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?
Recongress annually features an Art Exhibit. This year Bro. Mickey McGrath will illustrate the beautiful and inspiring words of Pope Francis.

Register online for Congress

You can now register online for the 2015 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress! Register either as an individual or as part of a group (all paying with one credit card). Click for the link here.

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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 begins this month. Register for Congress or Youth Day 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 or as a web page. 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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Now Register Online for Congress
You can now register online for Congress. We now have links and information to:
– Register as an individual by credit card.
– Register a group (2 or more) using one credit card.
– Order a Registration Guidebook to register by check.
– Call to order a Registration Guidebook.
Youth Day has a separate registration and fee. You can also fine other registration options online.
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Registration Book Notice
In the printed version of the Registration Guidebook, the Speaker Index on page 4 and the Sunday Workshops on page 21 incorrectly have two sessions switched. The workshops should be (and as they appear in the workshop descriptions): 
8-08 Franciscan Spirituality Today: A New Way of Seeing the World! - Fr. Daniel P. Horan, OFM
8-09  Missionary Discipleship - Anthony J. Gittins, CSSp
See the Congress Updates »


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: 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.
See the Youth Day Workshops »


Spotlight: Continuing Education Credit
Did you know that you can receive Continuing Education Units (C.E.U.) by attending Congress? Both Loyola Marymount University and Mount St. Mary's College offer professional development credit for attending RECongress workshops and keynotes. Programs are handled through Loyola Marymount's Center for Religion & Spirituality and through Mount St. Mary's Religious Studies Department. You can download the pages from the RECongress Registration Guidebook for information, contacts and forms. Download the full Guidebook or the Information pages with the forms here.
See other 2015 RECongress Spotlights »


Congress Liturgy Feature: Contemplative Liturgy
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.

Friday, March 13, 2015, 5:15 pm
Rev. Michael Fish, presider
Music by Bob Hurd & Friends

Fr. Michael Fish, OSB Cam, a monk of the New Camaldoli Hermitage, is a native of South Africa. At the age of 23 he joined the Redemptorist order and spent many of his 26 years with them. In 1997, he left the Redemptorists and South Africa to became a Camaldolese Benedictine at New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur, Calif. Fr. Fish is a spiritual director to guests and retreatants at the Hermitage.

View the 2015 RECongress Liturgies »


Speaker Feature: Frank DiLallo
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:

Frank A. DiLallo is currently Diocesan Case Manager and Prevention/Intervention Schools Consultant for the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio, serving 124 parishes and 79 Catholic schools. With over 30 years of experience in education and counseling, he conducts numerous educator trainings and is a frequent local, state and national speaker on the topic of bullying prevention. DiLallo’s published work, “Peace Be With You: Christ Centered Bullying Solution,” including teacher manual and student workbook, is a grassroots effort that is gaining momentum across the country.

Working With Parents After an Incident of Bullying: A Key Element of Positive School Climate  (*))
Session 1-05, Friday, March 13, 2015 - 10:00 - 11:30 am
How do we talk with parents after an incident of bullying in ways that promote a positive school climate, communicate our concern, and avoid triggering angry or defensive reactions? How the initial contact is managed can make things worse or make things better. Learn seven specific phrases to avoid using with parents and seven proven techniques to prevent potential parent conflicts, acknowledge and affirm parent concerns and maintain positive parent relationships.

Bullying Prevention: Catholic Is Evidence-Based! (*)
Session 5-10, Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Bullying is viewed as the abhorrent social norm, and the world seems to be frantically searching for answers to solve this growing epidemic. Why are so many acting as if answers don’t exist? All the answers and evidence in preventing and responding to bullying are right in front of us and have been readily available for over 2,000 years. The Gospel is the best bullying prevention manual ever written! Jesus walked this earth to teach us how to love, serve and obey. Keep the faith, the evidence is that Catholic is bullying prevention. This workshop will focus on connecting Scripture and practical youth and parent strategies to create and maintain a Christ-centered Catholic parish community.
Go to the Speakers 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
Organization Number: 90658

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