2017 RECongress Spotlights

Religious Education Congress
February 23, 2017
(Youth Day) &
February 24-26, 2017

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Thursday, February 23, 8:00 am - 3:45 pm
  •  See the Youth Day 2016 video  •  Go to the Youth Day home page
This day-long event for high school youth is an opportunity for students from throughout the western states – to come together and share in Liturgy, workshops, entertainment and experience the energy of the Closing Rally.

VIDEO - RECongress.org/LIVE
Thursday through Sunday
  •  See the RECongress 2016 photo slideshow  •  View the archives

Watch highlights and sessions from Congress. During Congress, you can watch Arena events live on the Internet from wherever you are! After Congress, find the complete archive (going back to Congress 2010) on our RECongress Channel on YouTube at www.youtube.com/RECongress

Thursday through Sunday – Convention 304
  •  2016 Video: Sacred Space - A Garden of Dreams  •  Sacred Space map
In response to Pope Francis' encyclical, Laudato Sí (On Care for Our Common Home), this year Sacred Space offers an experience of prayer through a multimedia art exhibition in which we are invited to connect our faith with Mother Earth and, at the same time, among ourselves.

Opening Event only, Friday, February 24, 8:30-9:30 am – Hall B
Watch Friday’s Opening Event broadcast live in Hall B. With the growing popularity of our RECongress.org/LIVE streaming, this is another venue to view the morning Arena experience.

Friday, February 24, 10:15-11:00 am – Tech Center @ Hall A
  •  See past Congress Chats
Join us Friday morning at the Tech Center as Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez conducts a live online chat session with students from St. Francis of Assisi School in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles. This year will be the Archbishop's seventh annual live, online chat from Congress with school students.

Friday, February 24, 7:45-9:45 pm  – Convention 213
This year’s Film Showcase, in partnership with Loyola Marymount University’s Center for Religion and Spirituality, presents excerpts from a number of narrative feature films, shorts, documentaries, experimental and animated films, whose thematic elements are grounded in Catholic social teaching, justice, ministry, spirituality and theology. Filmmakers will be present to meet with audience members.

Friday and Saturday, noon-3 pm – Hall A
Come watch SiriusXM Radio's "The Busted Halo Show" as it broadcasts live from Congress. Join in the fun with host Fr. David Dwyer and his team as they interview speakers and entertainers appearing at Congress 2017. The Busted Halo Show airs Monday through Friday, from 7-10 pm Eastern time on SiriusXM Satellite Radio channel 129. 

Saturday, February 25, 8:30 pm – Convention 213
A perennial feature at Congress is Sacred Illuminations, a mystical choreography of light and sound. Incorporating her newest liturgical and fine art photography and reflections, Sr. Rose Marie Tulacz, SND, will bring us to see and experience deeper the compassionate face of God.

LITURGY - Saturday, February 25, 5:15 pm – Marriott Hotel
DANCE - Saturday, February 25,
9-12 midnight Marriott Hotel 
Cost: $7 per person
This annual Congress tradition is a chance to meet new friends and reconnect with old. All young adults (18 to 39) are welcome. ID required for dance admission

Sunday, February 26 ONLY, 9 am - 2:30 pm @ the Tech Center in Hall A
See ePostcards from Congress 2016
Get your own free picture souvenir from Congress – an ePostcard with your photo that you can email from Congress to home ... or to friends. Available only on Sunday at the Tech Center.

Friday through Sunday – Grand Arena Lobby
At this very moment in places all around the world, natural and human-made disasters are preventing our sisters and brothers from fulfilling their most basic needs. Catholic Relief Services invites you to take a meditative photo-journey around the world to the ground zeros of the most pressing humanitarian emergencies of our day. Come gaze upon the faces of the families that are served by the Catholic community in the United States and be witness to a world filled with great need and great love.

Friday through Sunday – Convention Hall A, northwest area
  •  View the Signing Schedule
Authors and performing artists appearing at Congress have scheduled times to sign their books and CDs at the Signing Area. The tables are located in Exhibit Hall A. Check the posted schedule for any updates to table number or appearance times.

Friday through Sunday – Convention Hall A, southeast area
Several of the performing artists at Congress have scheduled time to appear at the new Performance Stage in Hall A. The stage showcases 20-minute sets of live music and is located in the southeast area of Exhibit Hall A. Check the posted schedule onsite for appearance times.

Friday through Sunday – Arena Lobby & Hall A
Don’t leave Congress without getting one of the Congress logo-ed souvenirs. We have an annual offering of pens, pins and magnets, but every year there is something new -- mugs, pads, letter openers, and more. Stop by and see what's new for this year. And look for the Congress 2017 logowear in Hall A.

Friday through Sunday in Hall A
Bring your charger and plug into the Charging Station to recharge your portables. This year, Congress will have two charging stations -- one in the northwest area of Hall A, near the Book Signing tables; and one in the Office of Religious Education Booth, in the center of Hall A.

Friday through Sunday – Convention Prefunction Area
Take a break from the bustle of Congress and rest and renew your body. Visit the Chair Massage area in the Prefuction Lobby of Hall A. The cost is $1 per minute.

Friday through Sunday (lunchtime) - Marriott San Diego
Join a lunchtime meeting with other Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) men and women to share experiences, strengths and hopes with mutual support for recovery from alcoholism. This is an open meeting for anyone working a 12-Step program, or anyone interested in 12-Step recovery. The meeting room is location on the Marriott’s lower level, in the San Diego room.

Congress attendees can receive promotional offers and discounts during Congress with the "Show Your Badge & Save" program. Discounts are exclusively available to attendees during the conference for participating attractions and restaurants. Show your event badge and save at participating restaurants, shopping, attractions, and much more! Find discount information and coupons online here.

The Anaheim Convention Center is undergoing construction. The area of Car Park 1, off of Katella Ave. and adjacent to the Arena, is the site for their latest project. This expansion -- its seventh since opening in 1967 -- will add 200,000 square feet of meeting space and will replace Car Park 1. The construction that began in summer 2015 is expected to open in late-summer 2017. You can find plans and videos of the project online at www.accexpansion.com.

PARKING at the Convention Center
Due to the expansion of the Anaheim Convention Center, parking has been affected. With the loss of Car Park 1 off Katella Ave. next to the Arena, you are encouraged to use Car Park 4 or Car Park 6 (both accessed from West Street), or the Disney Toy Story Lot (off of Harbor Blvd.) or the parking structure at the  Anaheim GardenWalk (off of Katella Ave.) You can find suggested parking locations - download the parking map here. Note: There is a shuttle from the Toy Story Lot and GardenWalk to the Convention Center that runs from 7 am to 10 pm. Parking is $15, the same as at the Convention Center.

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