Padre Aleixo

THE FOUNDER

Priest Aleixo Xavier de Maria Cordeiro
(29th January 1916, Mapuçá, Goa ― 27th January 1998, Carcavelos, Portugal)

Father Aleixo was born into a deeply Christian family with a profound apostolic awareness, which always fostered a sense of care, openness and acceptance towards others, particularly the most vulnerable. Such an environment played a decisive role and 3 of the 11 brothers became priests.

Ordained presbyter on the 9th October 1938, in Goa, he later went to Rome to pursue his studies. However, from 1940 onwards, due to World War II, he established himself in the Patriarchate of Lisbon.

A man of great intelligence, remarkable culture and extraordinary pedagogical skills, he served as teacher at the seminary of Almada for nearly 11 years, leaving an enduring impression on those who knew him.

Extremely passionate about the Christianity Courses, he dedicated many years of his life to the Movement, becoming its Diocesan and National Director.

At the parish level ― and always in the Lisbon Diocese ― he worked at the Our Lady of Fatima Parish for about 4 years; between 1956 and 1970, he served as parish priest in Ajuda and, finally, in Carcavelos, his last parish where he worked for almost 27 years.

It is exactly in this parish service that his extraordinary pastoral sense became most evident, along with his unique vision regarding the role of the Church in the world of today.

Such a vocation, pursued with discretion and humility, was based on an intense life of prayer and self-giving to others. He welcomed all, served all and loved all, especially the most vulnerable and the outcast, while always fully respecting the Human Person, freedoms and choices included.

These gifts, together with a great sense of initiative, creativity and determination, paved the way for a true Community: a place where People know each other, care about each other and establish bonds of solidarity and sharing.

He saw this project come to life with the foundation, in 1981, of the CENTRO COMUNITÁRIO DA PARÓQUIA DE CARCAVELOS (CCPC), which, in many ways, is a Work ahead of its time.

In addition, it is a clear testament of the wonderful spirit which always moved Father Aleixo Cordeiro.

TIMELINE

NOVEMBER/1980
Admission of the first permanent staff (1 technician, 1 social worker trainee and 1 auxiliary worker).

1981
MARCH – Lunch service at the Day Care Centre.
Leisure time activities for children.
Official OPENING OF THE CENTRE (16th May 1981).

1982
First HOLIDAY CAMP for the elderly.
PORTA ABERTA (Open door) – Leisure activities for children during the holidays.
WORKSHOPS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.
Vocal Da Capo, a vocal choir.

1983
HAIRDRESSER for the elderly.
First SUMMER COURSES for young people.
CCPC sports group and Youth Club.
Law consultancy services.

1984
HOME CARE and soup for the elderly.
MEDICAL and NURSING services.
LAUNDRY.

1985
INTERVELOS – local institutions network. 
ANIMATION ACTIVITIES in the neighbourhoods.

1986
CAIJ – Centro de Apoio e Informação Jovem (Information and support centre for young people). 
International Week of Peace.
Occupational programmes for young people.
CHRISTMAS on the Street.

1987
COMPUTER COURSES – Inforjovem.
Newsletter “ÁGORA”. 
The CAIJ visits several schools in order to share information.
The CAIJ presents a radio programme at Rádio Marginal.
First Meeting of BRINCADEIRA (Play) with the participation of the primary schools of Carcavelos.
InterCentre meeting.

1988
PHOTOCOPY service.
AJAC – Associação de Jovens Artesãos de Carcavelos (Association of young craftspeople from Carcavelos).
VOLUNTEERING – Organisation of the volunteering section at the institution. 

1989
FIRST MEETING OF BRINCADEIRA – Annual meeting of the primary schools of Carcavelos with the support of the elderly.

1990
Construction of the new Building (May).
The AJAC participates in the FIL International Fair of Lisbon – Crafts.

1991 
16th July – Inauguration of the new building. 

1992
REFUGEE SUPPORT.
CHOIR GROUP formed by the elderly.

1993
BAC – Bolsa de Alimentos de Carcavelos (Food Bank of Carcavelos) – Fighting social exclusion.
Participation in the EUROPEAN NETWORK OF INNOVATIVE PROJECTS  for the elderly and solidarity between generations through the organisation of several events.
FOLKLORE for the elderly.

1994
“GERAÇÕES” European MAGAZINE.
Providing support to drug addicts and people with HIV in collaboration with other services.
Opening of the Inforjovem computer courses at the Centre.
Return of INTERVELOS.
Part of the editorial staff of “GERAÇÕES”, an international magazine.

1995
ESPERANÇA DE RECOMEÇAR (The hope of a new beginning) – Organised support service to homeless drug addicts.
TUTORING CLASSES for children from underprivileged families.

“CAIS” Magazine – distribution centre.
The Espaço Sénior (Senior space) creates a THEATRE group.
OUTRO LADO DO JOGO (The other side of the game) – Leisure and educational activities programme for children from underprivileged families.
Youth EXCHANGE with Ireland – Roscommon.

1996
NOITES NO CENTRO (Nights at the Centre) (1996) – Promotion of cultural projects.
SOCIAL ACTION GROUPS – Volunteering among underprivileged families.
Participation in the conference “Vieillir … entre exclusion et Solidarité” – Brussels.
APRENDER SONHAR E CRESCER (Learning, dreaming and growing up) – Sports activities for teenagers.

1997
UNIVA – Unidade de Inserção na Vida Ativa (Integration into working life unit), in collaboration with the IEFP (Instituto do Emprego e Formação Profissional, I.P – Employment and Vocational Training Institute).
Adult LITERACY.

1998
The Centre is granted the status of “Legal Person of Public Utility” (DR – 18.04.1998).
REINVENTAR A COMUNIDADE /CRIA (Reinventing the community / Create) – Project designed to provide support and information to people with HIV. 
Youth EXCHANGE with Iceland.

1999
The Centre receives a donation made by the couple Manuel and Rosa. It is a land in the Algarve – Sta. Bárbara de Nexe.
EUROPEAN VOLUNTARY SERVICE- The Centre becomes a sending entity.
The project BAC is renamed PROJECTO INTERVIR (PROJECT INTERVENE) – Integrated support to underprivileged families.
Organisation of the International CONGRESS of Gerontology.
Participation in the INTERNATIONAL MEETING of Gerontology in Gallarat (Italy) and Belgium (Louvain-la-Neuve).

2000
Purchase of the property which would become the Casa Jubileu 2000 (House Jubilee 2000).
Vida Emprego (Life Employment) PROGRAMME – Professional integration service for former drug addicts.
Project AMBIENTARTE (2000) – Art and environment.
Workshops on CREATIVITY – With Diego Parra Duque.

2000
The Câmara Municipal de Cascais (Municipal Council of Cascais) grants a plot of land to construct an extension to the CCPC building.

2001
Local VOLUNTEERING network.
Opening (18th October) of the CASA JUBILEU 2000 – Residential facility for homeless men.
Projects ECOSD ‘ ART and ECOBRINCARTE.
EXCHANGE with Italy.
GRANTS for projects promoted by young people in partnership with the Câmara Municipal de Cascais. 

2002
FÉRIAS EM ACÇÃO (Holidays in action) – Holiday programme for teenagers.

2003
SOCIAL COMMITTEE OF CARCAVELOS – Executive branch.
Inauguration of Father Jorge Anselmo as President of the Centre (20th September).

2004
Participation in the creation of the Cascais VOLUNTEERING GUIDE.
STUDY ROOM – For children attending the 2nd cycle (5th and 6th years).

2005
Release of the first CD recorded by the Espaço Sénior.
Leisure activities – Winner of the first prize at the FESTIVAL DE DANÇA INFANTIL (Children’s dance festival).
Cem Gestos Com Solidariedade (One hundred gestures of solidarity) (2005) – Fundraising exhibition for the construction of an extension to the CCPC building.
Training for home service providers (housekeepers).

2006
25th anniversary of the Centre.
Apartamento de saída (Exit apartment) – Casa Jubileu.

2007 
Mães no Centro (Mothers at the centre) – A place where mothers can meet and share their experiences.

2008 
1st October – Opening of the Geração C store.
Printing of the first Community Centre planner.

2009
16th May – Placing of the first stone of the new building.
October – Beginning of the construction of the new extension to the CCPC building which includes a day nursery with a capacity for 60 children.
The Centre is recognised by the IES – Instituto de Empreendedorismo Social (Institute for social entrepreneurship) – for the project Reutilização (Reuse).
The UNIVA is renamed GIP – Gabinete de Inserção Profissional (Professional insertion office).

2010
Start of the certification process under ISO 9001:2008.

2011
Inauguration of Father António Teixeira as President of the Centre.
Quality certification under ISO 9001:2008, granted by the SGS.

2012
Beginning of the following activities and services: day nursery, Linha Sénior Cascais (Cascais helpline for seniors), Cantina Social (social canteen), Centro.come and Stock Social store.

2013
Vizinhos com Alma (Neighbours with soul).
Casa da Esperança (House of hope).

Corações Cheios store.
O CENTRO SOU EU (também) (The Centre is also me, as well) campaign.

2014
CENTRO.come – meal service open to the community.
Mercearia no Centro (Grocer’s store at the Centre).

2015
Furniture store.

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