RECongress 2017

RECongress Dates
February 23 (Youth Day) &
February 24-26, 2017

2017 Congress Theme
"Embrace Trust"
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2017 Youth Day Theme
"What Are You Waiting For?"

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2017 Logo Reflection
Read the reflection on the art for this year's theme by artist Valerie MacRae.

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What is Congress?
The Religious Education Congress is the nation's largest annual gathering of Roman Catholics! Our last RECongress, held in February, brought together nearly 40,000 people during the four-day weekend! We had registrants from across the country and as far away as Ireland and Australia.

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RECongress 2017 Logo

See what artist Valerie MacRae had to say about creating the logo for the 2017 Los Angeles Religious  Education Congress logo. In part: "The logo began as a painting of green fields, wild flowers and birds in a tranquil palette. The image was then 'broken apart' into shapes that echo the circular gesture of embracing. ... Let us 'Embrace Trust' "! Find her complete reflection at
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The 2017 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress dates are:
    • February 23, 2017 (Youth Day) &
    • February 24-26, 2017
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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The key to registration is the Registration Guidebook, which contains all workshop and speaker descriptions, entertainment and liturgy options, and all events during Congress. If you attended RECongress 2014, you will automatically be mailed a Registration Guidebook. If you need a Guidebook, please order one here. (Guidebooks will be available late-October.)

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Congress 2016 Photo Slideshow
See our video about RECongress 2016, featuring the 2016 theme song, "Boundless Mercy," by Meredith Augustin. You can find this video and ALL our videos of Arena workshops (in English) and Hall B Workshops (in Spanish), interviews and more on our RECongress Channel on YouTube.

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Winners of RECongress 2017 Registration
In celebration of the 60 years of the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress at last year's RECongress there was a drawing for 60 people to win a free 2017 Congress registration. Here are those winners and listing their parish/organization:

    Norma E. Aguilar — Holy Rosary, Sun Valley, CA CA
    Theresa R. Alatorre — St. Christopher, Moreno Valley, CA
    Katharine Alcazar — St. Gregory the Great, Whittier, CA
    Giovanni Alfaro — St. Martha, Valinda, CA
    Hilda Alomaira — St. Paul, Coalinga, CA
    Maria Teresa Amezcua — St. Agatha, Hawthorne, CA
    Hugo Andreani — Santiago de Compostela, Lake Forest, CA
    Rosario Barrios — St. Joseph, Pomona CA
    Guido Barrios — St. Brendan, Los Angeles, CA
    Marta Bassett — St. Mary, Visalia, CA
    Patrick Bellue — Our Lady of Lourdes, Tujunga, CA
    Marie Annette Burkart — Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Hayward, CA
    Susy Calderon — St. Patrick, North Hollywood, CA
    Sr. Maria Carlos — St. Mary, Boyle Heights, CA
    Julie Clement — La Purisima, Lompoc, CA
    Honorine Clifford — Incarnation Church, Glendale, CA
    Diana Cruz — Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Sun Valley, CA
    Isabel Cruz — Our Lady of Guadalupe, San Diego, CA
    Isaac Cuevas — Arenas Group, Los Angeles, CA
    Ed Delgado — Immaculate Conception, Monrovia, CA
    Romulo Dizon — St. John the Baptist, Milpitas, CA
    Connie Duque — St. Thomas the Apostle, Los Angeles, CA
    Vilma Escobar — St. Martha, Valinda, CA
    Sr. Giovannina Fazio — Immaculate Heart of Mary, Belmont, CA
    Gina Felter — St. Malachy, Tehachapi, CA
    Maria Etelvina Gomez — Blessed Sacrament, Hollywood, CA
    Lydia Hernandez — Maria Regina, Gardena, CA
    Mercedes Hernandez — St. John of the Cross, Lemon Grove, CA
    Lawrence Ho — St. Paul, Richmond, BC, Canada
    Silvia Huizar — St. Catherine of Siena, Rialto, CA
    Francis Ilano — St. Athanasius, Long Beach, CA
    Nancy Ivary — St. Cecilia, Tustin, CA
    Kimberly Johnson — St. Andrew, Pasadena, CA
    Marilyn Lazer — St. Didacus, Sylmar, CA
    Maria Looms Garcia — St. Andrew, Pasadena, CA
    Angelina Makabali — St. Paul the Apostle, Los Angeles, CA
    Joellyn Mascarenhas — Our Mother of Confidence, San Diego, CA
    Christine McAllaster — Holy Name of Mary, San Dimas
    Tom Minkley — Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Selma, TX
    Yanijel Miranda — St. Joseph the Worker, Winnetka, CA
    Marco Morocho — St. Joseph, Hawthorne, CA
    Jennifer Nestojko — Our Lady of Refuge, Salinas, CA
    Jose Ojeda — Corcoran, CA
    Marie Pesak — St. Jane Frances de Chantal, North Hollywood, CA
    Robert Quijada — St. Francis, Bakersfield, CA
    Jean Regala — St. Clement, Hayward, CA
    Mila Therese Reyes — St. Denis, Walnut, CA
    Virginia Reyes — St. Denis, Walnut, CA
    Pinky Reymundo — Our Lady of the Assumption, Claremont, CA
    Michael Roa — Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Montebello, CA
    Julie Rodriguez — Queen of Angels, Lompoc, CA
    Ernesto Rodriguez — St. Helen, South Gate, CA
    Elida Rosales — St. Mary, Palmdale, CA
    Byron Rozul — St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Rowland Heights, CA
    Benjamin Sheahan — Prince of Peace, Las Vegas, NV
    Brandee Sisting — Padre Serra, Camarillo, CA
    Marjorie Tavarez — St. Columban, Garden Grove, CA
    Maria Trosper — St. Andrew the Apostle, Sierra Vista, AZ
    Leticia Velasquez — St. Joseph the Worker, Winnetka, CA
    Chu Wai Mun Wong — St. Paul, Richmond, BC, Canada


A Look Back — RECongress 2007
Friday & Saturday, 8-10 pm
A new event at Congress 2007 is the Catholic Filmmakers' Showcase, which features two nights of screenings. Fr. Ron Schmidt, SJ is Master of Ceremonies for the event. Producers and directors are on hand to meet with audience members after the screenings. This is a chance to see what’s being done by some of Hollywood’s Catholic faith community.

Mike Norman, Youth Day Coordinator, announces the Youth Day 2007 theme, "LOL - Live Out Love." Youth Day is a perfect place for young people and adults alike to stand up and be affirmed in how they Live Out Love. The readings for the day are Esther 12:14-16, 23-25 and Matthew 7:7-12. These words give us the foundation for our theme and our exciting day!

In 2007 -- returning for its fourth year -- Sacred Space provides a respite from the day’s events; enter a space dedicated to facilitating a sense of peaceful reflection and spiritual rejuvenation. Our Sacred Space offers Eucharistic Adoration in the Chapel, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a labyrinth, and meditative music and inspirational art, and a new home -- moving from Hall E to the third level of the Convention Center.

RECongress 2007, Saturday, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
On Saturday, the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) invites all diocesan and national leaders in youth ministry to gather together to network and to consider the challenges and blessings of our shared ministry. This is an opportunity to further our international conversation that began last year. Please come to the Archdiocesan Office of Religious Education Staff Booth (for more information and the room location.

Find some photo highlights from Congress 2007 -- and other years -- on our Flickr page.

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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. Check our site for updates and announcements.

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