IYCW marks centenary of first group
Needleworkers Union at Laeken 1912

This Easter marks the centenary of Cardijn’s arrival in the parish of Our Lady of Laeken, near Brussels in Belgium. Cardijn always dated the founding of the first YCW group to 1912 making this year also the centenary of the beginnings of the YCW.

The International YCW and the Cardijn Community International are both marking this important anniversary.

IYCW International president Geethani Peries has announced a special commemoration at Cardijn’s tomb that will take place at Our Lady’s Church, Laeken on Sunday 26 April from 3.00 -5.00 pm.

Read the IYCW Laeken celebration invitation here.

CCI has also issued a statement to mark the centenary calling on those formed in the Cardijn tradition to renew their commitment to Cardijn’s spirituality and methodology.

“The Cardijn Community International (CCI) therefore wishes to take this opportunity to express its solidarity with the YCW and all others who base their work on Cardijn’s principles,” the CCI statement says.

“We call for a fresh commitment to Cardijn’s cause so that a new generation of young people may be able to discover their mission to transform the world together with all those working to build ‘another world’.

“On this historic occasion, we also renew our commitment to promoting Cardijn’s spirituality, vision and See-Judge-Act methodology.”

Read the full CCI statement here: Cardijn launched first YCW group in 1912: A Centenary Tribute