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 Theme Reflection
Read the reflection on the theme for Congress 2017 by Fr. Chris Bazyouros, Director of the Office for Religious Education.

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What is Congress?
Begun as in Institute in 1956, our first event was held at Mount Carmel High School on Hoover Street in Los Angeles. There were some 500 teachers and catechists in attendance at the two-day conference, listening to speakers and gaining experience from other teachers. Read about the Congress Milestones here.

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RECongress 2017

We invite you to attend the 2017 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. The theme for our event – "Embrace Trust" / "¡Confía!" is drawn from the readings of the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (First Reading: Is. 49:14-15; Second Reading: 1 Cor. 4:1-5; Gospel: Matt. 6:24-34).

And our planning for RECongress 2017 is fully underway. We are just now beginning to add speakers, photos and workshop information on our web site. And this year, consider staying at Congress. Soon we will announce hotels with special rates for Congress attendees!

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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 2016, you will automatically be mailed a Registration Guidebook. If you need a Guidebook, please order one here. (Guidebooks will be available in October.)

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Youth Day Theme Reflection
The theme for Youth Day 2017 –  "What Are You Waiting For?" is pulled from the readings of the day (First Reading: Sir 5:1-8; Psalm: Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6; Gospel: Mk 9:41-50). Read a reflection on the Youth Day theme by teens who are members of the Youth Day Coordinating Team:

"The readings for Youth Day 2017 are about conversion, a change of heart. That change of heart is conveyed in each of the readings. The first reading from Sirach tells us to not delay, but rather turn to Jesus before it is too late. The Gospel from Mark gives us a look at what to expect if we hesitate or put off turning to the Lord, or if we lead others astray. ... So why wait to convert and change our ways? The time is now! This year’s theme is a question: 'What are you waiting for?' "
Read the full reflection here »


RECongress 2017 Theme: "Embrace Trust"
Fr. Christopher Bazyouros, Director for the Office of Religious Education, offers his reflection on this year's Congress theme:

“...While I was in Poland for World Youth Day I had the opportunity to visit a museum dedicated to St. John Paul II. In one of the rooms was a large boat (like one that Peter and his brother may have used) with the words: “Put out into the deep” (Lk 5:4). Out of darkness, doubt and fear we are called to Embrace Trust! I invite you all to join us at the Religious Education Congress in Anaheim and open your heart to this call."
Read Fr. Chris' reflection here »


Congress Speakers Added
Over the three days, Congress 2017 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:

Sr. Edith Prendergast, RSC
Sr. Edith Prendergast, a Religious Sister of Charity, is former Director of the Office of Religious Education in the Los Angeles Archdiocese. She is a frequent speaker both locally and nationally and has written and contributed to several articles on spirituality and catechesis. Sr. Prendergast is author of the book “Grace Abounds: A Call to Awaken and Renew Your Faith.” In 2015, she received the "Evangeli Guadium – Joy of the Gospel” award from St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, Calif., and in 2016, she was awarded the "Religious Service Angel Award" from the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders.

“Still We Rise”: Living with Trust in Seasons of Dark and Light
In a world of uncertainty, we are called more than ever to trust in the outrageous and steadfast Love of God, who accompanies us on the Way. Drawing wisdom from Scripture, poetry and stories of courage, we are strengthened to trace fresh paths toward personal and communal transformation. This means building trusting relationships. Likewise, it means walking in the footprints of Jesus who awakened his followers to a new vision, who endured struggle and yet in the process shone light in the darkness. We will explore both the challenges and hopes of awakening hearts to the gift of the transforming power of God's presence in our lives and in the world.
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Congress Spotlight: Sacred Space
Thursday through Sunday – Convention 304
On the third floor at Congress, Sacred Space provides a quiet place to pray, participate in the sacrament of reconciliation and walk a labyrinth. Last year, participants could pray the Stations of the Cross, focusing on the victims of human trafficking
our modern-day slavery happening all around us, often undetected – along with a prayer reflection called "Garden of Dreams – A Via Crucis on Human Trafficking."
Watch the Garden of Dreams Video »


A Look Back — RECongress 2007
Sunday, March 4, 2007
Arena – 11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Experience for yourself one of the most refreshing and original whole-community Catholic celebrations! Catholic comedian and character-actor Doug Brummel and his “cast of characters” help audiences of all ages lighten up in body, mind and spirit. This “one-man, character-changing” celebration addresses hundreds of teachable moments intertwined with sidesplitting laughter and timeless wisdom which aims to foster faith and family life ... one laugh at a time! If you are trying to reach all generations ... then this is a must-see event! Warning: Expect the unexpected. So bring your lunch and don’t be late! You’ll be glad you came.

Sunday, March 4, 2007
“How Might Spiritual Revival Cause Change?”
From Ireland’s Bono to Britain's Gordon Brown to a new global generation, poverty is focusing and energizing the faith of many around the world and in the United States. For the first time in history we have the information, knowledge, technology and resources to bring the worst of global poverty virtually to an end. What we don’t have is the moral and political will to do so. How might spiritual revival cause such social change?

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 RECongress Emailings feature some Congress Spotlights and we will be adding speaker and hotel information. Check our site for the latest updates and announcements.

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RECongress Emailing
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