invite you to attend the 2007 RECongress.
March 1, 2007 (Youth Day) &
March 2-4, 2007
NOTE: Be sure to make your hotel reservations early.
Ask for the RECongress rate. Some hotels report they
are sold out of the Congress room rates!
The 2007 Los Angeles Religious
is only 5 months away!
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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 -
April 2006, brought together a record-breaking
41,112 people over the four-day weekend! We had
registrants from across the country and as far away
as Ireland and Singapore. (See the
2006 Congress statistics.)
The 2007 Los Angeles Religious Education
Congress dates are:
• March 1, 2007 (Youth
• March 2 - 4, 2007 (Congress
Congress is held at the Anaheim Convention
Center, located at 800 West Katella Ave. in
Anaheim, Calif. (just across from Disneyland and
Disney’s California Adventure).
FEE The registration fee for Congress is $55.
($65 after January 5, 2007 deadline)
3 WAYS TO REGISTER
The Registration Guidebook lists all speakers
and workshops. You can download the Guidebook or
order it by mail. NOTE: If you registered for
Congress 2006, you will automatically be mailed
You can read the Director's full reflection on the
RECongress 2007 theme – as well as past themes – at
Our theme for the 2007 Congress is “Stand
in the Light
" / "Permanecer
in la Luz
"Light poured out wraps all of creation in
beauty, in warmth, in love and in solace.
The invitation, “Stand in the Light,” nudges
us to bask in the incredible radiance of a
God whose glory, brightness, penetrates
everyone, everything and everywhere."
Sr. Edith Prendergast
Find our listing of Congress themes at
The Congress weekend officially gets underway on
Thursday, March 1, 2007 with Youth Day, which is
specifically for those of in the 9th-12th
grades. High school students from many different
backgrounds from throughout the Los Angeles
Archdiocese – and beyond! – come together to
participate in morning and afternoon workshops,
share in liturgy and end the day with a Youth
Rally. Registration for Youth Day is a separate
from Congress registration and has its own
fees. Registration is $20 per person. Find
information and registration at
Most of our Congress delegates stay in the
surrounding hotels, which offer special rates for
Congress attendees. We suggest making hotel
reservations as soon as possible. A few hotels have
already sold out of their special rates. When making
reservations, be sure to ask for the Religious
Education Congress rate.
You can find updated information about contracted
Congress once again offers a wide variety of
speakers (199 of them this year) presenting
sessions from personal growth to music to
dealing with your child -- in English,
Spanish and Vietnamese. Speakers lined up
for RECongress 2007 include: John Allen Jr.,
Arturo Bañuelas, José-Román Flecha Andrés,
Edwina Gateley, Roberto Goizueta , Tom
Groome, Michael Joncas, Liam Lawton, Richard
Leonard, John O'Donahue, Peter Phan, Timothy
Radcliffe, Ronald Rolheiser, Clodomiro
Siller-Acuña, Pam Stenzel and David Whyte.
You can find a complete and updated listing
of speakers for RECongress 2007 online at
EARLY HISTORY OF CONGRESS
The origins of the Los Angeles Religious
Education Congress spring from the Confraternity
of Christian Doctrine, popularly known as CCD, a
ministry that actually began in Los Angeles
in 1922 under Bishop John Cantwell. Bishop
Cantwell appointed Fr. Leroy Callahan, Pastor of
San Antonio de Padua in East Los Angeles, to
By 1937 the program was so successful that a
full-time director was needed, and
Archbishop Cantwell appointed Msgr. John
Clarke as archdiocesan CCD Director, who
headed the program for the next 33 years.
All the while classes grew from 30,000 to
more than 200,000 in 1969.
In 1956 Msgr. Leland Boyer joined Msgr. John
Clarke and helped in organizing the first
CCD “institute” held at Mount Carmel High
School on Hoover Street in Los Angeles. Some
500 teachers and catechists attended the
two-day conference, listened to speakers and
gained experience from other teachers.
Congress 2007 falls on the 50th anniversary of
this first institute! You can read about the
Milestones of the Los Angeles Religious
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