What is the LAREC?
The Religious Education Congress (LAREC), sponsored by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Office of Religious Education, is the nation's largest annual gathering of Roman Catholics! With 40,000 in attendance, over the three days, Congress offers nearly 200 speakers presenting 300 sessions, from personal growth to music to spiritual topics – in English, Spanish and Vietnamese as well as a number of liturgies of different characters including African Black Culture, Contemplative, Spanish, Vietnamese, Celtic, Jazz, and Young Adult. Congress showcases hundreds of exhibitors – ranging from religious art to music, and from publishing houses to educational institutions, in addition to our own represented Archdiocesan ministries.
Admission to Congress includes both free lunchtime and evening concerts – ranging from contemporary Christian music to leading Latino composers and artists. LAREC is held at the Anaheim Convention Center.
It is a unique opportunity to grow in faith, take part in formational workshops, inspiring liturgies and connect with the wider church.