Friday, 16 February 2018

Kottar Bishop to inagurate CCI training on Review of Life

Most Rev. Nazarene Soosai, Bishop of Kottar will inaugurate the 4 day intensive training course on 'Review of Life' (ROL) conducted by the Cardijn Community India (CCI) on Friday, 2nd March 2018.

Lay leaders and animators from YCS/YSM, YCW, CWM, CCI, ICYM and MIJARC from different parts of India will undergo this training aimed as a capacity building measure for 'change makers' and 'multipliers'.

The time tested Cardijn methodology SEE JUDGE ACT adopted by Cardijn movements over the decades will be studied in depth at this event.

The See Judge Act methodology was adopted by Pope John XXIII in his Mater et Magistra and subsequently by the church in most of the documents of Vatican II. Pope Francis in his encyclical on 'Laudato Si' has used this methodology in the renowned document on caring for our common home, the earth.

Rev. Dr. X. D. Selvaraj, the renowned Theologian and activist priest will be one of the trainers who will present an analysis of the social reality.

Field visits to fishing villages, rubber plantation, cashew industry and urban areas will be part of the training which will be held at the Animation Centre, Nagercoil, Kanyakumari District.


Thursday, 8 February 2018

Cardinal Oswald Gracias to head Catholic church in India

Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay and one of the advisers of Pope Francis has been elected as the President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI).

With the election, Cardinal Gracias created history as the first Church leader to head the Church in Asia as well in India.

Cardinal Gracias is the president of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) and Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI), the episcopal body of the Latin rite prelates in the country.

He is one of the eight cardinals Pope Francis chose on April 13, 2013, to advise him on the management of the Universal Church and reformation of the Vatican Curia.

Cardijn Community India (CCI) congratulates Cardinal Gracias on his election as the President of the CBCI and look forward to his vibrant stewardship in building a sustainable church of the poor in India.

CCI conveys its gratitude to the outgoing President of CBCI, Cardinal Baselios Cleemis for his outstanding leadership during his tenure.

Cardinal Cleemis while meeting the leaders of CCI had encouraged us in our work as a lay apostolate network. He was to have inaugurated the CCI international conference in December 2015 at Mamallapuram, Chengalpattu diocese which was postponed due to the floods and deluge at that time.


Saturday, 30 December 2017

Fr. Joseph Susainathan - the new National Chaplain of Cardijn Community India (CCI)

Father Joseph Susainathan of Bangalore Archdiocese has been appointed as the National Chaplain of Cardijn Community India (CCI) for a period of 3 years with effect from 1st January 2018.

We place on record our sincere thanks to the Archbishop of Bangalore Most Rev. Dr. Bernard Moras for having permitted Fr. Joseph Susainathan to work as National Chaplain (non-fulltime) of Cardijn Community India (CCI).
Born on 14th May 1964, Fr Joe Susainathan was ordained a priest on 15th May 1990.
He is the parish priest of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Hosekote, Bangalore.
Fr Joe Susainathan is a Cardijn priest. Right from the time of his ordination, he has been the Diocesan Director of YCS/YSM for 9 years; after a gap of some years, he has been appointed Diocesan Director of YCS/YSM from 2016 onwards.
He was also the Chaplain of the YCW, Bangalore from 2001 to 2003.
Fr. Joe Susainathan has travelled widely to many countries to attend international gatherings.
Cardijn Community India (CCI) welcomes Father Joe Susainathan in its fold and is looking forward to working with him to promote Cardijn's spirituality, vision and methodology.


Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Intensive Training Course on Review of Life (ROL)

Cardijn Community India (CCI) announced an Intensive Training Course on ROL to be conducted from the 2nd to 5th March 2018 at the Animation Centre, Nagercoil, Kanniyakumari District.

This certificate training course is open for CCI members, current and former members of other Cardijn movements (YCS/YSM, YCW, CWM, CFM & MIJARC) who wish to be 'change makers'.

This rapid course offers the possibility for the participants to experience community living, field visits for on the spot study (See) in factories, fishing community, market place, rural areas, urban centres and other areas.

The in-house training also offers theoretical classes on ROL, See-Judge-Act methodology and inputs on reality in India (and at the international level) and the responses by different groups, communities and organisations by experts.

The participants will be part of the evolution of a training module which they can use in their organisations and communities thus becoming trainers and multipliers.

Keeping in tune with the type of training, only limited seats will be available.

A subsidized registration fee will be charged.

At a time when many feel Cardijn movements are no more relevant in the contemporary reality, it is a good opportunity for the Cardijn movements to train their leaders and animators.

Those interested may contact Cardijn Community India for more details.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Pope Francis Greets Cardijn Community International (CCI)

We are happy to present Pope Francis's message during his weekly general audience on Wednesday, 23rd August 2017 wherein he greeted Cardijn Community International (CCI)

Pope Francis's message during General Audience in Vatican on 23rd August 2017 as reported by Zenit:

“May Jesus Christ confirm all of you in faith and make you witnesses of his love in the world,” said Pope Francis to the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors – including those from England, India and Vietnam – present at General Audience, August 23, 2017, in Vatican Paul VI’s Hall.

He had special words for the Cardjin Community International

It is 50 years since Belgian Cardinal Léon Joseph Cardijn (Schaerbeek, November 13, 1882 – Louvain, July 24, 1967) died: “A man who showed us a way of life and changed the way the world and the Church looked at young people. The main focus of Cardijn’s message was ‘human dignity,’” says CCI website.

The focus of Cardijn’s methodology: “Ceaseless commitment in the service of humanity,thereby participating in the plan of God was the spirituality professed by Cardijn. Pope Francis in his message to the WMCW on their 50th anniversary in Spain a few days back reiterated this message of ‘dignity’. Cardijn showed the way for the Church to ‘See, Judge and Act’. The recent encyclical of Pope Francis on protecting our common home,’Laudato Si’ is also based on the time tested SEE JUDGE ACT methodology.

CCI was founded 16 years ago as a network “to offer a possibility for those who had been trained in the Cardijn way to continue their commitment towards ‘change’ and to promote Cardijn’s spirituality, vision and methodology”.

Today CCI is present in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Africa, Europe and North America and hascontacts in South America.

Corresponding to the 50th anniversary theme, “Cardijn 1967-2017: Cry of the Poor and Cry of the Earth”, as a specific tribute to Cardijn, CCI members and contacts are requested to plant trees wherever possible, beginning from their homes collectively and individually.

Pope Francis’ Greetings during General Audience
I offer an affectionate greeting to all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors present at today’s Audience, including those from England, India and Vietnam.

In a particular way, I extend a warm welcome to pilgrims from the Cardjin Community International on the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Cardinal Joseph Cardijn, and I encourage them in their generous service to the Gospel.

May Jesus Christ confirm all of you in faith and make you witnesses of his love in the world. God bless you!

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Excellent model of 'equity' found in the Gospel, says renowned Theologian

Speaking on ‘Social Teaching of the Church’ at a meet organised to commemorate the 50th Death Anniversary of Joseph Cardinal Cardijn, the founder of International Young Christian Workers movement at Chennai on Saturday, 22nd July, 2017 Rev. Dr. X. D. Selvaraj, Theologian said the social teaching of the church should be seen as an extension of the Gospel in the social context.

Being pious and participating in religious activities alone will not help in our salvation. The spiritual journey of Jesus while on this earth was marked by his social concern. Therefore, we are called to continue the mission of Jesus and if we forget this, we are not faithful to Jesus.

Jesus was denounced for his bold stance and for doing so he was killed. But in our prayer and teachings we are taught that Jesus died on the cross. This is a very passive approach. We need to acknowledge that Jesus was killed and only then it will lead us to probe ‘who killed Jesus’ and ‘why was he killed’.

The parable of the master paying the same wage to workers who worked for different hours is a beautiful example of Biblical "equity". This is a typical example of a social message by Jesus.

Evangelization is working for change, he claimed and called for speeding up socio cultural revolution at a personal, family and social level.

Presiding over the event, Rev. Dr. S. J. Anthonysamy, Vicar General of the Madras-Mylapore Archdiocese said as a young boy from St. Bede’s he was fortunate to have listened to Cardijn during his visit to Chennai in the late 50s. He praised the genius of Cardijn which made Blessed Pope Paul VI to appoint him a Bishop and a Cardinal to be able to participate in the Second Vatican Council.

Dr. Bernard D’Sami, Loyola College, Chennai while outlining the components of the Social Teaching of the Church said social teaching of the church is the best kept secret. if Christians are not involved in the transformation of society, then our salvation is jeopardised, he concluded.

Rev. Fr. S. Servatius (Kottar Diocese), CCI International Chaplain spoke on the life of Cardijn.

The event was organised by the Chennai Chapter of the Cardijn Community India (CCI) and the Madras-Mylapore Archdiocesan Youth Commission.


Friday, 15 April 2016

New Office-bearers of Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI)

His Eminence Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, the Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, has been re-elected as the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) at the recently concluded General Assembly of the CBCI at Bangalore.
Most Rev. Andrews Thazhath, Archbishop of Trichur and Most Rev. Filipe Neri Ferrão, Archbishop of Goa, were also re-elected as CBCI Vice-President I and Vice-President II, respectively.
Most Rev. Theodore Mascarenhas, Auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Ranchi, was elected as the Secretary General. He replaces Most Rev. Albert D’ Souza, Archbishop of Agra, who has served as the CBCI Secretary General for the past six years.

While congratulating the new office bearers, Cardijn Community India wishes to thank the outgoing Secretary General Most Rev. Albert D' Souza who was very supportive of CCI and other Cardijn movements.

We do hope that under the dynamic stewardship of His Excellency Cardinal Cleemis as the President of CBCI, the Church in India will soon become a Church of the poor.

Cardinal Cleemis was to have inaugurated the CCI Conference at Joe Beach in December 2015 which was postponed to May 2016 due to the floods and deluge.

In the images above: Most Rev. Andews Thazhath, Vice-President I; Most Rev. Philipe Neri Ferrao, Vice-President II and Most Rev. Theodore Mascarenhas, Secretary General

Most Rev. Albert D' Souza, the outgoing Secretary General