The EYM, Eucharistic Youth Movement, is the youth branch of the Apostleship of Prayer, the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network.

An International movement for Christian formation

EYM is an international movement for Christian formation of children and young people from 5 to 25 years of age, with the goal of helping them to live like Jesus, in a “heart-to-heart” friendship with him, in Eucharistic spirituality.

EYM is the second Youth Movement of the Catholic Church in numbers: 1,112,000 children / young people. Present in 56 countries, in five continents. EYM is structured around clear lines of action, steps of Christian growth and strong national coordination.

The heart of the EYM is friendship with Jesus

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.

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 heart of the EYM is friendship with Jesus:

  • Meditate on his words and actions (Gospel).
  • Live in this friendship nurtured by the Eucharist.
  • Share the life and mission of Jesus through the Church, seeking the justice of the Kingdom of God.

The EYM seeks in its members a youthful and deep friendship with Jesus in service of the his mission and justice, especially for the poorest brothers and sisters. The EYM is celebrates and lives the Eucharist and the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

The EYM offers young people various means, such as gatherings, service projects, singing, and worship, to pause and talk about how they live, think and act in order to help them grow, making good choices in the spirit of Jesus.

5 different approaches of EYM in the world

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

1 – The EYM as a pedagogy of choice, underlines the importance of discernment.

2 – The EYM as a way to live like Jesus, underlines the invitation to model one’s life on him.

3 – The EYM as a way to become a Eucharistic person, seeking to better understand the Eucharist and the process of growth in Christ.

4 – The EYM as Eucharistic Crusade, stressing adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and concern for the liturgy.

5 – The 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.

Currently the EYM is present in 56 countries on five continents

Currently the EYM is present in 56 countries on five continents

Africa: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo-Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, Togo.

Asia: East Timor, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Nepal, Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam

America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada FR and ENG, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Equator, Haiti, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Unites States.

Europe: Albania, Belarus, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Italy, Luxemburg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Spain.

Oceania: Australia, New Caledonia Tahiti.

“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).