October 15, 2015

RECongress 2016 (#6)

Keynote and Sunday Addresses announced
The 2016 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress is just four months away. We have 200 speakers scheduled to present 300 workshops (222 in English, 70 in Spanish, 8 in Vietnamese). This Emailing we announce our Saturday Keynote: Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ. Sunday's addresses will be presented by Fr. James L. Heft, SM (in English) and Sr. Maria del Carmen Bracamontes Ayón, OSB (in Spanish). Be sure to check our Web site for our updated speaker listing and the latest hotel properties with special attendee rates. So start your planning now to attend Congress 2016.

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


“Hey You! Yeah, You!” What Is God Saying About Your Future? (Vocation Discernment Made Easy!)
Do you know what you want to do? Have you known since you were 2? Or do you not have a clue? Do you wish God would just tell you? Everyone has a vocation in life – it’s the way we will give and receive love. How can you get a handle on your future? What are some wrong ways and some right ways to discern your vocation in life? It doesn’t have to be that confusing. :-)

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 www.The40Film.com. She is also on the vocation team of the Daughters of St. Paul. Sr. Burns has presented media literacy talks and seminars since the 1990s, and since 2006 she has presented Theology of the Body talks to teens and adults across the United States and Canada.

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2016 Keynote: Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ

Saturday, February 27, 2016, 8:30 am
“Boundless Mercy and the Compassion of Christ”(*)

How far can the compassion of Christ reach? Even to murderers of the innocent? Even to terrorists like Osama bin Laden? Even to illegal immigrants who pour over the borders into our country? Even to atheists who hate and despise religion? In this Keynote address, Sr. Helen Prejean will share how the mercy of God shapes and directs her life and how it compels us to serve beyond our limits.

Sr. Helen Prejean, a sister of the Congregation of St. Joseph, is author of “Dead Man Walking.” The human rights activist speaker has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on the death penalty and helping to shape the Catholic Church’s newly vigorous opposition to state executions. Based in New Orleans, Sr. Prejean travels around the world giving talks about her ministry. She is presently at work on another book, “River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey.”
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Spotlight: Sacred Space

The "oasis" of Sacred Space at Congress provides a quiet place to pray in the chapel, participate in the sacrament of reconciliation or walk the labyrinth, where you can mindfully reflect on your life as you journey toward a fuller life in God. Included this year, the Stations of the Cross focus on the victims of human trafficking, the modern-day slaves. You are invited to stand in prayerful solidarity with these victims.
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Liturgy Feature: Care of the Earth

The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, as called for by Pope Francis, has already inspired many people and had a great impact on our work in preparation for Congress 2016. The jubilee year, along with Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, sparked some wonderful creativity in our liturgy preparations. Our hope is that the liturgies of Congress may be a Spirit-filled encounter with Christ Jesus and a celebration of the life of the Church.


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2016 - 5:15 pm
Mass for the Care of the Earth
Convention Arena
Rev. Daniel Horan, presider

Inspired by Pope's Francis' encyclical on the care of our common home, Laudato Si', this liturgy is meant to create within us a mindfulness of God's creation as a joy and responsibility as Christians. Can we strive to foster an environment that is hospitable to all God's creatures?
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Speaker Feature: Char Wenc

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:


Char Wenc, an internationally known professional speaker, coach and author, is President of Char Wenc Communications, which specializes in building positive relationships at work, school and in families. She is a professor in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies program at Loyola University Chicago, and teaches in the doctrinal programs at the Adler School of Professional Psychology. With 30 years teaching and 20 years public speaking, Wenc is author of “Stop the Door from Slamming: The Power of Respect.”


Becoming a Parent is a Gift, While Parenting Itself is a Learned Skill

A parent’s job is indeed challenging at times. Though it may be difficult to be consistent in parenting, it is one of the greatest gifts we can give our children. Setting limits for our children provides them the security and boundaries they so need in this world. This workshop will empower parents with the wide range of skills to set limits with respect and love. Our goal is to empower and encourage everyone in their parenting journeys.

The Skills of Christ-like Leadership

Have you ever walked into a church and felt a sense of community? As a parishioner, do you feel you are valued in this environment? Does your parish model the virtues of integrity, responsibility and respect? It is the ability to treat people well that is the success in our churches; it is knowing how to listen, talk, write and establish rapport with others. This is key to successful leadership. This session will empower everyone to lead with Christ … successfully!
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Special Hotel Rates

http://archive.recongress.org/2010/images/hotel.jpgDon'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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Discount Disney 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  disneytickets.disney.go.com/store/ZMRB16A
Note: eTickets are valid from Thursday, February 18, 2016 to Monday, February 29, 2016.
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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. 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. 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 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.

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

Find step-by-step instructions and information online and

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Our Web Site RECongress.org

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

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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 by ORE Director Fr. Chris Bazyouros.

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Anaheim Convention Center
800 West Katella Ave.
Anaheim, Calif. 92802
(just south of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure). 
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Hotel Information
See our listing of contracted hotels with special rates for Congress attendees. 
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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 late-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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