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ECYD Father Son Campout

Please join us at Camp River Ridge for Father-Son bonding, games, fishing, Mass and much more!

Open to all fathers and sons Kindergarden and up.

You are welcome to come and camp on Friday night, but there will not be any organized activities till Saturday morning.

Cost: $150 for Father and Son, $50 for each additional son

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Boy’s Argentus Weekend

October Argentus Weekend is open to all current 5th-8th graders.  REGISTER

For all dads, we would love to have you come and help us out for our camps and specifically for this upcoming Argentus weekend. Your presence is very valuable and impactful for our leadership team and for your boys. Please consider it and, if you decide to come, please register on the chaperone waiver form here. We do remind you to upload your current safe environment certificate when you register. If you have any questions about this, please reach out to Fr Jaime Lorenzo, LC at ([email protected]) or to Eric Kehn ([email protected])

All event dates are posted on the website (www.ecydboysla.com)

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Highlights from the ECYD Middle School Boys National Tournament, and the Upcoming ECYD Summer Camps!

“Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win.” (1 Corinthians 9:24)

This was the inspiration for the theme of this year’s ECYD Middle School Boys National Tournament – “Run so as to win!” The tournament was held February 17th-20th at Sacred Heart Apostolic School in Rolling Prairie, Indiana, and over the weekend, ECYD members and teams from around North America participated in ECYD’s national winter games and competed in tournaments to take the gold home to their cities. This year, seven teams of boys in 5th-8th grade from Louisiana, Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, New York, and Florida gathered to play in tournaments that included basketball, football, fubito, floor hockey, handball, and dodgeball. They also participated in a live Clue Action game and a manhunt, and spent an entire day downhill skiing. The tournament weekend concluded with Mass and the ECYD Pledge of Friendship Ceremony, during which the boys renewed their Pledge of Friendship with Christ, and one boy made the pledge for the first time.

The tournament was run by Fr. Patrick O’Loughlin, LC, who is the director of ECYD Life Department, and Brother Joseph Geiger, LC, the Assistant ECYD Director in Atlanta. “I love seeing the boys grow up and arriving to compete with fresh energy and more maturity each year, deepening their friendship with Christ and other boys from around the country,” says Fr. Patrick. “This year Indiana took home the gold – it was fantastic to see their hard work, team work and great sportsmanship throughout!”
You can check out all the fun the boys had at the ECYD Middle School Boys National Tournament in this video posted by Fr. Jaime Lorenzo, LC, who serves as the ECYD Director in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and on the Northshore.

And although this year’s national tournament has come and gone, the ECYD summer camps are fast approaching!

Upcoming Girls ECYD Camps
Girls ECYD Camps are unique experiences for girls from 5th-12th grade to grow in their Catholic faith and make lasting friendships. At camp, girls ages 10-18 will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities and will enjoy prayer and spiritual growth through participation in Mass and Confession. Sports, games, workshops, team dynamics, exciting night activities, swimming, and fun in the sun, are typical ECYD camp activities. There are over a dozen ECYD Girls summer camps happening in 11 different states in June and July:
Challenge Camp will be held at Camp Cho-Yeh in Livingston, Texas June 13th-16th. Email Carrie Frain for more information.

Challenge 5th/6th Grade Camp 2 is being held at Camp River Ridge in Oldenburg, Indiana, and will feature bonfires, creeking, and horseback riding.

Washington, DC is hosting two ECYD Girls camps this summer: LTP Girls Day Camp: Daughters of the King is a half-day camp that will run June 19th-23rd and is geared towards girls in 2nd-5th grade, while ECYD Summer Camp  is an overnight camp on June 25th-30th for 5th-9th grade girls and 10th-12th grade leaders.

ECYD Summer Camp Tekakwitha 1.0 takes place June 19th-24th at Bocamb Farms in Convington, Louisiana for girls going into 5th-8th grade. Camp Tekakwitha is a story camp allowing the participants to enter into the life of St. Kateri Tekakwitha of the Mohawks, learning about her lifestyle as a Native American in upstate New York in the second half of the 17th Century, her journey of discovery of the faith through the French “Black Robes,” and the development of her friendship with Jesus Christ. This year’s formation theme is Friendship with Christ and Love for the Eucharist.

Visit challengeyouthministry.com for more information about these camps, and about the camps scheduled for July.

Upcoming Boys ECYD Camps
Boys ECYD Camps are for boys in 5th-12th grade and are focused on spiritual development as well as leadership skills. There are over 25 camp locations each summer, providing boys with a unique experience of “Forging them in Virtue” with fun and adventure. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports, games, formative activities, spiritual talks, and prayer and the sacraments.

The first ECYD camp of the summer is the Leadership Camp at Camp Bocamb in Convington, which is happening May 30th-June 3rd. Registration for this camp closes on May 28th. Argentus Summer Camp 2023, held at the same location, will run June 5th-11th, and Argentus Day Camp, for boys entering 1st-4th grades, will be held June 27th-30th.

Camp Atlantas will be held in Jasper, Georgia on June 1st-June 10th.  Campers will enter the realm of Atlantas as squires and members of the six Houses of Atlantas, learn skills and powers from the Atlantan Knights themselves, and forge themselves as friends and apostles of Jesus Christ intent on building up and defending his Kingdom right here in the Southeast. This unique camp features medieval-style tournaments and sports, camping, hikes, wildlife skills, and even swordplay!

Dallas is hosting two camps this year: ECYD Summer Camp, Samurai – Honor & Brotherhood on June 4th-9th, and DFW Day Camp 2023 – Brotherhood on June 12th-16th.
Sacred Heart Apostolic School in Rolling Prairie, Indiana will be hosting a day camp called Camp Cristero on June 11th-16th. Contact Fr. Robert DeCesare for more information.
Camp Cincinnatus at Camp River Ridge in Oldenburg, Indiana has several camps running this summer, including a Boys Summer Camp June 11th-16th.

Fr. Andrew Gronotte, LC, will be hosting a Summer Leadership Course at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta on June 11th-17th. Contact Fr. Andrew for more information.
For more information about these camps, or the many camps being held in July and August, visit https://conquestyouthministry.com/camps/.

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New National Sports Tournament Brings ECYD Boys Together

As the ECYD Boy’s Section Director in Atlanta, Georgia, Fr. Patrick O’Loughin, LC, has a calendar jam-packed with a variety of events and activities. Along with his ECYD team, he is responsible for all of the resources and tools that ECYD provides to the boys for their spiritual formation, organizes all of the ECYD teams and the Conquest clubs in Atlanta, and coordinates the different spiritual mentors, including Legionary priests and Regnum Christi men and young adults, who provide spiritual accompaniment to the boys about once a month. Fr. Patrick also helps coordinate ECYD apostolic opportunities, serving on Mercy Missions Atlanta that runs monthly missions for high schoolers. In addition, Fr. Patrick runs all the local ECYD boy’s events, like retreats which are typically held several times a year, and a Father and Son Camp that is put on each semester. Just recently, he finished up Camp Atlantas, a week-long camp for boys in fifth to eighth grades, held this June in Jasper, Georgia.

Besides being the ECYD Boy’s Local Director in Atlanta, Fr. Patrick is also on the National ECYD Life Department Team, currently headed up by Consecrated Woman of Regnum Christi, Maria Knuth. As a part of this team, he helps with coordinating national events for the boys, including ECYD Summer Mission  Corps program which gathers and high school boys and girls across the world into teams to serve at ECYD camps, retreats and missions over the summer.

Despite having his hands full coordinating local and national ECYD boy’s activities, there was one event that Fr. Patrick and some of the other ECYD Boys directors felt was still missing. Growing up in ECYD himself, one of Fr. Patrick’s greatest memories of his time as a young member were the national conventions he used to attend. Raised in Syracuse, New York, Fr. Patrick fondly recalls the large ECYD conventions he would travel across the border to attend in Cornwall, Ontario. “Back in the day when I was a boy, it was a big convention, with a lot of boys, and we would play hockey, we would go to a Montreal Canadians NHL game, we would visit St. Joseph’s Oratory, and there would be a huge competition between all the different clubs there all the way through it. I just remember having such a fantastic time.”

These fond memories gave Fr. Patrick the idea to organize a national ECYD sports tournament, working with different ECYD directors and localities all over the United States. The tournament, which was coordinated by an organizing team consisting of Legionary priests and ECYD high school students and RC young men, was hosted at the Sacred Heart Apostolic School in Rolling Prairie, Indiana, and was held over President’s Day Weekend in February of this year. Middle school boys from ECYD sections from various localities, such as Atlanta, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Detroit, and Houston, joined in the three-day tournament, and the participants from the different localities even showed up in their own unique ECYD team jerseys! Besides competing in a variety of sports, the boys enjoyed activities like scavenger hunts, an ECYD Holy Hour, and even a day of skiing. “It was a great experience to see a lot of the boys who came from the south who had never skied before – they were just super excited to see all the snow and go skiing in Indiana,” says Fr. Patrick. “It was a really great time, and I was so impressed that for a first-time event we had teams from all over the country come and have a blast. Everyone loved it.”

The event was such a success that Fr. Patrick has also saved the date for next year’s tournament – it will be held once at Sacred Heart Apostolic School over President’s Day weekend (February 17th – 20th, 2023), and Fr. Patrick is looking forward to even more boys from even more ECYD sections taking part.

Fr. Patrick was assigned to Atlanta in 2018 as director of the ECYD boys section in the greater Atlanta area, and was ordained to the priesthood on May 4, 2019. Besides his work with ECYD on the local and national level, Fr. Patrick also serves as a part-time campus ministry chaplain at Pinecrest Academy, a Regnum Christi School in Atlanta. And although Fr. Patrick spends much of his time coordinating ECYD events, one of the aspects of his role in ECYD that he enjoys the most is the one-on-one conversations he gets to have with the boys after the events are all over. “I really love the spiritual mentoring part of my role, following up on retreats and camps or the different experiences that the boys have had, and seeing how the Lord is working in them.”

To find out more about ECYD in your area or to stay informed on national events, visit their website at ecyd.org. To find out more about Fr. Patrick’s work with ECYD in the Atlanta area, visit ECYD Boys Atlanta.

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Cheshtrek Gives Atlanta High School Boys an Experience of Seminary Life

Just a few months after his ordination in Rome on May 4, 2019, Father Terrance Allen, LC, arrived at Pinecrest Academy, a Regnum Christi school in Cumming, Georgia, where he has been serving as the high school chaplain for the past three years, ministering to Pinecrest students and families, faculty and staff.

In his role as High School Chaplain, Father Terrance had the opportunity to take a group of students on Cheshtrek, an annual road trip organized by ECYD Atlanta, to the Legionaries of Christ’s seminary in Cheshire, Connecticut over the Labour Day weekend (unfortunately, last year’s trip was cancelled due to COVID). This year, 17 boys (15 of which were Pinecrest students) and three dads made the nearly 2000-mile round trip, stopping in New York City on the way to Connecticut.

For Father Terrance, Cheshtrek provides an extraordinary opportunity for boys to experience their faith in action in the lives of men not much older – and not much different – than themselves, who are living an intensely spiritual, prayer-centered life. While at Cheshire, the boys get to experience seminary life and meet the seminarians, who, while deeply spiritual, are ordinary young men just like themselves. “It’s a great experience for the guys to go to the seminary and meet so many other young men living their faith in an intense way, spending many hours in prayer, and who at the same time will go and play sports with them, and are even sometimes better than them at sports!” says Father Terrance. “These seminarians are all young men who are regular guys and yet intensely spiritual, and the boys are always taken aback by how normal they are!”

The trip also provides an opportunity for boys with vocational interests to witness and get excited about seminary life; for others, it is an introduction to a call that they may never have considered. Says Father Terrance, “It’s a really cool experience that the guys usually couldn’t have that takes them out of their comfort zone and introduces them to a new reality.”

On the way back from their trip to Cheshire, the group stopped in New York again, this time to take in a Yankees game. This year, two Pinecrest alumni who are attending Westpoint, a four-year federal service academy in the state of New York, joined the group for the game to connect with their former classmates and friends.

Father Terrance’s favorite thing about his role as high school chaplain at Pinecrest is how he gets to come face to face on a daily basis with the people to whom he ministers. “Every day I arrive to school and there are students, parents, faculty with whom I can share my vocation and serve. They’re always there, to be ministered to, every day!”

You can find out more about Pinecrest and their upcoming events on their website at pinecrestacademy.org.

 

 

 

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Father Son Ski Camp Inspires in the Upper Midwest 

Fr. Chad Everts, LC, ran a Ski Camp at Oaklawn Academy in Edgerton, Wisconsin over the President’s Day weekend. 19 boys and 6 dads from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois participated 

Andrew was one of the young men who was at the camp. He liked how Legionaries help teens like him and noted, “I really enjoyed being able to be with the Legionaries.” This time, as he was one of the older boys at 14, he was a team leader. He explained that experience, “I got a sense that I had a responsibility to help other guys. I thought it was cool to help others rather than just being helped myself.” 

Andrew’s Dad, Mark, concurred with the experience of being with Legionaries. Mark drove his son, 8 other boys and another dad in a 12-passanger van 5 hours from the Minneapolis-St. Paul area to the camp. He feels that Legionaries help young men become better people. He commented, “It’s important to have our boys be able to spend some time with the legionary fathers and brothers. It helps them step it up and be ECYD, be men for Christ.” 

Mark has been involved in Conquest and ECYD for almost 20 years, since his oldest son was in third grade. He used to run a club with John Scherber, the dad of Fr. Jerek Scherber, LC, who was just ordained a priest. You can read Fr. Jerek’s vocation testimony here. 

Mark didn’t just enjoy time with the Legionaries, he also noted how he loved the structure of the camp and the time with his son. He continued, “For me, going on these weekends is an opportunity to spend time with Legionaries and with my son. Both strengthen me. The talks are as valuable for me as they are for the boys. When I share that with my son, it shows him that our faith is important.” 

Fr. Chad Everts, LC was recently relocated back to the United States after 24 years in Europe, 17 of those working with ECYD in France. He explained that in France they have more week-long camps but less weekly activities.  

Mark also noted how having a Legionary with international experience helps, “When Fr. Chad shared his stories from France, it helped the boys see that this is worldwide, that this is bigger than just what we’re doing this weekend. This isn’t only something we’re doing here in Wisconsin this weekend.” 

This retreat February 15-18, 2019 had a schedule of sports, virtue talksprayer and fun for the boys. On Presidents’ Day, the holiday Monday, they went skiing: they had the option to also go Saturday but they decided that more formation time was better. 

Fr. Chad’s theme this time was just “ECYD” as many of them didn’t know much about what ECYD is,  beyond the Conquest clubs that some of the boys are involved with. He said, “I really wanted them to discover ECYD.”  

This is one of the many ECYD camps for young people around the country. Information about most weekend camps are available on your local Regnum Christi or ECYD website, while summer camps for boys (Conquest) and girls (Challenge) are on their websites.  

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Engaging Young Men and Women in the Catholic Adventure of a Lifetime

Dr. Brian and Valerie Doran of Alberta, Canada, are a Regnum Christi family with seven children, and have been married for 20 years. Brian is a Family Physician, and currently has a full-time practice with hospital privileges in a rural area. Together, they lead the internationally acclaimed top-tier Catholic camps Arcātheos (for boys) and Captivenia (for girls).

Brian and Valerie first encountered Regnum Christi just as Brian was about to begin 10 years of education to become a physician.  Their hearts soared at the call to holiness, community and mission, but they wondered how they would manage it with a large family and the educational and professional ‘burdens’ ahead of them.

What they found is that the formation and mission they discovered in RC helped them to live their family life and professional life better. It also brought out the missionary zeal of their children. Brian takes his calling as a Catholic man, a father, and a Regnum Christi member very seriously. He believes that putting God first has helped him manage his time and priorities in order to live his prayer, family and professional life well.

In 2003 Brian launched Camp Rivendell, which would later become known as Arcātheos. His dedication to the apostolate of Arcātheos comes from a sincere desire to help form young men in the faith. The camp has grown in numbers and in excellence- with themes and story lines that call to mind The Lord of the Ringsand The Chronicles of Narnia, and a setting, costumes, and props that belong on the set of an epic movie, but all at the service of an experience that teaches boys that Christ is the Lord and they were born to live the adventure of serving him. Each year up to 90 men join his leadership team and 150 boys from across North America come to the camp, which ranges from 7-11 days long, depending on the age of the boys.

After seeing the success of Arcātheos over the first eight years, Valerie heard a growing cadre of  girls ask for a similar camp.  In 2010, in spite of her introverted nature, she took the leap to found the girls’ camp, Captivenia, and gathered a team of talented young women and mothers to lead with her. They have endeavored to help girls discover God’s love and the gift of the feminine genius he gives them. This is Valerie’s true passion. She was adamant that “this would not be just a copy of a boys’ camp,” stating, “I wanted to help girls become women of God filled with authentic beauty, dignity, grace and leadership.”  Captivenia has grown from 25 people the first year to an annual average of a 40 person leadership team (20 young women and 20 moms) and 100 girls attending. Many of the women who help Valerie lead the camp grow in their own spiritual lives, learning to pray, and some going on retreats for the first time.

Arcātheos & Captivenia fill a unique role in building up the kingdom. But how do the incredibly successful, but demanding, camps help the Dorans build their own family?  Brian and Valerie include their children every step of the way.  The Doran kids are involved in the planning, building, scripting and running of the camps right along with their parents.

Their oldest daughter Maria is now a Regnum Christi member herself, and is currently serving as an RC Mission Corps missionary in France.  Their son Stephen is in the early discernment of a potential call to the priesthood while completing his high school education at the Legionaries of Christ’s Apostolic school in Rolling Prairie, Indiana.

When asked how they manage it all, the Dorans light up.  Valerie encourages people to “imagine if your family was open to the inspirations of the holy spirit and united in a common mission of evangelization.” Brian continues, “What if God provided the grace needed to include your children and your family in evangelization, and actually drew you closer as a family through it?”  This has been the Doran family experience of Regnum Christi and their mission of leading Arcātheos and Captivenia.  The camps involve the whole Regnum Christi spiritual family as well, with Legionaries of Christ and Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi serving as chaplains.

Their advice to other families? “Be open. Allow God to take you out of the box, to take you past your pre-conceived limitations. Allow him to inspire you and challenge you to do something unique and different. There’s more that God knows you can do than you could imagine.  We are called to an ascent of family life, to work with our children to build up his kingdom and bring people to Christ.”

Discover Arcatheos and Captivenia at www.arcatheos.com and www.captivenia.com

 

 

 

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Alex Kucera

Atlanta

Alex Kucera has lived in Atlanta, GA, for the last 46 years. He is one of 9 children, married to his wife Karmen, and has 3 girls, one grandson, and a granddaughter on the way. Alex joined Regnum Christi in 2007. Out of the gate, he joined the Helping Hands Medical Missions apostolate and is still participating today with the Ghana Friendship Mission.

In 2009, Alex was asked to be the Atlanta RC Renewal Coordinator for the Atlanta Locality to help the RC members with the RC renewal process. Alex became a Group Leader in 2012 for four of the Atlanta Men’s Section Teams and continues today. Running in parallel, in 2013, Alex became a Team Leader and shepherded a large team of good men.

Alex was honored to be the Atlanta Mission Coordinator between 2010 to 2022 (12 years), coordinating 5-8 Holy Week Mission teams across Georgia. He also created and coordinated missions at a parish in Athens, GA, for 9 years. Alex continues to coordinate Holy Week Missions, Advent Missions, and Monthly missions at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Cumming, GA.

From 2016 to 2022, Alex also served as the Men’s Section Assistant in Atlanta. He loved working with the Men’s Section Director, the Legionaries, Consecrated, and Women’s Section leadership teams.

Alex is exceptionally grateful to the Legionaries, Consecrated, and many RC members who he’s journeyed shoulder to shoulder, growing his relationship with Christ and others along the way. He knows that there is only one way, that’s Christ’s Way, with others!