Welcome to our new, improved Joseph Cardijn Digital Library (JCDL) website.
The purpose of the library, which dates back to 1998, is to preserve and publish texts, documents and testimonies relating to the life and work of Cardinal Joseph Cardijn, founder of the Jeunesse Ouvrière Chrétienne (JOC) Internationale or International Young Christian Workers (YCW) movement, as well of other leaders and chaplains who worked with him and/or with other Specialised Catholic Action or “Cardijn” movements.
We now have over 150 original Cardijn documents available online in English including many of his most famous speeches. We have also added many testimonies from those who knew, worked with or were inspired by Cardijn.
Also published is a range of biographical material, including the well-known biography by Marguerite Fiévez and Jacques Meert, as well as many photos plus several videos and audio recordings.
We also welcome personal testimonies, letters, photos, even films, and any other original documents or primary sources that relate to the life and work of Cardijn.
Over 500 more Cardijn documents are available in the original French by clicking on the French flag icon below (French site still in development) .
And please keep visiting us to find the latest items uploaded to our repository (listed below).
Developed using Omeka S, a "next-generation web publishing platform for institutions interested in connecting digital cultural heritage collections with other resources online," the JCDL now offers many new features, including chronological listing, a subject index, as well as the possibility of downloading documents in Word or PDF format.
For further information or to send us more items for inclusion, please write to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cardijn thanks the secretary of the French National Union of Social Secretariats for the papers he has sent and sends a few of his own.
The secretary of the French National Union for Social Secretariats expresses his frustrations with the work of the Preparatory Commission on Lay Apostolate.
Cardijn sends a copy of a proposed chapter on lay apostolate to the archbishop of Toulouse.
Pope Francis recalls the historic relationship of the Catholic Action movements with the pope going back to 1929, and offers his own insights in the see-judge-act.
The archbishop of Toulouse responds to Cardijn, explaining that he shares his concerns about the draft documents prepared by the Preparatory Commission on Lay Apostolate.
Cardijn writes to the archbishop of Toulouse to express his concern over the latest documents produced by the Preparatory Commission on Lay Apostolate.
Cardijn again presents his conception of the lay apostolate proper to lay people to the Preparatory Commission on Lay Apostolate.
Cardijn presents his wishes for the Jocist movement in 1929.