Los Angeles Religious Education Congress
 RECongress Email Updates #6 Nov 15, 2012 (REC 2013-6)

RECongress 2013

Feb. 21 (Youth Day) & Feb. 22-24, 2013

2013 Theme
"Enter the Mystery" /
"Entra al Misterio"

 What is Congress?


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 • Film Showcase

 • Hotels


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   Register Online for Congress

You can now register online for the 2013 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. Register early — fees go up January 4, 2013. Another benefit of registering early: The first 5,000 people to register for Congress are "guaranteed" their first choices!

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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 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

The 2013 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress dates are:
February 21, 2013 (Youth Day)
February 22-24, 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). See a Google Map

The registration fee for Congress is $65 per person. Youth Day has a separate registration and
$25 per person fee.

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 2012, you will automatically be mailed a Registration Guidebook. If you need a Guidebook, please order one here.

Order a Guidebook

There are presently two ways people can volunteer for Youth Day 2013. Registered youth that will be attending the day are invited to be Emcees and introduce our speakers. That training day will be Saturday, January 19. Also, adults that will NOT be chaperoning a group are invited to become a volunteer (free admission, fun with 14,000 young people, and a free hot dog!). We need youth-friendly adults to help with crowd control, giving directions, and much more. If interested, please check the adult volunteer form on our website. In the coming weeks we will also be adding a form for any young person that would like to be part of the Youth Day Choir as a singer or musician.

Go to the 2013 Youth Day Page

FIRST — Please have your Congress workshop choices ready before you begin your online registration process. You can find online session descriptions here. We recommend that you select a first and a second choice of workshop for each period you plan to attend.

Online registration for Congress is a two-part process: 1) Make your payment (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover are accepted.) Then, 2) Once your payment is processed, submit your workshop choices. Congress registration is $65 per person. Remember, fees increase after January 4, 2013, so register early.

The Want to "guarantee" getting your first choices of Congress workshops? Register online now. Workshops are not actually assigned to a room location until we get the first 5,000 registrants. At that point, we run a projection of attendance and assign the most popular workshops to the Arena and the larger rooms. So, generally speaking, the first 5,000 registrants are "guaranteed" their first choices.

Register Online for Congress

Ordained in 1972 as a Paulist priest, Fr. Frank DeSiano has served as pastor in downtown New York and Chicago parishes. He has written numerous books and articles on discipleship, spirituality and parish renewal. The nationally known preacher is a frequent speaker at diocesan clergy conferences, catechetical conferences and lay leadership training. In 1994, he was elected President of the Paulist Fathers; he now serves as President of Paulist Evangelization Ministries, based in Washington, D.C.

Friday, February 22, 2013013
3:00 - 4:30 pm - Session 3-06
"Catechesis and Family Evangelization"
This session presents statistical and anecdotal information to highlight crucial areas of needed family evangelization, and explores how a revision of our cate­chetical models can further this important but difficult goal. The session will be quite interactive, soliciting the experiences of catechists and pastors.

Saturday, February 23, 2013
1:00 - 2:30 pm - Session 8-05
"Evangelization and Catechesis"
This session explores how ideas of evangelization can sharpen and clarify the purpose of catechesis, and how Catholics can understand themes of conversion. Developing both personal and cultural modes of conversion, this session will situate catechesis and family evangelization in the wider objectives of pastoral life today.

See all Congress 2013 Speakers

Friday, February 22, 2013
8:00 pm - Anaheim Convention Center

The Center for Religion and Spirituality and the Archdiocesan Office for Religious Education invite you to the 2013 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress Film Showcase in Anaheim, California.

As a society, we have come to recognize the great catechetical power that modern cinema and media have in forming the Catholic conscience. One local minister put it best: “up until 50 years ago, people learned values, ethics, morals, and spirituality through their sacred texts and clergy. Today, much of our culture learns about these things through the movies.” Thus, the Congress Film Showcase was established in 2007 to highlight cinematic work rooted thematically in the Catholic social teaching, narrative tradition and spirituality. The Showcase honors and exhibits excerpts from narrative feature lengths, shorts, documentaries, experimental and animation films with an international audience of educators, ministers, artists and fellow filmmakers from both the Hollywood and independent communities.

We are currently accepting submissions for the Congress Film Showcase. Entry projects must be submitted in their entirety on DVD for consideration, along with a project synopsis and pertinent media information (list of awards, festival screenings, press releases, filmmaker biographies, distribution/retail information if available). Submission Deadline: Saturday, December 1, 2012. Please visit the Showcase website at www.lafilmshowcase.org for more information and submission form.

See other Congress Highlights

RECongress has contracted with local hotels to offer special rates for Congress attendees. Check online for our most current listing of hotels, and now we have an interactive viewable map of these hotels. We suggest making hotel reservations as soon as possible. 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

CSC 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 recording 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

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, 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 RECongress.

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

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