August 2019

RECongress 2020 (#1)

Dates for RECongress 2020 are Feb. 20 to 23

Be sure to mark the dates on your calendar for the 2020 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. Youth Day will be held Thursday, February 20 and the Adult Days will be from Friday through Sunday, February 21-23. The theme is "Live Mercy – Be Holy” (with translations in Spanish and Vietnsamese). Watch for our next RECongress Emailings on reflections of the theme and the new logo. Also, read about the new Director for the Office of Religious Education. And keep an eye on our site — — for coming information about RECongress 2020.

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Meet ORE Director Sr. Rosalia Meza

Sr. Rosalia Meza is the new Director for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ Office of Religious Education (ORE). She is also a member of the Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity (VDMF), a community that promotes education for all –- especially for women. The accomplished educator is originally from Mexico, though her family was not particularly religious or pious. Her call to religious life was because “God found me and won me over," she says.

As an educator, one of her priorities in the Archdiocese is to promote the leadership of young people through ongoing training, accompaniment and perseverance. "I studied education in Mexico with the Jesuits. I was a director of education and I was in charge of training people and analyzing business processes. Because of that work, I traveled greatly ...," says Sister Rosalia.
Read the complete interview here »     See the Angelus story »

Your 'Personal' Invitation to Volunteer

We invite to you consider becoming a volunteer at RECongress 2020. Positions include Assistants (those who are ticket takers/greeters at the door), Chairpersons (coordinators for the workshop) and Master of Ceremonies "MC" (those who introduces the speaker and makes announcements). There is a special registration process (and at a reduced rate) for volunteers and you must be available to work FOUR workshop sessions during RECongress. All new volunteers should plan to attend a Volunteer Meeting held on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.
Find additional Volunteer information here »

Just for Southern Californians

Ralphs Grocery Company, a major supermarket chain in the Southern California area, supports schools, churches and other non-profit organizations with annual contributions. Here is an easy way to help the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, a member of Ralphs Community Contributions Program. Simply by using your Ralphs rewards Card a portion of eligible purchases are contributed to the RECongress.


We encourage all Ralphs shoppers to sign up for the free Ralphs rewards Card and register their card with the Community Contributions Program. It’s the easiest way to contribute to the RECongress.

Name: Archdiocese of Los Angeles - Religious Education
Organization Number: KV939

Find step-by-step instructions and information online and
See more about the Ralphs program »

Looking Back 40 Years ... at 1980

The Program Book from "Religious Education Congress 80" with the theme "Family Together in His Love" held March 6-9, 1980 at the Anaheim Convention Center.


February 4th, 1980


Dear friends:

The Religious Education Congress is with us again. Thanks be to God! More than on any other occasion we come together as God's family for a time of growth in grace and wisdom, and togetherness. May all of the gracious elements of family life, as we know them in our own experience, be found here in a wider sense.


The Archbishop of Los Angeles and the Bishop of Orange — fathers of their respective religious families — are grateful for this occasion to salute and bless all those who come. We are a religious family. We preserve our past traditions and pass them on through instruction and worship, while we resist al1 the forces that threaten the security and integrity of our belief and love.


May the good Lord keep us all "in the hollow of His hand."

Very sincerely yours,
Timothy Cardinal Manning

Find the 1980 Program Book here »

Our Web Site

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 online. Check our site for updates and announcements.

RECongress Emailing

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RECongress 2020

RECongress Dates
February 20 (Youth Day) &
February 21-23, 2020

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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