MEET THE 2020-2021
D.C. ECyD YOUTH TEAM
Fr. Mariano Ballestrem, LC
Boys' ECyD and LTP Director
Fr. Mariano was born in Bonn, Germany. He was a member of ECYD and later Regnum Christi, before he joined the Legionaries of Christ in 2006 at the age of 19. After two years of Novitiate studies in Germany, he went on to study Humanities in Salamanca, Spain. Later he studied Philosophy and Theology in Rome, Italy and was ordained a deacon in Cologne, Germany in April 2018. He was ordained a priest in May 2019. He is now stationed in Washington, DC where he will be working in the Youth Ministry and serves at the same time as Assistant National Director of the Regnum Christi Mission Corps Program.
Amelia Hoover, CRC
Girls' ECyD & LTP Director
Amelia Hoover is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She joined a discernment program in high school with the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi. Amelia was consecrated in 2010, studied her Bachelors in Religious and Pastoral Studies, and then received her assignment to Washington D.C. Amelia currently serves as the Girl’s ECyD Youth Director
Dcn. Vinh Pham, LC
Dcn. Vinh is the 4th of 7 kids, but the first to be born in the US. His older siblings were born in Vietnam before his parents escaped on a refugee boat. He grew up in California and Georgia, obtaining an associate's degree in automotive technology, accepted and trained by Mercedes Benz of America. He worked as a Systems Technician for Mercedes in Atlanta before entering the Novitiate in Cheshire, CT at the age of 25. He hasn't looked back since. After his novitiate and studies in Cheshire, he obtained a bachelor's degree in philosophy and in Theology from the Regina Apostolorum Athenaeum in Rome, Italy, along with two years of pastoral work with middle school boys in the Cincinnatti area.
He was recently ordained a transitional deacon on August 15th and, God willing, will be ordained a priest on April 24th in Rome.
Helen Yalbir, CRC
Helen Yalbir is originally from Saskatoon, Canada where she earned her English degree from the University of Saskatchewan. She consecrated her life to Jesus in the Regnum Christi Movement in 2006 and took the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. She spent the first 4 years of her consecrated life acquiring her second degree from Rhode Island Mater Ecclesiae College in religious and pastoral studies with a minor in philosophy and specialty in communications.
Today, she focuses on youth work primarily in the diocese of Arlington. She has also spent the last 5 years serving on the national formation team for the Regnum Christi Mission Corps Program
Br. Joseph Ory, LC
Br. Joseph Ory is the youngest in a big, Catholic family, a cradle Catholic you could say. He grew up going to retreats with the Legionaries in Louisiana, so when he felt a calling to the priesthood after his junior year of college, he decided to discern his vocation at the Legion of Christ Novitiate and College of Humanities. Having finished most of his studies, he is now working with youth groups in the DMV as part of his priestly formation before he returns to complete his studies in Rome.
Karla Amezcua, CRC
Karla is originally from Queretaro, Mexico and she will be celebrating 18 years of consecrated life in Regnum Christi. She has written a book about the power of Jesus' gaze and has a certificate in personal coaching. As a consecrated woman, she has served in Mexico, Colombia, and the US in schools and youth ministry.
This fall she will begin working with some of the different LTP clubs in the DMV as well as women's ministry programs and events.
Br. Pablo Lorenzo-Penalva, LC
Br. Pablo is originally from Barcelona, Spain. He has been a member of the Legion of Christ since 2008 when he entered the Novitiate in Salamanca, Spain. On September 11, 2010, he professed vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. He then spent 5 years studying humanities and philosophy in Spain and Rome, respectively.
From 2013 to 2016, he did his apostolic internship as an ECyD auxiliary in Curitiba, Brazil. From 2016 to 2018, he studied at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum where he completed a Master’s Degree in Philosophy with a specialization in Philosophy of Science. From 2018 to 2020, he has been studying at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum for a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology.
Elizabeth will be joining the community of Consecrated Women in DC to formally discern her vocation to consecrated life. She is originally from Atlanta, GA and just finished a Regnum Christi missionary year in Ohio. She has 6 siblings, one of which is a Legionary priest serving in Indiana.