|The West Auckland Conquest club gave a warm (and well-organized) welcome to the boys on the ECYD convention.|
July 31, 2008. Auckland, New Zealand. The distance between a
Conquest club in Washington, DC and a club in Auckland,
New Zealand is 8,622 miles, about 1/3 of the earth’s
circumference. But, as the 41 boys on the ECYD convention
prior to World Youth Day discovered, physical distance is no
obstacle when it comes to sharing the same spirit.
Aside from World Youth Day itself, one of the highlights
of the boys’ ECYD convention was their historic visit to
a Conquest club in West Auckland. The Auckland club gave
the boys a magnificent welcome in a local parish. They
set up Mass for the group, put on a musical
concert with violins and other instruments, and even sang for
them. The boys who participated were amazed at how two
clubs so far apart in distance could instantly be so
close because of their shared ideals.
Nick Lulli, 18, a
Regnum Christi member who volunteered as a youth leader on
the trip, said: “I was impressed by the openness and
cordiality of the New Zealand ECYD boys we stayed with
in Auckland. They provided a fine example of what it
is to be a host, and one could see that
our boys were influenced as a result.”
|A moment from the Mass that the Conquest boys shared.|
of ideas between clubs thousands upon thousands of miles apart
was a living testimony to the universality and catholicity of
the Church and the Legion,” he said.
To watch a video
of two members of the West Auckland club singing for
the ECYD boys, click here.
see another moment from the West Auckland Conquest club’s musical
performance, click here.