Merry Christmas from RECongress!
Wishing you peace, love and joy
during this holy season of hopeful
anticipation. May your heart be
filled by God's abundant spirit of
love, transforming us into generous
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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 2011, brought together
nearly 40,000 people during the four-day weekend!
See 2011 Congress Statistics
for our next Los Angeles Religious Education Congress
• March 22, 2012
• March 23-25, 2012
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).
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The registration fee for Congress is $60 per
person. Youth Day has a separate registration
and fee of
$20 per person.
The Registration Guidebook contains all workshop and
speaker descriptions, entertainment and liturgy options,
and all events during Congress. There are two Registration
Forms per book. Guidebooks have been mailed. If you
did not receive your copyattended RECongress 2011, you
will automatically be mailed a Registration Guidebook.
Guidebooks will be available late-October.
Order a Guidebook
We received a sample of the bag to be handed out at
Congress 2012. The brown tote features the 2012
Congress logo on one side and the logo of the bag
sponsor, Guadalupe Radio, on the other. Every
Congress attendee will receive a bag filled with
several items, including the Program Book, a lanyard
and name badge holder.
See the Congress Updates Page
The Saint John’s Bible: Letters and Revelation
After more than 12 years, the creation of The
Saint John's Bible has reached its conclusion. Letters and Revelation, the final volume
of the entire monumental project, includes some of
the most crucial works of all the Christian
Scriptures. Renowned calligrapher and illuminator
Donald Jackson has collaborated with scribes,
artists and theologians to lend them a new life and
vibrancy for modern readers.
Letters and Revelation contains more than 30 illuminations and special text treatments, many of
which are included in this exhibition. They are
stunning in their beauty and dramatic imagery.
Written and drawn entirely by hand using quills and
paints hand-ground from precious minerals and
stones — such as lapis lazuli, malachite, silver and
24-karat gold — The Saint John’s Bible puts Jackson’s
mastery of an ancient craft at the service of the
timeless spiritual vision of Sacred Scripture.
See the Congress Updates Page
We invite all high
school students attending Youth Day to consider
becoming MCs to introduce speakers before workshops.
Young people may also become part of the
Archdiocesan choir for our liturgy -- talented
singers and instrumentalists are invited to come be
part of the group that leads the music at Mass.
If you are an adult
(or you know someone who is) that is NOT chaperoning a
group for Youth Day, and would like to volunteer for
the day, we have a place for you! Our adult
volunteer team helps with crowd control, information
sharing and much more during the day. We’re looking
for youth-friendly people that can make the day more
enjoyable for all.
Youth Day is fast approaching and we need volunteers
to help make the day run smoothly for our young
people! If you received a letter and postcard to
volunteer for Youth Day, please return the postcard
to Erin and Jonathan Avila at the address on the
postcard. If you are interested in volunteering and
did not receive a letter/postcard, please email Erin
and Jonathan Avila at YDvolunteer@recongress.org.
Find out more and download forms off our web site..
See the 2012 Youth Day Page
SPEAKER: MATTHEW KELLY
Born in Sydney, Australia, Matthew Kelly is a business consultant and speaker who has presented to more than 4 million people in over 50 countries in business forums, high schools and churches. Raised Catholic, Kelly founded and is President of The Dynamic Catholic Institute to research what it takes to establish vibrant Catholic communities in the 21st century. His books have been published in 25 languages and have appeared on best-seller lists; his latest title is “Rediscover Catholicism.”
Friday, March 23, 2012
3:00 - 4:30 pm - Session 3-14
"Finding Catholic Game Changers"
Even the most casual observer is aware that the tide
is going out on Catholicism. Do we just sit here and
watch? Or is there something we can do? In this
session, Matthew Kelly will explore what it will
take to regenerate interest and engagement among
Catholics today. He will also discuss the essence of
a game-changer and teach you how to find them both
in your life and in your parish.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
3:00 - 4:30 pm - Session 6-12
"The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic"
Did you know that
highly engaged Catholics have four things in common?
Based on more than three years of research by The
Dynamic Catholic Institute, Matthew Kelly will speak
about the four signs, how they were derived, what
they mean to your spiritual life and to the life of
a parish, and how they will change the way we
minister to people.
See the RECongress 2012 Speakers Page
Those attending Congress who intend to volunteer to assist at the workshops need to
submit their volunteer card and registration form as soon as possible! All volunteer cards and registrations need to be returned by January 5, 2012. Interested in volunteering for Congress? Please email the English Volunteer Chairpersons Dolly and Jim Anderson at
See the Congress Volunteers
SPECIAL CONGRESS OFFER
Congress attendees can pre-order specially priced Disneyland Resort Tickets.
Find specials on tickets to Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure, with special pricing on evening passes and on single- and multi-day passes for both Disneyland Resort parks. Note: These tickets are only available for sale online until March 22. Tickets are valid March 19-April 1, 2012.
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has contracted with local hotels to offer special rates
for attendees. We suggest making hotel reservations
as soon as possible.
online for our most current listing of hotels for Congress
making reservations, be sure to
ask for the Religious Education Congress
You can find information about contracted hotels on
our web site.
RECongress Hotels Page
FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIANS
We encourage all
Southern California Ralphs
shoppers to sign up for the free Ralphs rewards
Card and register their card with the Community Contributions
Program. It’s easy! Every time you shop for groceries
and scan your card at Ralphs, RECongress will automatically
earn up to 5% of all eligible purchases per enrolled
card. Sign up now! It’s never been easier to contribute
to the RECongress. Find
step-by-step instructions and information on our
RECongress Ralphs Program
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updates online. We are always adding new speaker and
hotel information. Check our site for updates and announcements.
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