invite you to
attend the 2008 RECongress.
Feb. 28, 2008
February 29 -
March 2, 2008
NOTE: Be sure to make your hotel reservations early. Ask for the
RECongress rate. Some hotels report they are sold out of the Congress
Only five months until RECongress 2008!
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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 2007, brought
together over 40,800 people during the four-day weekend! We
had registrants from across the country and as far away as Ireland and
Singapore. (See the 2007
The 2008 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress dates are:
• February 28, 2008
• February 29 - March 2, 2008
is held at the
Anaheim Convention Center, located at 800 West Katella Ave. in Anaheim,
Calif. (just across from Disneyland and Disney’s California
The registration fee for Congress is $60. ($70 after January
4, 2008 deadline)
3 WAYS TO REGISTER
Guidebook lists all speakers and workshops. If you did not attend last
year, add your name to the mailing list to order it
by mail. NOTE: If you registered
for Congress 2007, you will automatically be mailed a
You can read the Director's
full reflection on the RECongress 2007 theme
– as well as past themes – at
theme for the 2008 Congress is:
"Lift Your Gaze
"¡Alza tu Mirada ... Vuelve a Mirar!"
theme nudges us to widen our horizons, bid farewell to whatever may
cloud our vision or dim our spirits and glimpse again all the beauty
within us and around us. Gazing with eyes of the
heart we discover the divine spark at the center of all of creation and
at the heart of all human experiences."
Sr. Edith Prendergast
Find our listing of Congress themes at
The Congress weekend officially gets underway on
Thursday, February 28, 2008 with Youth
Day, which is specifically for those of in the 9th-12th grades. High
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 $15 per person. Find information and registration at
Most of our Congress delegates stay in the
surrounding area hotels. We have contracted with 31
hotels for Congress 2008, which
will offer special rates for attendees. We suggest making hotel
reservations as soon as possible. A few hotels have already sold out of
their special rates (though they might have rooms at higher rates).
When making reservations, be sure to ask for the
Religious Education Congress rate.
can find updated information about contracted hotels at archive.recongress.org/hotels
once again offers a wide variety of speakers (192 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 2008 include: John Allen, Scott Appleby, Dianne Bergant, Barbara Coloroso, Virgilio Elizondo, Barbara Fiand, Richard
Gaillardetz, Edwina Gateley, Bishop Gerald Barnes, David Haas, Marty
Haugen, Rev. José-Román Flecha, Matthew Kelly,
Liam Lawton, Lynn Levo, Rev. Bryan Massingale, Bishop Luis Tagle, Peter
Phan, Timothy Radcliffe and Ronald Rolheiser.
can find a complete and updated listing of speakers for RECongress 2008
online at archive.recongress.org/2008/speakers.htm
You can find all Congress information and updates
archive.recongress.org. We will soon be adding Congress Spotlights
and updating speaker and hotel information. In two
weeks we will be posting our Congress Registration Guidebook and
Watch for exciting things coming to archive.recongress.org.
Our next month's emailing will share some first-timers' experiences at
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