In the “Three touchstones of the genuine YCW,” Fr. Joseph Cardijn stated that:
The real YCW (Young Christian Workers) can be recognised by three inseparable objectives or three touchstones, which allow it to be distinguished from any fake or caricature.
- 1. The YCW aims to transform the mass of working youth.
- 2. The YCW aims to re-Christianise the real life of working-class youth.
- 3. The YCW aims to reclaim the milieu or environment in which the mass of young workers work and live.
What does the Australian milieu look like today?
How do we engage it? Is it in need of transformation?
If it is, how would we do it?
- Australia and Australian Christians are ageing.
- Australia is undergoing a significant generational shift.
- 1 in 6 Australians are aged 65 and over (16%)
- Around half (53%) of Australians over 65 are women
- Australia continues to be culturally and linguistically diverse
NOTE: The image includes a map of the world with the top five countries of birth with the growth of >20,000 persons and growth of >16 per cent between 2016 and 2021. Nepal 124 per cent, India 48 per cent, Pakistan 45 per cent, Iraq 38 per cent, Philippines 26 per cent.
Applying the three touchstones of the YCW, what should I (or together with my friends) do today to engage and, if needed, transform the milieu?
What must my friends and I do to engage older Australians, both Christians and non-Christians?