Author: Stefan Gigacz
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.