The Year for Priests
June 2009-June 2010 has been declared as the 'Year for Priests' by Vatican. Various activities are going on around the world culminating in a meeting in Rome of hundreds of thousands of priests from all over the world joining Pope Benedict to celebrate with the theme "Faithfulness of Christ, Faithfullness of the Priest". The theme chosen is relevant to modern times. St. John Mary Vianney who is the model for Priests, in the words of Pope John XXIII is an outstanding model of priestly asceticism, of piety, especially in the form of devotion to the Eucharist, and finally, of pastoral zeal.
Cardijn - the model priest for modern times
The theme chosen for the meeting for the priests convened by Pope Benedict is relevant to modern times. St. John Mary Vianney, in the words of Pope John XXIII is an outstanding model of priestly asceticism, of piety, especially in the form of devotion to the Eucharist, and finally, of pastoral zeal.
Cardinal Joseph Cardijn, founder of the International Young Christian Workers Movement is yet another priest in the post-industrial revolution era who is acclaimed as the biggest single human influence on the pastoral ideas and attitudes of a significant number of priests, bishops and even Cardinals in practically every country.
The same Pope John XXIII who wrote an encyclical on St. John Mary Vianny on August 1, 1959 responded thus to a suggestion by Cardijn to prepare a new encyclical on labour: “Write down your ideas regarding the future development of the working classes." The notes that Cardijn submitted formed the basis of Pope John's encyclical on social progress ‘Mater et Magistra’.
Pope John also tapped Cardijn's talents and experience for the Second Vatican Council. Two major documents, the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church and the Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity, owe much to Cardijn's genius.
Cardijn's thoughts, writings and speeches stimulated deep theological reflections. His definition of the role of the clergy and the laity made people to sit up and think. His reflections were radical and at the same time conforming to the social teachings of the Church. To quote from his writing: "The priest must reveal this message (of God's plan) not only to those who have been baptized, but to all men. He must be especially concerned with those who are not baptized, and who are not yet part of the flock: 'And I have other sheep, that are not of this fold; I must bring them also' (John 10:16). The Church is for all men, she belongs to every one.'
In the Year of Priests, Cardijn Community International intends to re-introduce Cardijn to the world and especially to the priests. Various events will be organised from the local level to the international. Coinciding with the assembly of priests in Vatican in June 2010, CCI wishes to organise various events. During the year, we shall also publish Cardijn's works in the form of small booklets.
Calling all Chaplains, Animators and priests interested
We call upon all former and current Chaplains and Animators of Cardijn movements (YCS, YCW, CWM, MIJARC and CFM) and those priests who are interested to join this project and to share their rich experiences so that these could be passed on to the future generation of the clergy and the laity. We have a vast reservoir of such experienced people at various levels around the world, as bishops, cardinals, superiors in various congregations and orders, in various centres and organisations and in parishes and different communities.
Kindly tell us if you are interested to join this project. Do let us know what you expect of this project and what you would like to highlight as the most important facet of Cardijn. And extend your support through prayers and material assistance.
Fr, Servatius, International Collaborator
Year for Priests - Cardijn Project
Links: Letter of Pope Benedict proclaiming the 'Year for Priests'
Links: Life of St. John Baptist Mary Vianney
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