Fondacio. Christians for the World



Fondacio. Christians for the World









Fondacio was born in France, 1974, in the spirit of both the Vatican II Council and the grace of the Charismatic Renewal, with Jean-Michel Rousseau and his wife Jane, and some young people gathered around them in Poitiers (France). At the beginning, the activity was mainly focused on the formation of young adults, evangelization and the development of lay vocations at the heart of the world. Fondacio was quickly solicited by the Church in other cities in France and in several countries and in a wider variety of activities, particularly with young people, families, agents of social and political life, but also with the marginalized and the poor. In 1991, the founder left Fondacio as a result of serious misconduct. The 90s were then marked by a full review of the experience with a faith perspective and a quest for adjustments. Fondacio strengthened its ecclesiastical ties and was recognized in 1995 by the bishop of Versailles as a Private Association of the Faithful. Beautiful ecumenical experiences were also taking shape with Protestant churches and with the Orthodox Church in Romania through the development of social works.

The development of the apostolate at a global level and the fruit of spiritual and ecclesial anchoring lead to the recognition of Fondacio as a Private International Association of the Faithful in 2008 by the Pontifical Council for the Laity.



Fondacio is a Catholic association with an ecumenical dimension.

While being witnesses of a spirituality born from the Gospel, the members of Fondacio develop initiatives, live a path of transformation and conversion, prayer and sharing with others, and active commitment for a more humane and just world.

The charism of Fondacio, based on the Gospel, is expressed in its DNA: The love of God through three dimensions, "Being true, Being with, Being for".

The purpose is to form and accompany builders of a more humane and just world, with the younger generations at heart. The emergence of vocations for a new world has been part of Fondacio's identity from the start.

In addition, the expression of the vocation of Fondacio also feeds the novelty of the Spirit for Fondacio in a call to renew missionary commitment at the heart of the world's challenges, in partnership with other actors.



Fondacio is headed by a President and a Council elected by the Congress.  Every five years, the Congress gathers the delegates of the countries where Fondacio is present.

In a country, the Head of the Country, the Country Council and the Assembly of the persons in charge govern Fondacio. These representatives, being part of the global Fondacio Community, refer to the Fondacio Council.

In the cities where Fondacio operates, local teams have a certain form of autonomy in their organisation and activities, being in reference with their Country Council.



Fondacio has about 3,000 members in 20 countries from the following continents: Europe (4), Africa (9), Asia (5), South America (2).



At the end of the 1980s, the Institutes of Formation Fondacio (IFF) was created in France until it became the IFF Europe. Gradually, other Fondacio training institutes have emerged in other continents. Some significant examples: Sichem in Lomé (Togo), l'Esvière in Angers (France), l’Ermitage in Versailles (France), Oasis near Bogotá (Colombia), Los Almendros in Santiago (Chile)...

Since its creation, up to 1,800 students have attended the courses, which are taught in partnership with local universities and non-governmental organizations working in the field on specific social projects. The courses aim at fostering vocations of builders for a more humane and just world.






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