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Fédération Internationale des Mouvements Catholiques d’Action Paroissiale
Fimcap-logo.png
AbbreviationFIMCAP
FormationApril 22, 1962;57 years ago (1962-04-22)
Type INGO
PurposeInternational umbrella organization of catholic youth organizations
Headquarters Antwerpen, Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium
Membership
35 unions
Presidents
Marie Lavall
Ruben Leeman
Praeses
Fr. Wilson de Jesus Mendes
Secretary-General
Evy Hoeben
Website www.fimcap.org

The FIMCAP, which is short for Fédération Internationale des Mouvements Catholiques d’Action Paroissiale (French for "International Federation of Catholic Parochial Youth Movements"), is an umbrella organization for Catholic youth organizations. Its 36 member organizations are based in 33 countries. The FIMCAP was founded in 1962 and is recognised as an official Catholic organization by the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. [1] FIMCAP is also a full member of the European Youth Forum. [2]

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History

Already in 1959, French, Belgian and Dutch youth organizations had been working on the project of an international pooling. In 1960, the first delegate conference was held in Munich in the course of the 1960 Eucharistic Congress. In October 1961 eleven youth associations founded Fimcap. The foundation was proclaimed in public on Easter 1962. [3]

Munich Capital and most populous city of Bavaria, Germany

Munich is the capital and most populous city of Bavaria, the second most populous German federal state. With a population of around 1.5 million, it is the third-largest city in Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg, and thus the largest which does not constitute its own state, as well as the 12th-largest city in the European Union. The city's metropolitan region is home to 6 million people. Straddling the banks of the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps, it is the seat of the Bavarian administrative region of Upper Bavaria, while being the most densely populated municipality in Germany. Munich is the second-largest city in the Bavarian dialect area, after the Austrian capital of Vienna.

The 37th International Eucharistic Congress that was held from 31 July to 7 August 1960 in Munich, West Germany, was the 37th edition of the International Eucharistic Congress of the Roman Catholic Church.

Since its recognition through the Holy See in 1976, the FIMCAP is an "International Catholic Organization" (ICO) and registered at the Council of Laity in Rome.

Holy See Episcopal jurisdiction of the Catholic Church in Rome, Italy

The Holy See, also called the See of Rome, refers to the jurisdiction of the Bishop of Rome, known as the pope, which includes the apostolic episcopal see of the Diocese of Rome with universal ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the worldwide Catholic Church, as well as a sovereign entity of international law.

Since 2006 the FIMCAP is being recognised as an International nongovernmental organization by the Belgian government. [4]

Activities

The Fimcap World Camp is an international social activity organized by the International Federation of Catholic Parochial Youth Movements (Fimcap). The World Camp is organized every three years hosted by a member organization of Fimcap from another country. The World Camp combines social work with intercultural exchange.

World Youth Day event for young people organized by the Catholic Church

World Youth Day (WYD) is an event for young people organized by the Catholic Church. The next, World Youth Day 2022, will be held in Portugal.

Activities in Europe [6]

The Fimcap EuroCamp is an international social activity organized by the International Federation of Catholic Parochial Youth Movements (Fimcap). The EuroCamp is organized once a year and is each time hosted by another European member organization of Fimcap. The World Camp combines group leader education and thematic work with intercultural exchange.

Frivilligt Drenge- og Pigeforbund, FDF is a Danish, Christian children and youth organisation with approximately 25,000 members (2009).

The FDF National Camp, formerly also called Julsølejr, is a nationwide youth camp organized by the Danish Christian youth organization FDF every five years at the FDF Outdoor Center Sletten near Julsø. With more than 10,000 participants, it is one of the biggest children and youth camps in Denmark.

Thematic work and positions

FIMCAP and its members have defined for themselves the goal that they want to work together politically to identify and advocate the interests of children, adolescents and young adults within church, society and politics. FIMCAP argues that this is necessarily a part of their work, as FIMCAP is an international association of youth organizations for children, adolescents and young adults throughout the world and that as young people, youth organizations and youth work are confronted with different challenges. FIMCAP argues that this involvement is motivated by the Christian beliefs and shared values. FIMCAP argues that in this way it wants to guarantee and improve the quality of the youth work of their member organizations and FIMCAP, and to participate in shaping the future world and society, preserve our planet for future generations, and improve the prospects in general for future generations. FIMCAP sees sustainable and responsible planning and acting, fair social and economic chances, quality education, peace, charity, and solidarity as elementary requirements to achieve this. [12] Pursuing this purpose, in recent years FIMCAP has defined in particular the following positions:

FIMCAP Europe

Structure [30]

Statutory bodies

The highest committee of the FIMCAP is its General Assembly which comes together every three years. Every member organization sends a delegation to the General Assembly.

The administration and management of the FIMCAP is being handled by the intercontinental presidium which consists of two presidents, a Praeses and a Secretary-General. The presidents should be one man and one woman, but if there are no candidates of one gender the jobs might also be given to two women or two men.

The intercontinental bureau (ICB) is composed of the Presidium and representatives of the Continental Conferences. It acts as the FIMCAP Board of Directors.

Beneath these globally working establishments, the FIMCAP is also structured into continental conferences, bureaus and presidiums.

Eligibility and application for membership

All Catholic youth organizations can apply for membership in FIMCAP. The General Assembly of FIMCAP needs to confirm the membership of an applying member organization in a vote. Non-Catholic youth organizations can obtain the status of associate membership in FIMCAP.

At the General Assembly in Switzerland in 2016 FIMCAP further clarified the criteria of eligibility for membership and updated the membership categories. To become a Full Member of FIMCAP an organization needs to fulfill four criteria:

Organizations fulfilling three out of the four criteria can apply for becoming an Affiliate Member of FIMCAP. Organizations only fulfilling two out of the four criteria can apply for becoming a Sustaining Member of FIMCAP. Full Members have full voting rights, Affiliate Members limited voting rights.

Continental branches and member organizations

An organizations whose name is written in bold is a founding member.

FIMCAP Europe

Presidium of FIMCAP Europe

The presidium of FIMCAP Europe is elected by the delegates of the European member organizations at the EuroConference which takes place every three years. The presidium of FIMCAP Europe consists of four members: three members of the pool of presidents and a spiritual assistant. The elected members of the pool of presidents distribute the responsibilities of the presidium among themselves. These tasks include the representation of FIMCAP Europe in the Intercontinental Bureau Meeting, coordinating activities of FIMCAP Europe, and representing FIMCAP Europe externally. The spiritual assistant consults FIMCAP Europe concerning spiritual and theological issues. The current members of the presidium of FIMCAP Europe are: [31]

PositionNameMember organization / Country
Member of the presidiumBernd Hirschberger KjG Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
Member of the presidiumMatthias Schneider KjG Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
Member of the presidiumStan Driesens Chiro Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium
Spiritual AssistantFr Reuben Gauci ŻAK Flag of Malta.svg  Malta

Member organizations in Europe

CountryNameAcronymStatus
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania Asociația Grupurilor Locale de Tineret [32] AGLT Associate
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania Ateitis Full
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Chirojeugd Vlaanderen Full
Flag of Catalonia.svg  Catalonia Coordinació Catalana CCCCCEFull
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia eRko – Hnutie kresťanských spoločenstiev detí eRkoFull
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Forum Oratori Italiani FOIFull
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark / DEU Schleswig-Holstein COA.svg  Schleswig-Holstein Frivilligt Drenge- og Pige-Forbund FDFAssociate
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  the Netherlands Jong Nederland Full
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland Jungwacht Blauring JuBlaFull
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Katholische junge Gemeinde KjGFull
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria /
Flag of South Tyrol.svg  South Tyrol
Katholische Jungschar Full
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary Katolikus Ifjúsági Mozgalom KIMObserver
Flag of Malta.svg  Malta Żgħażagħ Azzjoni Kattolika ŻAKFull

Member organizations in Africa

CountryNameAcronymStatus
Flag of Burundi.svg  Burundi Chiro BurundiFull
Flag of Botswana.svg  Botswana Chiro BotswanaFull
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa /
Flag of Lesotho.svg  Lesotho
Chiro South AfricaFull
Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana Catholic Youth Organization Ghana CYO GhanaFull
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria Catholic Youth Organization Nigeria CYO NigeriaFull
Flag of Sierra Leone.svg  Sierra Leone Catholic Youth Organisation Sierra Leone CYO Sierra LeoneFull
Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  DRC Kiro Congo KCDFull
Flag of Burundi.svg  Burundi Xaveri Burundi Full
Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  DRC Xaveri Congo Full
Flag of Rwanda.svg  Rwanda Xaveri Rwanda Full
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa Xaveri South Africa Full
Flag of Uganda.svg  Uganda Xaveri Uganda Full

Member organizations in Asia

CountryNameAcronymStatus
Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines Chiro Youth Movement Philippines Full
Flag of India.svg  India Indian Catholic Youth Movement ICYMFull
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka Kithu Dana Pubuduwa Full
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Hatsal Youth Ministry Institute

Member organizations in Latin America

CountryNameAcronymStatus
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile Juventud Parroquial Chilena JUPACHFull
Flag of Haiti.svg  Haiti Kiwo Ayiti Full
Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay Niños Perseverantes Paraguayos Católico NIPPACFull

Former members

CountryNameAcronymStatus
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Fédération Nationale des Patros
Flag of France.svg  France Société de Saint-Vincent de Paul
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  the Netherlands Katholieke Jongenclubs
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland Schweizer Katholische Jungmannschaftsverband
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada / Flag of Quebec.svg  Quebec La Centrale del Patros Quebec
Flag of France.svg  France Facel Paris
Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia Namibian Catholic Youth League NaCaYul

General Assemblies [33]

NumberYearCountryCityTopicOther information
0 - Founding Meeting1961 (7 – 8 October)Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Munich Founding Meeting
1st General Assembly1963Flag of the Netherlands.svg  the Netherlands Leiden The bases on which to build parochial organizations for the 17+ age group
2nd General Assembly1964Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Berlin The situation of young people between 14 and 17 years old
3rd General Assembly1965Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland Luzern Youth work in the Third WorldTwo female organizations (Chiromeisjes Vlaanderen and Kiro Congo filles) ask to be member of FIMCAP and are granted membership as the first female member organizations.
4th General Assembly1966Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Brussels Youthwork in postconciliarian times
5th General Assembly1967Flag of Austria.svg  Austria Vienna The place and formation of small groups – looking towards the Church of tomorrow
6th General Assembly1969Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Altenberg International solidarity
7th General Assembly1970Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  UK London Our common base, the present and the future in FIMCAP
8th General Assembly1971Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland Bad Schönbrunn Common aim and structures
9th General Assembly1973Flag of France.svg  France Marseille Our work with the youth of today for tomorrow
10th General Assembly1975Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Rome The organisation of FIMCAP JUPACH was adopted as full member of FIMCAP. [34]
11th General Assembly1977Flag of Austria.svg  Austria Vienna Situation of children and youngsters – children’s rights
12th General Assembly1979Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland Luzern The parish
13th General Assembly1981Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  UK West Wickham Relations between the European federations and those of the developing countries
14th General Assembly1983Flag of France.svg  France Aix en Provence International Year of Youth – participation, peace and development
15th General Assembly1986Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Westmalle
16th General Assembly1989Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Ryckevelde, Brugge Living in an intercultural world
17th General Assembly1992Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Brugge Foreigners
18th General Assembly1995Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland Randa
19th General Assembly1998Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa Botha’s hill Youth and sexuality
20th General Assembly2001Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana Accra Young people, protagonists of peace Ateitis becomes a full member of Fimcap.
21st General Assembly2004Flag of Catalonia.svg  Catalonia Barcelona Young people in a globalizing world
22nd General Assembly2007Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Assisi Millennium Development Goals
23rd General Assembly2010Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Munich [35] Climate changeCYO Nigeria was admitted as full member.
24th General Assembly2013Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia [36] Modra Children's RightsAGLT was admitted as Associate member. It is the first non-Christian organization becoming a member of FIMCAP. The General Assembly has adopted a Declaration on "enhancing mobility of young people".
25th General Assembly2016Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland Melchtal OW [37] A child rights-based approach to the sustainable development goals (SDGs) [38] Hatsal becomes a member of FIMCAP.
26th General Assembly2019Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium WestmalleThe value of play [39] [40] [41] Chiro Botswana was admitted a full member of FIMCAP.

List of former Presidents

World presidents of FIMCAP

NameMember organization / CountryTime in office
Marie Lavall KjG Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 2019-2022
Ruben Leeman Chiro Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 2019-2022
Lourdes B. Galeano Cuellar NIPPAC Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay 2016-2019
James Dsouza ICYM Flag of India.svg  India 2016-2019
Annette Wahle KjG Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 2013-2016
Liese Vandenheede Chiro Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 2013-2016
Lea Sedlmayr KjG Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 2010-2013
Marvic Debono ŻAK Flag of Malta.svg  Malta 2010-2013
Holger Witting KjG Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 2007-2010
Carme Carrion i. Ribas [42] CCCCCE Flag of Catalonia.svg  Catalonia 2001-2004
Olivier Heyen [43] Chiro Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 1998-2001

European presidents of FIMCAP

Time in officeMember of the presidiumMember organization / CountryMember of the presidiumMember organization / CountryMember of the presidiumMember organization / CountrySpiritual assistantMember organization / Country
2017-2020 [44] Bernd Hirschberger KjG Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Matthias Schneider KjG Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Stan Driesens Chiro Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Fr Reuben Gauci ŻAK Flag of Malta.svg  Malta
Time in officePresidentMember organization / CountryVice-PresidentMember organization / CountryActivity coordinatorMember organization / CountrySpiritual assistantMember organization / Country
2014-2017Bernd Hirschberger KjG Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Veronika Švitková eRko Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia Fr Reuben Gauci ŻAK Flag of Malta.svg  Malta
Time in officePresidentMember organization / CountryVice-PresidentMember organization / CountrySecretaryMember organization / CountrySpiritual assistantMember organization / Country
2011-2014Magdalena Lewis KjG Flag of Germany.svg  Germany / FDF Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Juraj Králik eRko Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia Vincienne Debono ŻAK Flag of Malta.svg  Malta Fr Reuben Gauci ŻAK Flag of Malta.svg  Malta
2008-2011Michele Lettieri FOI Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Coen Van Kuijk Jong Nederland Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Marah Köberle KjG Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Fr. Josep Lluís Calvís CCCCCE Flag of Catalonia.svg  Catalonia
2005-2008Jürgen Leuser KjG Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Carla Acerbi FOI Flag of Italy.svg  Italy

Over the years the statutes of FIMCAP Europe have been adapted and the profiles and names of the different positions in the presidium have been changed. Until the pool of presidents was introduced at the EuroConference in Malta in 2017 the presidium of FIMCAP Europe consisted of a president, a vice-president, an activity coordinator and a spiritual assistant. The president was responsible for the representation of FIMCAP Europe in the ICB, the vice-president for the external representation of FIMCAP Europe, the activity coordinator for coordinating the activities of FIMCAP Europe and helping the member organizations with the preparations. The role of the activity coordinator had been introduced at the EuroConference in Switzerland in 2014. It replaced the position of a secretary of FIMCAP Europe. [45]

Asian presidents of FIMCAP

Time in officePresidentMember organization / CountryVice-PresidentMember organization / CountrySecretaryMember organization / CountrySpiritual assistantMember organization / Country
2010-2013 [46] Jomon Thomas Indian Catholic Youth Movement Flag of India.svg  India Sameera Gayantha Warnakulasuriya Kithu Dana Pubuduwa Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka Marie Gutierrez Chiro Philippines Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines Fr Ranjana Kavithre Indian Catholic Youth Movement Flag of India.svg  India

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