JECI-MIEC Call for Commissions 2021

Following the decision taken at the 2020 European Committee, six commissions will be set up for 2021.This will create an exclusive opportunity for any member at any level to get involved in the work of the European level in areas that they are passionate about and ensure greater influence for all member organisations.

You can find further information at this file.
Looking forward to cooperating with you!

European Team 2021

Orientation Guidelines 2021-2024

Every four years the representatives from the National Organizations gather to reflect on the next steps of the European Coordination and through this cooperation the Orientation Guidelines of the next four years are created.
Here you can find the Orientation Guidelines for 2021-2024 as created in the Digital Workshop “Designing our future” from the 24th to the 27th of September 2020 and adopted in the European Committee 2020.

Our gratitude to all the representatives from the National Orgranizations and the European Teams 2020-2021 for their work to create this document.

You can download them at the following link!

Orientation Guidelines 2021-2024

Happy new year!

“As this year comes to an end let us put all that happened in front of Jesus and contemplate what it is that we can learn from these experiences. Let His light shine upon them and see them as He does so that through what we see we may now engage in a better way all that is coming towards us in the year to come.Wish you a Blessed New Year full of Graces!” fr. Sergio Fenech

Outgoing and Incoming European Teams 2020 and 2021
Maria, Anna M, Georg, Eirini, fr. Sergio, Anna H, Paul, Carolina

Merry Christmas!

Warmest wishes by the European Team 2020!

“This will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger” Lk 2, 12

As we Celebrate Christmas and contemplate this great mystery of the incarnation of God we marvel in this great act of humility. God who is all and sustains all takes the form of the creature He so much loves. He so much wanted to convey his message of love to us that he took on flesh so to be able to communicate with us and love us in a way we could truly feel Him. He still continues to convey his love today in our hearts and stir us, who are His people, to love like He does. Let these days of Christmas be for all of us a spark of hope and that always reminds us that nothing can hold us back from His love because His love pierces through everything and lights up the darkest darkness.

Merry Christmas to Everyone and may God’s love shine in all your hearts.

Fr. Sergio Fenech

European Committee 2020

From the 11th until the 13th the European Committee brought together 28 delegates from the National Organisations, the European Team and the International Secretariat Teams to disscuss and decide about the present and the future of the European Coordination JECI-MIEC! Even if it was online, the committee was very productive.

The European Committee elected the new European Team of 2021! The Executive Board of 2021 consists of KSJ Germany, MCE Portugal, ASTRU Cluj, represented by Anna Holtkamp, Carolina Carreira, Paul-Cristian Sopon respectively. At the position of the European Coordinator, Eirini Freri from EKNE Greece is elected for a 2nd mandate. The Team will be accompanied by Fr Sergio Fenech, the European Chaplain.

Thanks to everyone who has participated actively, to the European Team 2020 for its work, to everyone who is helping us in our everyday work and to the new team for their motivation to run and support the Coordination!

Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight Mk 1, 3

Have we found something to work upon so that we may become a better person a bettter Christian? If yes, now its time to exercise ourselves and start. Surly we wil find several obsticales in our way but God provides us help. The Sacraments, espacially Confession and the Eucharist are what sustain us in the wilderness and sufferings we face in our life in our walk towards His kingdom.
May His Blessings always empower us so that even if the roads that we are walking upon are bent; full of hills and valleys yet our gaze will remain always straight and focused towards Christ. Then he will Help us to straighten our path and lower the hills and fill the valleys.

Fr. Sergio Fenech

And what I say to you I say to all: Stay on the Watch. (Mk 13: 37)

As we start our new Liturgical Year the Gospel urges us to stay alert and stay awake. It is easy for us to just enter the yearly routine and just start the usual celebrations of Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and so on… Yet this cycle has purpose, and it does have one focal point, Christ. It is this mystery of Christ that year after year we are asked to contemplate and move deeper in this relationship with Him. So do not just dose off in the usual routine but stay vigilant and watch for what Jesus is offering you this year. Use this time so to get deeper in this relationship with Christ. This time of Advent is provided for us so to ask ourselves how are we preparing for God’s second coming? Are we prepared to enter His kingdom?

Therefore, as we are still in the start of this liturgical year try to think about what you wish to work upon this year. If there is something you wish to change in yourself or around you or if there is something in your Christian life that you wish to understand more so to be able to live it in a better way. This is how we remain vigilant, how we remain awake.

Let the Holy Spirit guide you in the stirrings of the heart so to find what is asked of you this year this present moment.

Wish you all a Blessed Time filled with Grace and Good Health!

Fr Sergio Fenech

European Committee 2020

The European Committee is the highest decision-making body of the European Coordination JECI-MIEC. This year it will take place online from the 11th to the 13th of December 2020.

At the European Committee, each National Member Organization can send up to 3 delegates to participate, share ideas and engage with leaders from other national organizations.

The call for delegates is distributed among the member organizations via email and the deadline has already expired.

If you want to participate, please contact your national movement or us at

JECI-MIEC Digital Workshop Report

The JECI-MIEC Digital Workshop took place between the 24th and the 27th of September 2020 and gathered approximately 20 participants from the member organizations. The aim of this meeting was to bring together young Catholic Student and create the Orientation Guidelines 2021-2024.

The first day started with the welcoming part, followed by a short introduction about JECI-MIEC and about the aim of this workshop. Then the members had some icebreaking activity in order to get to know each other and after that they had the opportunity to talk about the main directions they will work on, and share their realities, their motivation and their expectations from the Orientation Guidelines.

On the second day, the participants started working in smaller teams on the four main perspectives proposed by the European Team: personal perspective, Church perspective, organizational perspective and civil society perspective. In each group, the participants were asked to brainstorm and think of concrete ideas and advice that can be useful to the organizations based on each perspective. The work in groups continued on Saturday morning, when the participants were asked to finalize their work and produce a document with their suggestions. In the evening, the participants gathered for an informal evening and presented their countries while playing. Then they had the chance to split in groups and ask questions to the European Team and the International Secretariat teams of IMCS and IYCS about their role and their work.

On Sunday, the last day, each group presented their work, which will be compiled into the final document of the Orientation Guidelines that will be voted at the European Committee. All he participants opened up, shared their experience and came up with creative ideas. Even if it was an online activity, the feeling of being next to each other was really strong and the workshop was very productive.
Thanks to everyone who made this happen.

Report by:

Teodora Capan (Astru Cluj)

Giorgio Mandoli (FUCI)

Eirini Freri (European Coordinator)

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