‘CARDIJN IN AUSTRALIA: PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE’
Cardijn Community Australia is pleased to announce a Conference, to be held
Melbourne 4th – 6th November 2011.
A conference to explore how the methods of Joseph Cardijn have been,
are and can be used to deepen our faith and change our worlds.
Cardinal Joseph Cardijn’s exhortation – “You can make a difference!” –
and his “See Judge Act” method empowered generations of youth around
the world in the twentieth century. Melbourne once had the biggest Young
Christian Worker movement in the world and, although their histories
are not widely known, Cardijn youth movements made significant marks on
At the same time Cardijn was also conscious of “the urgent need for
an apostolate among adults without which, he said, “all the efforts of
the young people will lead to a dead-end”. While Cardijn’s ideas were
incorporated into some Vatican II documents, and continue to be
incorporated in official church statements to the present time, there
have been few attempts to form groups of adult lay Catholics to put his
ideas into practice.
This conference will explore means by which Cardijn’s proven “See
Judge Act” method might be developed among adults in parishes and
elsewhere. Catholic parishes provide a strong platform for community
leadership; a place to ask the question “Who is my neighbour?”
The conference will begin by looking back at the impressive
achievements of the Young Christian Worker, Young Christian Student, and
National Catholic Girls movements in Australia. This session will
culminate with a presentation to Melbourne’s Archbishop Denis Hart of
records of original YCW secretary Ted Long, a pioneer of Australia’s
credit co-operative movement.
On Saturday our keynote address will be delivered (by video due to a
late cancellation of his Qantas’ flight) by Bishop Eugene Hurley of
Darwin. Panellists and speakers will tell of present-day experiences and
initiatives, stimulating discussion and moving us on to our exercises
in the Cardijn method.
Saturday and Sunday will mostly be given over to workshopping a
Cardijn Training Manual, which has been specially drafted for the
conference. We will see what a “Social Inquiry” looks like, find out how
we can judge in the light of the gospel, and discover how common action
can engage, empower and change. Together we will identify three issues
at the heart of our local communities, and use the “See Judge Act”
method to explore how these themes might become a part of our mission as
On Sunday we will conclude with a short review of the past few days, and look at ways by which we can go forward.
We hope you can join us.
Jump on a tram and you will find 2km east of Melbourne’s CBD, is the
Thomas Carr Centre in East Melbourne. The central location makes it easy
to get around and enjoy the sights of the city.
There are a number of accommodation options, ranging in price and
ratings, nestled in the CBD, all within walking distance of public
transport and the venue.
2.00 PM Friday 4th November – 3.00 PM Sunday 6th November 2011
Friday 4th and Sunday 6th November:-
Cardinal Knox Centre (Diocesan Centre), Albert Street East Melbourne
(Note: The Cardinal Knox Centre is situated on the south-west corner
of Albert and Lansdowne Streets East Melbourne. Entry via the carpark
on Lansdowne Street. Parking available in the carpark on Sunday.)
Saturday 5th November:-
Thomas Carr Centre (Catholic Theological College), Victoria Parade, East Melbourne.
(Note: The Thomas Carr Centre is situated on the south-west corner of
Victoria Parade and Eades Street East Melbourne. Entrance on Victoria
Parade, parking available on surrounding streets.)
We look forward to seeing you there!
Download forms here:
For more details, please write to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ph: Miss Emma Jennings on 8392 9540
For those seeking budget priced and convenient accommodation during the conference, here are some possibilities:
- The Nunnery, 116 Nicholson Street Fitzroy, ph 1800 22 55 88. Budget accommodation (about $30 per day, share rooms). Opposite Exhibition Gardens, about 2 km from conference venue. http://www.nunnery.com.au/
- Melbourne Metro YHA, 78 Howard Street Melbourne, ph 03 9329 8599. Budget, near Victoria Market, a tram trip from conference venue (about 3 km). http://www.yha.com.au/hostels/vic/melbourne/melbourne-metro/
- For locations and rates of other nearby hotels (upwards of $110 per
night), search the web under “Hotel Club” (Melbourne). The Metropole
Hotel is about 400 metres from the venues.
- Mary MacKillop Heritage Centre,
located about 150 metres from both of the venues, also has several
well-appointed two-bedroom apartments available, with parking and
self-serve breakfast provided: http://www.mmhc.org.au/
Further information on accommodation for a range of budgets is available on-line, at websites such as www.check-in.com.au, or http
Download this file for more info: Accommodation and maps
* Cardijn Community Australia is a national group instituted at a
2008 post ‘World Youth Day’ seminar in Melbourne, and which has since
held a conference and also a workshop in Adelaide. CCA is supported by,
but is entirely independent of, the Young Christian Worker and Young
Christian Student organisations.