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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