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Newman and Cardijn

posted 18 Sep 2010, 17:34 by Stefan Gigacz   [ updated 19 Sep 2010, 23:02 ]

Cardijn Community International

Media Statement

Remembering Cardinal John Henry Newman

CCI welcomes the news that Pope Benedict will today formally beatify the great 19th century Englishman Cardinal John Henry Newman.

Cardinal Joseph Cardijn was himself indebted to Cardinal Newman whose writings Cardijn read extensively as a young priest a debt explicitly acknowledged by Cardijn in notes he wrote at the end of his lifei.

Moreover, Cardinal Newman was also an important inspiration for another of Cardijn's philosophical influences, the French philosopher Leon Olle-Laprune, whose writings assisted Cardijn in the formulation of the see-judge-act methodii.

In addition, it is significant to note that Newman re-established the Oratorian Fathers in England just a few years before Father Alphonse Gratry re-founded the Oratory in France. The philosophy and theology of Alphonse Gratry was another important source of Cardijn's own workiii.

All these links indicate the deep intellectual foundation of Cardijn's work and of the Cardijn movements.

We pray that the beatification of Cardinal Newman will provide a stimulus to further study not only of Newman but also of Gratry, Olle-Laprune, Cardijn and all those who belonged to this important intellectual movement in the Church.

Cardijn Community International

19 September 2010


iJoseph Cardijn, My reading, http://cp.cardijn.info/reading

iiLeon Olle-Laprune website http://www.olle-laprune.net

iiiAlphonse Gratry website: http://www.gratry.net

25 August: A day of heritage for the Cardijn movements

posted 25 Aug 2010, 20:25 by Stefan Gigacz   [ updated 26 Aug 2010, 17:38 ]

Cardijn Community International 

Media Statement 

25 August 2010

25 August: A day of heritage for the Cardijn movements 

Today we commemorate several key events in the history of the Cardijn movements. 

First, we remember the 75th anniversary of the opening of the First International Congress of the Young Christian Workers movement from the 25 – 29 August 1935 in Brussels, Belgium, which began with a memorable ceremony at the Heysel Stadium in front of a capacity crowd of 100,000. 

It was at this congress that Cardijn first delivered his famous “Three Truths” speech. 

“Three fundamental truths dominate and illuminate the problem of the working youth of the world,” Cardijn said. 
“1. A truth of faith. The eternal and temporal destiny of each young worker in particular and of all the young workers in general. 
2. A truth of experience. The terrible contradiction which exists between the real state of the young workers and this eternal and temporal destiny. 
3. A truth of pastoral practice or method. The necessity of a Catholic organisation of young workers with a view to the conquest of their eternal and temporal destiny.” 

With the number of the world's young workers, working students and child workers now well past one billion, the passage of time has only accentuated the relevance of Cardijn's truths. 

The 1935 congress was also the occasion for Pope Pius XI's Autograph Letter to Cardinal Joseph-Ernest Van Roey of Malines in which he described the YCW as an “authentic form of Catholic Action” and establishing it as a “public institution” of the Church, according to the Belgian cardinal. 

Today's date also marks the centenary of Pope Pius X's 25 August 1910 letter to the French bishops condemning the “democratic” ideals of the Furrow or Sillon movement of Marc Sangnier and calling on the leaders of the movement to “cede their place” to the bishops. 

Marc Sangnier and his companions did resign as requested by the Pope, leading to the tragic closure of the first lay movement in the Church, and which Cardijn would later describe as the “greatest outpouring of faith and apostolate in France since the Revolution”. 

“It is the privilege and the reward of the sower of the ideal of life to be unable to limit the range of his fertile gesture,” Cardijn would tell Marc Sangnier in 1921.

“The winds of the air and the birds of the sky carry off this seed and deposit it sometimes far away, in a field where the hand of God makes it fruitful and multiplies it,” he predicted. 

And hte Sillon did indeed provide a template for the the Cardijn movements and in fact all organizations based on the See-Judge-Act methodology. 

Archbishop Angelo Roncalli, later Pope John XXIII, would later describe his memories of Marc Sangnier as “the most vivid of my whole young priesthood”. 

Partly through the efforts of Cardijn, the Second Vatican Council would also eventually endorse the Sillon's spirit and methods of raising the “consciousness” and the “responsibility” of each person. 

Let us also recall that today is the feast day of the great medieval French King Louis IX – Saint Louis, reputed for his piety and his concern for justice and the poor, and who died on 25 August 1270. 

All these events form part of the heritage of the Cardijn movements and give special significance each year to the 25 August. 

Cardijn Community International 
58, Chinna Kulandai Main Street, 
Maduma Nagar, Perambur, Chennai, 
600 011, India.

Tel: +91 44 25591290
Fax: +91 44 25581590
Email: cardijncommunity@hotmail.com 

CCI India See-Judge-Act training to target young

posted 31 Jul 2010, 23:59 by Stefan Gigacz   [ updated 1 Aug 2010, 00:37 ]

The national team of Cardijn Community International-India which met at the Pastoral Center, Pune on the 29th and 30th July has come out with a plan to organise a training programme for the youth to introduce Cardijn methodology of Review of Life through SEE-JUDGE-ACT. 

Young people and animators from various dioceses of India will meet in December this year at Goa for a 3 day Conference on 'Youth 4 Change' and study the reality in India to redefine their social commitment. They will also present their expectations on the 'social commitment of the Church in India'. 

The Church in India is giving emphasis for the formation of youth during the year and the CCI expects the Church to give due recognition and place for young people in Church structures.

CCI-India has come out with an extension plan to reach out to all the lay leaders trained through Cardijn movements in India and together promote Cardijn's spirituality, vision and methodology. They will soon come out with a training module on 'See-Judge-Act'.

CCI is a resource team and a development network of people trained through Cardijn movements. Its core competency is the 'Review of Life' skills.

Rt. Rev. Thomas Dabre, Bishop of Pune, who had expressed happiness at the initiatives of CCI deputed the Vicar General, Mgr. George D'Souza who presided over the programme on the 29th July to officially launch the Pune Chapter of the Cardijn Community International.

Ms Monica Mascarenhas
secretary, CCI Pune

M. J. Ruben
International Convenor
Cardijn Community International (CCI).

Cardijn Community launches plans for ‘Vatican II + 50’

posted 5 Jun 2010, 00:38 by Stefan Gigacz

The Cardijn Community International (CCI) has announced a new initiative to commemorate the forthcoming 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council which was opened by Pope John XXIII in 1962 (Oct.11) and concluded by Pope Paul VI in 1965 (Nov.21).

At a meeting of its coordinators in Kuala Lumpur concluded on the 30th May 2010, CCI adopted a plan to launch a three year program from 2012-2015 to examine the social commitment of the Church and the lay movements in the light of Vatican II. 

According to plans unveiled, an international forum of various lay movements, student, worker and civil society organisations will be floated in a Conference in 2012. The 3 year programme will focus on increased lay participation in the Church, encouraging social actions and a clear cut policy on social commitment of the Church. 

Various events, conferences and campaigns spread over in different countries around the world will be organised during the 3 year period to study the ground reality, evaluate the decisions of Vatican II and to call for the attention of the Church. An interactive website, publications and newsletters will help build a momentum towards a participatory approach in the mission of the Church. 

CCI foresees a massive gathering of the International Forum for Vatican II + 50 in 2015 wherein a final charter of demands will be presented to the Church and the laity. 

It may be recalled that Cardinal Cardijn, founder of the International Young Christian Workers Movement (IYCW) played a constructive role during Vatican II and called for the Church to make world development a priority. 

CCI has already organised an international event commemorating 40 years of Vatican II in the year 2002.

To know more about CCI www.cardijn.info

Cardijn’s speeches at Vatican II http://cp.cardijn.info

Vatican II + 50 www.newpentecost.com 

M. J. Ruben

International Convenor

Cardijn Community International (CCI)

New Pentecost

posted 22 May 2010, 03:25 by Stefan Gigacz   [ updated 22 May 2010, 03:32 ]

Greetings on the occasion of the New Pentecost. May the Holy Spirit who has been guiding the Cardijn Community International since its inception continue to shower His grace and guidance upon each one of you.

New Pentecost has always been special in the life of the Cardijn Community International (CCI). New Pentecost is a program launched in 2005 by the Cardijn Community International to promote the dream of Pope John XXIII that Vatican II should open the way to a New Pentecost in the Church. 

"O Holy Spirit, renew your wonders in this our day, as by a new Pentecost," was the prayer for the Council proposed by Pope John. New Pentecost was conceived as a follow up to the successful CCI conference on Vatican II in the era of Globalisation held in Bangkok to mark the 40th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II in 1962.

The International Coordination and Asia-Pacific Coordination of the CCI is holding a New Pentecost event on the 29th May 2010 at La Salle, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia followed by a meeting of the Coordination on the 29th and 30th May.

CCI rededicates its commitmment to reintroduce Cardijn's spirituality, prophetic vision and methodology and to work build a green and just world.

On this New Pentecost, CCI has dedicated an exclusive and all new website www.newpentecost.com. We request you to visit the website and to send information, photographs and comments to be uploaded in the website.

Once again wishing you a Spirit filled New Pentecost to you and all in your community.

In Solidarity,
M. J. Ruben
International Convenor
Cardijn Community International (CCI).

CCI Priests for Change to meet in Nagercoil, India

posted 6 May 2010, 00:15 by Stefan Gigacz

CCI is organising a meet for priests, animators and chaplains on ‘Priests for Change’ at the Animation Centre, Bishop’s House, Nagercoil, India on the 14th May 2010.

The Bishop of Kottar, Rt. Rev. Peter Remigius will preside over its valedictory and release a book on ‘Priests and Laity in the Church’s Mission’.

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. 

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. 

CCI is organising various events during the International Year of Priests to pay its tribute to the priests who contributed to the formation of millions of young people and adults through the Cardijn movements. Many of the ex-animators are now bishops, cardinals, and heads of congregations, institutions and organisations and in parishes. CCI calls upon all the former and current animators and chaplains to actively reintroduce Cardijn to the future generation.

The one day meet will be followed by the General Assembly of the Cardijn Community International, India.

For International Coordination of CCI

Fr Servatius and M. J. Ruben

May Day – A day to recollect

posted 1 May 2010, 08:08 by Stefan Gigacz

Greetings and call to introspect

Accept our greetings on the occasion of the International Workers’ Day. For many of you who have been in and through Cardijn movements, May Day will bring memories of your struggle for justice and the sacrifices you had been through. Yes, it is a day to take a look at what we have achieved since 1886, to celebrate our victories and at the same time to reflect on contemporary realities.

God – the worker

God himself was and is a worker. He worked to create the world and everything in it. The most important of the creation is humanity in his own image. And he rested at the end of the week. The struggle for 8 hour day was in relation to this plan of God that man and woman should work and at the same time they need rest too.

Reality today

Today, after 124 years – can we say that the struggle launched by the May Day martyrs has won for the working class and the whole of humanity what they aspired for? Very few would say ‘yes’. While they enjoyed some privileges, rights and enactments, the situation of majority of the working class is very pathetic in many parts of the world.

Working conditions

Unemployment is still a big challenge for young people; planned marginalization pushes the worker community to the edge of society as peripheral/unorganized workers; instead of providing the workers more leisure and relaxation, modern technology has replaced ‘human labour’; lack of or no social security at all for majority of the workers; work related injuries/casualties are on the increase due to improper or no safety measures; long hours of work; women workers are forced to work on night shifts; child labour is rampant in many countries; right to strike and right to form unions are still denied to the workers in countries around the world; and the woes of the workers are endless.

Living condition

With hardly 5 years to go to 2015, the target set to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the living condition of most of humanity portrays a very shocking scenario. Provision of potable water, health facilities for the poor, hygienic living condition, poverty alleviation measures, nutrition to children, acting against trafficking of humans, decent housing and a host of other needs are to be addressed on a war footing.

On the contrary, war, ethnic conflicts, communal clashes and above all natural disasters kill millions of innocent people.

Modern technology

Communication and information technology had advanced to a great extent which enables individuals and communities to interact at a speed hitherto never even dreamt of as possible. But this technological advancement is also used to accept ‘consumerist’ values as an essential part of life. Young people become vulnerable targets in this scheme. Age old values and cultures practiced by the people are being replaced by ‘imported cultures’ promoted through ‘media’.

The Challenge

What we have recalled here is only a part of the actual situation. You are aware of many such realities from your own experience.

A reflection on this historic day leads us to realize that we still need to work; we still need to struggle to restore human dignity.

We remember the May Day martyrs, other worker leaders who had laid down their lives for our sake, Cardijn and all those who had been formed by him who had sacrificed their all by struggling for justice, freedom and human dignity and gratefully thank them and salute them for their courage.

Cardijn Community International (CCI) is one such network trying to bring together all those who have been formed through Cardijn movements – in order to continue our journey to build a new world according to God’s will.

International Coordination,

Cardijn Community International (CCI)

Message of the Cross

posted 1 Apr 2010, 04:49 by CCI Media   [ updated 3 Apr 2010, 23:38 by Stefan Gigacz ]

For most of us who had been in and through Cardijn movements, the suffering of Jesus, the humiliation he encountered, the death on the cross and His resurrection on the third day offer a chance to look back, to take stock of the reality in which we live and to plan to fulfil the mission that Jesus entrusted to each one of us.

Power through suffering

While we meditate on the passion of Christ, we feel that we are empowered by the act of Christ because it was through this suffering He not only defeated death but redeemed humanity from eternal punishment. The death of Christ is also a ‘message of love’ of God towards each one of us. It is this love that motivated Cardijn to work for young people and young workers to restore their human dignity and thus to build a truly apostolic and sustainable Church. Let us recall what Paul says in I Corinthians 1:18: ‘the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God’.

The martyrs

It is also a time to recall the sacrifices of all those who had suffered martyrdom because of their faith in human dignity, in love for the human person and in liberation. Cardijn himself suffered most for his out spoken stand on justice during both the World Wars I and II.  He was imprisoned twice during WW I and once during WW II. It was during the Second World War, even the YCWrs, like the apostles, paid the price ‘humanising’ the world. They faced prison terms, forced labour and hundreds of YCWrs died during the WW II.Noted among them are Fernand Tonnet and Paul Garcet, two of the ‘Three Musketeers’ (the first YCWrs- Jacques Meert was the 3rd one), who died at the Concentration Camp at Dachau in 1945; they had been prisoners since June 1943.As we are compiling this message, we received news that Pope Benedict XVI recognised three martyrs including a Slovenian layperson -- Luigi Grozde, and   member of Catholic Action, killed at Mirna in hatred of the faith (1923-1943). A German diocesan priest Gerhard Hirschfelder, who died in the Dachau concentration camp (1907-1942) was another one recognised as a martyr. It is in this same concentration camp that Fernand Tonnet and Paul Garcet, first YCWrs died. The news of the recognition encourages us to endorse a claim for martyrdom for Cardijn and those young people who were persecuted because of their faith in humanity.

Like Fernand Tonnet and Paul Garcet, scores of young people suffered imprisonment, dismissal, isolation, loss of employment, physical torture and killing too. In the 70s, many Cardijn movement leaders disappeared in dictatorial regimes particularly in South American countries. Noted among such people disappeared is Pepe Palacio, a member of the IYCW International Team (1975) from Argentina. Angelina De Oliveira from Brazil, young people in Vietnam during the war, from other Asian countries and from South Africa suffered. They included young people from student movements too. A very special tribute should be made to Gilbert Dru, the French YCS resistance leader executed by the Nazis during WW II.

Pope John Paul II’s quote in "The Christian Meaning of Human Suffering" fits rightly in this context: “The answer which comes … by way of the interior encounter with the Master, is in itself more than the mere abstract answer to the question about the meaning of human suffering. For it is above all a call. It is a vocation. Christ does not explain in the abstract the reasons for suffering, but before all else he says: “Follow me! Come! Take part through your suffering in this work of saving the world, a salvation achieved through my suffering! Through my Cross!” (26)

Carrying the cross - continues

The saga of suffering for the sake of love, to restore human dignity still continues not only through the Cardijn movements like YCS, YCW, CWM (MMTC),    MIJARC and CFM but also through those who have been trained through such movements even in their adulthood and advanced age. Each one of us has     undergone this suffering at some stage of our life.

CCI – the network

Cardijn Community International (CCI) is one such network that aims to bring together such leaders who have passed through Cardijn movements and  to channelize their energies, experiences and actions and to promote Cardijn’s spirituality, vision and methodology to the future generation.

Over the past 8 years, CCI is encouraging actions, campaigns, activities and projects towards ‘sustainable development and peace’. We have organised      groups in Asia-Pacific, Africa and direct members in Europe and North America. Please visit our website to know more about us. Visit www.cardijn.info

During the Year for Priests (June 2009 – June 2010), CCI wants to pay its tribute to Cardijn and all the priests who have dedicated themselves in the          Cardijn movements by organising events and to search for the role of the priests and the laity in the Church’s mission. Apart from country level events, we   are organising a regional event coinciding with the New Pentecost in May 2010 in Malaysia with the title ‘Priests 4 Change and Transformation’.


CCI is functioning solely by the support of its members and their contacts and is not supported by any external funding. We request generous contributions from you towards our endeavour. In order to encourage those who wish to contribute small amount or who wish to pledge a regular contribution of a certain amount, we have opened a Pay Pal account. It is easy to donate. Just go to www.cardijn.info and click the page ‘Donate to Cardijn Community International’ in the Navigation in the Home page. You can then click the button on the page which will guide you to donate the desired amount.

With these recollections, we wish each one of you, your families and community, a very happy Easter. May the joy of resurrection fill our hearts and motivate us to continue to work for the good of all. HAPPY EASTER.

M. J. Ruben (India) – Stefan Gigacz (Australia) – Ms Rebecca Sinnappan (Malaysia) – Ruki Fernando (Sri Lanka) – Charles Santiago (Malaysia) – Dr. Bernard D’ Sami - (India) – Fr. S. ServatiusCCI International Coordination.

World Water Day - March 22, 2010

posted 22 Mar 2010, 03:12 by CCI Media   [ updated 4 Apr 2010, 05:56 by Stefan Gigacz ]

United Nations Organisation has estimated that around 1.1 billion people rely on unsafe drinking-water sources. Therefore the theme of World Water Day 2010 is focusing on raising awareness of water quality under the theme "Clean Water for a Healthy World".

On the World Water Day, CCI renews its pledge to work with all the communities to provide quality life to the people of the world and to build a new, green and just world.
Let us conserve, preserve and share water - the basis for life.

Solidarity Message to HAITI YCW

posted 26 Jan 2010, 14:56 by CCI Media   [ updated 4 Apr 2010, 06:05 by Stefan Gigacz ]

The following is the text of the solidarity message sent to the YCW in Haiti through the International YCW.
WE APPEAL TO ALL OUR MEMBERS, FRIENDS AND CONTACTS TO ASSIST THROUGH FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION, PRAYERS AND SOLIDARITY MESSAGES. They can choose their own mode of their support through various agencies that are already in this process. You can also support through the IYCW.
Message to Haiti YCW

The National YCW,



Dear Friends,

United with you in this hour of great tragedy

Cardijn Community International (CCI), the international network of people for development embraces all leaders trained through Cardijn movements with a vision to promote Cardijn, his methodology and spirituality.

CCI is united with you, your families and all the people in your country at this hour of great crisis. We have already appealed to all our members and contacts through our website www.cardijn.info to do whatever possible at their level to assist Haiti to cope with this disaster through whatever means possible.

We also offer our condolences to the families who who have lost their loved ones, who have been injured, those rendered homeless and to all those who have been affected by the nature’s merciless wrath. We pray that God shall send all possible help to alleviate your sufferings and give you all strength to cope with the trauma and grief that you are all in.

CCI will do all in its strength to support your cause.

United with you all in prayers and spirit,

In Solidarity,

For International Coordination,

M. J. Ruben

International Convenor


January 27, 2010.

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