Author: Stefan Gigacz
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.
As a young priest, Polish Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski founded the YCW in his home diocese.
Let’s take a look at Cardijn’s theology of work present in the encyclicals of Popes Leo XIII, Pius XI, and John XXIII.
It was Joseph Cardijn, who in February 1960 first made the original proposal to John XXIII for an encyclical to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Rerum Novarum
Here’s a nice postscript to my previous post on “Therese of Lisieux: Pius XI, Cardijn, the JOC – and the Sillon” thanks to French researcher, Dominique Laxague.
UNESCO is planning to include St Therese of Lisieux, the young French Carmelite nun and author of the spiritual classic, “The Story of Soul,” in its list of 60 personalities to be honoured as part of its 2022-23 biennial program.
I don’t remember when I first heard of Cardinal Edward Idris Cassidy, the Australian-born Vatican diplomat, who died on 10 April 2021 but it was long before Pope John Paul II appointed him as Substitute at the Holy See in March 1988.
I’m pleased to say that my book has now been published and is available for free download in various formats on a website of its own: www.theleaven.com.au
A beautiful definition of the YCW presented by Cardijn in his Godinne Lecture Series “La paix” in 1940.
“How beautiful will be the day when all the baptised understand that their work, their job, is a priestly work, that just as I celebrate Mass at this altar, so each carpenter celebrates Mass at his workbench.3
As the new year dawns, it’s time to glance at the significant anniversaries Cardijn and Cardijn-movement anniversaries that are coming up in 2021.
Uriel Gadessaud, a master’s student at the Université Sorbonne Panthéon in Paris has just completed an interesting research paper entitled “Les catholiques dans le diocèse d’Alger : un fragile apogée (1930-1939)”.
Sixty years ago today on Monday 14 November 1960, Pope John XXIII launched the Central Commission and the 10 specialised preparatory commissions that were to work for the next two years to prepare the Second Vatican Council.
Very sad to record and report the death on Saturday 7 November of French priest, Fr Antoine Sondag, a friend for over 30 years, chaplain to the International YCS and to Pax Romana.
Two live recordings of JOC founder, Joseph Cardijn, and Catholic Worker founder, Dorothy Day, speaking in Australia during their visits to Australia in 1966 and 1970 respectively have just been posted online.
Twenty-five years this week since the death of the Dominican theologian, Yves Congar on 24 June 1995!
Today, I’d just like to share a “new” or in fact very old photo of French philosopher, Léon Ollé-Laprune (above top left), that I have “found” on the web.
As Black Lives Matters protests sweep the USA and even extend into other parts of the world, it’s perhaps a good time to reflect on the often-overlooked and very under-documented Cardijn influence in the US civil rights movement of the 1960s.
Just a brief note today to remember my French journalist friend, Jean-Michel Cadiot, who died in Paris yesterday following heart surgery. Condolences to his wife, Maryam, and son Pierre-Mani and all those who knew Jean-Michel as a friend, acquaintance or as one of the many whom he helped during his life. Born on 23 December…
I can’t let today pass without mentioning that it is the 70th anniversary of the death of Marc Sangnier, founder of the French movement, Le Sillon, and who died on Pentecost Sunday, 28 May, 1950.
It’s a hundred years this month since the birth on 18 May 1920 of Karol Wojtyla, now better known as St John Paul II. Remarkably, the Polish pontiff was the fifth and last 20th century pope known personally by Cardijn
Sixty years ago today on 13 April 1960, Cardijn wrote to Pope John XXIII enclosing a 5000 word note entitled “L’Eglise face au monde du travail” – “The Church and the world of work/labour.”
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the premature death of another remarkable Cardijn bishop, José Vicente Tavora, who liked to consider himself as and in fact became known as a “bishop of the workers.”
In 2017, the JOC in Lille in northern France celebrated the 90th anniversary of its foundation in 1927, which makes it one of the oldest movements in the world.
Kally Forrest’s book, “Bonds of Justice: The Struggle for Oukasie” tells the story of a black South African town’s struggle for liberation at the height of the apartheid regime during the 1980s.