August 2019

RECongress (2019.3)

RECongress adult days logo announced

Last month the themes for the 2019 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress were announced. The theme for Youth Day 2019 (Thursday, March 21) is "Trust! God’s Gotchu" and the theme for the adult days is "Thirsting for Justice” | “Sed de Justicia” | “Khát Khao Công Lý. This month the adult days logo was revealed. And artist Valerie MacRae shares about her work.

Watch for our coming RECongress Emailings on announcements of our Youth Day and the adult days. There is separate registration and pricing for each. Youth Day's discounted pricing is $35 ($40 after February 22, 2019); discounted pricing for the adult days is $75 ($85 after February 22, 2019). And keep an eye on our site — — for coming information about RECongress 2019.

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Reflection on the adult day logo

Artist Valerie MacRae reflects on the RECongress 2019 logo:


"The logo design took shape with the idea that we are all vessels unique in our diverse design, our color, our texture, and our varying capacity to receive and hold the Living Water. The vibrant colored jars stand casting shadows as if in the bright light of high noon. On one side of the jars are strips of metal rusted with perhaps the injustice of the past. In contrast, on the horizon the image of a spring of water welling up ... the hope of quenching our thirst for a future of peace and justice for all. We are challenged, as vessels of Living Water, to engage ourselves in bringing that future to fruition."
Read her full reflection online »

A Look Back ... at 1977

OUR DEEP APPRECIATION to the individuals and groups who contributed so very much to Congress 1977 with their music:

"Bonaparte Sisters" (St. Stephen Parish, Monterey Park)
     Donna Bonaparte, Director

"Cornerstone" (St. Anthony Claret Parish, Anaheim)
     Leonard Beckman, Director

"Gente Del Sol" (St. Francis Xavier Parish, Pico Rivera)
     Tom Valeriano, Director

"Godsong" (St. John Vianney Parish, Hacienda Heights)
     Paul Dobies, Director

"Holy Spirit" (Holy Spirit Parish, Fountain Valley)
     Theresa Simpson, Director

"Inner City Singers" (Holy Cross Parish, Los Angeles)
     Phyllis Fawcett, Director

"Leaven" (Holy Trinity Parish, San Pedro)
     Ron Griffen, Director

"Lightshine" (St. Luke Parish, Temple City)
     Roy McMeen, Director

"New Horizons" (St. Jane Frances de Chantal Parish, No. Hollywood)
     Jeanne Geidel, Director

"New Wind" (St. Raymond Parish, Downey)
     John Heideman, Director

"Open Hands" (St. Lawrence Martyr Parish, Redondo Beach)
     Craig Kingsbury, Director

"Oxnard Group" (Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Oxnard)
     Rev. Pedro Vera, M.Sp.S., Director

"Prousia" (Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Irwindale)
     Bob and Barbara Lloyd, Directors.

"Spirit of the Light" (Our Lady of Peace Parish, Sepulveda)
     Peggy Mahoney, Director

"Spirit Strong" (St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Newport Beach)
     Linda Brandli, Director

"St. Ignatius Singing Group" (St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish, L.A.)
     Rev. Joe Greeley, Director

"St. John's Seminary" - St. John's Seminary, Camarillo)
     Bob Juarez and Ken Canedo, Directors

"Wings of the Spirit" (St. Maria Goretti Parish, Long Beach)
     Carol Slacks, Director


And some names have continued on, including:

Ron Griffen would write the theme song, “He Calls Us Each By Name,” for Congress 1979.

Craig Kingsbury would collaborate with Stella García and Rudy on the song “Brille Tu Luz/Shine, Light of Christ” sung at Saturday Moring Praise at Congress 2013.

Ken Canedo’s songs have been used at a number Congress liturgies through the years. In fact, he most recently lead the music at Saturday Morning Praise for Congress 2017.

View the 1977 Program book »

A Look Back ... at 1969

The 1969 “Southern California Confraternity Congress” was held at the International Hotel, near Los Angeles International Airport. It was obvious that the event had outgrown the facility – hotel rooms were used for workshop sessions; beds and TV sets were removed and chairs brought in. (Note the lamp in the corner and mirror on the wall behind the portable chalkboard.) The chalkboard questions: “What motivated you to join CCD? What keeps you working in CCD? What discourages you most about CCD?”

See the early days of the Religious Education Congress »

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RECongress 2019

RECongress Dates
March 21 (Youth Day) &
March 22-24, 2019

Anaheim Convention Center
800 West Katella Ave.
Anaheim, Calif. 92802
(just south of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure).
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The key to registration is the Registration Guidebook. If you attended RECongress 2019, you will automatically be mailed a Guidebook (available in October).
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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)

1970 - CCD Congress moves from Los Angeles to Anaheim Convention Center

1973 - first "Religious Education Congress" as CCD office renamed to Office of Religious Education
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