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?
The Labyrinth has become a landmark feature of Sacred Space. Tucked away on the third level, Sacred Space offers a respite from the daily buzz of Congress, with music, art and a chapel.

Registration book now online

The Registration Guidebook for the 2015 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress is now online! The Guidebook contains all workshop and speaker descriptions, entertainment and liturgy options, and all events during Congress.

Later this month over 20,000 copies of the book will be in the mail. But you don't have to wait for your copy – get a sneak peek of the book NOW and pre-plan your workshop sessions.

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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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Registration begins later this month. If you attended RECongress 2014, you will automatically be mailed a Registration Guidebook. If you need a Guidebook, please order one here. (Guidebooks will be mailed later this month.)

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Registration Guidebook is online
The Registration Guidebook for RECongress 2015 is now online! The Guidebook is your key to registration and contains all workshop and speaker descriptions, entertainment and liturgy options, and all events during Congress.

The Guidebook is available in four formats:
PDF: The Registration Guidebook is available online as one PDF and also divided up into smaller sections for those with slower Internet connections. (You will need the free Adobe Reader installed on your computer to view PDF documents.)
iPaper: The Guidebook is available in iPaper format, which requires no software download and is a Web-based version of the book.
Web: View every workshop period (English and Spanish) as a separate web page.
Paper: Still prefer the paper version of the Guidebook? If you attended Congress last year, you will automatically be mailed a Registration Guidebook. (Or you may order one above.)
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Youth Day T-Shirts
Official Youth Day 2015 T-shirts – with the theme “Talk Jesus with Me!” –  are now available for pre-order. Customize your Youth Day shirt with your youth group or parish name on the back for only $2 additional. All orders with payment must be received by February 16, 2015 to get the pre-order discount rate:
T-shirts: $13; V-Neck: $16; Sweatshirts: $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: Sr. Helena Burns
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.

Sr. Helena Burns, a member of the Daughters of St. Paul, is a movie reviewer for Life Teen, writer-director of the documentary on the life of Blessed Fr. James Alberione, founder of the Daughters of St. Paul, and a co-producer on She is also on the vocation team of the Daughters of St. Paul. Sr. Burns has presented media literacy talks and seminars since the ’90s, and since 2006 she has presented Theology of the Body talks to teens and adults across the United States and Canada.
Session D - Digital Catholics
Our world is increasingly a media world. But, are you perfectly happy with the way you use media, the way your friends and family use media? How can we live Catholic in a digital world? How do we make media work for us and not against us? How can we be more Christ-like on social media? Ever wish you could just unplug? Where’s God in a wired world? Technology doesn’t make us civilized – the way we use it does.
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RECongress Spotlight: Film Showcase 2015
Friday, March 13, 8-9:30 pm
This year’s Film Showcase, in partnership with Loyola Marymount University, presents excerpts from a number of narrative feature films, shorts, documentaries, experimental and animated films, whose thematic elements are grounded in Catholic social teaching, justice, ministry, spirituality and theology. Filmmakers will be present to meet with audience members.

See other 2015 RECongress Spotlights »


Congress Liturgy Feature: Black Culture
Our Congress liturgies and prayer services have been announced. We will be featuring some of our 17 Eucharistic Liturgies and 4 Prayer Services from the Congress weekend here in our Emailings.

Black Culture Liturgy
Friday, March 13, 2015, 5:15 pm
Msgr. Ray East, presider
Music led by John & Joan Allen with the Los Angeles Archdiocesan Choir

Msgr. Raymond G. East, the grandson of Baptist missionaries to South Africa, was born in Newark, N.J., and raised in San Diego. A priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., he served in six local parishes before being named Pastor of St. Teresa of Avila Church. Msgr. East served as Director of the Office of Black Catholics and Vicar for Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.

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Speaker Feature: Fr. Richard Fragomeni
Over the three days, Congress 2015 will offer over 300 workshops presented by more than 200 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. Richard N. Fragomeni, a priest of the Diocese of Albany, N.Y., is Associate Professor of Liturgy and Homiletics, and Chair of the Department of Word and Worship at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. In addition, Fr. Fragomeni serves as Spiritual Director for the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii in Chicago’s Little Italy. His works include the book and CD, “In Shining Splendor,” 50 Eastertime meditations accompanied by Jane Pitz, and two works with with Brother Michael O’Neill McGrath.

When We Say We Are Afraid of Dying, Of What Are We Afraid? A Christian Understanding Of Life And Death (*)
Session 2-08, Friday, March 13, 2015 - 1:00 - 2:30 pm
This session will explore the anxiety of dying and allow the anxiety to be a portal to hope. The journey of life and death will include stories, testimonies, fears and hope encountered by people facing death.

Seven Questions About the Sacraments That You Were Always Afraid to Ask
Session 4-05, Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 10:00 - 11:30 am
This session will offer insightful thoughts about the central experience of Catholicism and our understanding of the sacraments. We will focus on the probing question that sometimes we are afraid to ask: Can you ever know God without ever sharing in a sacrament? These and other questions will be explored by Fr. Richard Fragomeni.
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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: e: Archdiocese of Los Angeles - Religious Education
Organization Number: 90658

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