|Formation||April 22, 1962|
|Purpose||International umbrella organization of catholic youth organizations|
|Headquarters|| Antwerpen, |
|Fr. Wilson de Jesus Mendes|
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.FIMCAP is also a full member of the European Youth Forum.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Activities in Europe
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).
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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.Pursuing this purpose, in recent years FIMCAP has defined in particular the following positions:
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.
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.
An organizations whose name is written in bold is a founding member.
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:
|Position||Name||Member organization / Country|
|Member of the presidium||Bernd Hirschberger|| KjG |
|Member of the presidium||Matthias Schneider|| KjG |
|Member of the presidium||Stan Driesens|| Chiro |
|Spiritual Assistant||Fr Reuben Gauci|| ŻAK |
|Asociația Grupurilor Locale de Tineret||AGLT||Associate|
|eRko – Hnutie kresťanských spoločenstiev detí||eRko||Full|
|Forum Oratori Italiani||FOI||Full|
|Frivilligt Drenge- og Pige-Forbund||FDF||Associate|
|Katholische junge Gemeinde||KjG||Full|
|Katolikus Ifjúsági Mozgalom||KIM||Observer|
|Żgħażagħ Azzjoni Kattolika||ŻAK||Full|
|Chiro South Africa||Full|
|Catholic Youth Organization Ghana||CYO Ghana||Full|
|Catholic Youth Organization Nigeria||CYO Nigeria||Full|
|Catholic Youth Organisation Sierra Leone||CYO Sierra Leone||Full|
|Xaveri South Africa||Full|
|Chiro Youth Movement Philippines||Full|
|Indian Catholic Youth Movement||ICYM||Full|
|Kithu Dana Pubuduwa||Full|
|Hatsal Youth Ministry Institute|
|Juventud Parroquial Chilena||JUPACH||Full|
|Niños Perseverantes Paraguayos Católico||NIPPAC||Full|
|Fédération Nationale des Patros|
|Société de Saint-Vincent de Paul|
|Schweizer Katholische Jungmannschaftsverband|
|La Centrale del Patros Quebec|
|Namibian Catholic Youth League||NaCaYul|
|0 - Founding Meeting||1961 (7 – 8 October)||Munich||Founding Meeting|
|1st General Assembly||1963||Leiden||The bases on which to build parochial organizations for the 17+ age group|
|2nd General Assembly||1964||Berlin||The situation of young people between 14 and 17 years old|
|3rd General Assembly||1965||Luzern||Youth work in the Third World||Two 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 Assembly||1966||Brussels||Youthwork in postconciliarian times|
|5th General Assembly||1967||Vienna||The place and formation of small groups – looking towards the Church of tomorrow|
|6th General Assembly||1969||Altenberg||International solidarity|
|7th General Assembly||1970||London||Our common base, the present and the future in FIMCAP|
|8th General Assembly||1971||Bad Schönbrunn||Common aim and structures|
|9th General Assembly||1973||Marseille||Our work with the youth of today for tomorrow|
|10th General Assembly||1975||Rome||The organisation of FIMCAP||JUPACH was adopted as full member of FIMCAP.|
|11th General Assembly||1977||Vienna||Situation of children and youngsters – children’s rights|
|12th General Assembly||1979||Luzern||The parish|
|13th General Assembly||1981||West Wickham||Relations between the European federations and those of the developing countries|
|14th General Assembly||1983||Aix en Provence||International Year of Youth – participation, peace and development|
|15th General Assembly||1986||Westmalle|
|16th General Assembly||1989||Ryckevelde, Brugge||Living in an intercultural world|
|17th General Assembly||1992||Brugge||Foreigners|
|18th General Assembly||1995||Randa|
|19th General Assembly||1998||Botha’s hill||Youth and sexuality|
|20th General Assembly||2001||Accra||Young people, protagonists of peace||Ateitis becomes a full member of Fimcap.|
|21st General Assembly||2004||Barcelona||Young people in a globalizing world|
|22nd General Assembly||2007||Assisi||Millennium Development Goals|
|23rd General Assembly||2010||Munich||Climate change||CYO Nigeria was admitted as full member.|
|24th General Assembly||2013||Modra||Children's Rights||AGLT 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 Assembly||2016||Melchtal OW||A child rights-based approach to the sustainable development goals (SDGs)||Hatsal becomes a member of FIMCAP.|
|26th General Assembly||2019||Westmalle||The value of play||Chiro Botswana was admitted a full member of FIMCAP.|
|Name||Member organization / Country||Time in office|
|Marie Lavall|| KjG ||2019-2022|
|Ruben Leeman|| Chiro ||2019-2022|
|Lourdes B. Galeano Cuellar|| NIPPAC ||2016-2019|
|James Dsouza|| ICYM ||2016-2019|
|Annette Wahle|| KjG ||2013-2016|
|Liese Vandenheede|| Chiro ||2013-2016|
|Lea Sedlmayr|| KjG ||2010-2013|
|Marvic Debono|| ŻAK ||2010-2013|
|Holger Witting|| KjG ||2007-2010|
|Carme Carrion i. Ribas|| CCCCCE ||2001-2004|
|Olivier Heyen|| Chiro ||1998-2001|
|Time in office||Member of the presidium||Member organization / Country||Member of the presidium||Member organization / Country||Member of the presidium||Member organization / Country||Spiritual assistant||Member organization / Country|
|2017-2020||Bernd Hirschberger|| KjG ||Matthias Schneider|| KjG ||Stan Driesens|| Chiro ||Fr Reuben Gauci|| ŻAK |
|Time in office||President||Member organization / Country||Vice-President||Member organization / Country||Activity coordinator||Member organization / Country||Spiritual assistant||Member organization / Country|
|2014-2017||Bernd Hirschberger|| KjG ||Veronika Švitková|| eRko ||Fr Reuben Gauci|| ŻAK |
|Time in office||President||Member organization / Country||Vice-President||Member organization / Country||Secretary||Member organization / Country||Spiritual assistant||Member organization / Country|
|2011-2014||Magdalena Lewis|| KjG ||Juraj Králik|| eRko ||Vincienne Debono|| ŻAK ||Fr Reuben Gauci|| ŻAK |
|2008-2011||Michele Lettieri|| FOI ||Coen Van Kuijk|| Jong Nederland ||Marah Köberle|| KjG ||Fr. Josep Lluís Calvís|| CCCCCE |
|2005-2008||Jürgen Leuser|| KjG ||Carla Acerbi|| FOI |
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.
|Time in office||President||Member organization / Country||Vice-President||Member organization / Country||Secretary||Member organization / Country||Spiritual assistant||Member organization / Country|
|2010-2013||Jomon Thomas|| Indian Catholic Youth Movement ||Sameera Gayantha Warnakulasuriya|| Kithu Dana Pubuduwa ||Marie Gutierrez|| Chiro Philippines ||Fr Ranjana Kavithre|| Indian Catholic Youth Movement |
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