|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.”
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
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.
|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.”
to watch a video about the Ohio Valley missionaries’ experiences.
more information on 2014 participation in the girls’ summer program,
contact Maru Fernández at email@example.com.
For more information on the
boys’ summer program for 2014, contact Fr. Daniel at firstname.lastname@example.org.