Cardijn Community International (CCI) is bringing out a Conference publication titled “Delivering the Good News to the Poor – the Cardijn Way” at its International Conference in India this December.
The publication will contain testimonies and success stories of those who have been influenced by Cardijn.
The story could be from the former or current members and animators of Cardijn movements or from anyone who has known Cardijn or influenced by his spirituality, vision and methodology.
Many who have been influenced by Cardijn have become ‘change makers’ around the world bringing significant changes in individual lives, working and living conditions of the people, political changes in countries, within the Church and in various other spheres to ‘restore human dignity’. This process still continues.
Cardijn himself was a victim of suppression during both the World Wars and have spent long periods in prison. Two of the first three YCWrs, Paul Garcet and Fernand Tonnet died in the Dachau Concentration Camp in 1945.
Pepe Palacio, the adult collaborator to the IYCW was kidnapped and eventually killed by the ‘military junta’ in Argentina in 1975.
Blessed Marcel Callo (1921-1945), an YCW from France was beautified by Saint John Paul II on October 4, 1987 for his untiring work despite his hard life as a prisoner in Gotha.
When the Germans occupied France, Marcel was ordered and deported to Zella-Mehlis, Germany to the S.T.O. (Service du Travail Obligatoire meaning Service of Obligatory Work). Read more details at: http://pioneers.josephcardijn.com/
Irene Fernandez (Malaysia) who worked in the IYCW Asian Extension Team and also in the IYCW Asian Team in the 1970s became an ‘iconic’ leader in the struggle for the rights of ‘migrant workers’ and faced a lot of repression from the State. She died in early 2014.
Hundreds of thousands of other stories remain untold.
It is important that such life-changing stories and events be recorded not only just for historical or academic interests but to continue the spirit of change and transformation through generations to come.
WE have a responsibility in fulfilling this need.
CALL FOR TESTIMONIES
Please send your life changing events, testimonies and interesting anecdotes in your life as a consequent of Cardijn’s influence in and out of the movement for inclusion in the Conference publication.
Your story/testimony must be sent in Word format (A 4 size) typed in double line space not exceeding 2 to 3 pages. It must contain your name, address, period you were in any Cardijn movement and present involvement with contact email ID. You may send your recent photograph too.
Scanned photographs may also be sent for publication.
Send your testimonies to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The last date for receipt of your story is 31st March 2015