On December 2, 2013, Paulette Smith, Congress Event Coordinator, was named an Associate Director for the Office of Religious Education (ORE), as announced by ORE Director, Sr. Paulette has served the Office of Religious Education for many years. Albert the Great Church in Compton, Calif., before coming to the ORE to help in Adult Ministry.In 2006, she was appointed (along with Jan Pedroza) as Co-coordinator of the Religious Education Congress. Edith Prendergast, RSC, retires as Director of the archdiocesan Office of Religious Education, effective June 30, 2015. The Anaheim Convention Center begins construction of "ACC North" at the area of Car Park 1 (on Katella Ave. With prior major expansions in 1974, 1982, 1990, 1993, 1998-2000, 2013, this expansion -- the seventh since opening in 1967 -- will provide an additional 200,000 square feet of meeting space and will replace Car Park 1.
This year marks the 50th annual event sponsored by the Office of Religious Education (beginning with the first CCD “institute” in 1956).An estimated 3,000 teachers were expected, but more than 7,000 attended, causing major problems with services and programming. In 1970 the annual Confraternity of Catholic Doctrine Congress was moved to the Anaheim Convention Center.Then-Tidings writer Al Antczak (later to become Editor) recalled waiting 10 minutes to get on a crowded elevator. The happy result was over 10,000 in attendance and use of the surrounding hotels. Boyer's brother Verne was involved from the start and continued for a long time thereafter, arranging Mass times and setting up the Arena; his two teenaged nephews, Steve and Greg, helped with the equipment and room assignments.) : In 1964, the Anaheim City Council approved plans for construction of an “Arenatorium” and exhibit complex, which included a 7,500-seat Arena, a 100,000-square-foot exhibit hall (Hall A) and 35,000 square feet of meeting space.At Congress 2016, Archbishop Jos Gomez has continued the tradition of (now, video) chats with school students from the Archdiocese.This was his sixth Congress chat (and fourth video chat) conducted from Exhibit Hall A at the Religious Education Congress. (1997-2000), Beliefnet (2001), Catholic (2002-2003), Church (2004-2010).The first CCD program was established at Immaculate Conception Church on 9th Street in Los Angeles in 1922; followed by parish units established throughout the Archdiocese, with Fr. In subsequent years (1958-1966), attendance continued to increase at Loyola University; and culminated with over 4,000 attending the event at Immaculate Heart College. Boyer became Assistant Director to a program that saw growing attendance each year. John Clarke and helped in organizing the first CCD Institute held at Mount Carmel High School on Hoover Street in Los Angeles.Construction began in the summer of 2015 and is expected to open in time for Congress 2018. You can find complete information about the project online at 20 Years of Congress Chats: RECongress 2016 fell on the 60th anniversary of the first CCD institute, and the 49th year of a "Religious Education Congress." The first (typing) chat room was held on Friday, February 23, 1996 on Compu Serve with Cardinal Roger Mahony.Edith Prendergast, RSC Event Coordinators: Paulette Smith & Jan Pedroza Youth Day Coordinator: Mike Norman In 2008, RECongress hosted a dinner in honor of Sr.Edith Prendergast, RSC, and her 20 years of leading the Religious Education Congress.