Los Angeles Religious Education Congress
 RECongress Email Updates #4 Oct 17, 2011 (REC 2012-4)

Congress 2012

Mar. 22 (Youth Day) & Mar. 23-25, 2012

2012 Theme
"Voice Infusing Life" /
"Voz que Infunde Vida"

 What is Congress?


 • Congress Challenge

 • RECongress/LIVE!

 • Youth Day PLUS 1

 • Speaker Feature

 • Order Guidebook

 • Congress Liturgies

 • Hotels

 • Disney Ticket Offer

 • So. Cal-ers Only

 • RECongress.org

 • Emailings

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Office of Religious Education - Archdiocese of Los Angeles

   Be a Voice for Congress

Find out about the “Accept the Challenge” contest beginning October 24 inviting people to Congress who have never been before. Also, you can now REGISTER ONLINE for Congress with a credit card. Check the Congress web site for information about the Congress schedule, spotlights, speakers, and more. Also be sure to check our updated listing of hotel properties, and be sure to ask for your special attendee rates. So decide on your workshops and be among the first to register for Congress 2012!

Pass along this emailing or our link — archive.recongress.org — to share with friends and encourage them to sign up for our Congress Emailing for updates. If you do not care to receive future updates, you can find removal information at the bottom of this message.

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The 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! We had registrants from across the country and as far away as Ireland and Australia.

See 2011 Congress Statistics

Dates for our next Los Angeles Religious Education Congress dates are:
March 22, 2012 (Youth Day)
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.

You can now register online for Congress with your Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit card. To pay by check, you can have the Registration Guidebook mailed out to you. The Guidebook contains all workshop and speaker descriptions, entertainment and liturgy options, and all events during Congress. There are two Registration Forms per book.

Register online by credit card

Reach Out - Help Us to Evangelize! Be a Voice for Congress
There is a new and exciting contest being offered in conjunction with Congress 2012. The “Accept the Challenge” contest involves getting the word out to people that have never been to Congress (those people in the pew who don’t know that it exists) and a chance for you to win exciting prizes. Starting October 24, 2011, a new website will open for the challenge. You will need to register at that website and then get new people that have never registered for Congress before, to NAME you when they register online for the event. You just go out and get at least two people (but more is great) to register for the weekend. It’s that easy. Then, after they have registered, you automatically will be entered into a drawing for prizes. The details and site for you to register will go live next Monday, October 24. It’s that easy to win!

"Accept the Challenge" Contest

You can relive some of Congress 2011 online in our video archive from Congress.
See recorded interviews from Congress with speakers Char Wenc, Fr. Richard Leonard,  Fr. Robert Barron, Fr. Tony Ricard, and musicians The Jacob & Matthew Band, John Angotti, Jesse Manibusan, Donna Peña and John Angotti ... among others!

You can also view the Arena sessions from Congress 2011:
   Period 1: Rev. Ronald Rolheiser
   Period 2: Rev. Richard Rohr, OFM
   Period 4: Rev. Terry Hershey
   Period 5: Castle of the Soul (presented by GIA Publications)
   Period 6: Rev. James Martin
   Period 7: Rev. R. Tony Ricard
   Period 8: Dr. Wilkie Au

View all the uploaded videos and video slideshows of Congress and Youth Day on our RECongress.org/LIVE! site.

Go to RECongress.org/LIVE

A week has 168 hours: 167 for daily life, plus 1 for Sunday Mass. Howe does your plus 1 affect the other 167?

November 1 is the deadline to submit videos for the PLUS ONE Video Contest being co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Archdiocese's Youth Ministry, Catholic Schools, and the Office for Worship. This is a great opportunity for young people to show off their technology and filming skills. It’s also a great way to have your video shown at Youth Day 2012 in Anaheim! The contest is an opportunity for young people to express how parts of the Mass impact their lives. There’s a wide open field of creativity for young people to express how the Plus One hour of weekly liturgy impacts the rest of the week. You can learn all the details for the contest and find out how an individual or a group can submit by going to the web site. Check it out today and get your campus ministry, confirmation or youth ministry young people inspired to create a great video!

Go to the Plus One Contest page

Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle, STD  
Language: English Topic(s): Ecclesiology
Workshops: 2
2-25: New Evangelization: Some Perspectives from Asia(*)
5-25: Living the Eucharist in Asia(*)

On October 13, 2011, Bishop Luis Antonio Tagle, a great theologian and a frequent speaker at the RECongress, has been appointed as the next Archbishop of Manila, Philippines. He had been a priest of the Archdiocese of Manila previously. He is 54 years of age, and he replaces Cardinal Rosales who is now 79.

Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Tagle, STD
Most Rev. Luis Antonio Tagle was recently appointed
Archbishop of Manila, Philippines. He formerly served as Bishop for the Diocese of Imus, Philippines. He is Rector of the diocesan major seminary and teaches in various schools of theology in Manila, Philippines. Bishop Tagle is a former member of the International Theological Commission in Rome. He is a member of the Council of the Synod of Bishops, and is also Chair of the Office of Theological Concerns for the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences.

See our Congress Speakers Listing

The Our Religious Education Congress Registration Guidebook is due to be mailed in about a week. But you don't have to wait, you can review it now ONLINE (and download the pages). This includes the new information and NEW process for registering for Youth Day — with the new schedule.

If you didn't attend Congress 2011 and would like to receive the Guidebook, you can sign up online to be mailed a copy. Also, to save paper, the Guidebook
like most of our Congress materials will also be available for download.

View the Registration Guidebook

Our Congress liturgies have been announced and listed on our Congress Updates page. This year's schedule includes:

FRIDAY, MARCH 23 - 5:15
Character — Presider

   General — Rev. Richard Leonard
Contemplative — Rev. Joe Brennan
   Hawaiian  — Rev. Alapaki Kim
   Jazz Hilton — Msgr. Ray East
   Native American — Rev. Paul Ojibway
   Spanish — Archbishop José Gomez

SATURDAY, MARCH 24 - 5:15 pm
Character — Presider
   General - Rev. Joe LaBrie
   Armenian — Rev. Krikor Gregory Chahinian
   Black Culture — Rev. Tony Ricard
   Celtic — Rev. Joe McDermott Liam Lawton
   Spanish — Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez
   Vietnamese — Bishop Thomas Hieu Vu Dinh
   Young Adult — Rev. Ken Deasy

See the complete listing of liturgies and prayer services offered during Congress, listing the presider and who is providing music.

See our Congress Updates page

RECongress has contracted with local hotels to offer special rates for attendees. We suggest making hotel reservations as soon as possible.
Check online for our most current listing of hotels for Congress attendees. When making reservations, be sure to ask for the Religious Education Congress rate. You can find information about contracted hotels on our web site.

RECongress Hotels Page

Congress attendees can pre-order specially priced Disneyland Resort Tickets. Click for 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.


NOTE: The newRalphs Grocery Company, a major supermarket chain in the Southern California area, supports schools, churches and other non-profit organizations with annual contributions. The Los Angeles Religious Education Congress is a member of Ralphs Community Contributions Program. Simply by using your Ralphs rewards Card a portion of eligible purchases are contributed to the RECongress. (Note: This is an annual program that must be renewed each year. The current term is September 1, 2011 through August 31, 2012.)

We encourage all 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. 

Organization Name: Archdiocese of Los Angeles - Religious Education
Organization Number: 90658

Find step-by-step instructions and information online.

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.


Our Emailings for Congress 2012 run from September 2011 through April 2012. Be sure to Sign-up for our Congress Emailing List for Congress reminders and news. If you missed any, you can find them all online at archive.recongress.org/Emailing.  You may opt out from this Emailing at any time from the link below.

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