Liberal youth, catechists, attend 2014
Religious Education Congress in Los Angeles
More than 90 youth and adults from St. Anthony Parish in Liberal joined an international group of some 41,000 people for the 2014 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress March 13-16.
The annual event drew people from every state in the union and 17 countries.
“We would laugh because it’s the only place where you have a break-out session and it’s more than 2,000 people,” said Matilda Scheurer, pastoral minister at St. Anthony Parish. The St. Anthony group began their journey by bus, van, and private cars at 5 p.m., arriving in Los Angeles at around noon the following day.
The first day of the congress, March 13, was set aside as a youth day.
“We would start out with morning prayer, end with Mass and a concert,” Scheurer said.
The congress contained a smorgasbord of more than 300 presentations by some 200 speakers, and included talks in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. Participants chose their focus; Scheurer chose to use this, the eighth congress she has attended, to focus on personal prayer.
In the evening, participants could choose between several different Masses, each offering a different “character”; Black culture, Celtic, contemplative jazz, Mayan, Native American, Spanish, Urban Fusion, Vietnamese, and young adult.
After Mass, they could attend a 9 p.m. Celtic prayer service, or one of two concerts. Sister Maria Conuelo Garcia Sifuentes, MCMI, and Sister Arlene Vasquez, MCDP, pastoral council members, and people “involved in all ministries” at St. Anthony were invited to participate.