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A Life Changing Experience
Why not spend your summer as an ECyD missionary?

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Flyer for Boys' ECYD summer program in Canada

What are you doing this summer? Soaking up some sun, hanging out with friends, reconnecting with family?

How about having a life-changing experience as an ECyD Missionary? (ECyD stands for “Experiences, Convictions and Your Decisions.”) ECyD Mission Corps offers high school-aged girls and boys the opportunity to spend a summer serving others through mission work, while developing their relationship with Jesus Christ.

ECyD mission opportunities are diverse. Missionaries choose from 33 locations in 15 countries. (Missionaries who go abroad from their home country must be fluent in the language of the destination country.) Mission work includes volunteering as counselors in ECyD camps and conventions, assisting the elderly or disadvantaged, running vacation bible school programs and day camps for children at parishes, helping with local Challenge and Conquest club activities, and much more!

ECyD missionaries form friendships with other missionaries that last a lifetime, and they enhance their faith life through one-on-one dialogue with religious mentors, daily Mass, Eucharistic adoration, prayer and the sacrament of confession.

ECyD Mission Corps programs run from 4 to 8 weeks in the summer, usually from the end of June to the beginning of August, depending on the location. Missionary girls and boys are under the care and supervision of the Regnum Christi consecrated women (girls) or Legion of Christ priests and seminarians (boys).

The Girls’ Program

For 2013, the program is already at capacity, with a waiting list.  (Applications are still being accepted for next year, however.) Approximately 45 girls from the US will serve as missionaries this summer, and 20 will come from abroad.

US service cities and dates will include:

  • Atlanta
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • Michigan
  • Cincinnati
  • Montreal, Canada

Countries outside the US:

  • Ireland
  • Spain
  • France
  • Philipinnes

For more information, contact Maru Fernández at

The Boys’ Program

Applications are still being accepted for the boys’ program for 2013. Boys can choose from various summer sessions in the United States and Canada, and up to 11 international assignments.  Volunteering options in the States and Canada include:

  • Atlanta (June 1-July 1)
  • Dallas (June 5 - June 27)
  • Cincinnati (June 7 – July 15)
  • Chicago (June 12-July 2)
  • Cornwall, Canada (June 28 – July 28)
  • Washington, DC, Pennsylvania and New York (June 24 - July 21)

There are also possibilities to travel for a summer of service with the Legionaries of Christ in countries including Spain, Italy, Germany, Mexico, Chile, or Colombia.

For more information on the program, contact Fr. Daniel Brandenburg at

Click here for a program application.

Click here for the parent questionnaire.

Click here for a program overview sample from the Ohio Valley Region.

Click here for the program overview from Canada.



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