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?
In 1987, Sr. Edith Prendergast, RSC, took the helm and became Director of the Office of Religious Education, a department of the Los Angeles Archdiocese.

Register online for Congress

Did you know you can register online for the 2015 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress ... and Youth Day, too? If you haven't registered yet, register online – either as an individual or as part of a group. (A "group" is 2 or more people, all paying with just one credit card). our new welcome to attend Congress 2015 video by Sr. Edith Prendergast, Director of the Office of Religious Education, Christina Lamas, Associate Director and Coordinator of Youth Day, and Ernesto Vega, Coordinator of Hispanic Ministry & Adult Formation.

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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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San Fernando Religious Ed Coordinator to Head NCCL
Margaret Matijasevic, San Fernando Regional Coordinator of Religious Education for the Los Angeles Archdiocese, has been named as Executive Director of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. Scheduled to start on January 5, 2015, she will be the first woman to head the Washington, D.C.-based organization, which was founded in 1967 as a result of Vatican II’s call for a more holistic catechesis.
Read The Tidings story online.
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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: Fr. Leo Patalinghug
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.

Baltimore-based Fr. Leo Patalinghug, a priest member of Voluntas Dei, is founder, host and Director of Grace Before Meals, a family, faith and food movement. In addition to his priestly duties, Fr. Patalinghug is host for the EWTN TV show “Savoring Our Faith” and co-host with Tom Leopold of the SiriusXM radio show “Entertaining Truth.” A best-selling author and contributor to newspaper and magazines, the popular speaker has been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS and even the Food Network, where he appeared on “Throw Down! with Bobby Flay.”

Session P - "Triple D: Discerning, Deciding & Doing"
Youth Day, Thursday, March 12, 2015
Fr. Leo Patalinghug, who hosts the TV show “Savoring Our Faith” and the radio show “Entertaining Truth,” provides practical tools to discern God’s will for you and shows how to develop the necessary virtue to do it.
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RECongress Spotlight: Sacred Illuminations 2015
Saturday, March 14, 8:30 pm – Convention 213
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Returning again to Congress is Sacred Illuminations, a mystical choreography of light and sound. The evening's event incorporates the newest liturgical and fine art photography with reflections by Sister Rose Marie Tulacz, SND. Light a candle. Receive God's Word. Reflect and pray. Be still. Deepen hope. Be loved.

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Congress Liturgy Feature: Spanish 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
Convention Center Hall B
Archbishop José Gomez, presider
Music by
Estela García-López, Rudy López and Dolores Gomez

Archbishop José Gomez is the fifth Archbishop of Los Angeles. On April 6, 2010, Archbishop José H. Gomez was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles by Pope Benedict XVI. On February 27, 2011, he was installed as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He is the first Hispanic to serve as Archbishop of Los Angeles, as well as the highest-ranking Hispanic bishop in the United States.

Congress Throwback: Archbishop Gomez Interview
Watch the 2012 Congress interview with Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez with Congress Live! web host Alex Venegas, conduced from the main exhibit hall at the Anaheim Convention Center.


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Speaker Feature: John Allen, Jr.
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:

John L. Allen, Jr. is Associate Editor at The Boston Globe, specialized in coverage of the Vatican and the Catholic Church. He also serves as senior Vatican analyst for CNN, and for 16 years was a correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter. Allen is author of nine books and is also a popular speaker on Catholic affairs both in the United States and internationally.

All Things Catholic: What’s Hot and What’s Not in the Global Church (*)
Session 5-01, Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Veteran Vatican writer John Allen takes a 360-degree look at the highlights and lowlights of Catholic news in the past 12 months, drawing out a few big-picture conclusions about what it all means, and then outlining some important stories to watch in the year to come. This session is for Catholics who want a keen sense of what’s happening in their Church, not just in the United States, but in Rome and around the world.

The Francis Mission: Progress Report on a Populist Pope and His Historic Reform (*)
Session 7-01, Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 10:00 - 11:30 am (Arena)

The Boston Globe’s John Allen will review the latest twists in the Pope Francis story, bringing into focus the overall strategy of this populist pope for a renewed and evangelically dynamic Catholicism. We will examine reform moves by Francis on financial transparency, sexual abuse, the family, and ecumenism and interfaith dialogue, suggesting what they mean not just for Rome but for the Church at all levels and in all places.

Speaker Throwback: 2012 Workshop
See John Allen's Period 2 Arena workshop from Congress 2012: "The Global War on Christians: Dispatches from the Front Lines." You can still order the recordings from his Congress 2012 workshops:  #2-01: "The Global War on Christians: Dispatches from the Front Lines"; and #5-01: "All Things Catholic: A 360-degree Review of What’s Hot and What’s Not in the Church." Find all the recorded sessions from Congress 2012 at RECongress 2012 Recordings page.
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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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