – come together to participate in an Arena liturgy and keynote along with morning and afternoon workshops.
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.
The regular registration priciing for Youth Day 2019 is $40, with special discount pricing of $35 available until February 22, 2019.
See the Youth Day page
since Nov 21, 2002