|Formation||April 22, 1962|
|Purpose||International umbrella organization of catholic youth organizations|
Lourdes B. Galeano Cuellar
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. It has got 36 member organizations who are based in 33 countries. The Fimcap was founded in 1962 and is recognised as an official catholic organization by the Pontifical Council for the Laity. Fimcap is also a full member of the European Youth Forum.
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.
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.
Since 2006 the Fimcap is being recognised as International nongovernmental organization by the Belgian government.
- Every three years, Fimcap organizes the World Camp which is an international youth camp. (see: Fimcap World Camp)
- Fimcap has an own magazine called LINK Magazine. It is published four times a year.
- spiritual activities
- Common visits of the World Youth Day
- FIMCAP day on 20 November
- EuroCourse: The Eurocourse is a European training course for experienced leaders which is hosted every year by another European member organisation.
- EuroCamp: The EuroCamp is an exchange activity for young leaders. (see: Fimcap Eurocamp)
- Roundabouts: Roundabouts are exchanges between local groups from different member organisations of FIMCAP Europe.
- Speeddating seminars: The speeddating seminars are a platform for groups to meet groups from other countries to start exchanges.
- Visits of international groups to activities of member organizations (e.g. to the national camps of FDF Denmark (see: FDF National Camp), Chiro Flanders and Katholische Jungschar Austria or the Ranfttreffen of Jungwacht Blauring Switzerland)
- Thematic projects
- Online campaigns
- Cooperation with the European Fellowship
Thematic work and positions
Fimcap is an international association of youth organizations for children, adolescents and young adults in all over the world. As young people, youth organizations and youth work are confronted with different challenges, Fimcap and its members work together politically to identify and advocate the interests of children, adolescents and young adults within church, society and politics; to guarantee and improve the quality youth work of our member organizations and FIMCAP and to participate in shaping the future world and society, preserve our planet for future generations and guarantee good conditions 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. This involvement is motivated by the Christian beliefs of FIMCAP and its members and the shared FIMCAP values.
- Youth mobility: Fimcap wants to improve the mobility of young people and anyone who is involved in youth exchange and activities. Fimcap actively advocates for improving the regulations in the EU visa code and directive relevant for youth exchanges and international youth work.
- Recognition of (international and religious) youth work
- Sustainable funding of (international) youth work
- Environment protection, fight against climate change and climate justice: Fimcap emphasizes the responsibility to take care of the creation. Fimcap calls for strong efforts at individual as well as societal level to stop climate change and further negative consequences. Fimcap also wants to raise awareness about the problems that have already been caused by the climate change and calls for solidarity with these that are affected the most by these problems.
- Development and intercontinental cooperation: For Fimcap the cooperation between the different continents on an equal footing is a core principle.
- Empowerment of women and gender equality: Fimcap emphasizes the importance of women’s empowerment, gender equality and dignity in facilitating social change. It wants to contribute to foster a practical not only formal legal equality of women and men.
- Children's Rights: Fimcap advocates the participation and inclusion of all children in Church and society and wants to empower the child to know its rights, as defined by the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC). Fimcap wants to create free and safe places for children to play, explore, discover and thereby strengthen their values, and to find answers to their needs, fight against physical and psychological violence against children and abolish child labour worldwide.
- Peace and interreligious dialogue: Fimcap cooperates with Religions for Peace. Together with other European faith based youth organisations Fimcap helped to define the needs and benefits in the field of inter-religious dialogue.
- Diversity, peace and respect: In early 2015 Fimcap Europe adopted a common statement for diversity, peace and respect. The statement is also a reaction to recent incidents in Europe and other parts in the world like the strengthening of extremist and far right-wing movements, attacks against refugees and against people with a particular religion or origin and violence of self-appointed “religious” fighters.
- Young refugees: In October 2015 Fimcap Europe adopted a common statement about "Helping together the children and young people who were forced to flee from war, persecution and hunger".
The highest gremium 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 candidats 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’s Board of Directors.
Beneath these globally working establishments, the Fimcap is also structured into continental conferences, bureaus and presidiums.
Continental branches and member organizations
Organizations whose name is written in a bold form are founding members.
Presidium of Fimcap Europe
The presidium of Fimcap Europe is elected by the delegates of the European member organizations of Fimap the EuroConference. The EuroConference takes place every three years. The presidium of Fimcap Europe consists of four members: the president, the vice-president, the activity coordinator and the spiritual assistant. The president is 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 and 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|
|Vice-President||Bernd Hirschberger||KjG Germany|
|Activity Coordinator||Veronika Švitková||eRko Slovakia|
|Spiritual Assistant||Fr Reuben Gauci||ŻAK Malta|
Member organizations in Europe
|Romania||Asociația Grupurilor Locale de Tineret||AGLT||Associate|
|Slovakia||eRko – Hnutie kresťanských spoločenstiev detí||eRko||Full|
|Italy||Forum Oratori Italiani||FOI||Full|
|Denmark / Schleswig-Holstein||Frivilligt Drenge- og Pige-Forbund||FDF||Associate|
|the Netherlands||Jong Nederland||Full|
|Germany||Katholische junge Gemeinde||KjG||Full|
| Austria /
|Hungary||Katolikus Ifjúsági Mozgalom||KIM||Observer|
|Malta||Żgħażagħ Azzjoni Kattolika||ŻAK||Full|
Member organizations in Africa
| South Africa /
|Chiro South Africa||Full|
|Ghana||Catholic Youth Organization Ghana||CYO Ghana||Full|
|Nigeria||Catholic Youth Organization Nigeria||CYO Nigeria||Full|
|Sierra Leone||Catholic Youth Organisation Sierra Leone||CYO Sierra Leone||Full|
|Namibia||Namibian Catholic Youth League||NaCaYul||Full|
|South Africa||Xaveri South Africa||Full|
Member organizations in Asia
|Philippines||Chiro Youth Movement Philippines||Full|
|India||Indian Catholic Youth Movement||ICYM||Full|
|Sri Lanka||Kithu Dana Pubuduwa||Full|
|South Korea||Hatsal Youth Ministry Institute|
Member organizations in Latin America
|Chile||Juventud Parroquial Chilena||JUPACH||Full|
|Paraguay||Niños Perseverantes Paraguayos Católico||NIPPAC||Full|
|Belgium||Fédération Nationale des Patros|
|France||Société de Saint-Vincent de Paul|
|the Netherlands||Katholieke Jongenclubs|
|Switzerland||Schweizer Katholische Jungmannschaftsverband|
|Canada / Quebec||La Centrale del Patros Quebec|
|0 - Founding Meeting||1961 (7 – 8 October)||Germany||Munich||Founding Meeting|
|1st General Assembly||1963||the Netherlands||Leiden||The bases on which to build parochial organizations for the 17+ age group|
|2nd General Assembly||1964||Germany||Berlin||The situation of young people between 14 and 17 years old|
|3rd General Assembly||1965||Switzerland||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||Belgium||Brussels||Youthwork in postconciliarian times|
|5th General Assembly||1967||Austria||Vienna||The place and formation of small groups – looking towards the Church of tomorrow|
|6th General Assembly||1969||Germany||Altenberg||International solidarity|
|7th General Assembly||1970||UK||London||Our common base, the present and the future in Fimcap|
|8th General Assembly||1971||Switzerland||Bad Schönbrunn||Common aim and structures|
|9th General Assembly||1973||France||Marseille||Our work with the youth of today for tomorrow|
|10th General Assembly||1975||Italy||Rome||The organisation of Fimcap||JUPACH was adopted as full member of Fimcap.|
|11th General Assembly||1977||Austria||Vienna||Situation of children and youngsters – children’s rights|
|12th General Assembly||1979||Switzerland||Luzern||The parish|
|13th General Assembly||1981||UK||West Wickham||Relations between the European federations and those of the developing countries|
|14th General Assembly||1983||France||Aix en Provence||International Year of Youth – participation, peace and development|
|15th General Assembly||1986||Belgium||Westmalle|
|16th General Assembly||1989||Belgium||Ryckevelde, Brugge||Living in an intercultural world|
|17th General Assembly||1992||Belgium||Brugge||Foreigners|
|18th General Assembly||1995||Switzerland||Randa|
|19th General Assembly||1998||South Africa||Botha’s hill||Youth and sexuality|
|20th General Assembly||2001||Ghana||Accra||Young people, protagonists of peace||Ateitis becomes a full member of Fimcap.|
|21st General Assembly||2004||Catalonia||Barcelona||Young people in a globalizing world|
|22nd General Assembly||2007||Italy||Assisi||Millennium Development Goals|
|23rd General Assembly||2010||Germany||Munich||Climate change||CYO Nigeria was admitted as Full member.|
|24th General Assembly||2013||Slovakia||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||Switzerland||Melchtal OW||A child rights-based approach to the sustainable development goals (SDGs)||Hatsal becomes a member of Fimcap.|
List of former Presidents
World presidents of Fimcap
|Name||Member organization / Country||Time in office|
|Lourdes B. Galeano Cuellar||NIPPAC Paraguay||2016-2019|
|James Dsouza||ICYM India||2016-2019|
|Annette Wahle||KjG Germany||2013-2016|
|Liese Vandenheede||Chiro Belgium||2013-2016|
|Lea Sedlmayr||KjG Germany||2010-2013|
|Marvic Debono||ŻAK Malta||2010-2013|
|Holger Witting||KjG Germany||2007-2010|
|Carme Carrion i. Ribas||CCCCCE Catalonia||2001-2004|
|Olivier Heyen||Chiro Belgium||1998-2001|
European presidents of Fimcap
|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 Germany||Veronika Švitková||eRko Slovakia||Fr Reuben Gauci||ŻAK Malta|
|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 Germany / FDF Denmark||Juraj Králik||eRko Slovakia||Vincienne Debono||ŻAK Malta||Fr Reuben Gauci||ŻAK Malta|
|2008-2011||Michele Lettieri||FOI Italy||Coen Van Kuijk||Jong Nederland Netherlands||Marah Köberle||KjG Germany||Fr. Josep Lluís Calvís||CCCCCE Catalonia|
|2005-2008||Jürgen Leuser||KjG Germany||Carla Acerbi||FOI Italy|
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