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's draft notes prepared in the process of writing his first note for the Vatican II Preparatory Commission on Lay Apostolate
Memoir by Fr Joe Falkiner o.p. of Mandela's speech in 1995.
A message adopted by the group of jocist bishops at Vatican II who celebrated mass with Cardijn on the eve of the adoption of the Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity.
Cardijn's first note drafted for the Preparatory Commission on Lay Apostolate for Vatican II.
This is the translated transcript of a video made by former IYCS, Pax Romana ICMICA chaplain, Antoine Sondag, in view of his impending death.
Homily for the funeral mass of Fr Antoine Sondag by Fr Robert Scholtus.
Obituary for former IYCS and Pax Romana ICMICA chaplain, Antoine Sondag, by Stefan Gigacz
A new blog journeying with Cardijn and the Jocist Network of bishops, priests and lay people thru the Second Vatican Council