Chad, March 13 2007. Recently a ECYD Challenge Girls´ Club
was founded in Chad, Africa. A Canadian married couple, the
Moroney´s, moved to the country for work reasons. After a
a few days in Chad, Mr. Moroney asked one of
his employees, Odette, who was also catholic, if there was
a church nearby where he could go for mass.
|Members of teh ECYD Challenge club in Chad, Africa. In the background, "Regnum Christi" is written on the chalkboard.|
After this encounter, Odette, moved by the example of the
Moroney family, became interested in learning more about the Movement:
she began receiving the daily meditations in French from the
Regnum Christi website, and soon became a whole-hearted promoter of
the daily meditations. She convinced a local radio station to
deliver the meditations, and to have them used in various
parishes in the area.
From this initial interest in
the Movement was born the desire to work pastorally in
her parish by founding an ECYD Club. Odette was able
to start the ECYD Club thanks to her personal intiative
and the resources available on the Catholic Youth World Network.
Odette tells us that "as soon as we started
the Challenge Club, we wanted the girls to know something
about Regnum Christi. I translated into French the Challenge ´philosophy,´
strategy and motto [taking it from the website]. The priest
who presented Challenge to the parish council was Father Romanus
Okongwu, who speaks English. He is helping us very much.
This week, I will explain to the girls that prayer
is the center of our meetings, and the meaning of
´Thy Kingdom Come!´ and then we will draft a program
for the year."