REC 2008 #7
RECongress Email Updates Jan 18, 2008
We invite you to  Congress 2008.

Feb. 28, 2008
(Youth Day) &
February 29 -
March 2, 2008

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The 2008 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress dates are:
       February 28, 2008 (Youth Day)
       February 29 - March 2, 2008 (Congress days)

Congress is held at the Anaheim Convention Center, located at 800 West Katella Ave. in Anaheim, Calif. (just across from Disneyland and Disneys California Adventure).
On Friday morning at 11 a.m. (February 29, 2008), Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony will conduct two, live online chat sessions from the main Exhibit Hall at the Religious Education Congress in Anaheim, Calif. This will be the Cardinal's 12th annual online appearance live from Congress!
  Join us at the Tech Center on Friday at 11 a.m.
  Go online and join in the chat session.
  Ask the Cardinal a question! After a private online chat session with school students, the Cardinal will conduct a nationwide chat -- and YOU can take part. Have a question for the Cardinal? Ask your question now and watch it be submitted during the chat session.

John O'Donohue, Irish author, poet and a regular speaker at Congress, died suddenly Jan. 4 at age 53 while vacationing in France. From 1999 to 2006, O'Donohue was an annual presenter at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. He was scheduled to present two workshops at Congress this year. Suitable substitute presenters are being considered.

The author of "Anam Cara," a best seller published in England in 1997 and later in the United States, O'Donohue also authored "Eternal Echoes," "Beauty, The Invisible Embrace" and most recently "Benedictus: A Book of Blessings." He wrote two books of poetry and a book in German.
Excerpted from The Tidings; you can find the entire article at The Tidings Online at
Read the tribute by David Whyte:
Youth Day 2008 (Thursday, February 28) is still open (with under 1,000 spots left), but is expected to reach capacity and close very soon. We encourage anyone interested in attending to register as soon as possible. There is no ON SITE registration at Youth Day. If we receive your registration after Youth Day has closed, we will return the forms/money to you.
Dont forget you can pre-order official Youth Day T-shirts with the Youth Day theme: "About Face! Focused on God!" Also, shirts can have your parish or school name on them! Check out the shirts at That is also the place to make your special orders.


Notice to Adults: We are looking for adult volunteers to be part of the Moving Crew for Youth Day 2008. You must: be at least 21 years of age; not be a Chaperone of a group that day; be able to be in Anaheim on Youth Day by 7:30 a.m.and volunteer for the ENTIRE day; have the skills for directing youth and able to handle crowd control. It's a great way to be part of the experience without being a Chaperone! (Note: ALL Moving Crew Members must be fingerprinted by the Archdiocese and have been through the Protecting Gods Children adult training program.)
For information and forms, go to
Planning your weekend liturgies? Congress strives to offer experiences that stimulate new ideas and renew excitement about ministry, reinvigorate faith and help restore a spirit of hope. This happens through ritual, prayer, music, dance and Word not only from workshops, but through the various daily liturgies we offer. We invite you to experience a liturgy from among the many cultures represented.
Friday, February 29, 5:15 p.m.
Character -- Location -- Presider 
General -- Convention Grand Ballrooms -- Rev. Richard Fragomeni   
Contemplative -- Marriott Marquis Ballroom -- Rev. Bryan Massingale   
Jazz -- Convention Arena -- Rev. R. Tony Ricard   
Nigerian -- Hilton Pacific Ballroom -- Rev. Ikechukwu Ikeocha   
Spanish -- Convention Hall B  -- Bishop Gabino Zavala
Saturday, March 1, 5:15 p.m. 
General -- Hilton Pacific Ballroom -- Rev. Robert Scholla   
Black Culture -- Convention Arena -- Rev. J-Glenn Murray   
Celtic -- Convention Grand Ballrooms -- Rev. Brendan McGuire   
Spanish -- Convention Hall B -- Bishop Rutilio del Riego
Young Adult -- Marriott Marquis Ballroom -- Rev. Joe Kempf   
Vietnamese -- Marriott Grand Ballroom -- Bishop Dominic Luong, presider
                                                            Bishop Anton Chuong, homilist
   (Note: This is a move from Friday, as printed in the Registration Guidebook)
Sunday, March 2
Morning Liturgy (8:15 a.m.) -- Arena -- Bishop Tod Brown
Closing Liturgy (3:30 p.m.) -- Arena -- Cardinal Roger Mahony
In addition to the Eucharistic Liturgies, Congress also offers other daily prayer experiences:
Friday, February 29
Vespers (5:15 p.m.) -- Convention 303 (3rd floor) -- Yolanda Brown   
Peace Prayer (9:30 p.m.) -- Convention 303 (3rd floor) -- Rev. Alexis Salvatierra
Saturday, March 1
Morning Praise (8:00 a.m.) -- Convention Arena -- Juliette Marsh-Williams   
Vespers (5:15 p.m.)  -- Convention 303 (3rd floor) -- Douglas Leal   
Lamentation (9:30 p.m.) -- Convention 303 (3rd floor) -- Rev. Jim Clarke
For more information go to
As part of this year's makeover of the Tech Center, located near the center of the Exhibit Hall, it is being renamed the "Congress Technology Innovation Center." In addition to the continuous presentations every 30 minutes, the Center's sponsor, MyCatholicVoice, will be launching their new Web site during Congress.
You can find updates about the Technology Innovation Center in upcoming Emailings and  a weekend schedule posted online at
When do we get our tickets? Congress and Youth Day tickets will start being mailed at the end of January. We mail in order of registration. You can find an expected mailing  schedule online at
Did you know? We don't randomly assign Congress speakers to a room. Our Congress database program has been designed to project attendance. When we get about 7,000 registrations, our computer program actually calculates what attendance will be for each workshop. Then, we assign the most popular workshops with the largest capacity rooms. In fact, our most popular session for each period will be in the Arena -- the one location that is always available!
You can find a listing of our Arena workshops and other session information online at
Quick Links to RECongress 2008 information:

Congress could not function without the hundreds of volunteers
who generously give of their time. If you have attended Congress in the past and would like to find out more about becoming a volunteer for Congress 2008, please consider this your "personal" invitation. We have a need for Workshop Volunteers (both English and Spanish), Eucharist Ministers for Arena events (Opening Event and the two Closing Liturgies), and musicians for the Congress Choir.
You can find specifics about volunteering for Congress 2008 online at

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