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


Sunday, 28 February 2016


Conference Theme: Cardijn Today: Inequality, Ecology & Diversity”

The Conference
The CCI international conference to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Vatican II in December 2015 had to be postponed due to the floods and deluge in Chennai and suburbs.

Cardijn Community International (CCI) is an organisation of people working towards sustainable development. Cardijn Community India is an affiliate of CCI. CCI promotes Cardijn's spirituality, vision and SEE JUDGE ACT methodology.

Thursday, 5th May 2016 – 5 p.m. Conference: Friday, 6th to Sunday 8th May 2016
Theme: Cardijn Today: Inequality, Ecology & Diversity

Venue: Joe Beach Resort cum Conference Centre (, Mamallapuram, Kancheepuram District near Chennai, India

Indian Rupees 6500/- towards accommodation in twin sharing air con room, all meals from dinner on the 5th May till breakfast on 9th May 2016 and conference kit. Single occupancy and villa room rates will be provided on request.

Facilities include: Wi-Fi, fully air-con conference hall, rooms with TV, attached bath, round the clock tea/coffee, swimming pools and gaming area – of course, the ever blue shore of Bay of Bengal

Registration fee: Rs 1500- to be paid in advance through cheque or transfer to: Union Bank of India, A/c name: CARDIJN COMMUNITY INDIA, A/c No. 388402010305899, Washermenpet Branch, Chennai-600 021 (Overseas participants will pay in Indian currency at the venue)

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Monday, 20 July 2015

Conference Convenor Dr. Paul Sinnappan to Attend Conference Preparatory Meeting

The Conference Committee together with the National Team of Cardijn Community India will be meeting at Joe Beach, Mamallapuram, Kancheepuram district on the 14th and 15th August according to communications issued by Jomon Cherussery, the Conference Committee Chairperson and Xavier Antony, CC India National President.

Members of the Finance Commission and Extension Team will also attend this meeting as invitees.

This larger meeting will be the final one before the CCI International Conference in December at Joe Beach.

In view of the financial constraints the members are meeting their own travel to Chennai (and Joe Beach) besides sharing the cost of accommodation and food expenses. They are coming from far away places like Jamshedpur, Pune, Nagpur, Kanniyakumari, Trichur in Kerala and Bangalore.

The meeting will finalise most of the aspects of the preparations based on the decisions made at the last meeting held in January this year in Chennai. All the Conference Committee members and the National Team members are busy with the responsibilities entrusted to them and they are expected to give final touches to the plans made for the conference.

Dr Paul Sinnappan (Malaysia), Conference Convenor will be coming to India to meet the leaders of CC India and to discuss with them many aspects of the conference. He will be attending the preparatory meeting at Joe Beach. He will also be meeting the Secretary General M. J. Ruben who is assisting CC India in the preparations.

Welcome Paul. We look forward to your visit.