L to R: Cardijn with Patrick Keegan and IYCW President Bartolo Perez during Vatican II

Born on 11 February 1916, Patrick Keegan was the first president of the IYCW from 1945 until the first International Council in 1957.

He played a key role not only in the development of the English YCW but also the International YCW.

Later he became Secretary General of World Movement of Christian Workers, a post he held during the period of the Second Vatican Council where he became a lay auditor and was the first lay person to address an Ecumenical Council.

He died on 8 March 1990.

Here we present a few links relating to his work as well as the original text of his speech to the Vatican II fathers.

Address to Vatican II

Other links

The leader of 2,000,000 young workers speaks here (Catholic Herald, 04/11/1949)

YCW Delegates (Catholic Herald, 01/09/1950)

Tireless champion of the laity fights on (Catholic Herald, 03/11/1979)

Patrick Keegan helped found religious groups (Chicago Tribune, 16/03/1990)

John Hill, REYNOLD HILLENBRAND – Priestly rabble-rouser, obedient son of the Church (Findarticles)

Fr. David Colum Ogilvie-Forbes (1904 – 1985) (Genealogy Links)