Category: Belgium

  • Request to Pope Francis to visit Laeken

    Request to Pope Francis to visit Laeken

    Pope Francis has announced that this year he will visit Belgium for the 500th anniversary of the Catholic University of Louvain/Leuven.

  • 1924-2024: From the Jeunesse Syndicaliste to the JOC

    1924-2024: From the Jeunesse Syndicaliste to the JOC

    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

  • Merry Christmas from the nightshift

    Merry Christmas from the nightshift

    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.”

  • The early YCW and its enquiries

    The early YCW and its enquiries

    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.

  • The growing pains of the JOC and JOCF

    The growing pains of the JOC and JOCF

    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…

  • Remembering Paul Garcet (1901-1945)

    Remembering Paul Garcet (1901-1945)

    Today marks the 75th anniversary of the death in the Dachau Concentration Camp of JOC co-founder, Paul Garcet, on 23 January 1945.

  • RIP François Houtart

    RIP François Houtart

    The web, particularly in Latin America, is overflowing with tributes to François Houtart, the Belgian priest, sociologist and former JOC chaplain who died in Quito, Ecuador on 7 June at the age of nearly 92.

  • No man is a prophet… in his own movement

    Yesterday I was pleased to discover that all articles published in the Nouvelle Revue Théologique from 1958 to 2000 by the Belgian Jesuits are now online. Congratulations to the publishers for making this important publication available on “open access” to all researchers (or at least those who read French!). Excellent, I thought, that will save me…