Promoting lay formation: Cardijn and the YCW in Australia

Catholic Theological College, University of Divinity
and Cardijn Community Australia


Promoting lay formation: Cardijn and the YCW in Australia

Fr Lombard with Cardijn 1958 (Melbourne Archdiocese Archives)

Friday 28 July 2017


Commemorative Mass

Venue: Corpus Christi College. Enter via gate at 180 Drummond Street Carlton

Saturday 29 July 2017

8.30 am – 6.00 pm

Venue: Catholic Theological College, 278 Victoria Parade, Melbourne

Registrations: by Wednesday 26 July
Jill Doncovio
Phone: 03 9412 3304
Numbers are strictly limited

Cost: $20 per person (includes morning tea, light lunch, afternoon tea)
Full program
Click on link below (PDF)


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Sunday 12 March 2017

Call for papers

Cardijn Community Australia,Catholic Theological College, Melbourne and the University of Divinity will host a symposium entitled:

Formation, Laity, & Vatican II: The YCW in Australia

Date: Saturday 29th July 2017

Venue: Catholic Theological College, Melbourne


The YCW was the ‘most significant lay movement in twentieth century Catholicism’, declared Australian church historian Edmund Campion in his book Rockchoppers.

The Australian YCW was notably an initiative of the laity (the Melbourne Campion Society, and the Grail), whose schemes were adopted by the bishops and from 1941 developed by a priests committee with lay financial support. In later years lay adult ‘collaborators’ replaced religious chaplains.

Many YCW leaders surrendered years, and sometimes careers, to the compelling vision of the YCW. Many religious vocations were shaped significantly by YCW exposure. Australia’s YCW is a potent story of clergy and laity in a vital, undulating, working relationship.

In 2017 we also commemorate the 50th anniversaries of the deaths of Cardinal Joseph Cardijn, founding Australian YCW national chaplain Fr Frank Lombard and first episcopal chairman, Archbishop Justin Simonds.

It is also the 25th anniversary of the death of Msgr John F Kelly, YCW author, editor, and pre-Cana leader, and the 20th anniversary of the death of Fr Hugh O’Sullivan, YCW author, and Adelaide, Australian and Asia-Pacific YCW chaplain.

Call for papers

We are seeking a wide range of papers relating to the historical context of the YCW in Australia. For example: 

  • the developing theology of the laity in the Church, and YCW 
  • particular YCW chaplains & lay collaborators (local, state, national) 
  • methods of YCW lay formation 
  • initiatives of YCW / NCGM leaders, including extension work (national and international) 
  • new environments: eg, Vatican II, cultural revolution, changes in localism, education, social critiques 
  • new responses: eg, the ‘worker question’, ‘social justice’, ‘small Christian communities’, ‘liberation theology’ 
  • notable conflicts between YCW (or related lay movement) and church hierarchy 

We are calling for short (20 minute) scholarly presentations. We will also welcome expressions-of-interest for non-scholarly presentations on, for example, experiences with a particular chaplain, YCW/NCGM training weekends, or broader thoughts on formation. It is anticipated that some papers will be published.

While the forum will look at the role of chaplaincy and lay formation in the YCW, it will also provide opportunity for wider reflection on lay formation and mission in the Australian church today.

It is anticipated that it will be a prelude for a larger conference on the YCW to be held in 2018. 


Please submit proposals, with synopsis, by Tuesday 28th March, to:

Rev Dr Max Vodola: or David Moloney: or Stefan Gigacz: