ECyD

ECyD is an international Catholic youth organization affiliated with the congregation of the Legionaries of Christ and their lay movement Regnum Christi. ECyD membership is open to youth ages 11 to 16 (to 18 in the US and Canada).[1]

ECyD

ECyD logo
Formation 1971
Type Catholic youth organization
Headquarters Rome, Italy
Key people
Álvaro Corcuera, Sonia González
Website Conquest websiteChallenge Website
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The meaning of the acronym “ECyD” was changed in 2011. Originally, the acronym was “ECYD” which stood for Educacion, Cultura, y Deportes in Spanish. This translates literally into English as Education Culture and Sports. “Sports” was changed to “Youth Development” in English speaking ECYD groups.[citation needed]

From 2008 to today there have been a series of meetings of lay people, Legionaries, and consecrated members of Regnum Christi met to update ECyD’s mission and identity. In 2011, this group changed the acronym to ECyD, which now stands for Encounters, Convictions, your Decisions. The team believes that this new name reflects what “happens in the heart of youth when they experience a life-changing moment of grace.”[2]

ECyD was founded in Mexico by Marcial Maciel in 1971. One of the first members was Álvaro Corcuera who was later on the general director of the Legionaries of Christ and Regnum Christi.[3] From 1972 to 1973, ECyD clubs were founded in Salamanca, Spain; Monterrey, Mexico; Mexico City, Mexico; Crystal Lake, Illinois; Rome, Italy; and Madrid, Spain. The first international ECyD convention was held in Ontaneda, Santander (Spain).[citation needed] Currently, ECyD clubs exist in thirty countries.[citation needed]

In 2008, Sonia González was asked to make a new international model based on the experiences of various ECyD groups over the past years.[4] Around the early 2010’s ECyD’s future was discussed among Catholic groups, as it is related to that of the Legionaries of Christ and Regnum Christi movement who underwent a time of direct Vatican control and purging of corrupt elements, from 2011 until 2019.[5]

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