Welcome to our new, improved Joseph Cardijn Digital Library (JCDL) website.

The purpose of the library, which dates back to 1998, is to preserve and publish texts, documents and testimonies relating to the life and work of Cardinal Joseph Cardijn, founder of the Jeunesse Ouvrière Chrétienne (JOC) Internationale or International Young Christian Workers (YCW) movement, as well of other leaders and chaplains who worked with him and/or with other Specialised Catholic Action or “Cardijn” movements.


We now have over 100 original Cardijn documents available online in English including many of his most famous speeches. We have also added many testimonies from those who knew, worked with or were inspired by Cardijn.

Also published is a range of biographical material, including the well-known biography by Marguerite Fiévez and Jacques Meert, as well as many photos plus several videos and audio recordings.

We also welcome personal testimonies, letters, photos, even films, and any other original documents or primary sources that relate to the life and work of Cardijn.

Even more Cardijn documents available in the original French by clicking on the French flag icon below (French site still in development) or at the old site www.josephcardijn.fr


Developed using Omeka S, a "next-generation web publishing platform for institutions interested in connecting digital cultural heritage collections with other resources online," the JCDL now offers many new features, including chronological listinga subject index, as well as the possibility of downloading documents in Word or PDF format.


For further information or to send us more items for inclusion, please write to us at: australiancardijninstitute@gmail.com

Stefan Gigacz
Joseph Cardijn Digital Library
Australian Cardijn Institute
Cardijn Community International

Latest additions

  • Catholic Action and the Mystical Body

    The Dominican theologian offers a theological basis for Catholic Action.
  • Doctor Cardijn

    Speech by former International YCW president Romeo Maione at the International Colloquy on YCW History, Brussels 2000.
  • God's rights, human rights

    Speech by Fr Joseph Wresinski at a conference marking the 25th Anniversary of the Diocese of Antwerp, Belgium.
  • A visit to Brussels

    Marc Sangnier, founder of the French Sillon movement, reports on his trip to Brussels where he was welcomed by Cardijn.
  • Cardijn becomes a cardinal

    French Jesuit Robert Rouquette recalls the time Cardijn was appointed a cardinal.
  • The influence of Cardijn

    Dominican worker priest, Jacques Loew, recalls the influence of Cardijn and the JOC.
  • Francis Chirat

    French JOC leader and member of the Resistance during World War II.
  • Cardijn, Marx and Mater et Magistra

    Belgian priest, Fr Basile Maes, director of the Catholic development agencies, Broederlijk Delen and Entraide et Fraternité, recalls Cardijn.
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