Los Angeles Religious Education Congress

Join LMU at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles' annual Religious Education Congress, the largest gathering of its kind in the world.  

Exhibit Hall
During the weekend, Congress attendees will be able to speak with representatives from LMU at Booth #525 in Hall A. The exhibit hall is open Friday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Undergraduate Programs
- Office for Undergraduate Admission (counselor is present all-day Friday, and peak-hours Saturday)

Graduate Programs
Department of Theological Studies (M.A.)
School of Education (Credential, M.A., Ed.D.)
Center for Catholic Education
Partners in Los Angeles Catholic Education (PLACE Corps)

Continuing and Professional Programs
Center for Religion and Spirituality (Professional Certificate Programs)

Hospitality Suite
The Alumni Association invites you to join fellow LMU alumni, PLACE Corps members, friends and family for a hosted lunch during Congress on Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Marriott Anaheim Oasis Tower, Suite 1644. RSVP is requested (click here).

Congress Film Showcase
The film showcase at Congress, which is cosponsored by the Center for Religion and Spirituality and the School of Film and Television, along with entertainment industry partners, is an evening forum for the exhibition and discussion of cinematic work rooted in the Catholic tradition held on Friday night in the convention center. Rose Pacatte, F.S.P., D.Min, founding director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies, will moderate. Click here for more information.

LMU faculty and staff will be speaking at the Congress throughout the weekend:

Elsy Arévalo, Assistant Director, Center for Religion and Spirituality
3-01: "Jesus: WE the Missionary People!" (Arena Event)

Allan Figueroa Deck, S.J., S.T.D., Distinguished Scholar of Pastoral Theology, Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts
7-54: "Affective Maturity and Discernment: Keys for the Formation of Ministers Today"
8-05: "Madurez afectiva y descendimiento: Claves para la formación de ministros hoy"

Robert A. Hurteau, Ph.D., Director, Center for Religion and Spirituality
3-53: "¿Prohibidos los abrazos? La ética pastoral y las normas legales para los ministros pastorales"

Ricky Manalo, C.S.P., Ph.D., Lecturer, Center for Religion and Spirituality
3-02: "Encountering Christ in Harmony: Celebrating the New U.S. Bishops' Response on Asian-Pacific Islander Cultures and Ministries"
7-02: "Casting the Net Far and Wide: Implementing the New Pastoral Response for Asian-Pacific Islander Communities"

José Antonio Medina, S.Th.D., Lecturer, Center for Religion and Spirituality
3-54: "La Iglesia católica en el siglo XXI"
5-56: "La Biblia en los ministerios"

Daniel Smith-Christopher, D.Phil., Professor of Theological Studies, Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts
3-20: "Ardi, Ape and Android: Dialogues with the 'Imago Dei' in Genesis"
7-20: "The Problem of Justice in the 'Twelve Prophets': Critical Views of Ourselves?"

For a complete list of speakers and sessions, click here to be redirected to the Congress web site.

LMU campus ministers, students and alumni will be coordinating and supporting liturgical services during Congress. Music for the closing arena liturgy on Sunday will be directed by John Flaherty, associate director of Campus Ministry at LMU.

To Attend
The Congress is hosted and sponsored by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Ticketing is through recongress.org.

About the Congress
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 Convention Center and is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Office of Religious Education. Begun in 1968 as an "institute" for religious education teachers, Congress has grown to include people of all vocations and different faiths, and offers more than 200 speakers presenting over 300 workshops, in addition to lunchtime entertainment, evening concerts, 16 liturgies in a variety of characters, the Exhibit Hall and much more. 

Sunday, February 23 at 8:00am to 5:00pm

Anaheim Convention Center 800 West Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92802

Event Type

Exhibitions and Performances, Liturgies and Spiritual, Speakers and Seminars, Film, Conferences and Meetings, Alumni, Workshops


Center for Religion and Spirituality, Mission and Ministry, Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, Theological Studies, Theological Studies Graduate Programs




$35-$85; tickets are purchased through the Archdiocese of Los Angeles




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