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“These Guys are a Miracle”
Five young men in the Ohio Valley exemplify the hard working missionaries of the ECyD summer program

Ohio Valley ECyD missionaries
The Ohio Valley ECyD missionaries with Fr. Daniel Brandenburg LC

“I personally think that guys like you are one of the greatest sources for good in the world.  You all are not afraid to work to change the world and make it better, to bring Christ to the world.”

These are the words of Br. Thomas Connelly LC addressing the ECyD missionaries who served in the Ohio Valley area for the summer of 2013.  Br. Thomas Connelly took time from his internship in South Korea to help oversee the five-week Ohio camp with Fr. Daniel Brandenburg LC.   He said he found hard working young men who he believes made a “huge impact” on the youngsters they mentored at camp.

“How many high school guys do you know who help grade school kids to grow in virtue, especially by giving them a good example?” he said. “These guys are a miracle.”

The ECyD Summer Program

Throughout the US and many other countries, young men and young women volunteer every year as ECyD summer missionaries.  For 2013, 25 young men and 45 young women participated.  These high-school-age missionaries give a summer of service while improving their own relationship with Jesus Christ.

ECyD Mission Corps summer programs run from 3 to 8 weeks, usually from the end of June to the beginning of August. Mission work includes volunteering as counselors in camps , assisting the disadvantaged, helping with local parish programs and helping with local Challenge and Conquest club activities.  They enhance their faith life through one-on-one dialogue with religious mentors, daily Mass, Eucharistic adoration, prayer and confession.

Ohio Valley missionaries give service
To learn skills as gentlemen, the Ohio Valley missionaires came to the girls’ camp and served them dinner.

In the Ohio Valley, there were five young men serving as missionaries -- two from Ft Wayne, Indiana, one from northern Ohio and two from Cincinnati, Ohio.

These young men served as counselors for Camp Cristero at Sacred Heart Apostolic School from June 9-16, 2013.  After a few days off and for planning and formation in Chicago and River Ridge in southeast Indiana, they participated in a work camp June 20-23, 2013, (River Ridge) followed by a few more days of rest and relaxation at a lake house in Kentucky.  They then served as counselors for Camp Daniel Boone from June 28-July 4, 2013, (River Ridge) and then at the National Conquest Camp “Call and Duty” in Elizabethtown, PA.

Fr. Daniel said the group participated in a service project that was a little different from years past. “We meet up with the six young women also serving as missionaries in our area. To learn skills as gentlemen, the boys came to the girls’ camp and served them dinner, and then we all had a roundtable discussion on their experiences of the summer. We also met again on the last day of the boys’ month for a closing Mass and some further discussions.”

“For me personally, working with those young men for five weeks was a great experience of spiritual paternity,” he said. “I enjoyed helping to forge them into young men of character and faith, while giving them so many leadership opportunities that will enrich them personally. Each one of them is a better man because of his missionary experience, and I am, too.”

Click here to watch a video about the Ohio Valley missionaries’ experiences.

For more information on 2014 participation in the girls’ summer program, contact Maru Fernández at

For more information on the boys’ summer program for 2014, contact Fr. Daniel at



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