Friday, 18 May 2018

CCA May Newsletter


Apologies for the long interval between newsletters. Please note that the first three events are nearly upon us.

Wally Dethlefs: "The Role of the Church: Yesterday, Today and the Future"

You are warmly invited to this talk by former Brisbane YCS chaplain Wally Dethlefs. The event will include the Melbourne launch of his book 'Just Compassion: A Priest’s Quest for Human Rights’. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

The Cardijn methodology and Twelve Steps programs were the foundations of Wally's various ministries among prisoners and homeless & disadvantaged young people, in education, and in establishing a welcoming parish. His tireless and successful work to redress the blatant lack of legal rights and community support for young offenders (and suspects) have been recognised nationally.

When: 3pm – 5pm, Sunday 28th May
Where: YCW House, 537 Brunswick Street, North Fitzroy. (Beside the Lord Newry hotel tram stop.)
Admission: free; we would appreciate an RSVP for catering purposes to: wmcmmcgough@bigpond.com, or 0408 505 356

'New Pentecost 2018': Ecology Study Days

Each year, the Cardijn Community hosts 'New Pentecost' events to remember Pope John XXIII’s call for Vatican II to lead to a New Pentecost for the Church and the world. This year, in solidarity with Cardijn Community International we have developed programs chosen to focus on the ecological challenges facing the world. 

Adelaide: at St Augustine’s church Salisbury, this coming Sunday 20th May, at 7 pm. The gathering, led by Joseph Delle-Nogare will consider Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si using the See Judge Act methodology, and challenge attendees to consider the encyclical's application in their own daily lives. 

Melbourne: Staff Room, Catholic Regional College, 10 Theodore St, St Albans, next Thursday 24th May, at 7.30 pm. The gathering, on ‘Meeting the World’s Ecological Challenges: Let’s Start Local’, will hear from Katie Pahlow (Sustainability Victoria) Marilyn Bellett (Conservationist, YCW Worker) and Jade Gigacz (high school student, and member of the Young People for Development network).
These short presentations will be followed by discussion on what steps we as individuals, as people of faith, and as local communities can take in response to today’s environmental challenges.

Cardijn Institute

A second meeting will be held to further consider the role of the proposed Cardijn Institute, and to approve and adopt rules for the proposed "non-distributing co-operative with share capital”. All welcome; copies of the minutes and draft rules are available to those interested.

When: this coming Sunday 20th May, at 3 pm.
Where: All Saints Church Hall, King William Street, Fitzroy. (Tram from Brunswick Street, or parking is available on King William Street in front of the hall.)

Extension Activities

With the assistance of YCW Holdings, Joe Magri and Elizabeth McFarlane of the AYCW have been successful in locatingYCW extension workers in Adelaide (Martin Delaney) and now Melbourne (Marilyn Bellett). Early signs of their efforts are very promising, and we wish Martin and Marilyn well and offer them all the support we can.

Connections have been made with potentially interested CCA `members in Queensland and New South Wales.

Adelaide AGM

CCA's AGM was held at the Queen of Angels Church Hall, Thebarton, Adelaide, last October. A very full program included meetings with YCW and some very enthusiastic YCS members. Parish priest Fr Charles Gauci, a long-time YCW supporter, offered the use of the parish's beautiful old stone church as a CCA centre. The presidents report and financial report are attached. Minutes forthcoming to members.

Perth Celebration of Cardijn 50th Anniversary

An anniversary Mass for the 50th anniversary of Cardijn’s death was celebrated in Perth in August 2017, very soon after the last newsletter was distributed. Some of the photos sent by Vicky Burrows are attached.

‘Appreciate Your Local Priests’

In the wake of the Royal Commission these are difficult times for good priests. Actions taken as part of a CCA ‘Appreciate Your Local Priests’ campaign include the distribution of dozens of Wally’s Dethlef’s book to Melbourne diocesan priests.

Aboriginal Males Healing Centre 'Sons of Fathers Family Violence & Sexual Abuse’ Conference, November 2017

CCA was one of the sponsors of the conference: http://amhc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/CONFERENCE-SUMMARY-REPORT-AMHC-2017-PDF-FINAL.pdf

Past CCA president Guido Vogels reports that despair and suicide among the young in the Pilbara are all to prevalent. He has been appointed (on a handshake) by the Noongar-Martu and Nebula Elders of Newman, WA, to be the clinical director when the 28 bed AMHC centre opens in 2020-21. In the meantime he and Rosina have just moved to Newman, to get to know the Aboriginal people and develop programs for perpetrators of family violence, and training future workers. This is unpaid work until 2020, financed by some local counselling.

Seaford Housing Action Coalition

SHAC, started by a parish CCA group in conjunction with the local community, has continued to make submissions to Councils and State government regarding homelessness, and is becoming better known and regarded. We have been invited by Frankston City Council to discuss ideas for crisis and transitional housing on surplus government land; models being considered range from mixed use developments with multiple stories, to our preferred lower density cabin park model. We also endeavour to stay in touch with community groups such as the local Unemployed Workers Union.

Parish Expos

CCA is working on a Catholic Social Services Victoria's planning committee for further ‘Parishes as Centres of Service' expos in Melbourne. One regional event is planned, and another two events will bring together parishes interested in specific issues: asylum seekers; and (new) parish environmental programs to implement Laudato Si.

Eternal Life

CCA offers its condolences to the families and friends of YCW, YCS and CCA leaders and supporters who have died recently. Those who have come to our notice are: Anthony Steel (Sydney ACU), Denis Sheehan (former YCW national chaplain, and AYCW mentor), Paul Willy (former Melbourne YCW Boys Chaplain, and AYCW mentor), and Fr Ernie Smith (Melbourne YCW diocesan leader, and founder of Sacred Heart Mission St Kilda).

Very recently these good Cardijn formed people were joined by Leonard (Len) Faulkner (retired Archbishop of Adelaide, and retired Bishop of Townsville) whose episcopal ring was emblazoned with the YCW badge. He had loyally supported the YCW among Australian bishops in difficult times, and had been a supporter of CCA since its inception.

Their work is gratefully and warmly remembered. 'May the souls of these, and every worker who died on labour’s battlefield, rest in peace.’

Cardijn History Research

Stefan Gigacz recently submitted his PhD thesis, supervised by Bruce Duncan CSsR, to the University of Divinity: "The Leaven in the Council. Joseph Cardijn and the Jocist Network at Vatican II". It provides a compelling new understandings of Vatican II. We look forward to its publication.

David Moloney’s PhD candidature was approved in a recent University of Divinity confirmation panel. Supervisors are Rev Max Vodola and Katharine Massam, and the thesis working title is: "The YCW in Melbourne 1960 – 1993: Formation and Transformation”.

Of Labour and Liberty

Dr Race Mathews whose University of Divinity thesis (also supervised by Bruce Duncan) was published last year by Monash University Publishing as Of Labour and Liberty: Distributism in Victoria 1891 – 1966, is now available in the USA having recently been published by Notre Dame University Press.

Upcoming USA Cardijn History Conference

A conference on the history of the Cardijn movements in the USA will be held at Mount St Joseph University, Cincinnati, on 6-7 July 2018. For further information:

Miscellaneous

CCA Social Inquiries: Work on the Family Inquiry is proceeding, and draft Inquiries on ‘Homelessness’ and ’Seniors’ have been prepared for potential use in parishes.

The joint statement by the Catholic and Anglican bishops of Townsville on the environment is a model of episcopal coming together for ‘the care of our common home'. It is also an outstanding example of episcopal leadership in moving beyond general principles to include specific statements about concrete, local, and sometimes controversial, issues, in Cardijn style: http://inghamcatholic.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Bishops-Statement-on-the-Enviroment.pdf

Bishop Long on behalf of the ACSJC has issued a statement on the Feast of St Joseph the Worker on a Fair Day’s Pay: http://www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au/publications/pastoral-letters/1312-a-fair-day-s-pay-for-the-dignity-of-workers-and-the-good-of-all

Former Cardijn movement members Devett Kennedy and Elise Ganley are among the prime movers of the new Queensland Community Alliance: https://www.qldcommunityalliance.org

The Earthworker Co-operative has overcome many setbacks and is now, with the help of dedicated volunteers, coming along in leaps and bounds. Its Morwell factory is set to start production of high quality solar hot water tanks. For news of its activities visit: http://earthworkercooperative.com.au

‘Let’s Talk about West Papua’: information about talks being held around Australia can be found in a web search.

Weekly Reflections

Mons Frank Marriott of Sandhurst diocese, a long-time supporter of all Cardijn movements and Teams of Our Lady, emails pithy, real-life reflections on each Sunday’s readings. He has agreed to make these more widely available. If interested please contact him directly at: francis.marriott@outlook.com

Cardijn Community Australia

We warmly invite new member-subscribers to CCA. Subscriptions: individuals $25; unwaged and pensioners $15; groups / families $50; parishes $100.

David Moloney
Newsletter Secretary, CCA Inc

Monday, 21 August 2017

Death of Paul Ladds sparked YCW Road Safety campaign

Melbourne YCW fulltime worker, Paul Ladds, died in a car accident on 21 August 1967, fifty years ago today.

A star Australian (AFL) footballer as well as a committed YCW leader, Paul's death sparked a national road safety campaign organised by the YCW, which eventually led to major changes in Australian road laws.

This video by the YCW Archive and Research Centre in Melbourne recalls that campaign.



Mic Rees, who played football with Paul Ladds, recalled his impact in an article on Footy Almanac:

Tragedy struck prior to the commencement of the finals when brilliant Centre Half Back Paul Ladds was killed in a car accident. The 22 year old Ladds had finished runner up to Waverley’s Alan Poore in the Liston Trophy the previous year, a feat he would achieve posthumously a few weeks later, finishing in second place behind Coburg’s Jim Sullivan. After accounting for Preston in the First Semi Final (14.16-100 to 13.12-90) Sandringham’s run came to an end a fortnight later in the Preliminary Final at the Punt Road Oval, the Zebras bowing out of the race for the flag at the hands of the eventual premier Dandenong (11.15-81 to 15.10-100) The match also brought a premature end to the football career of Murray Zeuschner.

“The Preliminary Final was my last game of football at any level. Early in the game Dandenong Captain/Coach Alan Morrow tackled me and my knee collapsed. The injury was severe enough to necessitate three operations and ended my playing career. The tragic loss of Paul Ladds and my injury were significant factors in Sandringham failing to win the flag that year”.


Sunday, 20 August 2017

CCA Newsletter August 2017


Dear CCA members and friends,

A few items regarding symposium follow-up etc that may be of interest.

Cardijn & Lay Formation Symposium

A full house at Catholic Theological College for the July Symposium heard a rich range of papers on topics past and present, global and local: from pioneers, including a courageous young female Belgian organiser and loved Australian chaplains, to emerging community movements; from Jocism’s influence on post-Vatican II religious education, to its stirrings among suburban working-class girls; from the energetic witness of current and recent YCW & YCS members, to ideas around the lay Church and Jocist potential within established Church ministries.

Thanks to those who took snaps of the day:

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipNVd-qkvv4gMjxAT4M6xeFL69GKP3Shi06JXB8NpOAKoMX1wxZXL2MI8U2Z0M4vrg?key=TWNTNVNjOWJZT284d01hZkc0X1lsR2x5WmxDQ2t3

We were also delighted for ATF Press to launch the inaugural edition of the journal Cardijn Studies: On the Church in the World of Today, and a reprint of seminal publication now titled Laypeople into Action, at the symposium. We believe that these publications will contribute to an international revival in Cardijn scholarship and action. For further information and to purchase either publications, see the attached flyers: 



Our hope is that through the papers, the publications, the contacts made and ideas raised, the symposium might contribute to our future world and church. CCA will support several proposals raised on the day (see items below). We also invite you to join CCA in exploring how to live and spread the Cardijn vision and method among adults today. 

We are greatly indebted to Associate Professor Fr Shane Mackinlay, Master of Catholic Theological College for hosting the symposium, to Fr Max Vodola, Head of the Department of Church History for his work in planning the day, and to CTC staff for making it happen.

We offer our sincere thanks to our presenters for the stimulating papers. And we also acknowledge those who contributed to the day by their presence (especially those who, like a number of presenters, came from interstate).

We are currently considering options to publish the papers. In the meantime keep an eye out for the videos of the presentations. They are currently being uploaded onto the symposium website:

 http://cardijn-lombard-conference-2017.blogspot.com.au

Cardijn Institute Discussion: Friday 25th August

In response to expressions of interest at the symposium Stefan Gigacz prepared a brief proposal for a Cardijn Institute (attached). This is based on the Lawrence-Crafter proposal of 2011 (available upon request). Thoughts on the proposal are invited: cardijninstitute@gmail.com

A meeting to discuss the proposal, including the possibility of incorporating a Cardijn Institute under Victorian associations legislation, will be held at 6 pm Friday 25th August, at YCW House, 537 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy North.

YCW Mentoring

Exciting presentations from YCW and YCS at the symposium explained their plans to grow these movements. The need for capable and enthusiastic mentors for new and existing groups is crucial. CCA has enthusiastically accepted the request from the young people to provide whatever support we can using our networks to attract suitable mentors. On the 19th August members of Cardijn Community will be in discussion in Adelaide with the young leaders to take these plans forward.

Parish Services Expo, Saturday 9th September

All are invited to the next Reimagining Parish Services Expo, to be held at Resurrection parish Kings Park, for the Melbourne Archdiocesan western and north western regions. For further information, and Trybooking link, see: 

http://www.css.org.au/Parishes/Article/21634/Reimagining-Parish-Services-Expo-in-Kings-Park-9-September

Young People for Development: 2017 Karen Program Information

This YPD movement, active in South East Asia, invites young Australians to attend its training program in Myanmar from 3-11 November. The wonderful program (around the ‘Ethnic Majority’ theme), maps and all other details can be found at: 


For further information contact Stefan or Kiara Gigacz: cnresearch@gmail.com

Family Inquiry

Comments on the draft CCA Family Inquiry to Wayne McGough: 0408 505 356; wmcmmcgough at bigpond.com.

CCA

We welcome new member-subscribers to Cardijn Community Australia. Fees: individuals $25; unwaged and pensioners $15; groups / families $50; parishes $100.

Regards,

David Moloney

Joint Secretary, Cardijn Community Australia Inc

0417 704 427

http://www.cardijncommunityaustralia.org

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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Cardijn Symposium: Program announced

Cardijn with Fr Frank Lombard 1958

The full draft program for the Cardijn Community Australia/Catholic Theological College/University of Divinity Symposium on "Promoting Lay Formation: Cardijn and the YCW in Australia" has been announced.

The Symposium will be held on Saturday 29 July at Catholic Theological College, Victoria Parade, Melbourne.

Program

Click on image below to see full program and/or download PDF file

Lay Formation Symposium. Cardijn in Australia.pdf



Venue


Saturday, 8 April 2017

Race Mathews 'Of Labour and Liberty" launches

Worker cooperatives champion, Race Mathews' important new book 'Of Labour and Liberty, Distributism in Victoria 1891-1966' hits the shelves this month with an official launch by former Victorian Premier Steve Bracks on 26 April.

Written as a doctoral thesis for Catholic Theological College, Melbourne and the University of Divinity, Mathews' book tells the story of the development of the cooperative movement in the Australian state of Victoria.

The book is a stunning tribute to the role of Catholic individuals and groups over the course of this history. In particular, Mathews notes the seminal impact of Pope Leo XIII's encyclical, Rerum Novarum, and the role of English Cardinal Henry Manning, both of whom also had a great influence on Cardijn.

In the Australian context, these ideas were taken up by Sydney Cardinal Patrick Moran, who was a great defender of worker rights, and Archbishop Daniel Mannix in Melbourne.

The Campion Society also played a significant role in these developments, including Kevin T. Kelly, a key figure in the arrival of the YCW in Australia.

Later, however, the Melbourne YCW played a critical role in the actual concrete development of cooperatives in Victoria, particularly through the role of Ted Long.

Mathews also highlights the development of the worker cooperatives in Mondragon in Spain's Basque region, which were created by Fr Jose Maria Arizmendiarretta, who worked closely with the JOC study circles in the town.

Race Mathews' new book is an important contribution not only to labour and cooperative history but also the history of the YCW.

Get the book

Race Mathews, Of Labour and Liberty, Distributism in Victoria 1891–1966, Monash University Publishing, 2017.

$34.95


To be launched by The Hon Steve Bracks AM
When: Wednesday 26 April, 6pm for 6.30pm
Where: National Union of Workers (NUW) Headquarters, 833 Bourket Street, Docklands
Cost: Free event, but please RSVP to Sarah Cannon.

Melbourne Symposium: Cooperative enterprise, democracy and liberty
When: Friday 28 April
Where: The Kelvin Club, 14-30 Melbourne Place, Melbourne
With speakers Race Mathews, Godfrey Moase (NUW) and Melina Morrison (CEO, BCCM) and more to be announced.

Race Mathews and Barry Jones in conversation
When: Wednesday 3 May, 6pm for 6.30pm
Where: Readings Bookshop, 701 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn

Co-operatives Research Group Symposium
When: Friday 5 May, 5pm-7pm
Where: The Refectory, The University of Sydney Business School, Darlington
Cost: Free event, but please register online by 2 May via the University of Sydney website.

Public Conversation: Race Mathews and Bishop Vincent Long
When: Friday 16 June, morning
Where: Whitlam Institute, Western Sydney University
More details to follow.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

'Formation, Laity & Vatican II: The YCW in Australia' Conference call for papers

Fr Frank Lombard (left) with Mgr Joseph Cardijn in 1957
The Cardijn Community of Australia together with Catholic Theological College and the University of Divinity are calling for papers for a Symposium on “Formation, Laity, & Vatican II: The YCW in Australia” which will take place at CTC, Melbourne on Saturday 29 July 2017.

The conference will also mark the 50th anniversaries of the deaths of Joseph Cardijn (24 July 1967) and Fr Frank Lombard, founding chaplain of the Australian YCW, who died four days later on 28 July 1967.

Conference theme

The YCW was the ‘most significant lay movement in twentieth century Catholicism’, declared Australian church historian Edmund Campion in his book Rockchoppers.

The Australian YCW was notably an initiative of the laity (the Melbourne Campion Society, and the Grail), whose schemes were adopted by the bishops and from 1941 developed by a priests committee with lay financial support. In later years lay adult ‘collaborators’ replaced religious chaplains. Many YCW leaders surrendered years, and sometimes careers, to the compelling vision of the YCW. Many religious vocations were shaped significantly by YCW exposure. Australia’s YCW is a potent story of clergy and laity in a vital, undulating, working relationship.

In 2017 we commemorate the 50th anniversaries of Cardinal Joseph Cardijn and national chaplain Fr Frank Lombard. It is also the 25th anniversary of Msgr John F Kelly, YCW author, editor, and pre-Cana leader, and the 20th anniversary of Fr Hugh O’Sullivan, YCW author, and Adelaide, Australian and Asia-Pacific YCW chaplain.

On Saturday 29th July Cardijn Community Australia in conjunction with Catholic Theological College (University of Divinity) will present a symposium on ‘Formation, Laity, Vatican II: The YCW in Australia’. We are seeking a wide range of papers relating to the historical context of the YCW in Australia. For example:

  • the developing theology of the laity in the Church, and YCW 
  • particular YCW chaplains & lay collaborators (local, state, national) 
  • methods of YCW lay formation 
  • initiatives of YCW / NCGM leaders, including extension work (national and international) 
  • new environments: eg, Vatican II, cultural revolution, changes in localism, education, social critiques 
  • new responses: eg, the ‘worker question’, ‘social justice’, ‘small Christian communities’, ‘liberation theology’ 
  • notable conflicts between YCW (or related lay movement) and church hierarchy 
We are calling for short (20 minute) scholarly presentations. We will also welcome expressions-of-interest for non-scholarly presentations on, for example, experiences with a particular chaplain, YCW/NCGM training weekends, or broader thoughts on formation. It is anticipated that some papers will be published.

While the forum will look at the role of chaplaincy and lay formation in the YCW, it will also provide opportunity for wider reflection on lay formation and mission in the Australian church today.

It is anticipated that it will be a prelude for a larger conference on the YCW to be held in 2018.

Please submit proposals, with synopsis, by Tuesday 28th March, to:

Rev Dr Max Vodola: maxvodola@gmail.com or David Moloney: dmo74189@bigpond.net.au