The Los Angeles Religious Education Congress is the largest annual gathering of its kind in the world. The four-day event is held at the Anaheim (Calif.) Convention Center and is sponsored by the Office of Religious Education, a department of the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Begun in 1968 as an “institute,” Congress still keeps the same focus — to teach more about the Catholic faith as well as to advance personal growth. Today the event is open to people of all vocations and different faiths.
Youth Day (March 22, 2012) – Congress opened on Thursday with a day-long event for high school youth. This is an opportunity for students — not only from the Los Angeles Archdiocese but throughout California and the western states — to come together and share in Liturgy, workshops, entertainment and experience the energy of the Closing Rally.
Congress days (March 23-25) – The remaining three-day weekend is open to adults and young adults and offers more than 200 speakers presenting over 300 workshops, in addition to lunchtime entertainment, evening concerts, Liturgy in a variety of characters, the Exhibit Hall and much more.
Free Exhibits (open to Registrants only) – One of the perks of Congress is the Exhibit Hall, held Friday through Sunday — showcasing over 200 companies as exhibitors and ranging from religious art to music, and from publishing houses to educational institutions, in addition to our own represented Archdiocesan ministries