RECongress 2015

RECongress Dates
March 12 (Youth Day) &
March 13-15, 2015

2015 Congress Theme
"See" / "Ver"

2015 Youth Day Theme
"Talk Jesus with Me"

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2015 Theme Reflection
Read Sr. Prendergast's reflection on the 2015 (and prior) Congress themes.

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Did you know?
Sr. Edith Prendergast, RSC, current
Director of the Office of Religious Education is retiring this year. She took the helm as the first woman director of the office in 1987.

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RECongress is next month!

Our 2015 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress is just one month away. Congress tickets will continue to be mailed this month - along with the first batch of Youth Day tickets. Also note that Monday, February 16 is the last day you can pre-order customized T-shirts for Youth Day.

Watch a behind-the-scenes video from the Rally rehearsal from Youth Day Training Day at Last month, teens from across the Los Angeles Archdiocese came together to prepare in a training day for Youth Day 2015!

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The 2015 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress dates are:
• March 12, 2015 (Youth Day)
• March 13-15, 2015

Congress is held annually at the Anaheim Convention Center, located at 800 West Katella Ave. in Anaheim, Calif. (just south of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure).

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Online Registration
Online registration is available for both Congress and Youth Day. Register online by credit card. You can register as individual or a "group" (2 or more people, all just paying with one credit card).
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Need the Guidebook in Print?
The Guidebook is available online in a variety of ways – downloadable as a PDF or viewable online in iPaper format, and as web pages. If you haven't already been mailed a Registration Guidebook, you may order one here. (Guidebooks are mailed out weekly on Wednesdays.)
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Changes Ahead for Religious Ed Office
Following nearly three decades of service, Sr. Edith Prendergast, FSC, will be retiring as director of the archdiocesan Office of Religious Education, effective June 30, 2015. Sr. Edith describes her 27-year tenure as “a very energizing experience." "It’s all been very, very positive for me. What helped sustain me along the way is certainly my passion for this ministry, my vision, my excitement about it, and the relationships that I have created along the way, which are central to building community,” she said.

She will be succeeded by Fr. Christopher Bazyouros, it was announced January 15. Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez appointed Fr. Bazyouros as the new director beginning July 1. Fr. Bazyouros has served as associate pastor at several different churches in the archdiocese, most recently as Pastor of St. Albert the Great Church in Compton, Calif., before coming to the ORE to help in his current ministry as the Adult Faith Consultant.

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Extraordinary Ministers at Congress
Are you a trained Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion? We invite you to sign up to be a floor Minister of the Cup for any one, two, three, or all the Arena liturgies at Religious Education Congress. Floor Ministers are Ministers of the Cup on the "floor" of the Arena. (There is separate training during the Religious Education Congress on Friday at noon for any Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion for the upper levels of the Arena.)

You must attend one of seven mandatory trainings to serve as a FLOOR Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. See the Volunteer page for more information, training locations, and the link to sign up.
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Congress Speaker Richard Rohr on Oprah
Though Fr. Richard Rohr won't be appearing at Congress this year, he is scheduled as a guest on Super Bowl Sunday on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," airing February 8, 2015. The show is expected to feature some of Rohr’s 14 books as well as discussion of his ministry in audio, video, retreats, conferences and personal appearances.
Fr. Richard Rohr, a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province, founded the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, N.M., where he currently lives. Fr. Rohr was with us last at Congress 2013. His new book with Franciscan Media, "Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi," reveals how revolutionary St. Francis was in his own time and how he is still changing lives today.
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Youth Day T-Shirts
February 16 is the last day you can pre-order your Youth Day 2015 T-shirts – with the theme “Talk Jesus with Me.” Customize your Youth Day shirt with your youth group or parish name on the back for only $2 additional. Pre-order discount rate:
T-shirts: $13; V-Neck: $16; Sweatshirts: $25: $25
Adult sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL
(2XL - 4XL sizes are $2 extra for T-shirts and $5 extra for hoodies.)
Order online at or by email
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Youth Day Speaker Feature: Bob Perron
Both Tracks at Youth Day are set to see the Youth Day Arena speaker and one additional workshop, including this one and 11 others whose sessions are held in the Convention Center meeting rooms.

Bob Perron has been sharing his style of standup and storytelling for over a decade. He has presented at major national youth ministry conferences in over 60 dioceses across the United States and Canada. Perron is Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, W.V., and previously served as Executive Director at the St. Thomas More Center in the Diocese of Des Moines, Iowa. He is author of “Lessons Learned From a God-Sized Family: In a Me-Sized World.”

Session X - "Snapchat Relationships"
Youth Day, Thursday, March 12, 2015
Have intimacy issues? Do relationships last as long as a Snapchat picture? Do we understand what it means to be intimate? This workshop will look at healthy intimacy in all our relationships – with others and especially with Christ.
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RECongress Spotlight: Speaker Book Signings
Friday through Sunday – Convention Hall A
Authors and performing artists appearing at Congress have scheduled times to sign their books and CDs at the Signing Area. The tables are located in the southeast corner of Hall A. Check the posted schedule for new speakers and updates to appearance times.
See the 2015 Speaker Signing Schedule
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Congress Liturgy Feature: Filipino Liturgy
Congress annually offers a variety of liturgies and prayer services. We will be featuring some of our 17 Eucharistic Liturgies and 4 Prayer Services from the Congress weekend here in our Emailings.

Friday, March 13, 2015, 5:15 pm
Australian Culture  - Convention Arena
Rev. Richard Leonard, presider
Music by Michael Mangan / John Burland / Andrew Chinn
The Australian Culture Mass is new to Congress in 2015. Come and celebrate the universal Church with Aboriginal dance, the haunting sounds of the didgeridoo, and Aussie musicians Michael Mangan, John Burland and Andrew Chinn. Fr Richard Leonard and Fr. Rob Galea will lead us in a liturgy steeped in both the ancient and modern Church from "the land Down Under."

Jesuit priest Fr. Richard Leonard is Director of the Catholic Office for Film & Broadcasting, based in Melbourne, Australia. He is a Visiting Professor at the Gregorian University in Rome and has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles. Fr. Leonard is a popular speaker at the RECongress. He is author of eight books, including “What Are We Doing on Earth for Christ’s Sake?” and “Where the Hell is God?”

Singer/songwriter Fr. Rob Galea, a Catholic priest, is an assistant parish priest and also a Chaplain at Notre Dame College, both in Shepparton, Victoria, Australia. In addition to his series of recordings and CD releases, Fr. Galea has written a number of songs for various campaigns and international conferences. He was selected to sing the official 2008 World Youth Day song, “Receive the Power,” and performed in some key events before the 500,000 pilgrims in Sydney. He is co-founder of Stronger, a youth program that is quickly becoming one of Victoria state’s largest Catholic youth movements.


View the 2015 RECongress Liturgies »


Speaker Feature: Fr. James Martin
Over the three days, Congress 2015 will offer 309 workshops presented by 202 speakers. Topics range from personal growth to music to spiritual topics – in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. Each Emailing we spotlight one of those speakers:

Fr. James Martin is a Jesuit priest and Editor at Large of America magazine. He is author of several award-winning books, including “Jesus: A Pilgrimage,” “Together on Retreat,” “Between Heaven and Mirth,” “The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything” and “My Life with the Saints.” The popular speaker has given retreats and presented to parish groups and national conferences, and for the past several years has been a frequent speaker at the Religious Education Congress.

Who is Jesus? (*)
Session 2-20, Friday, March 13, 2015 - 10:00 - 11:30 am
The person at the center of our lives, Jesus, can sometimes seem so distant. But by entering more deeply into the Gospel narratives, we can come to know him more deeply. Fr. James Martin will help you look at both the historical Jesus (the man who walked the dusty earth of first-century Palestine) and encounter the “Christ of faith” (the one who performed miracles, rose from the dead and now lives with us through the Holy Spirit). Come and meet Jesus anew!

Gospel Laughter (*)
Session 6-14, Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 10:00 - 11:30 am
Too often the Gospel message is reduced to a bland series of dos and don’ts. Join Fr. James Martin in looking at not only the places where Jesus shows us his own joy, but also how the saints and the great spiritual masters used joy, humor and laughter in their quest to holiness. All this and some great jokes, too!
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Speaker Throwback: 2011 Workshop
Watch Fr. James Martin's March 19, 2011 Arena workshop, Session #6-15, "Finding God in Your Daily Life." You can watch other past Arena workshops for free on our YouTube Channel at And you can still find his other 2011 workshop, Session #8-12, "Jesus, Mary and Joseph." Did you know you can still find all the recorded sessions from Congress 2011 on our RECongress 2011 Recordings page?


Disney Tickets Offer
Religious Education Congress attendees can purchase specially priced Disneyland resort tickets prior to your arrival. There are discounted rates for Twilight Convention tickets (after 4 pm), 1-day 1-park, multi-day and park hopper tickets. This offer is only available online at and not available at the Park. Tickets are valid Tuesday, March 10 through Sunday, March 22, 2015. The online ticket store closes 9:00 PM PST on Tuesday, March 10, 2015.
Check online for restrictions and bulk ticket orders.

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Special Hotel Rates
Don't forget to make your travel arrangements now. We have secured special rates for Congress attendees at a number of hotels with pricing to meet everyone's needs. Make sure when making your reservations you mention the Religious Education Congress so that you receive our special contracted rates.

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Just for Southern Californians
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. This is an annual program that must be renewed each year. The current term just began last month. If you were part of the program last year, we thank you and encourage you to re-enroll again for this year's term.

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
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