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RECongress 2021

RECongress Dates

February 18-21, 2021

2021 RECongress Theme
Proclaim the Promise! /
¡Proclama la Promesa! /
Tuyên Xưng Lời Giao Ước!


2021 RECongress Pricing
The registration fee for the four days of RECongress -- Thursday, Feb. 18 through Sunday, Feb. 21 -- is $35.
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2021 Location
Since 1970, you have had to travel to the Anaheim Convention Center to attend RECongress. Now that our upcoming event will be virtual, you can attend right from home or work!

What is RECongress?
Begun as an Institute in 1956, our first event was held at Mount Carmel High School in Los Angeles. There were some 500 teachers and catechists in attendance at the two-day conference. Our last gathering brought together 30,000 over a four-day event.

Director's Welcome
See the welcome by Sr. Rosalia Meza, Director of the Office of Religious Education.
Find it here »

Theme Reflection
Read a reflection on the theme and the artwork created by artist Val MacRae.
Read it here »

REC Milestones
1956 - first two-day CCD Institute (500 teachers in attendance)


1967 - the first three-day “Southern California Confraternity Congress ” held with 7,000 in attendance


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


1971 - First Youth Rally held on Friday, March 26, which would become Youth Day today


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

2021 - RECongress goes virtual

See the REC Milestones here »
You can find information and updates about RECongress online. Our RECongress Emailings feature our RECongress Spotlights.

RECongress Emails
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Check Out the 2021 REC Schedule

Plan out your 2021 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress experience now. You can view the schedule here or download the printable schedule here. Our virtual RECongress event begins on Thursday, February 18 and concludes on Sunday, February 21.

For a registration fee of $35, you will experience:
 • Keynote Presenters   • Dynamic Workshops   • Entertainment
 • Sacred Space  • Intercultural Prayer Experience
 • Youth Track on Friday and Saturday from 2:30-5 pm

Keep watch for upcoming announcements about registration on our web site and in our future Emailings.

Our 2021 Youth Track

Your registration of just $35 includes access to the Youth Track AND the entire weekend. Our Youth Track is on Friday, February 19 and Saturday, February 20, live from 2:30-5 pm.

 The Youth Track will be an interactive experience, including: 

  • Social Media Challenges
  • Witness Talks 
  • A Keynote Speaker for Each Day
  • Skits
  • Prayer Experiences
  • Featuring Our Youth Choir! 

Here are a few of our Youth Track presenters:

 Maggie Craig  Robert Feduccia  Fr. Agustino Torres  Dr. Alex Gotay

, you will be able to access ALL recorded workshops for the one registration fee of $35! Register now at 

**Registered participants will have access to all event content through March 21, 2021. You must be registered no later than 8 am PST on Sunday, February 21, 2021  

Some of our RECongress Speakers

Our 2021 Youth Track The Youth Track is included in your registration of just $35 to access the entire weekend. Our Youth Track on Friday, February 19 and Saturday, February 20, live from 2:30-5 pm.

Fr. Leobardo “Leo” Almazan, OP
( workshop presenter in Spanish)
Associate Pastor – St. William Church, Diocese of Austin / Senior Advisor to Clergy Outreach Team - Catholic Relief Services 

Anne Frawley Mangan
(workshop presenter in English)
Parish Sacramental/Pastoral Coordinator; teacher; Clinician for WLP/GIA Publications

Michael Mangan 
(workshop presenter in English)
Composer, liturgist, educator; clinician for WLP/GIA Publications

Margaret Matijasevic
(workshop presenter in English)
Executive Director – In Word and Witness

Fr. Leo Patalinghug, IVDei
(workshop presenter in English)
Founder and Director of; Catholic priest; TV and radio host

Liturgy Spotlight: Nueva Generación

As the children and grandchildren of immigrants, we gather in thanksgiving for the sacrifices that were made so that we could live a life of opportunity. Come celebrate with us as we look back to honor our ancestors and look forward to a bright future for us, our children, and our whole community. Como hijos y nietos de inmigrantes, nos reunimos en acción de gracias por los sacrificios que se hicieron para que pudiéramos vivir una vida de oportunidades. Venga a celebrar con nosotros mientras miramos hacia atrás para honrar a nuestros antepasados y esperamos un futuro brillante para nosotros, nuestros hijos y toda nuestra comunidad.


A Look Back ... at CCD Congress 1971

Taken from the Program Book of the 1971 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine Regional Congress, held March 26-28 with the theme: "You Shall Be My Witness to the Ends of the Earth - Acts 1:8"

The Congress Host

DIOCESE OF SAN DIEGO - Leo T. Maher, Bishop
DIOCESE OF MONTEREY - Harry Anselm Clinch, Bishop
DIOCESE OF FRESNO - Hugh A. Donohoe, Bishop

March 26-28, 1971
View the 1971 Office of Religious Education Flyer here »



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