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In this Emailing
Congress registration fees set to increase!
reminder if you haven't yet registered for Youth
Day or Congress: Fees increase January 5, 2009.
With the Christmas holidays fast approaching,
don't put off your Congress registration. Also,
the first 5,000 Congress registrants are
"guaranteed" their first choices. Start planning
Register for RECongress 2009.
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The 2009 Los
Angeles Religious Education Congress dates
February 26, 2009 (Youth Day)
• February 27 - March 1, 2009
Congress is held at the Anaheim Convention
Center, located at 800 West Katella Ave. in
Anaheim, Calif. (just across from Disneyland
and Disney California Adventure).
registration fee for Congress 2009 is
$60. ($70 after January 5,
The Youth Day registration fee is
$20 per person ($25 per person
after January 5, 2009). NOTE: That Youth Day
fills by the Youth Day Registration
Deadline, February 1, 2009, and often fills
by the date of the price increase.
registered for Congress yet?
Don't put off too long registering for
Congress. Remember that registration
rates increase January 5, 2009. Also,
those who register soon can be
"guaranteed" first choices. Our Congress
registration system collects the first
5,000-plus registrations before
assigning workshop choices. It actually
projects workshop attendance, and only
then are speakers assigned to rooms.
Meaning, the most popular workshops are
assigned to the largest rooms -- which
€śguarantees" you will get your first
We're approaching our
€śmagic" number of 5,000 registrations,
so make sure you register soon -- to
€śguarantee" your first choices.
Registration for Youth Day and online
registration for Congress is available
Youth Day 2009 is Thursday, February
26, 2009. Registration for Youth
Day is separate from the adult Congress
days. It is specifically geared for those in
the 9th-12th grades. The theme for the day
is "Step Up to Life."
Registration for Youth Day is $20 per person
($25 per person after January 5, 2009).
You can find information, download forms and
read about the Youth Day theme at
archive.recongress.org/YD. NOTE: Youth Day
registration closes before the Youth Day
registration deadline of February 1, 2009,
and usually reaches capacity by mid-January,
around the time of the price increase
Know a youth who might like to be an MC at
Youth Day? Know someone who loves to sing or
play an instrument? We are looking for
Emcees to introduce speakers for Youth Day
and also musicians to sing and play for the
To be MC or musician at Youth Day 2009 you
• Be a high school youth
• Be willing to make
all required rehearsals
willing to take full part in Youth Day 2009
• Be registered with your parish or school
for Youth Day!
For more information and to download the
registration forms go to our
Youth Day page.
(The Youth Day Choir deadline is January 5,
and the Youth Day MCs deadline is January
Have your booked your hotel room?
We have contracted with 34 properties
around the Anaheim Convention Center area for
special pricing for Congress attendees. However,
some hotels have already sold out of these
Congress blocks. Be sure to ask for the
Religious Education Congress rate when
you book with one of these properties. Note:
Once the block has been sold out, there may
still be rooms available, but at higher rates.
Be sure to make your hotel reservations soon, as
some block rates are only guaranteed until
You can find the updated listing
of contracted hotels at
Over 200 Exhibitors are set for
Congress 2009. This year,
Congress will feature 227 exhibitors,
ranging from religious art to music, and
from publishing houses to educational
institutions, in addition to our own
represented Archdiocesan ministries.
We are currently updating the list of
Exhibitors for Congress 2009. Find the
listing of those who have completed
their Program Book information on our
2009 Exhibitor page.
Listen to Congress ... now!
Our Congress web site is annually adding to
its audio selections and Podcasts about the
Religious Education Congress, including
opening welcomes from Sr. Edith Prendergast,
Director of the Office of Religious
You can find these at
majority of the Congress workshops have been
recorded over the years. You can find links
to available audio CDs and cassettes from
past years at
Congress event has transformed over
the years. What we know
today as the Religious Education
Congress, first began in 1956 as an
"Institute" of the Congregation of
Christian Doctrine -- popularly
known as CCD. The two-day event was
held at Mount Carmel High School on
Hoover Street in Los Angeles (which
closed in 1976), with about 500
teachers and catechists in
In 1967, with the cooperation of
the Diocese of Monterey-Fresno and
the Diocese of San Diego, a
three-day €śCongress" was instituted.
That first "Southern California
Confraternity Congress" was held at
the LAX-area International Hotel on
January 13-15, 1967.
(Photo: Congress 1969 outgrew
the regular meeting spaces of the
International Hotel and some
workshops were actually held in
hotel rooms. Beds and TV sets were
moved aside to make room for
speakers and catechists. Note the
hotel room remnants -- the lamp on
the right and the mirror behind the
A decade later, in the 1970s, with
the renaming of the CCD Office to
the Office for Religious Education,
the event became the €śReligious
Need to print out a flyer
about Congress? You can
find a resource of information about
Congress 2009 with letter-sized
flyers, ads and bulletin
announcements that can be printed
and posted -- available online at
special offer for Congress
attendees. Only on
archive.recongress.org can you find
a link for specially priced tickets
to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. There is
special ticket pricing on evening
passes and on single- and multi-day
passes for both Disneyland Resort
Look for the Disney
castle logo found toward the bottom
of our home page at
archive.recongress.org. Note: These
tickets are only available for sale
until February 25, 2009.