Catholic Catechists in U.S. Military Gather on West Coast for Los Angeles Religious Education Conference

Archbishop Broglio to give opening talk on “The Joy of Proclaiming Jesus Christ according to Lumen Fidei”

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA—An 85-member delegation from the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) will join more than 50,000 Catholic lay leaders in Anaheim, Ca. this weekend at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. The March 14-16 Congress, sponsored at the Anaheim Convention Center by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Office of Religious Education, is the nation’s largest annual gathering of Catholics—indeed, the largest of its kind in the world—offering instruction and sharing on a wide array of religious topics, ranging from personal growth, music ministry and faith formation. Organized around the theme “Hope: a World Afire,” the Congress offers more than 300 workshops presented by 184 speakers in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese; 490 exhibition booths; and Eucharistic Liturgies in 18 different cultural traditions and forms, including Celtic, Byzantine, Filipino, Gospel, Hawaiian, Healing, Nigerian, Spanish/Mayan, Urban Fusion, Vietnamese, and Young Adult.

The AMS group, consisting mainly of catechists from United States Military installations along the West Coast, will focus on ways to develop catechetical leadership in faith formation programs for military families. On Thursday evening, at an opening dinner sponsored by the Curriculum Division of Our Sunday Visitor, His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, will deliver a talk on “The Joy of Proclaiming Jesus Christ according to Lumen Fidei.” Friday and Saturday are filled with a busy schedule of lectures, discussions, roundtables, and breakout sessions as well as the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist. The AMS put on a similar set of religious educational sessions at the Feb. 27-March 1 Mid-Atlantic Congress in Baltimore for catechists in the eastern U.S.

Mr. Jose Amaya, AMS Director of Faith Formation, said:

“The Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, like the Mid-Atlantic Congress, is a wonderful opportunity for military catechetical leaders and catechists to nourish their faith journey with Jesus Christ and to strengthen their skills to teach the faith to all. Participants will find the liturgies, general assemblies and the workshops to be inspiring and vibrant moments to ignite the flame of faith to go out to make disciples for Jesus Christ. The Congress is also an opportunity to meet and interact with other colleagues and to find good resources for ministry.”

The AMS group includes delegates from the following military installations:Joint Base (JB) Lewis McChord; Luke Air Force Base (AFB); Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) Twenty-Nine Palms; Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton; Naval Amphibious Base (NAB) Coronado; Los Angeles Air Force Base (AFB); United States Army Garrison Presidio of Monterey; and Edwards AFB.