September 2015

RECongress 2016 (#3)

Congress is just 5 months away

Plan to attend the 2016 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. The key to registration is our Registration Guidebook, which comes out next month. The Guidebook contains all workshop and speaker descriptions, entertainment and liturgy options, and all events during Congress. If you attended RECongress 2015, you will receive the book by mail. Online registration will also begin in October.

Do you own a business? Have you considered spotlighting it by placing an ad in the RECongress Registration Guidebook? For further information contact Paulette Smith, Congress Event Coordinator at or see the "For Exhibitors" link on our website for more information. The ad deadline is September 4.

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Discount Disney Resort Tickets

Religious Education Congress attendees can purchase specially priced Disneyland resort eTickets, including Twilight Convention tickets (after 4 pm), 1-day 1-park, multi-day and park hopper tickets. The offer is only available online and is not available at the Park. Order online at
Note: eTickets are valid from Thursday, February 18, 2016 to Monday, February 29, 2016.
Read about the Disney Ticket offer »

Youth Day Speaker Feature: Robert Feduccia

Both Youth Day tracks get to see the Youth Day Arena keynote and two chosen workshops, including this one and 11 others whose sessions are held in the Convention Center meeting rooms.


“I Don’t Believe in God; I Believe in Science”
“I don’t believe in God; I believe in science,” states Esqueleto, Nacho’s tag team partner in the movie “Nacho Libre.” Was Esqueleto right? Must we choose between science and faith? Science and modern atheists present believers in God with real challenges that can feed our natural questions and doubts. Come to this open discussion about the universe, science and God. Your doubts, your questions and hard questions that your friends ask are here.
Robert Feduccia Jr. was formerly General Manager at Spirit & Song and is now Executive Director and Producer for Mission Eighty5 at Saint Mary’s Press. He is founding Director of the national Youth Liturgical Leadership Program and an instructor for the Permanent Deacon Formation Program at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in Indiana as well as for the Diocese of Knoxville, Tenn. Feduccia has been keynote speaker and retreat leader at liturgical conferences, diocesan youth conferences and college events.
See the Youth Day page »

RECongress Live!

Every year since RECongress 2010, there has been a live webcast from the Congress Arena. And this past Congress, we also live-streamed the Spanish sessions held in Hall B. After Congress, those workshops appear on our YouTube Channel, and there are two channels this year — one in English (Arena events) and one in Spanish (Hall B events). And you can watch all the Arena and Hall B sessions (for free).
Go to our RECongress Channel »

Speaker Feature: Dr. Saundra Kennedy

Over the three days, Congress 2016 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 our speakers:


As a Catholic schoolteacher, Dr. Saundra Kennedy has taught at the elementary, junior high and high school levels. Based in New Orleans, she began working in Catholic publishing 26 years ago serving as a national consultant, speaker and contributor to catechetical basal series. Dr. Kennedy has presented keynotes and workshops at diocesan events across the country, in addition for the Archdiocese of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Presently, she serves as Our Sunday Visitor’s Senior National Curriculum Consultant.

Do You See What I See: From a Catholic Schoolteacher’s Perspective
What we see in life depends on lots of things. What is it that contributes to how we see or how we form our perspectives? What are the perceptions that we hold as Catholic schoolteachers? It’s important to ask ourselves these questions from time to time to make sure that our answers reflect the call of Jesus in our lives. This session will discuss perspectives and perceptions that Catholic schoolteachers might hold in regard to their ministry, their faith and their students and how these perspectives and perceptions contribute to our teaching as Jesus did.

Keys to Proclaiming the Word: The Task of Catechesis
Our key objective as catechists, who echo the person of Jesus, is to proclaim God’s Word to those to whom we minister. Thus, we embrace Jesus’ mission to “Go ... make disciples of all nations.” As catechists, how do we go about doing this? What might we do to ensure that the disciples of Jesus today come to know and understand God’s Word and their own mission? This workshop will discuss the goal of catechesis, proclaiming the Word and making new disciples, in light of “The Six Tasks of Catechesis” outlined in the General and National Directories for Catechesis.
Go to the Speakers Page »

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. Here is an easy way to help the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, who 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 new term begins today. If you were part of the program last year, we thank you, but everyone needs 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 never been easier to contribute to the RECongress.

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

Find step-by-step instructions and information online and
Read about the Ralphs program »

Our Web Site

You can find all Congress information and updates online. Our upcoming RECongress Emailings will feature some Congress Spotlights, and we will be adding speaker and hotel information online. Check our site for updates and announcements.

RECongress Emailing

Be sure to sign-up for our twice-a-month Emailings about the latest updates and information about Congress 2016. You may opt out from our Congress Emailing at any time from the "Manage Your Subscription" link below.

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RECongress 2016

RECongress Dates
February 25 (Youth Day) &
February 26-28, 2016

2016 Congress Theme
"Boundless Mercy" / "Misericordia Inagotable"

2016 Youth Day Theme

Youth Day page »

2016 Theme Reflection
See a reflection on the 2016 Congress logo.

Read the Reflection »

Anaheim Convention Center
800 West Katella Ave.
Anaheim, Calif. 92802
(just south of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure). 
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The key to registration is the Registration Guidebook. If you attended RECongress 2015, you will automatically be mailed a Guidebook (available in October). If you need one, you may order one here.
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Congress Milestones
1956 - first two-day CCD Institute (500 teachers in attendance)
1967 - first three-day “Southern California Confraternity Congress ” (7,000 in attendance)
1973 - first "Religious Education Congress" as CCD office renamed to Office of Religious Education 
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