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

Please share with anyone you think may be interested