September 15, 2019

RECongress 2020 (#4)

RECongress 2020 Speakers Announced

Our planning for the 2020 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress is well underway. This month we are announcing our line-up of speakers for RECongress 2020. And for those traveling to Anaheim for the weekend, we have negotiated special rates with some of the local hotels. See our tips for making your stay the best possible. And keep an eye on our site — — as we keep posting new information about RECongress 2020.

Pass along this emailing or our link — — to share with friends and encourage them to sign up for the Emailings to receive the latest information about RECongress 2020. If you do not care to receive future updates, you can find removal information at the bottom of this message.

Speaker Spotlight: Jesse Manibusan

Over the three days, RECongress 2020 will offer nearly 300 workshops presented by nearly 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:


Jesse Manibusan, founder of Jesse Manibusan Music Ministries, has over 30 years of experience as a liturgical music minister, youth worker, catechist and parish mission director. He has presented at all the major youth conferences, including the L.A. Religious Education Congress, the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry and several World Youth Days. Manibusan has performed at various conferences worldwide and has several CDs published with Oregon Catholic Press.



“Be strong. Be brave. Don’t show weakness”: Nice sentiments, true. But our faith speaks a deeper transforming truth – be merciful, be humble, be holy. It’s the life of Jesus, his Paschal Mystery. No short cuts and no “Cliffs Notes.” Come and be prepared to “let go and let God.” In the process, we’ll be more inspired to live what we believe and teach!

Behind the Scenes: Steve Meza

Our Los Angeles Religious Education Congress could not function without the hundreds of volunteers who give of their time. We have those visible volunteers who are "out in front," but there is an army of people behind the scenes. These is to highlight just a few of the committee members, coordinators and volunteers who work behind the scenes.

Name: Steve Meza

What is your “day” job?

I actually split my time working at a parish in Los Angeles mainly dealing with liturgies and communications and as a special event photographer for red carpets and charity events.

What and when was your first RECongress experience?

My first RECongress was in 2000. In my first year I came in as a workshop volunteer and served as a workshop Chairperson and Assistant taking tickets. I had such a great experience meeting so many people and loving the workshops that I’ve been back every year since.

Find other Behind the Scenes people here »

If you would like to find out more about becoming a volunteer for our next RECongress, please consider this your "personal invitation." We have a need for volunteers for both Youth Day and our Adult Days.
Find additional Volunteer information here »

Some Hotel Tips

With you in mind, the Religious Education Congress has contracted with certain hotels in the Convention Center area that offer a variety of pricing and room types that should meet everyone’s needs. Please pay special attention to the amenities offered -- some properties offer free breakfast options and several hotels offer suites that can house up to 6 people -- that can add even greater value to your stay. To get the quoted rates, sure to mention that you are attending the 2020 Religious Education Congress and ask for the REC or Religious Education Congress Block Group Rate.

Find the list of contracted hotels here »

Just for Southern Californians

Ralphs Grocery Company, the Southern California supermarket chain, supports 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. Be sure to re-enroll for this new September 2019 term.


We encourage all Ralphs shoppers to sign up for the free Ralphs rewards Card and register it with the Community Contributions Program. It’s the easiest way to contribute to RECongress.
Name: Archdiocese of Los Angeles - Religious Education
Organization Number: KV939

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

Looking Back 25 Years ... at 1995

From the 1995 Religious Education Congress Registration Guidebook, with the theme "Passion for Justice" held February 16-19, 1995 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Do you remember the nearby Jolly Roger Restaurant (site of the current Residence Inn Anaheim)?


The Jolly Roger Hotel and Restaurant Welcomes the Religious Education Congress 1995!

• Reasonable Prices   • Great Food in Our Coffee Shop
• Fast Service   • Enjoy Our Fine Dining Room  

JOLLY ROGER INN, 640 W. Katella Ave, Anaheim

Single/Double - $73.00

Check in: 2:30 p.m.
View the 1995 RECongress Guidebook 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

Adult Days Theme
"Live Mercy – Be Holy” / “Vive la misericordia y la santidad” / “Sống Nhân Từ - Hãy Nên Thánh”

2020 Theme Reflection
See the new ORE Director's reflection on the 2020 RECongress theme.
ead the Reflection »

Anaheim Convention Center
800 West Katella Ave.
Anaheim, Calif. 92802
(just south of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure).
See a Yahoo Map »

The key to registration is the Registration Guidebook. If you attended RECongress 2019, you will automatically be mailed a Guidebook (available in October).
Order a Guidebook »

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
See the REC Milestones »

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