Katholische Landjugendbewegung

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Katholische Landjugendbewegung
Cross and plough – logo of KLJB
Logo of KLJB
MottoWe move the land!
("Wir bewegen das Land!")
Formation1947; 73 years ago (1947).,[1] Hardehausen, Germany
TypeNon-governmental organization
Legal statusAssociation
PurposeRural areas, agriculture, solidarity, environmentalism, faith, youth politics
HeadquartersBad Honnef, Germany
Region served
Federal chairman
Stephan Barthelme
Federal chairwomen
Stefanie Rothermel, Sarah Schulte-Döinghaus[2]
Federal pastoral
Carola Lutz
Main organ
General assembly, formed by delegates of the diocesan levels.
20 (2018)
Formerly called
Action of the rural youth ("Aktion Landjugend")

The Catholic rural youth Movement of Germany (CARYM) (German: Katholische Landjugendbewegung Deutschlands, KLJB) is a Catholic youth organization which is mainly active in rural areas in Germany.


The movement was founded in 1947 inside its nowadays umbrella organization Union of the German Catholic Youth (German: Bund der Deutschen Katholischen Jugend, BDKJ). In the first years, the name of KLJB was "Action of the rural youth" (German: Aktion Landjugend).[4] Main actions in the founding years were "rural seminars" to discuss rural formation and the social situation in the villages in rural areas. The members of KLJB developed five educational objectives in the 1950s and chose the association's patron Nicholas of Flüe. During the time, MIJARC (French: Mouvement Internationale de la Jeunesse Agricole et Rurale Catholique) was founded as international "Catholic Agricultural and Rural Youth Movement" (CARYM). KLJB was one of its founding members. In 1961, KLJB's umbrella organization BDKJ decided to built KLJB as independent federal association in Germany and to have it as one of the member organizations in BDKJ. The name of the former "Action of the rural youth" was finally switched to its today's name.[5]

In the 1970s, topics like democracy, social justice and peace were main issues, but also the merging of the men's youth and the women's youth of KLJB into one common association with a common federal board. Since that time, the boards on local, regional, diocesan and federal levels are elected due to gender parity. In the 1980s, KLJB focused on ecology and energy politics, but also on the formation of the rural areas. A big mile stone in the 1990s was the introduction of the campaign "eco fair wear" (German: Öko-fair tragen) and the founding of the clothing brand LamuLamu, which was labeled as "highly recommended" by "Label online" concerning standards, independence, controlling and transparency.[6]


With its 70,000 members KLJB is one of the biggest youth movements in Germany. The organization makes an effort in its 1,900 local groups for the rural youth' interests in church, politics and society. KLJB's members are especially youth people and young adults with 14 years or olders. In some of the diocesan associations of KLJB there is also the possibility for younger ones to be member. Starting at local level up to diocesan and federal level, over 5,000 young people are involved voluntarily in KLJB as leaders of the local groups, in activities organized by the movement and in the organs of KLJB. The federal office of KLJB is located in Bad Honnef-Rhöndorf in North Rhine-Westphalia.

The association is connecting with political and religious institutions and also with other associations and organizations. It is known as an expert organization for young people in rural areas.

The different local and regional groups in 20 different diocesan association are helping each other to reach the aims of the organization.

KLJB is member in its umbrella organization Bund der Deutschen Katholischen Jugend (BDKJ),[7] member of the Climate-Alliance Germany[8] and advisory member in the German Agrarbündnis.[9] Its European and global interest are represented in the international Catholic Agricultural and Rural Youth Movement (MIJARC)[10]

At state level, there is a specificity in Bavaria, where KLJB with its 26,000 members is a recognized youth association in the Bavarian farmer's association (German: Bayerischer Bauernverband) – beside the protestant rural youth organization and the Bavarian young farmer's association.

Patron is the national saint of Switzerland, Nicholas vof Flüe, whose saint's day is on 25 September. KLJB is working close together with the German Catholic Rural People's Movement (German: Katholische Landvolkbewegung), which was founded by adult members of KLJB after their time in the youth movement.


The association is:

  1. a movement of young Christians
  2. a place, where young people live together
  3. a movement in rural areas
  4. an ecological movement
  5. a movement, which is committed to International solidarity

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  1. ^ "Jubilee: 70 years of Catholic Rural Youth Movement". kirche-und-leben.de. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Die Glocke online". die-glocke.de. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  3. ^ "KLJB homepage, Portrait". kljb.org. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  4. ^ "KLJB homepage, founding of KLJB". kljb.org. Archived from the original on 13 May 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Katholische Landjugendbewegung Deutschlands". katholisch.de. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  6. ^ "LamuLamu – Eco fair wear". label-online.de. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Youth organizations inside BDKJ". bdkj.de. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Member organizations of Climate-Alliance Germany". klimaallianz.de. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Member organizations of Agrarbündnis". agrarbuendnis.de. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Member organizations of MIJARC Europe". mijarceurope.net. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Interview with Alois Glück". deutschlandfunk.de. 27 April 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Augsburger Allgemeine". augsburger-allgemeine.de. 3 June 2017. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Marianne Schieder at abgeordnetenwatch.de". Abgeordnetenwatch. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Jugendhilfeportal". jugendhilfeportal.de. 6 March 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2018.