How it all began...
The far origins are to be found in the fifties.
The responsible people of the French, Belgian and Dutch youth organisations had been meeting and collaborating for several years. The project of an "International" organisation emerged in 1959 in Luzern, Switzerland. During the 1960 "Eucharistic Congress" in Munich, Germany, a first conference of "General Communities of Parochial Youth" was held, gathering delegates from all the organisations.
Then in October 1961 in Munich, Germany 11 organisations from four continents gathered for the foundation of Fimcap:
- Chirojeugd Vlaanderen (B)
- Fédération Nationale des Patros (B)
- Katholische Jungmänner Gemeinschaft (GDR)
- Oeuvres St.Vincent de Paul (F)
- Katholieke Jongenclubs (NL)
- Jong Nederland (NL)
- Schweizer Katholische Jungmannschaftsverband (CH)
- Chiro Burundi (BUR)
- Kiro Congo (CGO)
- La Centrale del Patros Quebec (CAN)
- Chiro Baguito City (PH)
During Easter of 1962 the existence of Fimcap was proclaimed in Rome, Italy, to all.
The first group which formed the federation developed the whole concept of Fimcap. They tried to incorporate several national trends into their work. Only after a period of reflection and prliminary discussion with the national leaders were plans set in to motion and were events organised.
During the seventies structure began to emerge, activities were considerd and an important principal decision was made: the member organisations should work on an an international as well as on a bilateral level. Furthermore Fimcap became member of several European and International organizations and bodies.
In 1976 the Holy See officially recognised Fimcap as being an International Catholic Organisation (ICO), and since then Fimcap is registered at the Council of Laity in Rome.
In 2006, Fimcap made a big step forward when it was recognized as a legal international non profit organisation by the Belgian governement.