For many years, the liturgies
celebrated at the Religious Education Congress have been
noted for their ability to embrace a variety of cultural
styles, while evoking a spirit of both reverence and
At Congress 2001, the schedule of
liturgies both eucharistic celebrations and prayer
services again reflects the diversity of the church.
From year to year, some styles are substituted for
others, which then return in later years (the Jazz
liturgy, for example, returns this year). The goal is to
provide participants the choice to attend a style of
worship they feel comfortable with, and, hopefully, the
opportunity to grow through experiencing a different
(but equally reverent) form of worship.
The eucharistic liturgies to be
celebrated at various venues around the Anaheim
Convention Center include:
Friday, Feb. 16 (5:15 p.m.): Two
"general" character liturgies, with Franciscan Father
Richard Rohr and Father Brian Massingale presiding;
Byzantine, Father Alexei Smith presiding; Hispanic;
Auxiliary Bishop Gabino Zavala of Los Angeles (and the
San Gabriel Region) presiding; and Jazz, Jesuit Father
J-Glenn Murray presiding.
Saturday, Feb. 17 (5:15 p.m.): A
general character liturgy, Father Richard Fragomeni
presiding; Asian, Father Luis Chito Tagle presiding;
Healing, Dominican Father Jim Marchionda presiding;
Hispanic-Mariachi, Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia of Mexico
presiding; Nigerian-African American, Msgr. Ray East
presiding; and Young Adult, Father Joe Kempf presiding.
Sunday, Feb. 18: Morning (8:15
a.m.) and. Afternoon (3:30 p.m.) Masses, with Bishop Tod
Brown of Orange and Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles
Additionally, the following prayer
services will be celebrated:
Liturgy of the Hours, Friday,
5:15 p.m., led by Nathan Mitchell.
Liturgy of the Hours, Saturday,
5:15 p.m.; led by Tricia Hoyt.
Lamentation, Saturday, 9:30 p.m.,
led by Father Jim Clarke.
Music will be provided for the
liturgies by, among others, Tom Kendzia, Gary Daigle,
Marty Haugen, Bob Hurd, Rudy Lopez, Val and Frank
Jansen, David Haas, Mauricio Centennio, Richard Cheri,
Jeannie Cotter and Father Liam Lawton. John Flaherty
will again direct the Congress Choir for the closing
liturgies on Sunday.
A chapel within the Anaheim
Convention Center will be open for prayer and adoration
before the Blessed Sacrament, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
daily. The Sacrament of reconciliation will be offered
on Friday and Saturday, I 1:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2:30-3:30
p.m. both days at a site to be designated.