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Photo: RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASS -- Catechist conducts class for children of Guardian Angel parish, Pacoima, on a Saturday morning. thousands of catechists will convent next week in Anaheim to deepen their ability as religious educators.

Friday, February 7, 1986
Catechists To Meet In Anaheim
More Than 17,000 Persons Expected to Convene

More than 17,000 persons are expected to participate in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Religious Education Congress Feb. 13-16 at Anaheim Convention Center.

The annual weekend conference will bring together religion teachers from throughout the archdiocese for more than 100 workshops on spirituality, teaching methods, scripture, social justice, and liturgy.

Archbishop Roger Mahony will celebrate Mass for the more than 10,000 high school youths meeting for the congress Youth Day on Thursday, Feb. 13. Archbishop Mahony will be principal celebrant, of the congress' closing liturgy Sunday, Feb. 16, at. 5:15 p.m.

Archbishop Jan Schotte, general secretary of the General Synod of Bishops, will celebrate Mass at the Youth Day and conduct workshops during the general session of the congress Feb. 14-16.

Bishop Eugene Marino, secretary of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, will speak on the role of Blacks in the Church. Bishop John Cummins of Oakland will present, a workshop on the bishops’ pastoral letter on the economy. Bishop Manuel Moreno of Tucson will conduct, a workshop in Spanish.

"The religious education congress will provide a remarkable opportunity for the people of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to be brought closer to the latest developments of the General Synod in Rome," said Monsignor Lloyd Torgerson, director of religious education for the archdiocese.

"The pope has constantly stressed the importance of fidelity and union with the Church. Archbishop Schotte will be able to tell the people of Los Angeles of the concerns of the universal church and report to the people of Los Angeles the issues discussed at the synod," he said.

"This congress is part of the whole effort of the Church to educate both children and adults in the faith. Mini-congresses and workshops are held throughout the year providing catechists with valuable instruction and help with their ministry. This congress allows them all to come together under one roof. It allows them to be exposed to the work of other catechists, and to speakers they would riot, have the opportunity to hear otherwise," said Msgr. Torgerson.

"Our theme is "The Word Is In Your Heart.." It, comes from Paul's letter to the Romans, given to us for our reflection in the Liturgy that, weekend, where Paul describes the role of the catechist:

" `The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart . . . if you confess with your lips that, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.'

"We are called to treasure and relish God's holy word and make it a source of our strength and commitment, and to speak it with courage in our ministry," said Msgr. Torgerson.

Dr. Maria Harris, professor of religious education at Andover School of Theology, Brookline, Massachusetts, will address the assembly Friday at 8:30 p.m.

Fr. Edward Braxton, S.T.D. director of the Catholic Student Center at the University of Chicago, will speak to the assembly Saturday at. 8:30 a.m.

Singer Teri DeSario will perform Friday night at 8 p.m. and Fr. Jim Marchionda will perform Saturday night at 8:30 p.m.

Workshops will be conducted in English and Spanish. Spanish presenters include Fr. George Garcia and Carmen Cervantes.

Conference speakers include Sister Joan Chitister, O.S.B. in "Women in the Church"; Dr. Francois Darcy-Berube on teaching the sacraments; R Harvey J. Fields on "Understanding Jewish Prayer”; Fr James Goode, the first Black pastor in San Francisco, on the Black Catholic community; Fr. John Kavanaugh, S.J. on "Advertising and the Gospel Capitalism"; Sister Alexandra Kovats on spiritual direction; and John Sanford on "Healing and Wholeness in the Gospels and in Psychotherapy Today.”

Registration for the general session is $22 per person.


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