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Friday, April 14, 2000
Hope and Jubilee in Anaheim

"AWAKEN HOPE -- SHOUT JUBILEE," proclaimed the theme of this year's annual Religious Education Congress, and most of the 37,000 adults and youth who participated in the annual event took the words to heart during their weekend at the renovated Anaheim Convention Center. They attended more than 200 workshop in three languages, participated in more than a dozen eucharistic liturgies and prayer services, and enjoyed a variety of lunchtime and evening musical and theatrical performances. Among the latter were a rousing 30-year retrospective of liturgical music, featuring some the church's most prominent composers; Marty Haugen's newest biblical musical, "Luke: The Feast of Life"; and a condensed version of the popular "Late Nite Catechism," in which a jam-packed arena (including Cardinal Roger Mahony) delighted in the antics and administrations of "Sister." By the end of the closing liturgy early Sunday evening, more people were ready to "collapse" than "waken," but were again sufficiently inspired and renewed by the Congress experience to make plans to return to Anaheim for the next Congress, Feb. 15-18, 2001.

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