2017 DATES: February 23, 2017 (Youth Day) & February 24-26, 2017
2017 RECongress Theme: "Embrace Trust"
Held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California  (map)

Please install Flash� and turn on Javascript.


Congress App - You can now download the RECongress 2017 app – which covers both Youth Day and Congress! Available for both iOS and Android platforms, it is your guide to the Religious Education Congress.  Find it on the App Store (iPhones and iPads) and on the Play Store ( for Android smartphone and tablets). Features include: Sessions by Track, Full Schedule, Speakers and Exhibitor listings, Hotels maps and an interactive Exhibit Hall map, manage your personal session schedule, interact using your social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)


Sneak a Peek at the Program book -- now online! - View the book you receive at Congress. Download a copy or view it on the web. Both our Registration Guidebook and Program book are now available to view here.


Updates - Find the latest Speaker changes, information and updates about Congress 2017 online here.


Exhibitors - Find our listing of Exhibitors for Congress 2017 here.


Congress Discounts - See discount specials for Congress attendees to the Disneyland Report and special Show Your Badge & Save specials. Find the information on our Update page here.



RECongress is the largest annual gathering of its kind in the world. The four-day event is held at the Anaheim (Calif.) Convention Center and is sponsored by the Los Angeles Office of Religious Education. Begun in 1968 as an "institute" for religious education (CCD) teachers, RECongress has grown to include people of all vocations and different faiths.

Youth Day (February 23, 2017) – Congress opens on Thursday with a day-long event for high school youth. This is an opportunity for students – not only from the Los Angeles Archdiocese but throughout California and the western states – to come together and share in Liturgy, workshops, entertainment and to experience the energy of a Youth Day Rally. See our Youth Day page.

Congress days (February 24-26) – The remaining three-day weekend is open to adults and young adults and offers more than 200 speakers presenting over 300 workshops, in addition to lunchtime entertainment, evening concerts, 16 Liturgies in a variety of characters, the Exhibit Hall and much more.

Free Exhibits (open to Registrants only) – One of the perks of Congress is the Exhibit Hall – held Friday through Sunday – showcasing over 200 companies ranging from religious art to music, and from publishing houses to educational institutions, in addition to our own represented Archdiocesan ministries. See our 2017 Exhibitor Listing.

YOUTH DAY 2017 – FEBRUARY 23, 2017

Youth Day offers two tracks – with morning Arena events (Track 1) or afternoon Arena events (Track 2). Everyone gets to experience an Arena Liturgy, participate in the Arena Rally, and see the Arena speaker along with two additional workshop choices.
Our schedule for Youth Day is:

8:00 am General Session – Arena 8:00 am Opening Music & Opening Sessions
   (Rally / Liturgy with Archbishop 8:45 am First Convention Workshop
    Jos� Gomez / Keynote) 10:00 am Second Convention Workshop
11:45 am Lunch 11:00 am Lunch
1:00 pm First Convention Workshop 12:15 pm General Session - Arena
2:00 pm Second Convention Workshop    (Arena Rally / Liturgy with
3:15 pm Praise / Worship & Sending      Archbishop Jos� Gomez / Keynote)
3:45 pm Dismissal 3:45 pm Dismissal

The fee for Youth Day 2017 is $35 ($30 before January 13, 2017).
Find more information on the Youth Day page.


Yelp Review
"Some people go to Tibet, Bali, or India for spiritual rejuvenation or enlightenment. Others take to the deserts in the Americas or the mountains in the Andes. I head to Orange County, California. For nearly a decade, I have joined thousands of other Catholics for a weekend of workshops, liturgies (I love hearing my favorite gospel singer!), and camaraderie. I call it visiting the Catholic planet. Don't let the name fool you; you don't have to be a Catholic schoolteacher or catechist to take part or even a staunch Catholic. In fact, the LA Congress has conservative Catholic protesters every year taking issue with the multicultural liturgies and/or the messages of inclusiveness. I consider this one of the highlights of every year and I've made it a family tradition bringing along my mother and now my daughter."
Julie C., San Leandro, CA


American Catholic blog
"The purpose of this event is for the development of faith, but I think this event is much more than that. It is an opportunity to celebrate God and the love of his people. It is also a great opportunity to be inspired and informed and perhaps even transformed. To my friends, I call the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress the Love Fest. There are people hugging, laughing, and a general sense of well-being at this convention. After all, isn’t that what God wants for us, to share in his love, to offer hope and support to one another, and share our gifts with each other? I think so, and I can only hope that I too help in my small way to set the world afire."
Tammy Monjaras, Cincinnati, OH

RECONGRESS 2017 – FEBRUARY 24-26, 2017

Congress 2017 Information
   • Youth Day 2017

   • Congress 2017 Schedule
   • Congress 2017 Spotlight
   • Congress 2017 Entertainment
   • Congress 2017 Speakers
   • Congress 2017 Workshops
   • Congress 2017 Exhibitors
   • Congress 2017 Liturgies
   • Congress 2017 Statistics

   • View the Guidebook or the Program Book
   • Register for Congress Online
   • Volunteer Meeting Photos


Past Congress Information
   • Congress 2016 photo slideshow

   • Congress Reviews
   • Congress Themes
   • Congress Theme Songs

   • Congress Emailings
   • Milestones of the RECongress
   • The past history of RECongress


Congress Registration
The Religious Education Congress offers over 300 workshops and keynote, 18 liturgy and prayer experiences, lunchtime entertainment and evening concerts, a film showcase, over 265 exhibitors, Sacred Space, Art Exhibit, live Internet Arena events, the Opening Event streamed into Hall B, and so much more. Still the best bargain around, wrapped into a three-day weekend!

The registration fee for Congress 2017 is $80 ($70 before January 13, 2017) for all three Congress days. If you need additional information about RECongress, please contact us:

By e-mail: congress@la-archdiocese.org
By phone: (213) 637-7348
By mail: Religious Education Congress
3424 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90010

Sponsoring Exhibitors

Congress Year:
CONGRESS HOME PAGE  ABOUT CONGRESS:  Order Guidebook  | Reviews  | Themes  | Theme Reflections  | Theme Songs  | Sign Up  | Congress Chats  | Resources  | Volunteers  | For New Exhibitors  | Congress Milestones  | History in Photos  | Email Us  | Contact Us  | Privacy Policy

CeJy �1996-2020 Office of Religious Education,
a department of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Send bad links / information updates to RECongress

Find our Archdiocesan Privacy Policy here.