Addressing French Specialised Catholic Action movements in January 2022, Pope Francis drew a parallel between the “judge” process that is the second step of the see-judge-act and the process of discernment.
Today, I’m writing to you on behalf of the Australian Cardijn Institute (ACI) with a unique opportunity to contribute to a cause close to our hearts.
This month we celebrate the centenary of the birth on 16 January 1924 of Argentinian theologian, Lucio Gera, a chaplain/theologian of the JOC, who later became a major source of inspiration for Pope Francis when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires.
How many members did the YCW have around the world at its peak during the 1950s and 1960s?
This week marks the tenth anniversary of the opening of the official process to investigate the cause for the canonisation of Cardijn.
Pope Francis has announced that this year he will visit Belgium for the 500th anniversary of the Catholic University of Louvain/Leuven.
Happy New Year 2024! Here is a list of people anniversaries to celebrate and commemorate over the course of the coming year.
Happy new year 2024, a year that’s going to be particularly rich in jocist anniversaries, beginning with the centenary of the name “Jeunesse Ouvrière Chrétienne” or JOC
In contrast to most cities or countries outside of Europe where the YCW was launched by missionary priests, it was a layman, Nguyễn Mạnh Hà, who founded the movement in the Vietnamese port city of Hai Phong.
Sad news of the death on 27 December 2023 of former European Commission president and architect of economic and monetary union of the European Union, Jacques Delors.
So here’s a Christmas from the Belgian JOC in December 1930 – an image entitled “Noël à l’équipe de nuit,” which means “Christmas on the night shift” or perhaps for US readers “Christmas on the graveyard shift.”
Born in 1883, Georges Abrassart was a Belgian priest credited by Henri Tonnet as being responsible for “forming the soul and spirit” of his brother, lay co-founder of the YCW, Fernand Tonnet.
The Specialised Catholic Action movements laid out their vision for a representative laity body at the Vatican in an important document drafted in July 1964, just prior to the Third Session of Vatican II.
On 6 December 2023, it will be 100 years since the death of Cardijn’s mother, Louise Van Dalen. Cardijn spoke about her many times and was obviously very close to her.
Well, here is an amazing document compiled in 1951 by Marguerite Fiévez for a research paper she wrote for her social work degree! It’s a list of all the enquiry campaigns organised by the Belgian JOC and JOCF (YCW and Girls YCWs) from 1924 until 1950.
On 12 September 1943, a “bomb” exploded in France, Robert Dumont wrote of the initial publication of Henri Godin and Yvan Daniel’s classic work, France, pays de mission?.
To understand the development of an organisation, it’s often useful to look at its origins. Thus, looking at the problems that developed between the Pontifical Council for the Laity (PCL) and the ICO Conference, it’s useful to look back at the origin of the former body.
As Marguerite Fiévez told her biographers, Luc Roussel and Lamya Ben Djaffar, Cardijn would not have liked the proposed structure of the the Pontifical Council of/for the Laity created after Vatican II in 1967.
The Romero Trust great Sunday has published a beautiful reflection from St Oscar Romero, illustrating his use of the see-judge-act method.
This is a nice little biography of Cardijn in comic book form that I’ve come across.
Here is the only colour video of Cardijn that I am aware of (so far).
Here is the video and slides of my Australian Cardijn Institute webinar talk on Léon Ollé-Laprune and the origins of the See-Judge-Act. Slides
As Pope Francis celebrates World Youth Day 2023 in Portugal with some 450,000 young people from some 200 countries, it’s great to learn that the martyred French jocist leader, Marcel Callo, is being remembered with a special exposition in Lisbon.
This month marks the centenary of the birth of martyred Argentinian jocist chaplain, bishop, Vatican II Council father, signatory of the Pact of the Catacombs and the Pietralata Message, pioneer of Argentina’s Theology of the People, and martyr, Enrique Angelelli.
This is the presentation that I gave at the Global Catholicism panel at the European Academy of Religion conference at St Andrew’s University, Scotland from 19-23 June 2023.
Today is the 120th anniversary of the death of Joseph Cardijn’s father, Henry, which means it’s also the 120th anniversary of Cardijn’s consecration of his life to the working class.
Was Cardijn a “worker priest”? Not a question that’s ever occurred to me before. After all, the “worker priests” were mainly French priests, including many YCW chaplains.
My presentation for the 150th anniversary of the birth of Marc Sangnier.
A nice piece of French JOCF history! A beautiful leather-bound copy of the classic 1930 2nd edition of the “Manuel de la JOCF” (Girls YCW Manual) with the JOC badge embossed on the cover in colour.
Another letter today, this time from my own collection of papers and documents, a letter written by the French philosopher, Léon Ollé-Laprune, a great influence both on Marc Sangnier and the Sillon movement as well as on Cardijn himself.
This is a second letter from Cardijn to the Rome-based Jesuit sociologist and canonist, Arthur Vermeesch, that Jean Tonglet kindly sent to me from the hard drive archives of the late Fr Marc Leclerc SJ. (See the earlier one here: https://www.cardijnresearch.org/2023/01/cardijns-student-movement-la-jeunesse.html) This letter is dated 24 November 1933, eight years after the official foundation of the…
In 1919 Cardjn launched a student movement, La Jeunesse Sociale Catholique or Catholic Social Youth, in parallel with La Jeunesse Syndicaliste or Young Trade Unionists, which became the YCW.
We’re still at the beginning of 2023 but I’ve already missed one big jocist anniversary – the 150th anniversary of the birth of St Therese of Lisieux, patron saint of the YCW – so time to get to work.
This is my presentation for the October 2022 Australian Cardijn Institute webinar, with the accompanying slide presentation.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the death of French Catholic philosopher and theologian, Alphonse Gratry.
The term “new evangelisation” has gained much currency since Pope Saint John Paul II adopted it on his return from the Latin American Bishops Conference at Puebla, Mexico in 1979.
Time to begin compiling a list of jocist anniversaries for the new year of 2022 beginning with the 140th birth anniversary of Cardijn himself.
Today, 11 December 2021, marks the 46th anniversary of the abduction by security forces of José Serapio “Pepe” Palacio, an Argentinian JOC leader, later a trade unionist and leader of the Workers Catholic Action and finally the first lay collaborator of the IYCW.
Young domestic workers at Vatican II? Unless they were serving any of the 2500 Council Fathers and 500-odd periti and other officials, there were certainly no young domestic workers there.
This month we celebrate the 70th anniversary of one of Cardijn’s keynote speech to the First World Congress on Lay Apostolate in Rome from 7-14 October 1951.
In 1911, the Laymen’s League of New York organised social study groups using an early form of the see-judge-act.
Today, 19 September 2021, we celebrate the centenary of the birth of the great Brazilian educator, Paulo Freire, known for his book, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, which described the literacy education programs he had developed for promoting critical consciousness and action among the poor.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the tragic death of Pierre Haubtmann, the co-author, compiler and editor of the final, definitive version of the Vatican II Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the World of Today, Gaudium et Spes.
For the first time in over 80 years, the Australian Catholic Church is holding a Plenary Council, which will take place over two sessions in October 2021 and July 2022. It has the potential to shape the Church’s role for perhaps the rest of this century.
One of many stories François Houtart shared with me concerned Cardijn’s disgust at the opulence of the episcopal palace of the Cuban archbishop.