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Young Christian Workers and Young Christian Students at the action conference in Adelaide (The Southern Cross)

Members of the Young Christian Workers and Young Christian Students reflected on the realities of young people today when they gathered at The Monastery in Adelaide for their annual action conference. Source: The Southern Cross.

Held from July 6-9, the conference brought together members, workers and mentors in the YCW from the Perth, Adelaide, Port Pirie, Melbourne and Parramatta dioceses, along with their YCS counterparts from Parramatta and Adelaide.

They discussed the issues facing young people, discerned in the light of Gospel values and those of the different faiths represented, and committed to new actions in the spirit of founder Cardinal Joseph Cardijn’s “See, Judge, Act” method.

National president of YCW and conference organiser Sean Gehrig said YCW and YCS were reaching out to a new generation of young people, the so-called Gen Z, “who are making positive changes to the world around them in new ways, both online and in person”.

“Young people in the YCW and YCS today come from different faith, cultural, gender and social backgrounds but together share a deep spirituality and a common vision that all young people should be loved and respected as sons and daughters of God,” he said.

Mr Gehrig said during the conference YCS students spoke about actions in their schools on climate justice, cultural inclusion and body positivity. YCW leaders likewise shared about local actions to address the cost-of-living crisis and overcoming loneliness. A digital campaign to raise awareness about workplace safety was launched in response to the recent deaths of young workers in the workplace.


Voice of youth heard (The Southern Cross)