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International Catholic movements are currently strengthening their cooperation regarding the presence in international institutions, thematic reflections, speaking out .... These movements have a long history associated with specialized Catholic Action, and had a strong influence in the society as well as in the Church. They are now living in a very different context compared to their origin. Are they still relevant today? What is their charism compared to lay movements born after the council? We will address this issue at our meeting on 22 and 23 May 2015.

 We will deepen the joint proposal of movements and its relevance from a pedagogical, spiritual, political point of view. How are they facing the challenges of today's world? How do they welcome Pope Francis initiatives? The meeting will alternate memory, historical contribution, testimonies from different continents, inter religious contribution, listening to recent ecclesial texts, prayer and Eucharistic celebration of Pentecost.

This meeting will be attended by the heads of the 10 international movements and the French corresponding movements, experts and partners. The reflection will continue in Brussels in November the anniversary of Father Cardijn and Rome early 2016.


Siège de la JOC 246, Bd St Denis - 92403 Courbevoie. Access from metro station « Pont de Levallois » – line 3 + 15 mn walk.)

Schedule: From Friday 22nd (9h) to Saturday 23rd (12h00) may 2015.

Working languages : french and english.

Participation to confirm with Doodle.

Participants take care of their own accommodation and travel.

Inviting movements :

CIJOC (Rome)                                   Amélie Peyrard (France)                                   Présidente internationale

JECI (Paris)                                        Nuno Wemans (Portugal)                                Président international

JOCI (Bruxelles)                                Ludovicus Mardiyono (Indonésie)                 Président international

JICI (Bamako)                                   Theo Traore                                                         Président international

FIMARC (Bruxelles)                         George Dixon Fernandez (Inde)                     Comité exécutif

MIAMSI (Rome)                                Maryse Robert (France).                                  Présidente internationale

MIDADE (Paris)                                Michel Gauvry (France)                                    Bureau international

MIEC Pax Romana (Paris)              Camila Jara Aparicio (Chili)                            Secrétaire Générale

MIIC Pax Romana (Genève)           Philippe Ledouble (France)                              Secrétaire Général

MIJARC (Bruxelles)                         Claire Quintin (France)                                     Secrétaire Générale

MMTC (Bruxelles)                            Betina Beate (Allemagne)                                 Secrétaire Générale


The reflection will develop in three steps:

1 Between Memory and History: to remember what is remaining alive among the founding intuitions, and situate them in the history of the Church that led to the council.

2 Actors and contexts: Presentation and analysis of 2 testimonies from members of our movements. What are the benefits, the effects on the situations and people, discoveries, possible cooperation ... In an inter religious society, how our work is perceived by actors from other religions: Muslim contribution.

3 Summary and outlook: What are the key elements of our joint proposal, how do they respond to of Pope Francis’s calls, which interpellations, what paths to do in the future?

Friday 22nd May.

1 Opening

9:00  Mutual presentation, with participants list and sticking labels

9:15 Introduction of the meeting

9:20 Prayer.

2 Between memory and history.

9:30 Time for memory

What is alive today among the founding intuitions? Each participant presents an essential feature from his movement, in one sentence supplemented by the reasons of the choice. Contributions can be presented during the meeting by the participants or collected in advance by each movement to be read or viewed in session. (Video, max 1 minute)

After each series of contributions, time for synthesis: is there a common profile appearing?

11:30 Reread the history.

Recent history that led to the council and role of movements. Their contribution to the major texts. Presentation from Robert Scholtus, theologian.

12h15 Debate

13h00 Lunch on the spot.

3 Actors and contexts.

The objective is to show the relevance of our movements in the contemporary society, from the perspective of their missionary work and also the personal progress of their members. Each movement is invited to prepare a testimony, according to the scheme of review of life, "see judge act." Two of them will be presented during the meeting and the others will be available online.

2:30 p.m. First testimony.

Listening to the testimony presented by a movement:  rereading of an action, in its collective dimension in relation with a context, its individual dimension, and the history of a personal progress. What challenges are addressed by this action? What effects on the situations and people, discoverings for us, possible cooperation, perceptions of our identities and missions. Is it possible to call this evangelization?

3:30 p.m. Second testimony

Same method

4:30 p.m. Our movements in inter-religious context.

Is the review of life method "exclusively" Christian or universal? Does it bring Christians closer to one another, or does it help to build bridges with people of other religions? Analysis from a Muslim perspective, with Abdelkader Oukrid (Université Paris Descartes) and interview of a Muslim responsible of Midade, possible cooperations and limits.

5h30 p.m.Examples of cooperation : decent work and CCIC

Few movements, associated with other Church organizations have a structured cooperation on the promotion of decent work. This theme, an ILO key objective, is important because of the structuring effect of working conditions on the whole life. From this experience, the movements involved will seek to identify their specific contribution.

To celebrate her next birthday in 2017, the CCIC began a reflection on selected key themes for our society. As for the session on marriage in 2015, the themes themselves are not new, but the challenge are important: how to develop a fresh thinking from biblical foundations for example, to give birth to a word that makes sense to our citizens.

4 Summary and outlook.

6:00 p.m. Our proposal and the calls of Pope Francis

By Antoine Sondag. Conférence épiscopale de France

Presentation of some key elements of our common prosposition as they appeared today. How do they respond to calls of Pope Francis? Example, the culture of encounter. What other interpellations to welcome and integrate into our ways of being in movement? Which ways to go in the future?

7:00 p.m. end of the day.


Saturday 23

5 Preparing the next step.

9:00 Rereading

Rereading of the previous day, everyone expresses what seemed important for him and his movement.

9h30 Orientations and program

From these reflections, define orientations to give to the joint work. Possible topics:

- Strengthening the online mutual information through a common website,
- Drafting a charter of common values of our movements,
- Make proposals for cooperation between international movements' chaplains
- Experiment a common action at national and diocesan level, for example a debate on a common theme
- Experiment locally a recruitement offer corresponding to the diversity of ages, backgrounds, expectations ..
- Deepen cooperation with other members of the Church: support, interpellation, benevolence
- Develop a network including Int Mvts, catholic development NGOs, religious orders committed to the UN, forums (CCIC, CCIG ...)

Next events: Brussel program. Date of Rome meeting.

6 Celebration of Pentecost.

Location and preparation team to define

11h00 Eucharistic celebration

Material organization.


International movements: 2 for each international movement +1 for the corresponding French movement. Each international movement invites his coresponding French movement. Invited organizations: CCIC, CCFD, CCBF, Cardijn community. Participation through Skype and Google Hang out will be possible.


Interpreter French <-> English are to be found. Main parts of he debates will be recorded to have docs to put online

Meals and accommodation

We need to buy drinks and fruits before the meeting. We need to order pizza delivering on Friday noon. Aperitives and dessert brought by participants

Access à la JOC : 246, Bd St Denis, 92403 Courbevoie, 500m from Asnières station (take the train at Paris St Lazare) + 15 min walk or 700m from  Pont de Levallois metro station. (end line 3) + 15 min walk.

Each movement supports the costs of its delegates.


Information La Croix (French daily paper) - RCF (radio) - Vatican Radio.

Find a person in charge of communication.



Examples of specific contributions of our movement.


JECI: To offer young people a learning path starting from grassroot experiences. Youth movements are organized by young people. Movements act by accompaniement of personal life paths.

MIDADE : Start from listening to children, how careful is it done? It is a permanent call to conversion.


MIAMSI: Help people to find meaning of his life, offer a speaking place helping people to cope with the anxieties of life.


An ability to analyze political situations out of the objective to access to power. Encouragement to members' commitment to the common good, in local politics or civil society. A capacity of accompanying or assessing politicians. A school of democracy, learn to avoid simplicisms, populism, and scapegoats. Learning pluralism inside and outside the movement.