Consider ‘universal basic wage’: Pope

Pope Francis

In a 12 April 2020 letter to the World Meeting of Popular Movements, Pope Francis has called for consideration of a “universal basic wage” as a means to respond to the economic disruption caused by Covid-19.

“Dear Friends,” Pope Francis writes, “I often recall our previous meetings: two at the Vatican and one in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, and I must tell you that this ‘souvenir’ warms my heart.

“I think of all the beautiful projects that emerged from those conversations and took shape and have become reality.

“In these days of great anxiety and hardship, many have used war-like metaphors to refer to the pandemic we are experiencing. If the struggle against COVID-19 is a war, then you are truly an invisible army, fighting in the most dangerous trenches; an army whose only weapons are solidarity, hope, and community spirit, all revitalizing at a time when no one can save themselves alone.

“As I told you in our meetings, to me you are social poets because, from the forgotten peripheries where you live, you create admirable solutions for the most pressing problems afflicting the marginalized.

“I know that you nearly never receive the recognition that you deserve, because you are truly invisible to the system. Market solutions do not reach the peripheries, and State protection is hardly visible there.

“Nor do you have the resources to substitute for its functioning. You are looked upon with suspicion when through community organization you try to move beyond philanthropy or when, instead of resigning and hoping to catch some crumbs that fall from the table of economic power, you claim your rights.

“You often feel rage and powerlessness at the sight of persistent inequalities and when any excuse at all is sufficient for maintaining those privileges. Nevertheless, you do not resign yourselves to complaining: you roll up your sleeves and keep working.

“I think of all the people, especially women, who multiply loaves of bread in soup kitchens: two onions and a package of rice make up a delicious stew for hundreds of children. I think of the sick, I think of the elderly. They never appear in the news, nor do small farmers and their families who work hard to produce healthy food without destroying nature, without hoarding, without exploiting people’s needs.

“I want you to know that our Heavenly Father watches over you, values you, appreciates you, and supports you in your commitment.

“My hope is that governments understand that technocratic paradigms (whether state-centred or market-driven) are not enough to address this crisis or the other great problems affecting humankind. Now more than ever, persons, communities and peoples must be put at the centre, united to heal, to care and to share.

“I know that you have been excluded from the benefits of globalization. You do not enjoy the superficial pleasures that anesthetize so many consciences, yet you always suffer from the harm they produce. The ills that afflict everyone hit you twice as hard.

“Many of you live from day to day, without any type of legal guarantee to protect you. Street vendors, recyclers, carnies, small farmers, construction workers, dressmakers, the different kinds of caregivers: you who are informal, working on your own or in the grassroots economy, you have no steady income to get you through this hard time … and the lockdowns are becoming unbearable.

“This may be the time to consider a universal basic wage which would acknowledge and dignify the noble, essential tasks you carry out. It would ensure and concretely achieve the ideal, at once so human and so Christian, of no worker without rights.

Moreover, I urge you to reflect on “life after the pandemic,” for while this storm shall pass, its grave consequences are already being felt. You are not helpless. You have the culture, the method, and most of all, the wisdom that are kneaded with the leaven of feeling the suffering of others as your own. I want all of us to think about the project of integral human development that we long for and that is based on the central role and initiative of the people in all their diversity, as well as on universal access to those three Ts that you defend: Trabajo (work), Techo (housing), and Tierra (land and food) .

“I hope that this time of danger will free us from operating on automatic pilot, shake our sleepy consciences and allow a humanist and ecological conversion that puts an end to the idolatry of money and places human life and dignity at the centre.

“Our civilization — so competitive, so individualistic, with its frenetic rhythms of production and consumption, its extravagant luxuries, its disproportionate profits for just a few — needs to downshift, take stock, and renew itself.

You are the indispensable builders of this change that can no longer be put off. Moreover, when you testify that to change is possible, your voice is authoritative. You have known crises and hardships … that you manage to transform — with modesty, dignity, commitment, hard work and solidarity — into a promise of life for your families and your communities,” Pope Francis concluded.

ACI has been considering the possibility of researching some of these issues, particularly evident in poorer countries and in the gig economy within all countries, in conjunction with the Vatican-based Future of Work: Labour After Laudato Si’ project (see website at https://futureofwork-labourafterlaudatosi.net/

ACI Newsletter – March 2020

Moving forward

Dear Friends,

Greetings again and welcome this issue to our new ACI chairman, Brian Lawrence.

This month we also present a series of new resources, including former Australian YCW chaplain, Hugh O’Sullivan’s iconic Notes for Leaders, a new website devoted to the speeches and writings of Canadian lay apostolate pioneer and labour leader, Romeo Maione.

And Msgr Bob Vitillo explains the thought behind the Vatican-endorsed Future of Work – Labour after Laudato Si’ project.

Finally, we invite you once again to renew your membership of ACI – or to join and support us in our work!

Stefan Gigacz

Secretary 


Welcome Brian Lawrence

Welcome to Brian Lawrence, former chairman of the Australian Catholic Commission on Employment Relations (ACCER) as well as a former YCW and YCS leader, who has accepted appointment as our new ACI chairman, and to new board member, Damian Egan from Perth.

Thanks also to our founding chair, Kevin Vaughan, who has resigned for health reasons.

READ MORE

Brian Lawrence new ACI chairman (Australian Cardijn Institute)

CATHOLIC SOCIAL MINISTRY CONFERENCE PAPER

Brian Lawrence, Promoting Catholic Social Ministry and the Lay Apostolate: Proposals for the Plenary Council 


Vietnam War Study Day postponed

Sadly, the current COVID-19 outbreak has meant we need to postpone our planned study day on the theme “Cardijn, YCW, YCS and the Vietnam War.” Once community life has returned to normal, we hope to be able to reschedule the event.

The good news is that we have already assembled a wide range of background material, including historical documents and several newly translated articles by Cardijn on the peace issue, which are now available on the conference website:

Cardijn, YCW, YCS and the Vietnam War (Australian Cardijn Institute)

CARDIJN ON PEACE

Making peace Moral or armed peace Coexistence of communism and capitalism 


Speeches and writings of Romeo Maione

Romeo Maione (1925-2015) was a Canadian labour leader and expert in world development as well as the president of the International YCW from 1957-61.

He was a powerful public speaker who shared his experience at the Cardijn Centenary Conference in Melbourne in 1982.

Many of his writings and speeches are now available on our new mini-website:

www.romeomaione.josephcardijn.com

ARTICLES

Cardijn the man Cardijn the teacher Doctor Cardijn 


Missionaries and martyrs in the time of Nazism

“We will need martyrs! You shall be martyrs,” Cardijn told an 80,000 strong crowd gathered in Paris to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the French YCW on 18 July 1937.

Jesuit Paul Beschet recalls these prophetic words in his 1946 book “Mission in Thuringia in the time of Nazism,” which recounts the story of the French Scout and JOC leaders who did indeed lose their lives only a few years later in the concentration camps of Nazi Germany.

Translated into English by Theodore P. Fraser, Beschet’s memoir tells the remarkable story of how those leaders – sent to Germany as compulsory labour to keep the war machine functioning – transformed their experience into a mission among their comrades.

It is one of the most remarkable, indeed heroic episodes in the history of the jocist movements.

CARDIJN’S PREFACE

Joseph Cardijn, Mission in Thuringia (josephcardijn.com)

THE BOOK

Paul Beschet, Mission in Thuringia in the time of Nazism, Marquette University Press, Milwaukee, 2012.

PURCHASE HERE

https://www.marquette.edu/mupress/BeschetFraser.shtml

BOOK REVIEW

Vincent A. Lapomarda S.J., Mission in Thuringia in the Time of Nazism by Paul Beschet, S.J. 


Hugh O’Sullivan’s Notes for Leaders

Fr Hugh O’Sullivan became national chaplain of the Australian YCW in 1977.

One of Hugh’s first tasks was to write a series of resources for YCW leaders and groups, later published as “Notes for Leaders.”

Long out of print, we are once again making them available online. Although written for the YCW, many of the principles and methods that Hugh outlines are applicable in every milieu and every age of life.

WEBSITE

Hugh O’Sullivan’s Notes for Leaders 


Future of Work Project

Msgr Bob Vitillo, secretary-general of the International Catholic Migration Commission, explains the Future of Work, Labour after Laudato Si’ project launched by several Catholic-inspired international organisations:

https://youtu.be/XAS4S370YKs

MORE RESOURCES 
The Future of Work, Labour after Laudato Si’

Sustainable Development and the Future of Work in the Context of the Jubilee of Mercy: Statement of Commitment and Action (Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, International Labour Organisation and Caritas International)

Future of Work (Australia Institute)

Brian Lawrence new ACI Chair

Brian Lawrence

The former Chairman of the Australian Catholic Council for Employment Relations, Brian Lawrence, has accepted a new appointment as Chair of the Australian Cardijn Institute Cooperative Ltd (ACI).

Mr Lawrence has said that he accepted the appointment because the “Australian Cardijn Institute is a strong supporter of the Church’s social ministry and the principles of lay formation adopted by the Second Vatican Council”.  He added “A necessary step in shaping the future of Church in Australia is understanding what the universal Church said five decades ago about the role of lay people within society and within the Church.”

On a personal level, Mr Lawrence recalled that he joined the Young Christian Workers, which was co-founded by Father Joseph Cardijn, in 1960 and was inspired by the then Cardinal Joseph Cardijn during his visit to Melbourne in 1966.  “Cardijn and the Vatican Council shaped my view of Catholicism in the 1960s and I am convinced of the relevance and importance of both in 2020”.

In his recently published paper reviewing the Catholic Social Ministry Conference held at Catholic Theological College, Melbourne, in November 2019, Mr Lawrence argued that the Church needs to rediscover the mission of social engagement and lay formation promulgated by Vatican II.  His paper, which is now on the ACI website, argues that the Church’s social ministry and the development of lay formation are inextricably linked.

Mr Lawrence called on the Australian Catholic Plenary Council to focus more deeply on “the Church’s social mission and the reforms that are needed to promote the lay apostolate and the Church’s social ministry”.

Mr Lawrence has proposed three practical steps to promote the Church’s social ministry and lay formation.  First, he recommended that every deanery in Australia should establish a Catholic Social Ministry Council which would support the Church’s social ministry, provide education in Catholic Social Teaching, develop the resources needed for lay formation and encourage and support parish-based initiatives.

Second, in order for the Church’s social mission, he proposed that a Catholic Conference be established in each State to provide public advocacy in support of the Church’s social mission and provide support and resources for local Catholic Social Ministry Councils.

Third, he proposed that a National Council of the Laity be established to promote  lay formation in accordance with the objectives and principles of the Second Vatican Council.

Mr Lawrence added that an immediate task of the ACI will continue to be agitating for these kinds of reforms within the Church, but that its longer term task is to fulfil its objective when established in 2018: undertaking research and developing training resources for the promotion of the lay apostolate and the Church’s social ministry.

Outgoing ACI Chair, Kevin Vaughan welcomed Mr Lawrence’s appointment. He noted that YCW founder, Joseph Cardijn had long insisted on the need for an adult lay apostolic movement.  “ACI is well placed to contribute to this task,” he said.

READ MORE

Brian Lawrence, Promoting Catholic Social Ministry and the Lay Apostolate: Proposals for the Plenary
Council

Catholic Social Ministry Conference 2019

 

ACI Newsletter – February 2020

Rutilio Grande, South Africa under apartheid, Future of work

This month we start off with news of the impending beatification of the Salvadoran Jesuit Rutilio Grande and his lay companions as well as the 75th anniversarires of several French YCW and YCS martyrs of World War II.

Plus news of two just-published books on the history of the YCW in Lille, northern France as well as in South Africa under the apartheid system.

Looking to the future, we have news of British primary schools adopting the SJA in their teaching of environmental issues and an item on the jocist-inspired Mondragon worker cooperatives.

Plus a very significant sermon from the Eucharistic Congress in Lisieux in 1937 in which Cardijn outlined his theology of work.

Stefan Gigacz

Secretary


Rutilio Grande and lay companions to be beatified

Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of the Servants of God Rutilio Grande García, a Jesuit priest, and his two lay companions, Manuel Solorzano and teenager Nelson Rutilio Lemus, who were killed in hatred of the faith in El Salvador on March 12, 1977, Vatican News reports.

READ MORE

Pope Francis approves Rutilio Grande beatification (Cardijn.info)


Children See Judge Act to repair our broken world

British Catholic primary schools are adopting the See Judge Act to teach children how to become better environmental stewards.

Plus news of two new books on the history of the YCW in northern France and in South Africa under the apartheid system.

READ MORE

British school children see judge act on environment (Cardijn.info)


Cardinal Tom Williams – 40 years a bishop

Retired Cardinal Thomas Williams of Wellington, Aotearoa-New Zealand, who credits his priestly vocation to YCW formation, has celebrated his diamond and ruby jubilees with the theme of thanksgiving and repentance, NZ Catholic reports.

READ MORE

Cardinal Williams credits YCW formation (Cardijn.info)


Books – Bonds of Justice – The Struggle for Oukasie

Here is a book that anyone interested in the work of the YCW in South Africa under the apartheid regime should read.

“Bonds of Justice: The Struggle for Oukasie” by Kally Forrest tells the story of the freedom struggle in the black township of Oukasie, north west of Pretoria, during the 1980s and 1990s.

This struggle was led by YCW leaders from the town, including Hlokoza Motau and David Modimoeng, and chaplain, French chaplain, Jean-Marie Dumortier. David was himself wounded in a state terrorist bomb attack and his wife, Joyce, killed as a result of their action.

READ MORE

Oukasie YCW and the struggle against apartheid (Cardijn Research)

BUY THE BOOK HERE

Kally Forrest, Bonds of Justice: The Struggle for Oukasie (Amazon.com) (Kindle version only $A6) 


JOC Lille – 90 years

For those who read French and are interested in the history of the French YCW, this new volume, “Il y a 90 ans la Jeunesse Ouvrière Chrétienne Ouvrière naissait à Lille” tells the story of the origins and development of the movement in the northern French industrial city of Lille.

READ MORE

Il y a 90 ans la Jeunesse Ouvrière Chrétienne naissait à Lille (Institut d’Étude des faits religieux)

BUY THE BOOK HERE

Mission Ouvrière Lille 


The future of work: The Mondragon example

Mondragón in the Spanish Basque Region is the largest cooperative in the world and one of the most successful companies in Spain. The workers of the Mondragón Cooperative own their company and make their own decisions. Today, Mondragón is not only a global player in a wide range of industries, but also a model for those who want to bring democracy and solidarity into our economic life.

When we think of cooperatives in general, housing cooperatives or, in rural areas, pasture cooperatives come to mind: small structures that play a subordinate role in economic life. It is a completely different story in the Spanish Basque Region, where the Mondragón cooperative is the most successful company and the largest employer in the region. But there is more: Mondragón is not only one of the largest companies in the whole of Spain, but with branches in 31 different countries and over 80,000 employees, it is the largest cooperative in the world.

READ MORE

Mondragón: One of the largest corporations in Spain belongs to its workers (Scoop.me) 


Cardijn’s theology of work: The workbench as an altar

“Without work, there is no host, no bread, no sacrifice; no altar, no basilica,” stated Cardijn in a famous sermon delivered at the Lisieux Cathedral during the Eucharistic Congress of 1937. “And even if a man’s mouth becomes powerless to sing praise to the glory of work, will not the stones of this basilica themselves sing praise to the glory of Christian work across the centuries?

“The Eucharist-sacrifice transforms each worker into a lay priest who can make his workshop, his bench, his table or his lathe into an altar,” he continued in a phrase that has become iconic.

READ MORE

Sermon at the Lisieux Eucharistic Congress (josephcardijn.com) 


French World War II martyrs

In recent weeks we have commemorated the deaths of YCW lay co-founders, Fernand Tonnet and Paul Garcet, who died in the Dachau concentration camp in January and February 1945.

However, there were in fact many more YCW and YCS leaders and chaplains, particularly from France, who died in the various Nazi labour, prison and concentration camps of World War II. (Above: Roger and André Vallée)

READ MORE

French jocist leaders who died in World War II camps (Cardijn Research)

ACI Brisbane hosts Vatican II participant John Maguire

ACI Brisbane will host former YCW chaplain John Maguire, who was appointed by Paul VI to be the “ecclesiastical assistant” to the lay auditors at Vatican II.

John, who was also present in Rome on the day Cardijn received his red cardinal’s hat, will share his reflections on Vatican II, the YCW, lay apostolate and on working with YCW pioneer, Pat Keegan, who was the first lay person to address the Council.

10.00am, Sunday 1 March 2020 10 Silene Street, Wavell Heights, Brisbane, QLD

Please RSVP: Michael Rice 0438 085 004 


The Leaven in the Council Book Project 

Once again a big thank you to all those who have contributed to our book fund appeal for the publication of ACI secretary, Stefan Gigacz’s PhD thesis, “The Leaven in the Council: Joseph Cardijn and the Jocist Network at Vatican II.” Total donations now exceed $8000.

Once we have published the book in English, we will move on to prepare French and Spanish editions. Donations are still greatly accepted at our bank account below. 

Coming Events

Serving Our Communities with Courage and Compassion is the theme of a forthcoming Catholic Social Services conference to be held at the Catholic Leadership Centre, Victoria Parade, East Melbourne on 26-28 February 2020.

Basil’s Table – Banking on the future in a climate of change. Explore the issues with a different kind of banker – Rowan Dowland of Bank Australia, a cooperative bank.
February 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm $10 – $25 

Dates to Remember

May

Dr Claire Tran, IRASEC, History of the Vietnamese YCW and YCS: Dates and locations to be confirmed.

July

Building Bridges of Faith and Action Conference: Mount St Mary’s University, Los Angeles, 16-19 July 2020.

Mass for Fernand Tonnet and Paul Garcet

Fernand Tonnet

For all people involved in what was called the “Lay Apostolate”   ( we now have many other names , describing people’s response to their Baptismal calling, )  and in particular  for people formed for action by the NCGM / YCW / YCS, two dates in the next few weeks are of historic importance  .

Paul Garcet   January 23 , and Fernand Tonnet, February 2 , co founders of the YCW with Joseph Cardinal  Cardijn  are to be remembered at a special Mass in St Therese’s Church, Kennington, Victoria.

The Mass will be celebrated on Sunday February 2 at 10.30am.

Paul and Fernand were both arrested as indeed was Cardijn  during WW2, for their Christian Action.  Cardijn was eventually released, Paul and Fernand were sent to Dachau, suffered for their witness even in the camp and died  on the above dates.

2O20 is the 75th anniversary of their deaths. Work is underway to consider a proposed beatification process.  You are invited to attend, remember and Celebrate their contribution to the life of our Church.

Mgr Frank Marriott

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/v9HmWFMQfRzUBBy38

Visit by Fr Mike Deeb OP

Fr Mike Deeb OP

Our first international visitor this year will be Fr Mike Deeb O.P., a former YCS chaplain in South Africa and also former chaplain to the International YCS and International Movement of Catholic Students (IMCS).

Fr Mike is now working for the Dominican Congregation as their General Promoter of Justice and Peace and their Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

Join us for an informal mass and coffee at Catholic Theological College, Melbourne on Thursday 23 January from 2.30-4.00pm.

Please call Stefan Gigacz 0491 077 033 or email australiancardijninstitute@gmail.com to confirm your participation so we can arrange coffee.

More about Fr Mike here: https://un.op.org/en/node/3276

Download poster here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1NVOUS4AMby1d1h9wiWYTTDF-SDBdEOJL

Mike Deeb poster

Highett YCW project

YCW Athletics Flyer

It is rare for local YCW branch records to come to light. Kevin Ryan’s records of St Agnes Parish Highett include minutes of 1960s meetings, letters from members in New Guinea, records of activities such as the YCW campaign to rebuild houses burnt after a bushfire, and organisation of YCW athletic carnivals.

ACI commissioned an archivist report on cataloguing, and digitisation of those documents that are either fragile or would be of general interest (such as ‘The Friday Evening Post’ and ‘The Highett Whisper’) if published on-line, and also to canvass future secure storage options for Kevin’s consideration.

Highett was an influential branch of the Australian YCW, producing leaders who subsequently made significant contributions within credit, land and trade co-operatives, trades unions, social movements (such as the road safety campaign, and the community legal services movement), business, and sport, and also within the church.

There is also interest in production of a short history based on these records and interviews. These might stimulate reflection by veterans on this formative part of their lives, and strengthen their continuing bonds.

A history would also contribute to an understanding of the place of the YCW in society and church. It might also inspire other branches to launch a similar exercise.

For the present generation of YCW leaders a history might provide insights into former methods, and provide some inspiration in this rebuilding phase.

The successful grant applicants will be announced in July.

Image credits: Kevin Ryan archives

YCW Athletics

Fernand Tonnet and Paul Garcet – 75 years

Paul Garcet and Fernand Tonnet

This month the world will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation by the Soviet Red Army of the infamous Auschwitz Concentration Camp on 27 January 1945.

Sadly, it was too late for many of its inmates as well as too late for many in other similar camps, including the Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany, where YCW co-founders, Fernand Tonnet and Paul Garcet died on 2 February and 23 January 1945 respectively.

Read more about their story here:

Fernand Tonnet and Paul Garcet – 75 years (Cardijn Research)

 

ACI Newsletter – January 2020

ACI Newsletter

New Year issue

Dear Friends,

Welcome back!

It’s obviously been a difficult time for many who have been affected by the tragic bushfires. We look forward to a break in the weather to give us all the respite so many need.

Meanwhile, we are continuing to prepare our events and projects for the coming year including a visit by former IYCS chaplain, Fr Mike Deeb OP, and later by French-Vietnamese historian, Claire Tran.

Plus, this week we begin to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the deaths in the Dachau concentration camp of Paul Garcet and Fernand Tonnet.

Once again, we’d like to invite existing ACI members to renew your membership or to join. More about ACI here. Payment details at the foot of this newsletter.

More news next month!

Stefan Gigacz

Secretary


Visit by Fr Mike Deeb O.P.

Fr Mike Deeb OP
Fr Mike Deeb OP

Our first international visitor this year will be Fr Mike Deeb O.P., a former YCS chaplain in South Africa and also former chaplain to the International YCS and International Movement of Catholic Students (IMCS).

Fr Mike is now working for the Dominican Congregation as their General Promoter of Justice and Peace and their Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

Join us for an informal mass (subject to confirmation by the local ordinary) and coffee at Catholic Theological College, Melbourne on Thursday 23 January from 2.30-4.00pm.

MORE INFO AND POSTER

Visit by Fr Mike Deeb OP.


Highett YCW history project

YCW Athletics Flyer
YCW Athletics Flyer

It is rare for local YCW branch records to come to light. Kevin Ryan’s records of St Agnes Parish Highett include minutes of 1960s meetings, letters from members in New Guinea, records of activities such as the YCW campaign to rebuild houses burnt after a bushfire, and organisation of YCW athletic carnivals.

ACI has commissioned an archivist report on cataloguing, and digitisation of those documents that are either fragile or would be of general interest (such as ‘The Friday Evening Post’ and ‘The Highett Whisper’) if published on-line, and also to canvass future secure storage options for Kevin’s consideration.

Highett was an influential branch of the Australian YCW, producing leaders who subsequently made significant contributions within credit, land and trade co-operatives, trades unions, social movements (such as the road safety campaign, and the community legal services movement), business, and sport, and also within the church.

There is also interest in production of a short history based on these records and interviews. These might stimulate reflection by veterans on this formative part of their lives, and strengthen their continuing bonds.

David Moloney

READ MORE:

Highett YCW Project.


Vietnamese YCW historian Claire Tran

Ho Chi Minh Cabinet
Ho Chi Minh Cabinet with Vietnam YCW founder, Nguyen Manh Ha

Another visitor in May will be French-Vietnamese historian, Dr Claire Trần Thị Lien, who is currently researching the history of the Vietnamese YCW and YCS.

Claire is also the director of IRASEC, the Research Institute on South East Asia in Bangkok. Her PhD thesis at the Institute of Political Science in Paris examined the role of Catholics in the Vietnamese war of independence.

This included the role of Nguyen Manh Ha, the founder of the Vietnamese YCW, who was a member of Ho Chi Minh’s short-lived first government in 1945. Read the story of Manh Ha here.

A Study Day in Melbourne is now in planning with a tentative date of Saturday 30 May with another slated for Sydney.

READ MORE:

The YCW and the Vietnam War (Cardijn Research)


Young Trade Unionists Centenary

1919
1919

Last year was the centenary of the launch of the Jeunesse Syndicaliste or Young Trade Unionists, the precursor movement to the YCW, founded in 1919 by Cardijn with Fernand Tonnet, Paul Garcet and Jacques Meert, later known as the “founder trio” of the YCW.

Melbourne historian Val Noone has recently published an article telling the story of the beginnings of the movement.

PUBLICATION DETAILS:

Val Noone, Belgium 1919, Joseph Cardijn begins the Young Christian Workers Movement. John Lack (Ed.), 1919, The Year Things Fell Apart?, Australian Scholarly, Melbourne, 2019, 116-128.

READ ONLINE:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4nj8cJfLg5FM1VHWm5qMFByTFduZHlfQWhGZndmVVp2RVFN

PURCHASE:

https://scholarly.info/book/1919-the-year-things-fell-apart/


The Liturgical Movement and Catholic Action in Belgium

Bernard Botte
Bernard Botte OSB

As the title implies, Helen M. Larke’s 1938 article “The Liturgical Movement and Catholic Action in Belgium” offers an interesting insight into the role of the Belgian Specialised Catholic Action movements in the liturgy reform movement that eventually led to such profound changes at Vatican II.

“I have been asked to write about two holidays I have spent in Belgium, because I saw there something of the liturgical movement and of Catholic Action,” Larke, “an avowed and convinced Anglican,” says by way of introduction. “I say ‘saw something,’ for my experiences when recounted make a series of pictures, as it were, related to each other by the idea underlying each: the idea of making religion live.”

READ MORE:

The liturgical movement and Catholic Action in Belgium (Jocist Readings)

PHOTO:

Liturgical pioneer and friend of Cardijn, Fr Bernard Botte OSB.


Fernand Tonnet and Paul Garcet 75th Anniversary

Fernand Tonnet
Fernand Tonnet at Dachau

This week we begin to commemorate the 75th anniversaries of the deaths of YCW co-founders, Fernand Tonnet and Paul Garcet in the Dachau Concentration Camp.

We will commemorate Paul’s anniversary on 23 January with mass by Fr Mike Deeb (see above).

Mgr Frank Marriott will celebrate a commemorative mass for them at St Therese’s Church, Kennington, Victoria on Sunday 2 February at 10.30am.

MORE DETAILS:

Mass for Fernand Tonnet and Paul Garcet

BACKGROUND READING:

Fernand Tonnet and Paul Garcet: 75 Years (Cardijn Research)

Joseph Cardijn, The holiness of Tonnet and Garcet (josephcardijn.com)

WEBSITES:

www.fernandtonnet.com

paulgarcet.josephcardijn.com


Latest Cardijn Documents

This month, we have a newly translated document from 1930, namely Cardijn’s article entitled “Happy New Year” published in the YCW magazine, JOC.

Although dated in its language, it is a superb exposition of how Cardijn wanted YCW leaders to reach out and work with their contacts and friends at work and in the neighbourhood.

READ THE ARTICLE

Joseph Cardijn, Happy and Holy New Year (JOC)


The Future of Work: John Médaille on the Just Economy

John Médaille
John Médaille

At our AGM last August, we decided that ACI would develop a new focus on the issue of “The Future of Work.” In this light, we suggest the following viewing.

American economist, John Médaille, from the University of Dallas is a renowned expert on Catholic Social Teaching and on cooperatives and the distributive economy in particular.

Hosted by Solidarity Hall, John will be presenting an online lecture on “The Just Economy” on Tuesday 22 January at 11.00am Australian Eastern Daylight Time (i.e. Melbourne and Sydney time).

Watch and even join in the discussion via Zoom at the following link:

https://zoom.us/j/170640097

BACKGROUND READING:

John Médaille, What is Catholic Economics (Patheos)


The Leaven in the Council Book Project

Cardijn with Bishop Charue of Namur

Last month, we launched our $10,000 fundraising project to finance the publication of Stefan Gigacz’s PhD thesis, The Leaven in the Council: Joseph Cardijn and the Jocist Network at Vatican II.

Thanks to your incredible generosity, we have already passed the halfway mark and have almost reached $6000.

If you have not yet contributed, welcome to do so via Unibank (bank account details below).


Dates to Remember

January

John Medaille, The Just Economy, 1.00pm AEDT, Tuesday 22 January, Online.

Fr Mike Deeb O.P.,Mass and Coffee, 2.30-4.00pm, Thursday 23 January; Catholic Theological College, 278 Victoria Pde, Melbourne.

February

Mgr Frank Marriott, Tonnet-Garcet Commemorative Mass, St Theres’s Church, Kennington, Vic, 10.30am; Sunday 2 February.

May

Dr Claire Tran, IRASEC,History of the Vietnamese YCW and YCS: Dates and locations to be confirmed.

July

Building Bridges of Faith and Action Conference: Mount St Mary’s University, Los Angeles, 16-19 July 2020.


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ACI Newsletter – December 2019

ACI Newsletter - December 2019

Christmas issue

Dear Friends,

Christmas and New Year greetings from the ACI team!

In this our first ACI Newsletter you will find news of our activities this year, several new resources plus information on our plans for 2020. Click on the links below for further information. We look forward to your feedback and proposals for the future.

With the new year just around the corner, we’d also like to invite existing members to renew your membership of the ACI Cooperative. Or if you have not yet joined, now is the moment. More about ACI here. Payment details at the foot of this newsletter.

Looking forward to working with all again next year!

Stefan Gigacz

Secretary


Book project

Greeting members and friends,

Our secretary Stefan Gigacz has written a thesis on the role of Joseph Cardijn at Vatican II and now wishes to have a book published based on that thesis. Please click here to download and read the thesis.

The board has decided to crowd fund the costs of publishing and promoting the book, which has an estimated cost of $8-10,000.

You are invited to contribute to this funding proposal to ensure the book is published prior to the coming Australian Plenary Council.

Should you wish to contribute, you will find our ACI bank account details at the end of this newsletter.

I wish all a happy peaceful and holy celebration of the birth of Christ 2019 years ago.

In Christ
Kevin Vaughan
ACI chair.


ACI Annual General Meeting

ACI held its first Annual General Meeting at Catholic Theological College, Melbourne on Saturday 24 August 2019. Click here for a full report.

Future plans include a focus on the future of work, including an enquiry into the world of work, further submissions to the Australian Plenary Council on Cardijn’s vision of lay apostolate, and the development of a Cardijn library.


Board changes

We would like to thank Vicky Burrows and Jacques Boulet who were members of the first ACI Board of Directors but who have both now resigned owing to other commitments.

Greg Lopez
Greg Lopez

We are also pleased to welcome Dr Gregore Lopez, a lecturer at the Murdoch University Executive Education Centre in Perth, as a new member of the Board. Greg was involved in the YCS in Malaysia as well as in the Cardijn Community International and Young People for Development network.


Cardijn Mass

Over 50 people attended a Cardijn Commemorative Mass at Mary MacKillop Church, Ballajura on Wednesday 13 November. Former YCW chaplain, Fr John Jegerow, was the main celebrant accompanied by Fr Geoff Aldous. More photos here.

Cardijn Mass
Cardijn Mass

Bishop Angelelli beatified

A former JOC chaplain, Bishop Enrique Angelelli, and three companions, Franciscan Fr Carlos Murias, French priest Fr Gabriel Longueville, and lay catechist Wenceslao Pedernera, who were all martyred by the military during Argentina’s military dictatorship, were beatified in April this year.

Bishop Angelelli co-founded the JOC in the Diocese of Cordoba in the late 1940 with Jose Serapio “Pepe” Palacio, later the first lay collaborator for the IYCW. In fact, Pepe Palacio was also martyred six months before Bishop Angelelli, when he “disappeared” in December 1975 as part of Operation Condor, the CIA program to eliminate activists and trade unionists in Latin America.

Bishop Angelelli marches
Bishop Angelelli marches

Read more:

Angelelli, first martyr of Vatican II (La Croix International)

Enrique Angelelli (Cardijn Priests)

Pepe Palacio (Cardijn Pioneers)


Cardijn Community expands

Wayne McGough, president of the Cardijn Community Australia (CCA), reports that a new team has launched in Bendigo, Victoria. Congratulations to Wayne for his work and welcome to the new group.

Incidentally, the institute began as a project developed by CCA members and CCA has become our first group shareholder. Thanks for your support, Wayne and team!


French YCW founder remembered

Georges Guérin with Cardijn

In October, Stefan Gigacz visited France where he took part in a conference to remember Fr Georges Guérin, the founder-chaplain of the French JOC (YCW), whose beatification process is now under way.

The conference which was attended by over 100 particpants took place in Fr Guérin’s home town of Toul, near Nancy in eastern France on 5-6 October 2019. Stefan presented a paper on “Cardijn, Guérin and the Jocist Network at Vatican II.” Click here to read (French only at this stage).


The Pact of the Catacombs and a forgotten Vatican II message

Bishops meet in Catacombs
Bishops meet in Catacombs

Participants in the recent Synod on Amazonia held in Rome met together in the Domitilla Catacombs for a special Mass celebration where they adopted a new Pact committing themselves to defend the Amazon jungle and its people. It was inspired by and modelled on the original Pact of the Catacombs at Vatican II.

In a new series of blog posts, Stefan Gigacz explains the role of Cardijn and the Jocist bishops in the development of the original Pact and another document, the Pietralata Message promoting the lay apostolate.

Cardijn, Camara and the Pact of the Catacombs

The jocist bishops who signed the Pact of the Catacombs

Pietralata: The forgotten Mass and Message


Latest Cardijn documents

The Joseph Cardijn website continues to be updated with new material. The most recent additions include several recently translated autobiographical articles by Cardijn in which he describes the challenges and difficulties he faced.

Although it is often overlooked, in parallel with his efforts to start the YCW, Cardijn also launched a movement for university students, known as the Catholic Social Youth.

In the final article, Cardijn explains the origins and importance of the YCW Retreat Service, the first ever YCW service.

Background

The difficulties

Catholic Social Youth

The JOC Retreat Services


See, Judge, Act in New Zealand

See Judge Act
See Judge Act

Rod Orange, See, Judge, Act, Training Catholic Activists in New Zealand, 1938-1983, Steele Roberts, Wellington, New Zealand, 2019.

This is a new book tracing the history of the jocist movements in New Zealand. It is available for purchase online from Steele Roberts.


Los Angeles Cardijn Conference

Building Bridges of Faith and Action Conference, Mount St Mary’s University, Los Angeles, 16-19 July 2020.

This will be the second Cardijn conference in the US after the first one at Mount St Joseph’s University, Cincinnati in 2018. Congratulations to Ana Grande and Bob Pennington for their initiative.

Proposals for papers and workshops are now being sought. Full details here.


Fernand Tonnet and Paul Garcet 75th Anniversary: 1945 – 2020

Paul Garcet and Fernand Tonnet
Paul Garcet and Fernand Tonnet

Along with Jacques Meert, Fernand Tonnet and Paul Garcet made up the “founder trio” of the Belgian French-speaking YCW in 1925.

Arrested by the Gestapo during World War II, they both died with days of each other at the Dachau Concentration Camp in January-February 1945.

Read more: Fernand Tonnet


Australian Cardijn Institute Cooperative Ltd

Incorporated in 2018

(Cooperatives National Law Application Act 2013)

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Registered Address: 56 Austin Rd, Seaford, Vic, 3198

Membership

Click here to download membership form.

Renewals

Please transfer $12 to our account to renew membership for 2019-20

Bank

Account name: Australian Cardijn Institute Cooperative

Bank: Unibank BSB: 806036 A/c No.: 100893220

Contact

Email: australiancardijninstitute@gmail.com

Web: www.australiancardijninstitute.org

Remembering Georges Guérin

Jacques Hanon with Jo and Denise Weber

Stefan Gigacz visited France in October to take part in a conference on the theme Fr Guérin and the YCW, Yesterday and Today.

Held in Toul, near Nancy in eastern France, on 5-6 October, the conference focused on the role of Fr Georges Guérin, the founder-chaplain of the French JOC (YCW).

Stefan’s paper was entitled “Cardijn, Guérin and the Jocist Network at Vatican II” and it is available here (French only at this stage).

Géorges Guérin and Joseph Cardijn 1930s Géorges Guérin and Joseph Cardijn 1930s

Board changes

Greg Lopez

We would like to thank Vicky Burrows and Jacques Boulet who were members of the first ACI Board of Directors but who have both now resigned owing to other commitments.

We are also pleased to welcome Dr Gregore Lopez, a lecturer at the Murdoch University Executive Education Centre in Perth, as a new member of the Board. Greg was involved in the YCS in Malaysia as well as in the Cardijn Community International and Young People for Development network.

Cardijn Anniversary Mass

Cardijn Mass

Over 50 people gathered at Mary MacKillop Church, Ballajura in the northern suburbs of Perth on Wednesday 13 November to celebrate the 137th birth anniversary of YCW founder, Joseph Cardijn.

Hosted by ACI together with the Perth YCW and Cardijn Community, Fr John Jegorow and Fr Geoff Aldous, both longtime YCW and YCS chaplains, concelebrated the mass.

Former YCW and YCS leaders

L to R: Marya Stewart, Fr Geoff Aldous and Sophie Stewart
L to R: Kashia, Travis D’Souza and Jermaine Beins (Perth YCW)

First AGM

Catholic Theological College

ACI held its first Annual General Meeting at Catholic Theological College, Melbourne on Saturday 24 August 2019.

Secretary Stefan Gigacz reported on the activities for the first year of ACI’s operation, including two study circle sessions, the Cardijn Online project to publish Cardijn’s speeches and writings on the web.

He noted that ACI had made a submission to the Australian Plenary Council of the Catholic Church on the need to focus on developing the lay apostolate.

He reported that a Perth ACI committe has also been created and a local centre opened at The Platform in the Perth CBD for one day per week.

Treasurer Michael Rice reported an operating surplus for the first year of $828.

David Moloney reported that Race Mathews had donated a collection of books related to Cardijn and the YCW to the ACI library project. The meeting formally thanked Race for the gift.

Other board members and meeting participants reported on Cardijn-related activities in the various states, including review of life activities in Perth and Adelaide, the sale of the YCW house in Brisbane and the social services and economic participation activities of the O’Sullivan Centre.

Des Ryan highlighted the need for developing a major fundraising program for ACI. The meeting appointed Des and Michael Rice to develop a business plan to achieve this.

Brian Lawrence pointed to the need to address changes in the world of work. Kevin Vaughan suggested that an enquiry on work in the modern world could be developed. The meeting resolved to take up the issue of “the future of work” as a focus of ACI activity.

Race Mathews suggested that ACI could look at inviting a researcher from the Cardijn-inspired Mondragon cooperatives in Spain to visit Australia to promote the development of worker coops here. This proposal was also adopted.

Stefan Gigacz reported that his PhD thesis “The Leaven in the Council” was being readied for publication. The meeting resolved to develop a crowdfunding project to finance the publication.

Bishop Angelelli beatified

Bishop Angelelli marches

A former JOC chaplain, Bishop Enrique Angelelli, and three companions, Franciscan Fr Carlos Murias, French priest Fr Gabriel Longueville, and lay catechist Wenceslao Pedernera, who were all martyred by the military during Argentina’s military dictatorship, were beatified in April this year.

Bishop Angelelli co-founded the JOC in the Diocese of Cordoba in the late 1940 with Jose Serapio “Pepe” Palacio, later the first lay collaborator for the IYCW. In fact, Pepe Palacio was also martyred six months before Bishop Angelelli, when he “disappeared” in December 1975 as part of Operation Condor, the CIA program to eliminate activists and trade unionists in Latin America.

Read more:

Angelelli, first martyr of Vatican II (La Croix International)

Enrique Angelelli (Cardijn Priests)

Pepe Palacio (Cardijn Pioneers)

ACI Perth centre opens

Purpose Studio
2019-07-24

ACI has now opened its first physical centre leasing space initially for one day per week at Purpose Studio, 3rd Floor, 256 Adelaide Terrace, Perth.

ACI secretary, Stefan Gigacz, will develop a weekly presence there.

Stay tuned for news of our first events.

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The jocist bishops and the Church of the Poor bishops

Bob Pennington with Stefan Gigacz
bob-stefan

ACI secretary, Stefan Gigacz, presented a paper entitled “The jocist bishops and the Vatican II Church of the Poor group” at the Option for the Poor: Engaging the Social Tradition conference organised by the Center for Social Concerns at the University of Notre Dame, USA, on 23 March 2019.

Also presenting was Bob Pennington from Mount St Joseph University, Cincinnati, Ohio, who presented a paper entitled ““The Methodological Turn toward a Preferential Option for the Poor: The Cardinal Cardijn Canon from Rome to Latin America and Back Again?”

Keynote speakers at the conference included Gustavo Gutierrez, pioneer of liberation theology.

 

 

Gustavo

Stefan Gigacz’s presentation

From Vatican II to the Synod on Young People

Vatican II Session

“’Twelve bishops gathered with Cardinal Pierre-Marie Gerlier for the first meeting,’ reads a contemporary report on the origins of group of bishops at the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) that took as its motto, ‘Jesus Christ, the Church and the Poor.'” writes Stefan Gigacz at La Croix International.
“These prelates ‘reviewed their lives and their thinking, as well as that of their churches and the Church, on the issues raised for them by the poor and the workers, and more radically by Jesus of Nazareth, the Carpenter,’ the report continues.

“Best remembered for the ‘Pact of the Catacombs‘ they later adopted, these bishops wanted to ensure that the Council tackled the ‘anguishing’ issues of poverty, the working class and world development.

“Convened by Bishop Charles-Marie Himmer of Tournai, Belgium and Bishop George Hakim of Galilee (later Patriarch Maximos V), the group first met on Oct. 26, 1962 at the Belgian College in Rome. Cardinal Pierre-Marie Gerlier of Lyon was the group’s president.

“Inspired by Pope John XXIII’s phrase ‘the Church of the Poor,’ members saw themselves operating ‘as an extension of’ John’s 1961 social encyclical, Mater et Magistra (Church as Mother and Teacher of All Nations), following the see-judge-act method pioneered and popularized by Joseph Cardijn.


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From the Vatican II ‘Church of the Poor’ group to the Synod meet on young people (La Croix International)

PHOTO

Second Vatican Council. (Photo by Lothar Wolleh/CC BY-SA 3.0)