- Fees increase
- Last day for refunds
- Congress & Youth Day ticket mailing begins
- Youth Day Registration Closes
- Last day to mail in Congress registrations
- Last day we mail out-of-state tickets
- Last day we mail in-state tickets
- Online registration ends
Mar. 22 (Youth Day) & Mar. 23-25, 2012
"Voice Infusing Life" /
"Voz que Infunde Vida"
What is Congress?
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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).
See a Yahoo Map
The registration fee for Congress is $60 per
person. Youth Day has a separate registration
and fee of
$20 per person.
Note: Fees increase after February 4th.
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. If you don't have a Guidebook, you
may either download it or order a copy to be sent by
Order a Guidebook
Be a Voice for Congress
RECongress aims to teach
more about the Catholic faith as well as to advance
personal growth. We invite you to join in this great
work and offer others the opportunity to hear God's
voice in their own lives by inviting them to
RECongress. Sign up to "Accept the Challenge."
On the 'Accept the Challenge' site you can find:
Take the Challenge - Sign up for the contest
Voice Infusing Life - Watch the video
Shout Out! - Post
on Facebook and Twitter
Viva Voices! - An update blog and RSS Feed
"Accept the Challenge" Contest
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
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: JOHN BURLAND
John Burland is an educator and composer of
religious music for children and adults. He is the
Project Officer-Liturgy/Music for the Catholic
Education Office in Sydney, Australia, where he
conducts workshops, celebrations and reflection
days. Burland has worked as a classroom teacher,
assistant principal and religious education
coordinator for over 20 years in school and parish
communities. He is a regular speaker at conventions
and gatherings across Australia, New Zealand and the
Friday, March 23, 2012
3:00 - 4:30 pm — Session 3-02
Celebrating the Mass with Children"(*)
As religious educators, the introduction of the new
translation of the Roman Missal has called us to
ensure that children and families continue to grow
in their knowledge, understanding and celebration of
the Mass. In this workshop, John Burland will share
a collection of catechetical songs for deepening
children’s understanding of the Mass and a variety
of liturgical music that can be used in Masses with
children. Come ready to raise your voice as we
celebrate together in song!
Saturday, March 24, 2012
3:00 - 4:30 pm
"Proclaiming the Word of God with Children Through
Song and Celebration"(*)
Music is a rich and formative teaching and learning
resource that can be effectively woven into
religious education to enhance knowledge,
understanding and celebration. Through the use of
song and movement, John Burland will share practical
and engaging strategies for creatively teaching
Scripture, doctrine, sacraments and other
catechetical themes. Come ready to raise your voice
in song as we journey in faith!
Oscar Rodriguez has had to cancel his participation
at this year's Religious Education Congress to
fulfill a personal engagement with Pope Benedict.
His session 4-19: "Living the Mission of Jesus in
Our World Today" has been cancelled.
See the RECongress 2012 Speakers Page
Friday, March 23, 8:00 pm
This year’s Film
Showcase, in partnership with Loyola Marymount
University, presents excerpts from a number of
narrative feature films, shorts, documentaries,
experimental and animated films, whose thematic
elements are grounded in Catholic social teaching,
justice, ministry, spirituality and theology.
Filmmakers will be present to meet with audience
See other Congress Spotlights
Arena — 11:45 am - 12:30 pm
John Burland, Andrew Chinn &
“Celebrating with Voices, Hearts and Hands”
Join these three
dynamic and spirited Australians for lunch as they
raise their powerful voices in songs of faith and
joy. Experience a vibrant inter-generational
celebration. Come sing and let the Spirit infuse
See the Congress Schedule
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.
See other Congress Updates
Don't forget to make your hotel reservation. RECongress
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
You can find all the latest Congress information and
updates online. We are always adding new speaker and
hotel information. Check our site for updates and announcements.
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