ECYD, “Educational, Culture and Youth “Development” is an international organization of Catholic youth who makes an alliance with Christ and work together to build a new world, committing themselves to follow the example of Jesus Christ, their friend and supreme ideal, in living a life of charity, sincerity, friendship, purity, generosity and happiness, giving testimony to others through their lifestyle and expanding ECYD to their friends and classmates.
There are five loves of an ECYD member ~ Love of Jesus Christ, love of the Blessed Virgin, love of the Church, love of the Holy Father and love of ECYD.
ECYD is a personal commitment to Jesus Christ to live more fully one’s baptismal promises. There are four stages of ECYD.
1st Stage: Girls between the ages of 11 and 13. The special love of first stage is a real tender and filial love of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of ECYD and an unequaled model of love of Christ and neighbor. The daily commitments of this first stage are: Pray the Our Father and the ECYD prayer in the morning and a Hail Mary and ECYD prayer at night.
2nd Stage: Girls between the ages of 13 and 14. The special love of second stage is a personal, real, passionate and faithful love of Jesus Christ, my friend and ideal of life, which is translated into great love for the Eucharist, the Gospel and the life of grace. The daily commitments of the second stage are: Daily offering, that includes the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory and the ECYD morning prayer; night prayers that include the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory, Act of Contrition and the ECYD night prayer; a mystery of the Rosary and a reading of the Gospel passage followed by a few minutes of reflection.
3rd Stage: Girls between the ages of 14 and 15. The special love of third stage is love of the Church and the Pope that is translated in an interest for understanding its mystery, its history and mission, in defending valiantly
the Church and cultivating an ardent zeal for the salvation of souls. The daily commitments of third stage are: Daily offering that includes the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory, Act of Contrition and the ECYD prayer; a visit to the Eucharist, a mystery of the Rosary and a reading of a Gospel passage followed by a few minutes of reflection and the good use of your personal time through a demanding and balanced schedule that doesn’t leave space for laziness.
4th Stage: Girls between the ages 15 and 16. The special love of fourth stage is love of ECYD that is the path and means for developing her human and Christian personality. The daily commitments of fourth stage are the same as 3rd stage but fulfilled with greater maturity.
The CHALLENGE/ECYD connection is basically that The Challenge Girls’ Club is a club open to any Christian girl who wants to grow in her faith and friendship with Christ and serve others. The Challenge Girls’ Club offers them a concrete opportunity to become apostoles for Christ.
ECYD is a personal decision made by the girls to love the values and friendship with Christ and put it into action, it is the Catholic heart of Challenge.
A Service of Regnum Christi • Love Christ, Serve People, Build The Church!