|A group shot of some of the girls on the convention.|
By Kelly Luttinen
July 21, 2010. Oxford, Michigan. In early June,
57 girls from around the world spent 10 days of
fun and friendship while growing in their relationship with Jesus
Christ. The young women from the US, Canada, Mexico, El
Salvador, Venezuela, Spain and Colombia participated in the 2010 summer
ECYD International Convention at the Queen of the Family Retreat
Center in Oxford, Michigan from June 30 to July 11,
This year’s convention was divided into three themes: Leadership, Beauty
and Media, and Love.
The fun began with the first
event, the “Amazing Race,” in downtown Oxford. The girls had
to follow clues to various locations such as the public
library or a Mexican restaurant. In each place they were
given a specific challenge and a leadership virtue to practice.
At the Casa Real assisted living facility, they learned flexibility
by serving a meal to a difficult client. At the
local park they approached a “homeless” person and helped her
to collect soda cans to recycle for the deposit money.
They also learned about the concept of teamwork visiting the
The girls also put their leadership skills
into action with their own version of “The Apprentice” television
show. They were divided into teams and sent to different
businesses and organizations in the area to perform a specific
project. One of the teams was challenged to make a
proposal for a Youth Night at the Cranbrook Science Museum.
Another team learned about the Right-to-Life organization and how to
make calls to inform voters about candidates who respect life
issues. One of the teams designed a poster for a
Celtic Catholic Book Store to attract the youth market, while
another submitted a proposal for the remodeling the local Coney
Island Restaurant. Another team helped the Missionaries of Charity design
crafts for their summer camps. Finally, one the groups visited
a Problem Pregnancy Center, where they were inspired with the
stories they heard and designed a brochure for the center.
|The start of the Amazing Race.|
also competed in a Marketing Virtue Project in which they
designed T-shirts. The winning team --with the theme “Christ in
the City” -- actually had their shirts created.
They girls also
learned the joy of service when they hosted about 60
children at the retreat center with the Missionaries of Charity
sisters for fun water games, sports, crafts, skits and more.
True Love and True Beauty
During the convention the
girls experienced the true love that only comes from Jesus
Christ in Eucharistic adoration. They also attended daily Mass and
had lots of prayer time.
Several guest speakers provided the
girls with testimonies.
• Mike McLean discussed his experience in radio
and encouraged the girls to bring their faith into life
when they are choosing what they watch and listen too.
• Brigid Wilson, a junior at Immaculate Conception Academy, discussed her
• Sister Davis from the Missionaries of Charity shared
her vocation testimony.
• Betty Rivera, a Regnum Christi consecrated woman,
shared her journey to discover God’s call and how the
|A refreshing moment at Cedar Point amusement park.|
Lord conquered her heart.
• Christina Condit talked about the topic
of dating and relationships.
• Amada Rosa Perez, former top model
and actress in Colombia, shared her journey from the emptiness
of fame and wealth to discovering true happiness with Jesus
Christ. She also gave the girls a personal beauty workshop.
all these spiritual activities, the girls had several outings, including
shopping at the Great Lakes Crossing Mall, celebrating the 4th
of July with fireworks in downtown Lapeer, a day at
Cedar Point amusement park and a trip to Niagara Falls.
“It was such a gift for me to work
in this convention!” said Betty Rivera. “The girls went back
home with so many life lessons. It was not so
much about sitting down and listening to information. They actually
had life-changing experiences and heard emotional testimonies that really affected