Thursday, 21 May 2020

CCA Newsletter - April 2020

Robert Bernard Maybury AO
Dear friends,

Some recent and upcoming news and events.

RIP Robert Bernard Maybury AO

Our sincere condolences to the family of Bob Maybury, a leading figure in the history of the Victorian YCW co-operatives, who passed away on 16th May, aged 92.

Bob joined the Deepdene YCW leaders group c.1943, and afterwards became a regional YCW committee member. Having gained accountancy qualifications through the Christian Brothers North Melbourne night school, in 1952 Fr Lombard invited him to become the new manager of the YCW Cooperative Housing Society group.

He was also a member of a group Ted Long convened to study cooperatives, primarily the literature of St Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Canada. Having by then also established the YCW Cooperative Society (trading), the group lobbied for Victoria’s credit union legislation, and adopted the Revesby (Sydney) parish ‘home discussion’ model to develop Victoria’s extensive Catholic credit co-op network. At a 2011 CCA conference he recalled adventures and rosaries with either Frank McCann or Ted Long on evening drives to the country promoting parish co-ops.

Numerous members of these co-ops became instrumental in establishing industrial credit unions (eg teachers, police, fire fighters, nurses), and others in large companies. Bob’s report of his 1964 overseas study tour led the Association of Catholic Co-operative Credit Societies to accommodate this wider world, and change its objects and name to the Victorian Credit Co-operatives Association.  Bob later reflected that this was an early post Vatican II instance of a Catholic organisation ‘leaving the ghetto’.

He afterwards became vice president of the International Union of Building Societies and Saving Associations, and president of the Asian Pacific Federation.  After retirement he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for services to the finance industry.

Thanks to the Uniting Church we have an excellent short video of Bob’s address to the joint CCA – Trades Hall event on co-operatives in 2012:

Bob Maybury on working in the YCW cooperative movement from Uniting Church VIC/TAS on Vimeo.
Bob Maybury on working in the YCW cooperative movement from Uniting Church VIC/TAS on Vimeo.

Bob also features in histories of credit co-ops, including Race Mathews’ recent Of Labour and Liberty: Distributism in Victoria, 1891-1966.

Fellow credit union movement worker Leon Magree recalls the privilege it was working with Bob from 1958 until the mid 1960s, when the VCCA moved from A’Beckett Street to Albert Park. The Old Paradians have paid tribute at:

The funeral service will be webcast live at 10 am Friday 22nd May:

What Would a Business Look Like if it was Founded on the Principles of Catholic Social Teaching? 

We are invited to join an online seminar on worker-owned co-operatives and YCW priest Fr Jose Maria Arizmendiarrieta, founder of the Mondragon Corporation. This Spanish worker co-operative employs over 75,000 workers and is an international inspiration and model.

The webinar is free but prior registration is required:    It is being held in San Francisco, so to register it will be necessary to add a zero before your zip code, as if you live in any US state.

It can be seen in Australia, tomorrow, Friday 22nd May at the following times: East coast 12.30 pm; Adelaide 12.00, WA 10.30 am.

CCA News

The coronavirus has held us all hostage for some time, but has generated discussion in the community and internally in CCA about the economy, ethics, and national strategic issues.

We welcome recent new members.  Membership information is available on our website here.

While CCA groups have been unable to meet, we have been active investigating the establishment of new branches.

Before the coronavirus the Sandhurst group had begun meeting people and investigating issues, including around soil and water in the region.

On the website is a range of Social Inquiries on topical issues, designed for use in small groups. The Adelaide group has promoted discussion on the Australian bishops ‘Digital Media’ social justice statement.

A reminder of the invitation to anyone who might be interested in following up issues identified in the 2019 AGM (Newsletter October 2019): the inquiry on the future of work; or discussion of a draft paper on issues considered by CCA since 2009.

We have attended Catholic Earthcare conference in Sydney, and (subject to present regulations) will assist in planning and promoting the forthcoming establishment of its ‘Earthcare Training Program’ in Melbourne.   We have been in contact with various Melbourne parishes, and Ballarat diocese, in this regard.

We are also represented on the Melbourne Catholic’s environmental ‘animators group’, which is moving to become the official agency for promotion and implementation of Laudato Si in Melbourne.

We assisted Catholic Social Services Victoria’s parish workshop on the environment, which has supported the formation of parish groups in Ivanhoe and Mitcham.

Subject to unknowns, it is presently envisaged that the 2020 AGM will be held in Melbourne on either the 23rd or 30th  of August. To be advised.

Australian Cardijn Institute (ACI)

A reminder that, while Cardijn Community Australia (CCA) is an organisation of adult Cardijn groups in the community, the goal of the Australian Cardijn Institute (ACI) is to advance the Cardijn educational and academic mission. Please also have a look at the ACI website, and consider joining up in support of our common Cardijn mission: 

Saturday, 8 February 2020

CCA Newsletter - February 2020

Left to Right: Maureen & Des Ryan, Wayne McGough, Fr Len Thomas, Mark Ager, Fr Kevin Mogg, Kevin Vaughan, Fr Mick Wheeler, Fr Des Magennis and David Moloney. Photographer Josephine Hwang.

Dear friends,

Some recent and upcoming events:

Australian Cardijn Institute (ACI)

While Cardijn Community Australia (CCA) is an organisation of adult Cardijn groups in the community, the goal of the Australian Cardijn Institute (ACI) is to advance the Cardijn educational and academic mission.

In addition to this CCA newsletter, the distinctive new ACI newsletter will be an important resource for those interested in the Cardijn movement. Have a look at the inaugural Christmas 2019 edition HERE, and the January 2020 edition HERE . Also see the ACI and CCA websites for current work and priorities, and consider joining up and supporting our common mission: ; and

CCA Work Inquiry

Our 2020 national inquiry on ‘Work’ throws up a huge range of issues, including trade unions, casual work, automation and AI, unemployment, penalty rates, globalisation, safety, stress, race, gender, retirement, and travel to work, to name but a few. We have started off with two inquiries on aspects of work today:

The first, on ‘Work Creep’, or work-life balance, comes from our own experiences.

The second, on ‘Slavery’, was inspired by a presentation by the Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) to the recent Catholic Social Ministry Conference:

If you have the opportunity to use these in a small group, please consider recording some key points of your discussion, its impact on your consciousness of issues, any actions, and then sharing these with us. We would also value your feedback on the inquiries themselves.

CCA Groups & News

Thanks to the Salisbury (Adelaide) CCA for preparing and trialling the inquiries on ‘Work Creep’ and ‘Slavery’.

The new Bendigo CCA group, at St Laborious Eaglehawk, is coming up for its third meeting.

A new Cardijn-inspired ‘Earthcare Laudato Si’ group at Mitcham (Melbourne) parish is discussing Laudato Si, and planning its goals for 2020, including a parish audit.

At Seaford (Melbourne), the Cardijn-inspired Seaford Housing Action Coalition suggested that the St Anne’s parish join the ACOSS ‘Raise the Rate’ campaign regarding the inadequacy of Newstart. Based on the authoritative grass-roots experiences and statistics of local St Vincent de Paul conferences, a written submission was made to the Minister, and the local Federal MP received a delegation from the parish. In January SHAC put on a barbeque for the homeless, with live music, on Frankston foreshore, and is now preparing a submission to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry on Homelessness.

CCA is helping Catholic Earthcare organise its National Convocation in Melbourne on 5-6th September.

We remain active on the CSSV ‘Parishes as Centres of Services’ committee. (CSSV is hosting the upcoming national CSS conference: HERE)

Cardijn Christmas Dinner Get-Together

It was wonderful to have former YCW chaplains join us at a very pleasant pre-Christmas dinner at the Mulgrave Country Club. See photo above.

Catholic Social Ministry Conference: ‘Delivering Catholic Social Teaching through community services and public advocacy’

This conference at Catholic Theological College on 23 November 2019 provided a forum for an exchange of ideas and experiences about the nature, functions and priorities of Catholic Social Ministry.

Important papers by leaders in their fields included a number with Cardijn backgrounds or perspectives, including Bruce Duncan CSsR, Greg Crafter, Elizabeth McFarlane, and Sarah Moffatt. Other papers from the full program HERE are also available.

Australian YCW

An enthusiastic and very well attended AYCW national conference held at Mt Eliza over the Australia Day weekend planned its agenda for 2020, and elected a new executive, headed by Marilyn Bellett. The role of Elizabeth McFarlane and Joe Magri in pulling the national YCW back from the brink was warmly acknowledged. Elizabeth’s paper (attached) tells something of that story, and the current AYCW strategy, which recognises the necessity today of engaging young people outside of parishes.

Australian YCS

The YCS is vital and active, and also a significant source of recruitment for the YCW.

The Australian YCS has recently published a newsletter: HERE

The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is advertising a position for a YCS worker. Applications close 21 February: HERE

Former YCS members are being invited through Facebook to an on-line conference call this month.

RIP Brian O’Halloran

Former Brisbane YCW leader and fulltimer worker Brian O’Halloran died on 23 January at the age of 87.

At the 1952 National Council in Melbourne he delivered a stirring, Cardijn-inspired, address on "The Problem of the Young Worker in Australia ", available HERE . Later he became a founding member of the Brisbane Archdiocese Catholic Commission for Justice and its first Executive Officer. "Brian was a learned, passionate and tireless worker for justice. Indeed, his whole life was devoted to working for justice. His was a life well lived and we are very grateful to have benefited from his efforts," said current executive officer, Peter Ipswitch.

Brian is survived by his wife, Meta, who was also an NCGM leader, and large family. Son John was also a Brisbane YCW fulltimer during the early 1980s.

Anniversaries of Fernand Tonnet and Paul Garcet

We are indebted to Stefan Gigacz, through his contact with Paul Garcet’s daughter Monique, for bringing to our attention these two principal YCW founders who were killed by the Nazis in Dachau in 1945, 75 years ago. A number of anniversary Eucharists were celebrated as a result:

  • Our Lady of Lourdes, Rockingham, Perth, celebrated by parish priest Fr Pierluig
  • St Theresa’s Kennington, Bendigo. Read CCA Bendigo chaplain Monsignor Frank Marriott’s homily for the occasion HERE
  • Catholic Theological College, East Melbourne, celebrated by South African Fr Mike Deep OP, former IYCS chaplain, and Dominican Justice and Peace delegate to the UN. Some spoke of the sustaining memories of the YCW of their youth, and others spoke of its principles at work in their lives today. We thanked Paul and Fernand for their sacrifice, and the movement that they helped realise, and that still perpetuates life here.
  • Fr Epitace, in Burundi, Africa
  • Articles written by Stefan were published in Catholic papers in Australia and elsewhere in the world, including The Tablet (attached, and HERE – register for free)
Belgium 1919

Val Noone has recently contributed a chapter (attached) entitled “Belgium 1919, Joseph Cardijn begins the Young Christian Workers” to John Lack’s 1919, The Year Things Fell Apart? (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2019)

Collaborative Futures Festival

This event in Carlton has a full day of sessions about Community Land Trusts, co-operatives and related topics:


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

David Moloney

Newsletter Secretary, CCA Inc

0417 704 427

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Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Bendigo Anniversary Mass for Fernand Tonnet

On Sunday 2 February, Cardijn Community Bendigo chaplain, Mgr Frank Marriott celebrated mass at St Therese's Church, Kennington, in remembrance of YCW lay co-founder, Fernand Tonnet, who died along with his co-founder, Paul Garcet, in the Dachau Concentration Camp in early 1945.

This is Mgr Frank's homily for the occasion:

Today is the Liturgical feast of the Presentation of the Child Jesus in the temple at Jerusalem . The Catholic liturgy celebrates this day as  a prelude to our celebrating our own Baptism.

 Recent days has marked the liberation of  Auschwitz, 75 years ago  and is being marked beginning on January 27 by the Jewish community and others .

Today 2 February 2020 is the 75th anniversary of the death of Fernand Tonnet, his fellow worker for nearly 30 years Paul Garcet died on 23 January 1945. Both died in Dachau. Both were founding members of the JOC (YCW) with the then Fr Josef Cardijn and his young disciple Victoire Cappe in Belgium.

During World War I Cardijn was arrested and later released while Tonnet was gassed whilst serving in the army and Garcet kept the movement alive.

During World War II, Cardijn was again but later released while Tonnet was also arrested in 1943 , and sent to a death camp Esterwegen in North West Germany. Later Garcet was arrested. Tonnet and Garcet sent to Bayreuth, another death camp in March 1944 and moved to Dachau in November 1944.

We know that many millions died in these death camps, not only Jews but ordinary folk who were accused of  not bowing to Hitler. Thousands of priests and eeligious like wise died. Some have been canonised, including  Edith Stein, Carmelite Sister, Maxmillian Kolbe, priest of the Divine Word congregation. Hundreds are worthy of such recognition. We Christians are perhaps less well organised than our Semitic Brothers and Sisters.

We seem happy with a few saints and let the Times roll on. People are again taking up the cause of Tonnet and Garcet. Many years before his death, Cardijn told the world that the reason for the push for canonisation was not so much their work and death in the Dachau camp, but their work and example in awakening young people to the call of their Baptism.

The new movement and the new methodology - the SEE, JUDGE, ACT transformed people. Their work was warmly welcomed in 1925 by the then Pope Pius XI, who greeted them with the words "at last some one speaks to me about the workers."

Mgr Frank Marriott (Harmony in Diversity/YouTube)
The Pope blessed the delegation and authorised the YCW and it grew and found fertile ground in Australia in the late 1940s  as many at this Mass can attest. (Present on this Sunday was Len Chalkey  the first fulltime worker).

There are many reasons to celebrate his anniversary:

  • we should not forger the terrible atrocities committed
  • like many others these men were innocent
  • the work they were doing was based on a commitment to their Baptismal calling discovered in the YCW. 

Part of the genius of the YCW was the re discovery of the baptismal calling by ordinary young workers. It made sense to them  and the subsequent developments opened worlds of opportunities and brought a new generation of laity into full active participation in the life of their Church

One might say the YCW began a first look at the real meaning of today's feast:

  • God is with us
  • his presence enhances our dignity
  • his presence calls us to participate in his being with us

It may or may not be a coincidence that Fernand Tonnet died on the Feast of the Presentation, but what is true that hundreds of thousands of people are in debt to him and his companions for the movement he jointly fostered that helped reawaken the gift of baptism.

Many in this church today are numbered in those thousands.

Mgr Frank Marriott

Saturday, 1 February 2020

RIP Brian O'Halloran

Meta and Brian O'Halloran (Courtesy Tony Robertson)
Former Brisbane YCW leader, Brian O'Halloran died on 23 January 2020 at the age of 87.

Born in 1932, Brian became a key leader in the Brisbane YCW and gave a memorable talk to the Australian YCW National Council in Melbourne in 1952.

"On entering into work a lad experienced a crisis because he was starting off in a completely new way of life," Brian told the Council.

"The common attitude to work was wrong: rather than realizing that God meant young workers to be developed physically, spiritually and religiously through work, most considered that it was just something you have to do if you want to eat," he continued in words that are still relevant today.

He also pointed out that "to some extent the schools were failing in so much as many lads left school without the knowledge that work was a vocation."

"Further, school-leavers did not know what constituted a particular job other than by its title. As a result they had no idea to what type of job they were best suited," he warned.

“God made every Young Worker with a Divine Destiny," he continued, echoing the words of YCW founder, Joseph Cardijn.

"Even though we are affected by Original Sin, we are still meant to go to heaven through the world and not in spite of it. While the world is not serving the Young Worker there is a problem. The Young Worker today cries out for a chance to live. The Y.C.W. must answer this call by building a new social order.

"As Canon Cardijn said: 'We have not come to start a Revolution, we ARE the revolution.'" he concluded.

Brian later married Meta, a Brisbane NCGM leader at the time, and together they had seven children. Brian and Meta's son, John, also later became a fulltime worker for the Brisbane YCW from 1981-83 and a member of the Australian YCW National Team.

"I will always remember the welcome I received from both Brian and Meta when I moved to Brisbane to work with John in 1981," commented former Australian YCW president, Stefan Gigacz.

John O'Halloran also noted that his father remained marked for life by his YCW experience.

Indeed, continuing his social commitment, in 1985 Brian became involved with the Brisbane Archdiocesan Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace, later becoming its first executive officer.

"Brian was a learned, passionate and tireless worker for justice," commented current executive officer, Peter Ipswitch, on Facebook. "Indeed, his whole life was devoted to working for justice. His was a life well lived and we are very grateful to have benefited from his efforts."

In a meaningful coincidence, Brian passed into eternal life on the 75th anniversary of the death of Belgian YCW lay co-founder, Paul Garcet, who perished in the Dachau Concentration Camp on 23 January 1945 just a week ahead of his comrade in arms, Fernand Tonnet.

Young Brian


The Advocate, 14 October 1954

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Wealth vs Friendship Enquiry

The Salisbury Cardijn Community has prepared this enquiry on "Wealth vs Friendship."

Click below to download the enquiry.


Friday, 5 July 2019

Parish Homelessness Enquiry

CCA is now publishing a "Parish Homelessness Enquiry" to assist parish groups to look into and take action on the growing problem of homelessness.

Click below to download the enquiry.


Friday, 10 August 2018

CCA Newsletter - August 2018

Dear friends,

Please find below reports of recent CCA and allied events, and news of more to come. We hope you will consider joining us for two key events – our AGM, and launch of the Cardijn Institute – in Melbourne on the weekend of 18th and 19th August.


You are warmly invited to CCA's 2018 AGM, to be held 9.30 – 12.00, Saturday 18th August at All Saints Church hall, King William Street, Fitzroy.

Members will have previously received notice of the AGM on the CCA Facebook site.

The morning AGM and general meeting will be followed by a See Judge Act inquiry to develop a CCA submission to the 2020 Plenary Council.

The venue is 20 metres east of Brunswick Street and No.11 tram, or parking on King William Street in front of the hall.

AUSTRALIAN CARDIJN INSTITUTE Cooperative Ltd: Launch 19th August

You are warmly invited to join us for the "Launch Meeting" of the ACI, to be held 10 am – 1 pm, Sunday 19th August, at All Saints Church hall, King William Street, Fitzroy. See the attached flyer.

The Institute will have a specifically educational purpose, providing research into Cardijn and his movements, training workshops, publications and literature (resources ranging from professional and community voluntary sectors to tertiary education resources).

The launch will commence with Mass at All Saints church, and conclude with lunch.

'Parishes as Centres of Service'

Upcoming Catholic Social Services Victoria forums and expos for parishes, supported by CCA:
Asylum Seekers Parish Support Program: Cardinal Knox Centre, Albert Street East Melbourne, Saturday 25th August, 9.30 – 12.45, including lunch. Flyer attached.
Pope Francis' Laudato Si: Transforming Communities. Saturday 15th September, 9.00 – 1.00, at parishes of St Francis Xavier and St Claire, Box Hill. Flyer attached.
A forum will be held on ‘Homelessness’ in November; further details will be advised on CSSV website:

A CSSV parish resource kit for responding to domestic violence can be found at:

Australian YCW

Margaret McCafferty’s informative summary of AYCW’s recent activities and plans is attached.

'Lay Movements as Structures of Grace’ Conference

The recent Cincinnati conference on Cardijn movements in the Americas , jointly organised by Bob Pennington and Stefan Gigacz, was a wonderful success appreciated by a contingent of Australians . Some of the papers will be published in the forthcoming edition of the ATF Press (Adelaide) new Cardijn Studies series. Videos of some of the talks will be uploaded on the conference site shortly:

Seaford Housing Action Coalition (SHAC)
SHAC has been invited by the Frankston City Council to submit a proposal for the development of a cabin park on a government owned site of 1.2 ha. The cabin park would be used to house rough sleepers and those on the minimum income of $267 per week. Mostly of these are currently living in rooming house and paying up to $210 pw for a single room with shared kitchen and toilets; sometimes a 3 bedroom house is converted to 8/10 bedrooms.

The July edition of Melbourne Catholic magazine carried an article on SHAC called ‘Sleepless in Seaford’:

A recently updated Cardijn parish inquiry on ‘Homelessness’ is attached.

Earthworker Co-Operative

Please consider supporting the union-sponsored ‘Earthworker’ projects for solar hot water units, cleaning services and much more. The co-operative provides sustainable employment and products, in the La Trobe Valley in the first instance:

'Is Victoria still a "Dreadful Parent …?"'

YCW veteran, former youth worker, and former inaugural Victorian Child Safety Commissioner Bernie Geary OAM will address this topical issue at the Social Policy Connections forum, 7.30, Wednesday 30 August, at YTU:

International Cardijn Association (ICA)

The latest newsletter of the ICA is attached. The Australian YCW will be attending the IYCW leaders seminar in Indonesia, represented by Sean Gehrig of Parramatta.

Joseph Cardijn in the News

‘Recalling the Belgian Cardinal who truly shaped Francis’s Destiny’. This recent article in Crux magazine by internationally noted journalist John L Allen Jr instances developing public interest in and research of Joseph Cardijn:
‘Cardijn and Paul VI: Empowering Young Workers’ by Stefan Gigacz:

Cardijn Community Australia

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

David Moloney
Newsletter Secretary, CCA Inc
04177 704 427