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

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