Throughout her history, which began in 1971, ECYD has offered an attractive way of living the Catholic faith and bringing Christ to many adolescents.

Here we offer a brief chronology of the more important events in the life of ECYD as an institution:

1971: First incorporations of ECYD (with the acronym meaning “Education, Culture and Sports”, from the spanish “Educación, Cultura y Deporte”)

1972 – 1974: Foundation of the first ECYD clubs

1983: Publication of the 1st edition of the ECYD Statutes, with about 3000 members around the world.

1994: Publication of the 2nd edition of the ECYD Statutes, revised after the General Chapter of the Legion of Christ in 1992.

1996: Beginning of the ECYD Missionary program

2000: Launch of the “Catholic Youth World Network” (CYWN), an internationl network of ECYD youth clubs.

2007: The “Network of Youth Clubs of Mission Network” substitutes “Catholic Youth World Network”.

2011: The meaning of the ECYD acronym changes to “Encounters, Convictions, Your Decisions”.

2012: Publication of the ECYDbook.

2016: Publication of the current edition of the ECYD Statutes.

“To live ECYD is to experience a charism that is then incarnated in a lifestyle and mission.
It is the joy that springs forth in the adolescents when they discover that they are loved and called by Jesus Christ;
it is the initiative and creativity enkindled inside when they know they are engaged in a great mission in the light of eternity;
it is what happens within when they understand that an authentic and attractive Christianity can be lived, thus leaving a deep imprint in today’s world;
it is the strength given by being part of a group of friends who share the same ideals, and above all their faith.”