Young Joseph Cardijn

Leadership for Mission Program
Community Development and Discipleship from Cardijn to Pope Francis
16-21 April 2023
Rockingham, Western Australia


For over 20 years from the late 1940s until the late 1960s, Australian Jesuit, Fr Charlie Mayne, organised annual summer schools for seminarians, who learned the methods of formation, organisation and evangelisation pioneered by Fr (later Cardinal) Joseph Cardijn, founder of the Young Christian Workers (YCW) movement.

The outcome was that every year a new cohort of enthusiastic young priests began their parish ministries with the apostolic understanding and the tools necessary to act as chaplains and mentors to leaders of the YCW and its sister movement, the Young Christian Students (YCS), and/or to launch YCW or YCS teams.

This Leadership for Mission Program aims to achieve a similar outcome today by providing the necessary formation experience for young priests, religious, youth ministers, school chaplains, parish workers, catechists and others working with young people.


To form a core group of Australian (and other) young animators and leaders experienced in the methods of personal and social transformation pioneered by Joseph Cardijn;

To build an Australian (and Indo-Pacific) network of animators and leaders working together to promote lay leadership formation and action;

To develop an ongoing plan of action and training for the members of the emerging network.

Selection criteria

Practical leadership, chaplaincy or mentorship experience with an existing group

Studies in a related field, including theology, sociology, community developmentā€¦

Pope Francis