January 15, 2016

RECongress 2016 (#13)

RECongress 2016 is "in the bag"!
Our 2016 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress is only a month away. In this Emailing we are previewing our Congress tote and everything "in the bag," and ways to volunteer at Congress 2016. Learn about Congress Choir opportunities and how to be a Eucharistic Minister in the Arena at Congress.


Congress 2016 is our 60th event since the first CCD Institute held in 1956. Celebrating our 60 years, we will be giving away 60 FREE registrations for Congress 2017 in the Office of Religious Education Exhibit Booth. Be on the lookout for more information in future Congress email blasts to see how you can be a winner!


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Youth Day Feature: Doug Tooke
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.


Doug Tooke, Executive Director of Reach Youth Ministry and owner of Monarch Catholic Ministries, directs youth ministry events in the Diocese of Helena, Mont., where he formerly served as diocesan Director of Faith Formation. He has over 20 years of professional ministry experience and has traveled to more than 75 dioceses in the past 15 years teaching, training youth ministers, keynoting conventions and presenting at events, including World Youth Day, the National Catholic Youth Conference and the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry.


Session C - "Proudly Proclaim"
February 25, 2016 -
Convention 213

Our faith is supposed to be shared in an enthusiastic, contagious and compelling way. How are you doing with that? This workshop is about evangelization as a way of life for young Catholic faithful. Come learn about healthy ways to share the Word and practical tips on how to live out the New Evangelization in the modern world.

See the Youth Day page »

Volunteers at RECongress

The Religious Education Congress literally could not function without the hundreds of volunteers who give of their time. Our Volunteer meeting is coming up on Monday, February 1. Check our Volunteer page as to how you can participate in a special way at RECongress:

• Youth Day Volunteers, including coordinators, crowd flow and other designated duties.
• English & Spanish Volunteers as Assistants (ticket takers/greeters), Chairperson (coordinator), and Master of Ceremonies "MC" (who introduces the speaker and makes announcements).
• Congress Choir at the 8:00 am and 3:30 pm Sunday Closing Liturgies.
• Eucharistic Ministers as Ministers of the Cup for any or all liturgies in the Arena.

If you have attended Congress in the past and would like to find out more about becoming a volunteer, please consider this your "personal invitation."
See the Volunteers page »

RECongress 2016 Tote Bag

Here's a sneak peek at the bag that will be handed out at Congress 2016. The green tote features the 2016 Congress logo on one side and the logo of the bag sponsor, RCL Benziger, on the other. Every Congress attendee receives a bag filled with several items, including a Tidings RECongress commemorative issue, the Program Book, a lanyard and a name badge holder.
See the 2016 Exhibitors »

RECongress Spotlight: Speaker Book Signing

Authors and musical performing artists appearing at Congress have begun to schedule times to sign their books at the Signing Area. And the Signing Area has a new location this year — in the northwest corner of Hall A. After each period there are scheduled times for speaker signings — including Keynote Sr. Helen Prejean on Saturday. Check the latest schedule online or on site to find any updates to table number or appearance times.
See the Speaker Signing Schedule »

Liturgy Feature: Contemplative Liturgy

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2016 - 5:15 pm
Hilton California

Rev. Pat Mullen, presider

Music by Liam Lawton

Rev. J. Patrick Mullen, a priest of the Los Angeles Archdiocese, is Professor of Biblical Studies at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, Calif., and Pastor at the neighboring Junipero Serra Parish. He is author of two books and numerous articles. Fr. Mullen often presents to priests of various dioceses in the Southwestern United States and annually speaks at the L.A. Congress as well as other regional conferences, from San Diego to Detroit, as well as the Little Rock Bible Study Summer Conference and the Texas Catholic Conference.
See the Congress Liturgies »

Sunday English Address: Fr. James Heft, SM

Over the three days, Congress 2016 will offer 300 workshops presented by 199 speakers. Topics range from personal growth to music to spiritual topics — in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. Each Emailing we spotlight one of our presenters:


Fr. James L. Heft, a Marianist priest, is Professor and President of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Previously, Fr. Heft spent many years at the University of Dayton in Ohio, as Chair of the Theology Department as well as Provost and Chancellor. He is author and editor of 12 books and 190 articles, and in 2011, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities honored him with the Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for his service to Catholic higher education.

"Pope Francis, the Environment and U.S. Politics" (*)

Sunday, February 28, 2016, 8:30 am

Is Pope Francis overstepping the boundary between Church and state? Is he smart in endorsing the current scientific consensus on climate change? Is his criticism of capitalism fair? Is he polarizing rather than uniting Catholics? Join Fr. James Heft as he leads us in a examination of these issues in our Church today.
Go to the Speakers Page »

Did You Know?

On Friday through Sunday at Congress during the lunch hour there is an open meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.). Veterans, newcomers, and 12 steppers from all programs are most welcome! The meeting takes place in the lower level of the Marriott Hotel in the San Diego Conference Room.
See other Congress Spotlights »

Special Hotel Rates

NOTE: Most hotel rates are only good through February 4. 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.
See the Hotels listing »

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. Orders must be made by Wednesday, February 24, 2016 by 9:00 pm PST.
Note: eTickets are valid from Thursday, February 18, 2016 to Monday, February 29, 2016.
Read about the Disney Ticket offer »

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. The current term runs through August 2016.

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

Read about the Ralphs program »

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

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.

Find past Emailings at archive.recongress.org/emailing.htm

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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.
See the Hotel page »

View the Guidebook
The Guidebook is your key to registration and contains all workshop and speaker descriptions, entertainment and liturgy options, and all events during Congress.
View the Guidebook »

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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