(Youth Day) & Feb. 22-24, 2013
the Mystery" /
"Entra al Misterio"
scheduled to increase
- Last day for refunds
- Congress tickets & Youth Day name badge mailing scheduled
day to mail in your Congress registrations (on-site
only after this date)
registration ends 11 pm PST
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Youth Day Online Registration Ending Soon
January is here, so Congress is only
a month away! This month we announce
our Arena speakers, and January is
when the Congress fees increase and
typically when Youth Day closes. And
don't miss ordering specially
priced tickets for Disney theme parks,
only available online to RECongress
Youth Day at the Los Angeles
Religious Education Congress is
close to reaching its capacity.
Watch our site for notice when
ONLINE registration will end.
Remember, we will continue to accept
MAIL-IN registrations until we close
Youth Day to further registration.
If you haven't registered for Youth
Day yet, plan to do it very soon.
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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 2012, 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 2012 Congress Statistics
2013 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress dates
• February 21, 2013
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).
Fees for the RECongress increased this month.
The registration fee for Congress is $75 per
person ($65 before January 4). Youth Day has a separate registration
fee of $30 per person
($25 before January 4).
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 2012, you
should have already received a Registration Guidebook.
If you need a Guidebook, please order one here.
Register Online for Congress
YOUTH DAY REGISTRATION
are close to reaching our Youth Day capacity. Watch
our site for information about ONLINE registration
ending. We will continue to accept MAIL-IN
registrations until we close Youth Day to further
registration. If you haven't registered for Youth
Day yet, plan to do it very soon. NOTE: There is no
registration for Youth Day after it closes, and
there is NO on-site registration.
See to the 2013 Youth Day Page
CONGRESS REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Congress cover nearly every state in the
country (excluding Delaware,
West Virginia -- at this point). Know someone from
those states? Let them know they can make Congress
history and have all 50 U.S. states represented.
We currently have 332 signed up for Congress from
outside of the United States, with 272 registrants
from Canada and more from Australia, Great Britain,
Ireland and Northern Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand
and the Virgin Islands.
Currently, the top
cities of registrants are in California (with
registration numbers): Los Angeles (1,251), San
Diego (436), Long Beach (207), San Jose (225), Santa
Ana (185), Anaheim (145), Whittier (139), San
Bernardino (124), Fontana (114), and Oceanside (93).
See the Stats for Congress
ARENA SESSIONS ANNOUNCED
little Congress trivia: Our Congress speakers are
not assigned their session locations until we have over 5,000
registrations. At that point, our Congress software
runs projections to determine what size room
each speaker would require. Now that registrations show
who our most popular speakers are, our Arena
sessions have now been assigned. Note: All Arena
sessions are recorded.
If you do not specify your workshops, you will
receive these sessions. Also, those registering at
Congress will receive these tickets.
WORKSHOP (* = recorded)
Rev. Terry Hershey
Living Without Fear: The Truth About Intimacy, Love and Passion (*)
John Allen Jr.
The Battle for Religious Freedom in the 21st Century" (*)
Fr. Richard Rohr
Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True
Faith, Hope and Love in Action (*)
Rev. R. Tony Ricard
Diary of an Unapologetic Roman Catholic
Can You Hear Me Now? (*)
Rev. Ronald Rolheiser
Spirituality and the Different Stages of Our
Lives: One Size Doesn't Fit All (*)
Rev. James Martin
Laugh – For God’s Sake! (*)
Sr. Anne Bryan Smollin
Little Things Mean a Lot (*)
You can find those speakers assigned to Hall B on
our Congress 2013 Updates page. Also, you can find handouts
posted online from some of these sessions off our
Congress Updates page.
Go to the 2013 Updates Page
You Hear Me Now?"
Saturday, February 23, 2013
1:00 - 2:30 pm - Session 5-11
Join artists Liam Lawton, Tony Alonso, Chris de
Silva, ValLimar Jansen, Gary Daigle, and others in
this striking and evocative theatrical performance.
“Can You Hear Me Now?” by Francis Patrick O’Brien
invites us all to leave the clamor, chaos and
influences of our world behind. This exploration of
God’s call to humanity and our response is
illustrated through events in the lives of biblical
characters and contemporary believers. “Can You Hear
Me Now?” asks us to stop and listen through the din
of life’s encounters and to answer God’s perpetual
call to discipleship with our resounding, “Yes, I
can hear you now!”
The artists appearing in this workshop – including
Liam Lawton, Tony Alonso, Chris de Silva, ValLimar
Jansen, Gary Daigle and others – are sponsored by
GIA Publications, Inc., publisher of music resources
for the church. The work of GIA’s composers, authors
and artists reflect the diversity of today’s
eclectic church. “Can You Hear Me Now?” debuted at
the 2010 National Association of Pastoral Musicians’
See all Congress 2013 Speakers
CONGRESS LITURGY SPOTLIGHT
Saturday, February 23, 2013, 5:15 pm
Hilton California Ballroom
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, presider
Archbishop Luis Tagle from the Philippines is a
frequent speaker at Congress, but this time we
welcome him back as Cardinal Tagle. Installed as
Archbishop of Manila, Philippines, in 2011, he was
just elevated to Cardinal this past November 24,
2012. Join in the celebration of Eucharistic Liturgy
with the Filipino community on Saturday at Congress.
See the Liturgies at Congress
CONGRESS 2013 HIGHLIGHTS
GOMEZ VIDEO CHAT
Friday, February 22, 10:15-11:00 am
Tech Center @ Hall A
Join us Friday morning at the Tech Center as Los
Angeles Archbishop José Gomez conducts a live online
chat session with students from St. Bernard
Elementary School in Los Angeles. This will be the
Archbishop's third annual online chat with a school
and is his first video session from RECongress!
See other Congress Highlights
purchase of specially priced Disneyland resort tickets
are available to Religious Education Congress 2013 attendees!
Special pricing for Twilight Convention tickets (after
4 pm), 1-day 1-park and multi-day tickets and park hoppers
are available. click on the graphic or
This offer is only available online through Wednesday,
February 20, 2013. Tickets are valid from Wednesday,
February 20 to Tuesday, March 5, 2013.
Note: These discounted tickets are for use ONLY for
RECongress attendees and their companions during their
stay. Tickets cannot be purchased for the purpose of
or with the intent of being resold.
See the RECongress Updates Page
is the month of deadlines for a number of hotels
contracted with the RECongress
for special rates for Congress attendees. Check
online for our most current listing of hotels and our
interactive map of these hotels. When making reservations,
be sure to ask for the Religious Education Congress
rate. You can find information about contracted hotels
on our web site.
See the RECongress Hotels page
GET YOUR FREE MP3 DOWNLOAD!
Digital Media is the official recording company for
Congress, providing selected sessions on Audio CDs and
now, downloadable MP3s. For trying the service, they
are offering one FREE MP3 download
from the 2012 Religious Education Congress audio recordings.
Simply visit www.cscrecording.com,
select your sessions and redeem your free download using
Coupon Code REC2012
when checking out.
(Coupon is good for the download of one session per
customer and expires February 28, 2013.)
See the RECongress Recording page
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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, 2012 through August 31, 2013.)
If you were part of the program last year, we
thank you, but everyone needs to re-enroll each 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
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Angeles - Religious Education
Organization Number: 90658
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can find all Congress information and updates online.
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information about specially priced tickets for the Disney
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