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 August Newsletter

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

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:, 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:

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:


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:

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:

Former Cardijn movement members Devett Kennedy and Elise Ganley are among the prime movers of the new Queensland Community Alliance:

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:

‘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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

Family Inquiry

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


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


David Moloney

Joint Secretary, Cardijn Community Australia Inc

0417 704 427

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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.


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

Lay Formation Symposium. Cardijn in Australia.pdf