Fédération Internationale des Mouvements Catholiques d’Action Paroissiale
Abbreviation FIMCAP
Formation April 22, 1962; 58 years ago (1962-04-22)
Purpose International umbrella organization of catholic youth organizations
Headquarters Antwerpen,  Belgium
31 unions
Marie Lavall

Ruben Leeman
Fr. Wilson de Jesus Mendes
Evy Hoeben

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 31 member organizations are based in 28 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]

History [ edit ]

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]

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 an International nongovernmental organization by the Belgian government.[4]

Activities [ edit ]

  • Every three years, FIMCAP organizes the World Camp which is an international youth camp. (see: FIMCAP World Camp)
  • FIMCAP has its own magazine called LINK Magazine. It is published four times a year.[5]
  • Spiritual activities
  • Common visits on the World Youth Day
  • FIMCAP day on 20 November

Activities in Europe [6]

  • 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),[7] Chiro Flanders[8] and Katholische Jungschar Austria or the Ranfttreffen of Jungwacht Blauring Switzerland[9])
  • Thematic projects
  • Online campaigns
  • Cooperation with the European Fellowship

Thematic work and positions [ edit ]

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:

  • Youth mobility: FIMCAP declares that it aims to advocate for improving the mobility of young people and anyone who is involved in youth exchange and activities.[13] In particular FIMCAP together with the European Youth Forum[14] calls for changes to make the EU visa code and directive more relevant for youth exchanges and international youth work.[15][16][17] Additionally, in 2016 FIMCAP joined a joint call of major European youth organizations to preserve the Schengen principles.[18]
  • Recognition of (international and religious) youth work
  • Sustainable funding of (international) youth work
  • Environmental protection, efforts against climate change, and climate justice: FIMCAP emphasizes the responsibility to take care of all creation. FIMCAP calls for strong efforts at the individual and societal levels to stop climate change with its negative consequences. FIMCAP also would raise awareness about the problems already caused by the climate change and calls for solidarity with those affected the most by it.[19] (See also: Laudato si'.) At its 23rd General Assembly FIMCAP decided to focus for three years on sustainability and countering climate change.[20]
  • Development and intercontinental cooperation: For FIMCAP, cooperation between the different continents on an equal basis is a core principle.[21] At its 22nd General Assembly FIMCAP decided to focus for three years on advocating for the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals.[20] Similarly, its 25th General Assembly decided to focus for three years on advocating for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The topic of the General Assembly was "Transforming our World: A child-rights-based approach to the sustainable development goals SDG".[22]
  • 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 foster a practical, not only formal legal, equality of women and men.[21][20]
  • Children's Rights: FIMCAP advocates for participation and inclusion of all children in church and society and aims to empower the child to know its rights, as defined by the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC). FIMCAP declares that it 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.[23]
  • Peace and interreligious dialogue: FIMCAP cooperates with Religions for Peace[24] and the European Interfaith Youth Network.[25] Together with other European faith-based youth organisations FIMCAP helped to define the needs and benefits in the field of inter-religious dialogue.[26][27]


  • Diversity, peace and respect: In early 2015 FIMCAP Europe adopted a common statement for diversity, peace and respect. The statement is presented as a reaction to recent incidents in Europe and other parts in the world like the increase 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.[28]
  • 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".[29]

Structure [30] [ edit ]

Statutory bodies [ edit ]

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 [ edit ]

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:

  • being a Catholic organization
  • organizes activities for children and / or youth
  • being youth-led
  • having a direct connection to the local level (typically the parish level)

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 [ edit ]

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

FIMCAP Europe [ edit ]

Presidium of FIMCAP Europe [ edit ]

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]

Position Name Member organization / Country
Member of the presidium Bernd Hirschberger KjG   Germany
Member of the presidium Matthias Schneider KjG   Germany
Member of the presidium Stan Driesens Chiro   Belgium
Spiritual Assistant Fr Reuben Gauci ŻAK   Malta

Member organizations in Europe [ edit ]

Country Name Acronym Status
  Romania Asociația Grupurilor Locale de Tineret [32] AGLT Associate
  Lithuania Ateitis Full
  Belgium Chirojeugd Vlaanderen Full
 Spain /  Catalonia Coordinació Catalana CCCCCE Full
  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
   Switzerland Jungwacht Blauring JuBla Full
  Germany Katholische junge Gemeinde KjG Full
 Austria /

 South Tyrol
Katholische Jungschar Full
  Hungary Katolikus Ifjúsági Mozgalom KIM Observer
  Malta Żgħażagħ Azzjoni Kattolika ŻAK Full

Member organizations in Africa [ edit ]

Country Name Acronym Status
  Burundi Chiro Burundi Full
  Botswana Chiro Botswana Full
 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
  DRC Kiro Congo KCD Full
  Burundi Xaveri Burundi Full
  DRC Xaveri Congo Full
  Rwanda Xaveri Rwanda Full
  South Africa Xaveri South Africa Full
  Uganda Xaveri Uganda Full

Member organizations in Asia [ edit ]

Country Name Acronym Status
  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 [ edit ]

Country Name Acronym Status
  Chile Juventud Parroquial Chilena JUPACH Full
  Haiti Kiwo Ayiti Full
  Paraguay Niños Perseverantes Paraguayos Católico NIPPAC Full

Former members [ edit ]

Country Name Acronym Status
  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
  France Facel Paris
  Namibia Namibian Catholic Youth League NaCaYul

General Assemblies[33] [ edit ]

Number Year Country City Topic Other information
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.[34]
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   Spain Barcelona Young people in a globalizing world
22nd General Assembly 2007   Italy Assisi Millennium Development Goals
23rd General Assembly 2010   Germany Munich [35] Climate change CYO Nigeria was admitted as full member.
24th General Assembly 2013   Slovakia [36] 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[37] A child rights-based approach to the sustainable development goals (SDGs)[38] Hatsal becomes a member of FIMCAP.
26th General Assembly 2019   Belgium Westmalle The value of play[39][40][41] Chiro Botswana was admitted a full member of FIMCAP.

List of former Presidents [ edit ]

World presidents of FIMCAP [ edit ]

Name Member organization / Country Time in office
Marie Lavall KjG   Germany 2019-2022
Ruben Leeman Chiro   Belgium 2019-2022
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[42] CCCCCE   Catalonia 2001-2004
Olivier Heyen[43] Chiro   Belgium 1998-2001

European presidents of FIMCAP [ edit ]

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[44] Bernd Hirschberger KjG   Germany Matthias Schneider KjG   Germany Stan Driesens Chiro   Belgium Fr Reuben Gauci ŻAK   Malta
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

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 [ edit ]

Time in office President Member organization / Country Vice-President Member organization / Country Secretary Member organization / Country Spiritual assistant Member organization / Country
2010-2013[46] Jomon Thomas Indian Catholic Youth Movement   India Sameera Gayantha Warnakulasuriya Kithu Dana Pubuduwa   Sri Lanka Marie Gutierrez Chiro Philippines   Philippines Fr Ranjana Kavithre Indian Catholic Youth Movement   India

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