RECongress Email Updates • Oct 2006
We 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 Education Congress
is only 5 months away!
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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! 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 Day)
     •  March 2 - 4, 2007
(Congress days)

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)
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 a Guidebook. 
        •  Download the Registration Guidebook
        •  Order a Registration Guidebook
        •  Register online (coming soon)

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
 You can read the Director's full reflection on the RECongress 2007 theme – as well as past themes – at  .

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 hotels at
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


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 this ministry.

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 Education Congress.


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