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 150 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.

Over 500 more Cardijn documents are available in the original French by clicking on the French flag icon below (French site still in development) .

And please keep visiting us to find the latest items uploaded to our repository (listed below).


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

  • Press release 29 08 1960

    Press release announcing Cardijn's appointment as a member of the Pontifical Commission on Lay Apostolate.
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  • Enrique Ernesto Shaw

    Enrique Shaw was an Argentine businessman and Cardijn disciple, who founded or helped found the Christian Family Movement there, the Christian Association of Business Executives and was president of Argentine Catholic Action.
  • Ernest Michel - Cardijn 25 03 1961

    The national chaplain of the Belgian (Walloon) JOC sends his reflections to Cardijn on a draft pastoral letter by Bishop De Smedt of Bruges.
  • René Salanne

    René Salanne was a French JOC leader, later secretary-general of the JOC Internationale and a trade union with the CFDT.
  • Cardijn - Cardinal Cento 17 03 1961

    Cardijn sends his latest series of notes to the president of the Preparatory Commission on Lay Apostolate.
  • Note 9 - Reflections on documents

    Cardijn is concerned that the Sub-Commission on Social Action of the Prep Com on Lay Apostolate is ignoring the work of the YCW.
  • Note 8 - Reflections on the Notes of the Commission

    Cardijn insists on his understanding of animation, the apostolate of the laity and Catholic in this note for the Prep Com on Lay Apostolate.
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