Fiévez to meet publisher

On 5 January 1962, Cardijn responded to Jean Lannoye, explaining that he had “so much work” and suggesting that he could meet with Marguerite Fiévez to discuss the book project.


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Cardijn seeks advice on publisher

On 3 January 1962, Marguerite Fiévez wrote to Jean-Pierre Delarge informing him that before making a decision about the publisher of his book Cardijn wished to speak to several of his advisors.

She offers to do her best to advance the project.


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A proposed publisher

On 31 December 1961, French industrialist, Jean Lannoye, known as the “patron social” – the “social boss” – wrote to Cardijn informing him that his son-in-law, Jean-Pierre Delarge, of Editions Universitaires, would be very happy to publish Cardijn’s proposed book, which he predicted would be very influential.


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Jean Lannoye (Retro Rixensart)

Cardijn off to Africa for five months

On 10 June 1960, Marguerite Fiévez responds to Jean-Pierre Delarge telling him that Cardijn has just left for a five-month tour of Africa.

She also indicates that Cardijn had received a letter from “social employer”, Jean Lannoye, who had proposed a book on the JOC and on Cardijn.


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A book by Cardijn?

Cardijn had many things to do before leaving for Africa, one of which was to deal with a project to write a book to be published by the French-Belgian company, Editions Universitaires, which was directed by a French Catholic layman, Jean-Pierre Dubois-Dumée.

After two years of correspondence with the JOC founder, the publishers were frustrated by the lack of progress.

Jean Lannoye, a well-known Belgian Catholic figure, who happened to be the father-in-law of Jean Delarge, the editor at Editions Universitaires, now took the opportunity to press Cardijn further.

But since Cardijn had no time to reply, he left it to Marguerite Fiévez to do so.

“You are undoubtedly aware,” she wrote, “that a project was begun to respond to the desire of J.-P. Dubois-Dumée as well as many leaders and chaplains of the JOC, who wished to see established for those who come after us, the fundamental thinking of the JOC. I am in the process of completing the first chapters done by Mgr Cardijn.

“But he himself has always refused to look at anything that would speak of his own life published, particularly here in Belgium and France.

“Once the drafting is finished, we will see what the result is and that will perhaps be the time to rethink the problem,” Fiévez wrote.


Jean Lannoye (Connaître la Wallonie)

Jean-Pierre Dubois-Dumée (La Croix)

Marguerite Fiévez à Jean Lannoye (Joseph Cardijn Digital Library)

No autobiography for Cardijn

On 9 June 1960, Marguerite Fiévez replied to Jean Lannoye informing him that Cardijn had just left for Uganda.

She also explained that Cardijn did not wish to write an autobiographical book and informed him that Cardijn was already working on a project with Jean-Pierre Dubois-Dumée.


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