In order to fully understand the rich history of Capuchin Youth & Family Ministries, it is necessary to first examine the history of the D.D.A., Day by Day Agape program, for the two are inextricably linked. In the winter of 1973, a group of third-year high school students at St. Mary's Seminary, the Capuchin Preparatory School in Garrison, NY, requested an Encounter-style retreat. The idea was considered acceptable, and a retreat team was formed to give the first retreat during Easter of 1973.
The retreat experience was named "Day by Day Agape" — drawing its name from both the popular song "Day by Day", which had been used extensively on the retreat; and the Agape service, which the retreatants agreed was central to their retreat experience.
News of the D.D.A. retreat spread and another was scheduled for August 1973. Soon afterward, the idea of developing these retreats into an ongoing program with retreats offered for both high school boys and girls. Now, more than 40 years later, we just celebrated D.D.A 254.