Category: Le Sillon

  • Georges Abrassart, a Belgian Sillonist priest

    Georges Abrassart, a Belgian Sillonist priest

    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.

  • Marc Sangnier, the Sillon and the YCW

    Marc Sangnier, the Sillon and the YCW

    My presentation for the 150th anniversary of the birth of Marc Sangnier.

  • Updated Jocist anniversaries 2023

    Updated Jocist anniversaries 2023

    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.

  • See, judge, act… with the Laymen’s League of New York

    See, judge, act… with the Laymen’s League of New York

    In 1911, the Laymen’s League of New York organised social study groups using an early form of the see-judge-act.

  • Cardijn and Pax Romana: 1921 – 2021

    Cardijn and Pax Romana: 1921 – 2021

    Although it’s mostly forgotten now, Cardijn was an active member of the Catholic intellectual movement, Pax Romana ICMICA.

  • Postcript: Marc Sangnier, Le Sillon and Thérèse of Lisieux

    Postcript: Marc Sangnier, Le Sillon and Thérèse of Lisieux

    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.

  • Therese of Lisieux: Pius XI, Cardijn, the JOC – and the Sillon

    Therese of Lisieux: Pius XI, Cardijn, the JOC – and the Sillon

    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.

  • Young Léon Ollé-Laprune

    Young Léon Ollé-Laprune

    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.

  • RIP Jean-Michel Cadiot, Sillonist

    RIP Jean-Michel Cadiot, Sillonist

    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…

  • Marc Sangnier – 70 years

    Marc Sangnier – 70 years

    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.

  • Two pioneers: Etienne Isabelle and Victoire Cappe

    Two pioneers: Etienne Isabelle and Victoire Cappe

    In my library I’m pleased to have Etienne Isabelle’s copy of a 1906 book by Marc Sangnier, La Vie Profonde, which I found in a Paris bookshop some years ago.

  • The Crypt at Stanislas College: Friendship and facts

    The Crypt at Stanislas College: Friendship and facts

    Here are a couple of great articles on the origins of The Crypt, the group of students from Stanislas College, Paris, whose work eventually blossomed into the movement known as Le Sillon.

  • 80th anniversary of the JOC Internationale

    For many years, the JOC Internationale or International YCW has celebrated its foundation day on 25 August. This year, however, also marks the 80th anniversary of the first International Congress held in Brussels from 25-29 August 1935. Ten years on 25 August 1945, just after the end of World War II, the movement celebrated its…

  • The ‘communal soul’ of the Sillon and the JOC

    “Nous voulons nous faire une âme commune” – “We want to develop among ourselves a communal soul.” This was another of the famous sayings of Marc Sangnier that was later picked up by Cardijn and the JOC. For a long time, I’ve wondered where it came from. Finally I believe I have the answer, thanks…

  • The Holy Cross Fathers: From Lamennais to Vatican II

    Basile Moreau CSC, founder Among the Vatican II bishops who were close to Cardijn was the Panamian Archbishop Marcos McGrath. According to Wikipedia, which unfortunately does not give a source, Archbishop McGrath was close to the specialised Catholic Action movements and promoted the see, judge, act (SJA) method: Ingresó al noviciado de la Congregación de…

  • See Judge Act or Harvard Business School?

    Alphonse Gratry – Reality, reflection, resolution “What’s happening within the synod is we’re seeing a more inductive way of reflecting, starting from the true situation of people and trying to figure out what’s going on here,” said Archbishop Paul-André Durocher of Gatineau archdiocese and president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. The bishops at…

  • Henry du Roure, role model for the early YCW

    It’s one hundred years today since the combat death near Flirey in north-eastern France of Henry du Roure, the former secretary-general of the Sillon movement, journalist, novelist and lawyer, who later became a role model, if not the role model, for Fernand Tonnet and other early YCW fulltime organisers. Born at Versailles, France, on 29…

  • Bautain: Conscience and responsibility

    For many years I have been wondering about and looking for the source(s) of the Sillon definition of democracy as the system of social organisation that tends to maximise the conscience/consciousness and the responsibility of each person. Just as Cardijn’s see judge act has many roots, as I have indicated in other posts on this…

  • The roots of the Suenens-Cardijn conflict

    We have seen previously that Suenens-Cardijn tensions date back at least to 1953 when Suenens wrote to Legion of Mary founder Frank Duff reacting to what he interpreted as Cardijn’s criticism of the Legion of Mary. Here again are the quotes from Suenens’ letter, cited by Leo Declerck and T. Osaers in their article Les…

  • Lamennais, Le Sillon and serendipity

    Every time that I google the French movement, Le Sillon, inevitably and sometimes annoyingly, I come across references to another Sillon, namely the wave battered beachfront at St Malo, in Brittany, France. I’ve never given a second thought to that other Sillon until today when I was reading a biography of the turbulent, excommunicated 19th…