Priests 4 Change Meet, Nagercoil, India

Twenty eight participants travelled to Nagercoil, in southern Tamil Nadu, India for the Priests for Change meet organised by CCI to highlight the late Cardinal Joseph Cardijn as a model for priests in the Year for Priests.

Keynote speaker was Professor X.D. Selvaraj from Tuticorin. Read Professor Selvaraj's 
presentation here.


28 participants (priests and lay leaders) from Kanniyakumari district, Madurai, Coimbatore, Chennai, Bangalore, Pune, Nagpur and Cochin attended. Paul Sinnappan, CCI Asia-Pacific Coordinator from Malaysia inaugurated the 3-day event. The National CWM was represented by its National Secretary Rajamani while the National YCW was represented by its National Treasurer Tamil Mani. Fr. Thomas Joseph, worker chaplain for over 57 years, former YCW Chaplain, former National Chaplain of CWM and former Secretary to the CBCI Labour Commission was present as a special invitee. He attended all the 3 days programme. 

Xavier Anthony, CCI Southern Regional Coordinator welcomed the gathering while M. J. Ruben, International Convenor of CCI explained the objective of the meet. Ruben explained that the CCI International decided to pay its tribute to Cardijn and scores of other chaplains and animators of Cardijn movements in this Year for Priests and therefore proposed events to be organised in a few countries in Asia-Pacific. The objectives of this meet in India were: 
  • To understand lay apostolate 
  • To clarify the role of priests and lay leaders in the mission of the church; and 
  • To study the relevance of Cardijn’s thoughts, vision and methodology in today’s context.


From the reports presented by the groups, a synthesis on the ‘Role of the priests and laity in the Church’s Mission’ was drawn up as follows: 
  • Need to reintroduce Cardijn especially to the Church and the lay people. 
  • Need to have publications of Cardijn’s works. 
  • Compile testimonies of animators, chaplains and lay leaders. 
  • Organise similar studies at the district/diocesan level. 
  • Use modern technology/media to reintroduce Cardijn. 
  • Create new models of sensitization. 
  • Networking with other international movements and organisations. 
  • Facilitate a network of Cardijn movements to present Cardijn to the world and to the future generation. 
  • To develop a training module for priests and animators. 
  • To develop models of communities outside the church.
Full report may be downloaded below.

CCI Priests 4 Change Meet, Nagercoil, India, 14 May 2010

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