The youth branch of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network

Eucharistic Youth Movement (EYM) is an International Movement for the Christian formation of children and young people from 5 to 25 years old.
EYM invites young people around the world to live in Jesus’ way, in a heart-to-heart relationship of friendship with him, based on a Eucharistic spirituality for the mission.
It is founded on the pedagogy of the Emmaus disciples: Gospel, Eucharist and Mission.
The Way of the Heart is its wellspring.

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An international movement for Christian formation

EYM is structured around clear lines of action, steps of Christian growth and strong national coordination.
EYM is the second Youth Movement of the Catholic Church in numbers: 1.770.000 children/young people.
Present in 69 countries, in 5 continents.
Check here where we are in the world.

EYM Spirituality

Its method is based on forming communities with a clear ecclesial awareness in the experience of prayer with three foundations: the Gospel, the Eucharist, and the Mission of the Church.

The spirituality of EYM has emanated from the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola to become essentially a Eucharistic spirituality. Thus, it has the following characteristics:

– It is grounded in the real life of children and young people, considering their stage of physical, psychological and spiritual development, offering them a formation that takes their limitations and their needs into consideration, while developing their skills and capacities.

– It encourages a personal friendship with Jesus, in union with His Heart, through: Prayer (teaching us to find God in all things), Listening to the Word of God andCelebrating the Eucharist.

– It summons us to be apostles, to experience our service as an offering to the Church and to the world.

EYM seeks to lead children and young people to an interior knowledge of Jesus and His Word, teaching them to be able to find the Lord in every dimension of daily life, through trustful prayer to the Father and through community celebration of the Eucharist.
It is an essentially ecclesial movement, and lives in, through and for the Church. It remains always at the service of the local Church and in coordination with its structures. Therefore, EYM forms people in communion with the pastoral structures of the diocese, parishes and schools.

This ecclesial affiliation and friendship with Jesus is represented in
three axes or fundamental pillars experienced in community life to foment an apostolic life:

– Gospel: Contemplate on how to live like Jesus.
– Eucharist: Be nourished and moulded by Jesus’ life.
– Mission: Collaborate in Christ’s mission serving the needs and challenges of humanity.

Once the member has gone through the proposed stages,the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network will continue to offer them, after the 
age of 25, a spiritual path, to live their daily offering in service to the Kingdom of God. This spiritual path, called “the Way of the Heart”, delves into the three foundations of EYM over nine stages.

Five different approaches

For a century, the pedagogy of EYM has adapted to each local Church. Today it exhibits 5 different approaches in the world:

1 – EYM as a pedagogy of choice, underlines the importance of discernment.
2 – EYM as a way to live like Jesus, underlines the invitation to model one’s life on Him.
3 – EYM as a way to become a Eucharistic person, seeking to better understand the Eucharist and the process of growth in Christ.
4 – EYM as Eucharistic Crusade, stressing adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and concern for the liturgy.
5 – EYM as devotion to the Heart of Jesus, including prayer for the Pope’s monthly intentions.

These are their different emphases, but they have the same foundation.

“We are young and we want to tell the world that our youthful joy stems from encountering God. We seek to love selflessly, to look at our history with hope, and to move and act on behalf of Jesus’ mission.”

(From the Manual Latin American EYM)