Vatican 2 + 50 Newsletter

Vatican 2 + 50 Newsletter, No. 2, 3 August 2012

posted 2 Aug 2012, 20:04 by Stefan Gigacz   [ updated 5 Aug 2012, 05:17 ]

Dear Friends,

Greetings again from CCI! Less than 10 weeks to go until our Vatican 2 + 50: A Cardijn Perspective conference from 10-14 October 2012 in Manila. Many things to do to prepare!

1. Venue: Communication Foundation for Asia Center

We are pleased to announce a new, improved venue for the Conference after our previously announced venue was unable to meet our requirements.

The conference will now be held at the Communication Foundation for Asia Center, 4427 Old Sta. Mesa Street, Sta. Mesa, Manila 1016, Philippines. Phone: (632) 713-2981 to 86.

It is a beautiful venue centrally located in Manila near the LRT transit system (Line 2 V. Mapa). 

Please click here for full details about the venue.

2. Enquiry

We have now announced a participative enquiry following the Cardijn method to prepare for the conference  ‘Understanding of the spirit and decisions of Vatican II in the areas of Social Teachings of the Church and participation of the Laity’.

We are asking all participants to endeavour to implement this enquiry in your own groups and networks.

Full details of the enquiry can be found here.

3. Keynote Speaker: Dr Mina Ramirez

Dr Mina Ramirez is the director of the Asian Social Institute (ASI) as well as a founding member of the Pontifical Academy of the Social Sciences.

She is also a former leader of the Philippines YCW and she will present a paper on how ASI uses the See Judge Act method in its programs.

4. Cardijn @ Vatican 2

This week we present a letter to Pope John XXIII written by International YCW leaders Bartolo Perez and Betty Villa together with Cardijn on the eve of the opening of Vatican II.

Here are a couple of key paragraphs from the letter:

We also wish to express a hope that is experienced by the whole Church in asking Your Holiness that the Second Vatican Council explain the apostolate of lay people as well as the organised laity within the Church, and provide orientations concerning its insertion into the overall pastoral work of the Church. As a movement of young workers, we also wish to humbly request an official recognition of the necessity of the proper, personal and community apostolate of workers and young workers themselves, as well as an insistence on the apostolic formation that must be given to this group of the population.

To concretise this effort of participation by working youth in the Council through prayer, the International YCW has launched an appeal to all its national movements in order that the latter will ask jocists and young workers to offer up to the Lord their whole daily work every Friday throughout the whole duration of the Council. This work offering with all its joys and suffering, and sometimes the offering of a “lack of work”, will be a prayer that the young workers make in union with the prayer of the whole Church for the success of the Council.

As you can see, the YCW leaders of that time were ready to make huge sacrifices for the success of the Council offering up "their whole daily work every Friday throughout the whole duration of the Council".

Let us be inspired by the young workers' commitment in our own commitment to the Vatican 2 +50: A Cardijn Perspective project.

5. Fundraising and Sponsorship

We have worked hard to make this event affordable for people to participate. However, we still have a long way to go in our fundraising for the event.

We again you to work with your local Cardijn Community teams to see if you can hold a fundraising event and/or look for sponsors for our Vatican 2 +50: A Cardijn Perspective program.

We still have ten weeks to go - let us work to make it a success!

Stefan Gigacz - MJ Ruben - Juanito Penequito
For the Vatican 2 + 50 Organising Team.

Vatican 2 + 50 Newsletter No. 1, 20 July 2012

posted 20 Jul 2012, 01:06 by Stefan Gigacz   [ updated 2 Aug 2012, 19:06 ]

Dear Friends

Greetings from CCI!

As you know it is now less than three months to go until our conference, Vatican 2 + 50: A Cardijn Perspective to be held at Communication Foundatnio for Asia, Manila from 10-14 October 2012.

1. Participation

Already, we have more than 40 people enrolled for the event.

And we have been working hard behind the scenes to prepare the conference.

You can see the draft program here.

If you still have not filled out a registration form, please click here and download the form to register and send.

If you know others who are interested to participate, please encourage to finalise their arrangements now.

2. Preparation

In keeping with the Cardijn method, we are currently preparing a small enquiry that we ask participants to work in your own local communities and networks to find out what people understand about Vatican II today.

We will email you this enquiry in our next newsletter next week.

3. Cardijn @ Vatican II

We now have a lot of Cardijn's own documents that he prepared for Vatican II available for study.

You can find some of the most important documents here.

Please take the time to read one document per week in preparation for our event.

Let us all start together by reading The Coming Council written by Cardijn soon after Pope John XXIII announced the Council in 1959.

4. Key Note Speaker: Fr Bonnie Mendes

We will have a number of prominent speakers at our conference.

This week we would like to introduce you to Fr Bonnie Mendes, who founded the YCW in Pakistan in 1997.

Fr Mendes was also the founder of Pakistan's National Commission for Justice and Peace.

He was also previously regional coordinator for Caritas Asia.

Read Fr Mendes' reflections about Vatican II in this article: Plenary could reignite vital issues (

Read more about him here on Wikipedia.

Fr Bonnie Mendes

5. Fundraising

Together with Juanito Penequito, Vilma Paghabusan and our host team in Manila, we have been working hard to raise funds for this program but we still face many challenges.

So far we have not received any outside assistance from any other organisation.

We are asking each participant in your own home town and country to make a special effort to assist us with this fundraising task.

Are you able to organise a local fundraising event to assist us?

Could you help us find sponsors for the event?

Do let us know how you could help.

6. Cardijn Anniversary 24 July 

Please, don't forget to commemorate the anniversary of Cardijn's death on 24 July 1967 - 45 years ago this week.

Meanwhile, let's all keep working together.

Looking forward to meeting you in October.

Stefan Gigacz, MJ Ruben and Juanito Penequito
For the Vatican 2 + 50 organising team.

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