Los Angeles Religious Education Congress
 RECongress Email Updates #1 Sept 2011 (REC 2012-1)

Congress 2012

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

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

 What is Congress?


 • Keynote Announced

 • New at Youth Day!

 • Register

 • Advertise

 • Hotels

 • So. Cal-ers Only

 • RECongress.org

 • Emailing

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Office of Religious Education - Archdiocese of Los Angeles

   Congress 2012

Congress 2012 planning is fully underway. We are finalizing our Keynote, and have announced our Sunday English Address speaker: Sr. Anne Bryan Smollin. Our Congress theme is "Voice Infusing Life." You can find posted information online about the Congress schedule, spotlights, speakers, and more. Also be sure to check the web site for hotel properties with special attendee rates. So start your planning now to attend Congress 2012!

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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.

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 attended RECongress 2011, you will automatically be mailed a Registration Guidebook. Guidebooks will be available late-October.

Order a Guidebook

"The Urgency of Discipleship and Evangelization in Today’s World "
Many people do not realize how deeply God invests in humankind. Jesus’ call is personal, urgent and revolutionary; he promises rest for our souls and fulfillment for our lives. This keynote will address the urgency of discipleship and evangelization in the way Jesus did it – a continuation of God’s mission and required by all the baptized.

Anthony J. Gittins, CSSp
Fr. Anthony Gittins, a member of the Spiritan community, is a native of England. He worked in Sierra Leone, West Africa through the 1970s, was Faith Formation Director in London in the early ’80s and has taught theology since 1984 in Chicago, where he is currently Professor of Theology and Culture at the Catholic Theological Union. He spends half the year giving workshops and retreats nationally and internationally.

You can find our updated listing of Congress speakers online — 193 scheduled for this year — presenting 308 workshops over the 4-day weekend. Find the latest listing online.

RECongress 2012 Speakers Page

Just a reminder that there is a change to the format of Youth Day 2012. There will be two opportunities to see the exact same “flow” in the Arena a rally, workshop, and liturgy. We will repeat that flow twice once in the morning and once in the afternoon so everyone gets the chance to see the same thing. The Guidebooks and online registration will explain more about it.

Go to the Youth Day page

The Registration Guidebook is your key to registering for Congress. If you attended Congress 2011, you will automatically receive the book when it comes out in October. (We even check for postal address changes for those of you who have moved since last year!)

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.

Order Your Registration Guidebook

Become a Featured Advertiser with a display ad in our Registration Guidebook and highlight your presence at RECongress 2012.  Print-ready ads (TIFF, JPG or PDF) can be emailed to:  congress@la-archdiocese.org   (Subject line: RGB Ad) by October 1, 2011.

Our Guidebook is mailed in October to over 25,000 people and viewed on our website by a multitude of individuals locally, nationally and internationally. Whether you are a religious community, business, school or a ministry, this is a wonderful opportunity to introduce or enhance your outreach.

The Registration Guidebook contains a complete overview of the Congress weekend including Youth Day. Included is a welcome message from Archbishop José Gomez, prefect of the Los Angeles Archdiocese, and Sister Edith Prendergast, Archdiocesan Director for the Office of Religious Education, in addition to speaker listings, workshop and event descriptions, hotel listings, transportation opportunities and an Anaheim area map.

Advertise in the Registration Guidebook

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

Ralphs 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.)

If you were part of the program last year, we thank you, but you will need to update your account this year. 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.


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