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)

(Registered under Societies Act)
C-269, Jeganathan Street, Periyar Nagar, Chennai – 600 082, INDIA
Tel: +91-44-255-00-975; +91-98401-96683; +91-98401-13027

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.


Monday, 13 July 2015

Father Thomas Joseph Meets Ms Philomena Doherty and Little Joe

Ms Philomena Doherty, a former YCW from Chennai who is married to YCW Australian Extension Worker Bernie Doherty and settled in Australia was on a visit to India recently when she met Little Joe (Joseph Arokiasamy) of Cardijn Community India.

Father Thomas Joseph, worker chaplain for over 50 years was the Diocesan Chaplain when Philo was a member of the YCW, Pudupet Section in Chennai.

Ms Doherty along with Little Joe met Father Thomas Joseph at the Sacred Heart Seminary, Poonamallee and reminisced the YCW days in India.

Little Joe who was a YCW in Bangalore during the work of Bernie Doherty has a great affinity to him and Joe

came all the way from Pune to meet Ms Philomena.

Father Thomas Joseph is 96 years old. He is the Spiritual Father at the Sacred Heart Seminary near Chennai and is still active. He has recently written and published a book on 'Work and Worker'.

Father Thomas Joseph will be attending the CCI International Conference in December this year at Joe Beach near Chennai.


Thursday, 18 June 2015

CARDIJN TODAY: Inequality, Ecology and Diversity

Theme of the CCI International Conference 2015 announced by the Conference Preparatory Team:
CARDIJN TODAY: Inequality, Ecology & Diversity.

Inequality: According to a recent report by Oxfam, half of the world's wealth is now owned by just 1% of the population. Another Forbes report states that the 85 richest people in the world own as much as the poorest 3.5 billion people. Pope Francis has quoted that 'inequality is the root of social evil'.

Ecology: The United Nations will host a Climate Change Summit in Paris in December 2015 to address the issue of global warming. Pope Francis in his recent encyclical on 'Environment' titled Laudato Si' called upon us to care for our common home. He speaks about 'ecological conversion' as the need of the hour.

Diversity: As the world becomes increasingly diverse in terms of culture, ethnicity, religion and even sexual orientation, the issues of tolerance, harmony and freedom have become increasingly important. In India, we have long been experiencing 'unity in diversity' though there are some conflicts generated now and then for partisan gains.

The CCI International Conference will offer us an opportunity to reflect on these issues together with like minded people from various other countries based on Cardijn's perspectives.

It is to be noted that the entire Conference will be based on Cardijn's time tested See-Judge-Act/Review of Life (ROL) methodology. 

Logo design courtesy: Pune Chapter CC India

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

CCI International Conference 2015 - India in Preparation Mode

The Conference Committee along with the members of the National Team and the Finance Commission members of Cardijn Community India launched their intensive preparation for the CCI International Conference 2015 at a 2 day meeting in Chennai recently.
Elaborate plans were made for the organisation of the conference.
Each CCI chapter had fixed a target for fund raising and it was decided to reach 75% of the budget by 31st July 2015.
The meeting was held at Mercy Niketan, a school for special children run by Lazar Fernando of CCI-Chennai Chapter in a rented house.
Cardijn Community India (CCI) invites all Cardijn lovers to the CCI International Conference to be held in Joe Beach, Mamallapuram near Chennai, India from the 5th to 8th December 2015.
View your invitation at:
You can register online at:

Wednesday, 21 January 2015


Registering for the CCI International Conference on 'Vatican 2+50: A Cardijn Perspective' to be held from the 5th to 8th December 2015 at Joe Beach, Mamallapuram, Kancheepuram District near Chennai, India is JUST A CLICK AWAY.

Participants from India can remit their accommodation charges and registration fee of Rupees 8000.00 (Rupees Eight Thousand only) in the following bank account:

PAY AT EASE: For the benefit or participants from India, the CC-India is offering a facility to pay the fee in 4 equal instalments of Rupees 2000.00 (Rupees Two Thousand only).

Indicate as 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th instalment in the remittance column.

Name of the account holder: CARDIJN COMMUNITY INDIA
Account Number: 803310110010575
Bank of India, Washermenpet Branch, Chennai - 600021 - IFSC Code: BKID0008033
Overseas participants can pay their registration fee through EVENTBRITE at the link:
Just click on the above link, fill in the details after remitting the money and we will receive your registration.
Registrations without remitting the fee will not be entertained.