The Cardijn Community International Australia during a three day conference on "Building Communities" from 24-26 July 2008 in Melbourne.
Leaders and ex-leaders from a range of lay apostolate movements faithful to the Cardijn tradition launched a national network following a conference on community building that concluded over the weekend.
Former and current leaders and chaplains from movements including the YCS, YCW joined with World Youth Day pilgrims from Australia, Asia and Europe for the conference on building communities held at St Francis Pastoral Centre, Melbourne on July 24-25, a Cardijn Community International Australia statement says.
The conference was followed by a Public Forum on "International Community Development and Networking" on July 26 at Australian Catholic University's Melbourne campus.
The Cardijn Community International – Australia was officially launched at the conference with Paul Rijken (Adelaide), Kevin Vaughan (Melbourne), John Bonnice (Bendigo), Mark Ager (Adelaide) and David Maloney (Melbourne) appointed to coordinate the development of the network.
CCI describes itself as an international Catholic lay apostolate network "linking all those leaders trained in Cardijn movements."
It says it organised the series of post-WYD events as a follow up to the World Youth Day 2008 "to ensure an ongoing participation of young people and trained lay leaders alike in building a better world based on social justice and equality."
Melbourne Bishop Tim Costelloe, SDB addressed the conference along with Dr Jacques Boulet, from the Borderland Cooperative and M.J. Ruben, CCI International Convenor.
Cardijn Community International is present in Asia-Pacific, Africa, North America and Europe. The network trains leaders in Cardijn’s methodology and develops a Cardijn culture to present to the future generation.
Cardijn Resource Centre established by the CCI is involved in research on lay apostolate and publishes the works of Cardinal Cardijn to promote Cardijn’s vision on spirituality and lay apostolate. CCI encourages its members to work towards sustainable development and facilitates international exchanges.