2008 RECongress Updates

Religious Education Congress
February 28
, 2008 (Youth Day)
February 29 - March 2, 2008 (Congress days)

Sponsored by the Los Angeles Archdiocese's Office of Religious Education
Held at the Anaheim Convention Center, 800 West Katella Ave., Anaheim, Calif. (just across from Disneyland & Disney California Adventure)


Find information on:

Closed Workshops
Congress Registration
Congress Tickets
Youth Day
Youth Day Tickets
Arena Workshops
Hall B Workshops

Speaker Update
Congress Ticket Pick-up
Taped Sessions

Congress Liturgies


The registration fee for the Religious Education Congress is $70 ($60 before January 5, 2008). Registration is available online (until February 21) or by Ordering a Registration Guidebook (until February 20). If you haven't mailed in your registration by February 17, 2008, please either register online or just register on site at Congress.

After Monday, February 18, 2008, we will continue to process registrations received but will no longer mail them. We will hold them in Will Call at Congress. Tickets pick-up at Congress begins Thursday evening, February 28, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and on each of the days of Congress beginning at 8 a.m.

Online Registration is scheduled to end February 21 at 11 p.m. PST.


OUT OF UNITED STATES:         Last day we mail tickets out of U.S.: February 15, 2008

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES:   Last day we mail tickets out of state: February 18, 2008

WITHIN CALIFORNIA:                Last day we mail tickets: February 22, 2008

This is our planned mail dates for Congress tickets:

If you registered by ... REGISTRATION #

Your tickets should be mailed on...

Nov 20, 2007 1 - 1,000 January 29, 2008 YES
Nov 30, 2007 1,001 - 2,000 January 30, 2008 YES
Dec 10, 2007 2,001 - 3,000 January 31, 2008 YES
Dec 13, 2007 3,001 - 4,000 February 1, 2008 YES
Dec 19, 2007 4,001 - 5,000 February 4, 2008 YES
Dec 22, 2007 5,001 - 6,000 February 4, 2008 YES
Dec 27, 2007 6,001 - 7,000 February 5, 2008 YES
Jan 2, 2008 7,001 - 8,000 February 5, 2008 YES
Jan 5, 2008 8,001 - 9,000 February 5, 2008 YES
Jan 6, 2008 9,001 - 10,000 February 6, 2008 YES
Jan 8, 2008 10,001 - 11,000 February 6, 2008 YES
Jan 11, 2008 11,001 - 12,000 February 6, 2008 YES
Jan 12, 2008 12,001 - 13,000 February 7, 2008 YES
Jan 13, 2008 13,001 - 14,000 February 8, 2008 YES
Jan 16, 2008 14,001 - 15,000 February 11, 2008 YES
Jan 21, 2008 15,001 - 16,000 February 11, 2008 YES
Jan 23, 2008 16,001 - 17,000 February 11, 2008 YES
Jan 27, 2008 17,001 - 18,000 February 11, 2008 YES
Jan 30, 2008 18,001 - 19,000 February 12, 2008 YES
Feb 10, 2008 19,001 - 19,822 February 12, 2008 YES
Feb 12, 2008 19,823 - 19,900 February 13, 2008 YES
Feb 13, 2008 19,901 - 20,321 February 14, 2008 YES
Feb 13, 2008 20,322 - 20,359 February 15, 2008
last day we mail to foreign addresses
Feb 18, 2008 20,366 - 20,448 February 19, 2008 YES
Feb 19, 2008 20,449 - 20,977 February 19, 2008 YES
Feb 20, 2008 20,978 - 21,004 February 20, 2008 YES
Feb 20, 2008 21,005 - 21,252 February 21, 2008  
mailed registration accepted until 
Feb 15
21,253 - 21,500 February 22, 2008  
    February 20, 2008
last day we mail to U.S. addresses
online registration ends Feb 21 21,501 - 21,600 tickets for new registrations available only at Congress  
    February 22, 2008
last day tickets mailed out


Youth Day registration is separate from Congress registration. The fee is $25 ($20 before January 5, 2008). NOTE: Youth Day has closed to new registrations. Check the Youth Day page for more information.

A SPECIAL INVITATION FOR ADULTS:  The Youth Day Coordinating Team would like to offer a special opportunity to any adult who is not chaperoning a group from a parish or school and would like to be part of our day. The Youth Day Moving Crew is a group of youth-friendly adults who join us and help guide groups with information and instructions throughout the day. To be part of the Moving Crew, an adult needs to have been fingerprinted by the Los Angeles Archdiocese and have taken part in a Protecting Gods Children adult training session (upcoming opportunities for these are available). To get more information about joining Youth Days Moving Crew, please visit archive.recongress.org/YD or contact Mike Norman at mnorman@laarchdiocese.org or call (213) 637-7674.

ATTENTION GROUP LEADERS:  Official Youth Day T-Shirts are available for group pre-orders. Orders with payment must be received by February 15, 2008 and will be available for pick-up starting at 8 a.m. on Youth Day at a booth in the Grand Lobby (south side) of the Convention Center Arena.
T-shirts: $15 Sweatshirts $40  --  Available in sizes: S, M, L, XL  --  Special sizes available upon request.
Place your order online at www.Seraph7.com
NOTE: This year, your group can receive their T-shirts in advance of Youth Day! Or if you would like to customize your shirts, email us at store@seraph7.com

SOMETHING NEW FOR YOUTH DAY:  In an effort to enhance the work of the Office of Religious Education in developing youth leaders across the archdiocese and to support the outreach of the Catholic Youth Foundation USA, there will be a collection during liturgies this year at Youth Day. Catholic Youth Foundation USA serves the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry by providing financial resources at the local, diocesan, regional and national levels to promote effective and innovative ministry with adolescents in order to assure a faithful future. We ask that you share this information with young people and adults coming to Youth Day and emphasize how their contribution can continue the formation and education of others. Thank you in advance for your support!


Youth Day packets started being mailed on January 28, 2008.

It is important for you to check your Youth Day tickets when they arrive. Please open your packet and make sure your received the tickets for your parish/school. We have gotten calls that some people received the wrong tickets. If, for some reason, you received the wrong tickets please call (213) 637-7348 and we will be glad to help you.

This is the anticipated scheduled mail dates for Youth Day tickets.

If you registered by ... REGISTRATION #

Your tickets should be mailed on...

Dec 19, 2007 101 - 200 January 28, 2008 YES
Jan 2, 2008 201 - 300 January 30, 2008 YES
Jan 7, 2008 301 - 350 February 1, 2008 YES
Jan 12, 2008 351 - 400 February 4, 2008 YES
Jan 24, 2008 400 - 450 February 8, 2008 YES
Jan 26, 2008 451 - 500 February 13, 2008 YES
Jan 28, 2008 501 - 589 February 13, 2008 YES


If you register and do not select workshop choices or you register on-site at Congress you will be assigned Arena workshop tickets. NOTE: All session tickets are good for Arena session and Hall B sessions. Asterisks (*) indicate recorded workshops.

ARENA 1-12 Terry Hershey The Sacred Present: Finding, Loving, Living(*)
ARENA 2-19 Sr Anne Bryan Smollin The Spirituality of Connectedness: Lifting Our Gaze(*)
ARENA 3-21 Rev. Ronald Rolheiser Radical Faith -- The Struggles with Faith and the Dark Night of the Sprit(*)
ARENA 4-10 Rev. Richard Fragomeni Seven Steps to Prayer Better: or, Why Do I Feel That God is Far Away?(*)
ARENA 5-17 Fr. Joe Kempf Forgiveness(*)
ARENA 6-23 Rev. Patrick Mullen The Women in the New Testament(*)
ARENA 7-01 John Allen Jr The Future of Liberal Catholicism(*)
ARENA 8-15 Rev. James Martin Catholic Laughter(*)


If you register for Spanish workshops and do not select session choices, or if you register on-site at Congress and prefer Spanish workshops you will be assigned Hall B workshop tickets. NOTE: All session tickets are good for Arena session and Hall B sessions. Asterisks (*) indicate recorded workshops.

HALL B 1-51 P. Alvaro Ginel Vielva Transmitir la fe en familia(*)
HALL B 2-52 Ricardo Grzona Seor que vea(*)
HALL B 3-55 Rev. Armando Noguez Alcantara Aprender a ser discpulos y misioneros de Jesucristo(*)
HALL B 4-54 Ana Garca-Mina Freire Cmo poder reconciliarnos con nosotros mismos?(*)
HALL B 5-56 Julia Villa Garca Por qu se rompe la relacin de pareja?(*)
HALL B 6-57 Rev. Luigi Zanotto Pascua: Las huellas del paso de Dios en la comunidad hispana(*)
HALL B 7-51 Rev. ngel de la Parte Pars Animar a padres y catequistas en tiempos difciles(*)
HALL B 8-54 Mons. Jos Lus Guerrero Rosado Qu nos dice Nuestra Seora de Guadalupe con su imagen(*)


In addition to the taped workshops, the following General Assemblies will be taped by Convention Seminar Cassettes. (Find information on ordering Congress recordings.)

GENERAL GA1 Opening Event: Sr. Edith Prendergast, RSC
GENERAL GA2 Saturday Keynote: Rev. Robert Barron
GENERAL GA3 Sunday English Address: Mike Patin
GENERAL GA4 Sunday Spanish Address: Rev. Jos-Romn Flecha Andrs


Advance ticket pick-up and RECongress Program Books will be available for pick-up at Congress. Times begin Thursday evening, February 28, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Regular Congress hours begin at 8 a.m. each day of Congress.


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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
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, 5:15 p.m.

 Character   Location  Presider 
General Hilton Pacific Ballroom Rev.Robert Scholla
Black Culture Convention Arena Rev. J- Glenn Murray   
Celtic Convention Grand Ballrooms Rev. Brendan McGuire   


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
 Character   Location  Presider 
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

Sunday, March 2

 Character   Location  Presider 
Morning Liturgy (8:15 a.m.) Convention Arena Bishop Tod Brown
Closing Liturgy (3:30 p.m.) Convention Arena Cardinal Roger Mahony

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