What is ECyD
An athletics coach forms an adolescent into the best athlete he can be; But life’s more than sports; so who’s going to assistthat same adolescent to become the best Catholic young man he can be?
When it comes to offering young men the ideal of life lived to the max, oursociety dictates what that looks like, and there are few who counter it . . .
Here’s where Conquest stands apart.
While a sports coach answers the question: “how can I improve my swing?”, our outstanding Conquest mentors compliment family formation: they teach fundamental virtues in a fun and energetic setting, and facilitate the adolescents’ approach to the bigger questions such as “What’s a truly happy life?” and “How can I know what God expects of me?”
Besides all the great fun and friends, at the heart of all Conquest events you find real virtue formation that little by little forges a mature and manly character. And that’s because it’s at the heart of every one of our qualified lay volunteer staff.
The staff employs the unique and successful pedagogy of the youth formation developed by the Legionaries of Christ. That’s why all Texas Conquest events count on theguidance and spiritual leadership of Legionary priests.
Be a leader. Be a competitor. Be a disciple.
ECyD is an international Catholic association of youth who participate in programs or activities that spark specific experiences, convictions and decisions that mark their Christian way of life. ECyD is the way Regnum Christi seeks to respond to the needs of today’s youth. ECyD stands for Experiences, Convictions, and your Decisions.
Conquest is “Powered by ECyD”. Members can make a “Pledge of Friendship with Christ” and receive tools that can put them on a gradual path of building their relationship with Christ, develop a prayer life and learn about how to live virtue. Each member receives a Pledge Card, which contains regular commitments that can help the boys develop that relationship. They also receive a symbol by grade level, to remind them of this pledge. In 5th grade they receive a Medal of Mary, in 6th grade a Rosary ring, in 7th grade the New Testament, in 8th Grade a candle, in 9th grade the ECYD cross, in 10th grade the YouCat and in 11th & 12th grade they receive a crucifix.