About The Cardoner Project
In 1522, whilst living in solitude, St. Ignatius de Loyola experienced a moment of divine inspiration on the banks of the Cardoner River.
The Cardoner Project takes its name from this turning point in Ignatius’ life as an undertaking run for and with former students of Jesuit schools. It aims to offer a space for intellectual, spiritual and human development for these boys within the context of a living Catholic faith. With a focus on service, the project seeks to engage with our students as they transition to university studies through community volunteering opportunities both local and abroad.
The new Jesuit House residential program for a small number of young Old Boys is already functioning as a centre for discussion and study. It provides boys with the opportunity to participate closely in the project at the same time as living the lives of normal students. Located on Broadway near Sydney’s CBD, the house will also serve as an office for planning a range of related activities and overseas immersions.
The Cardoner Project began at St Aloysius College due to the enthusiasm and aspirations of the students for further opportunities for service. The Director of the program is Fr. David Braithwaite.
About the Immersions
The Cardoner Project seeks to provide the opportunity for its member to develop faith and integrity through service, both locally and overseas. The project offers a number of overseas immersions that expose participants to different cultures, encourage reflection and foster understanding. On these trips, participants play an active part in the communities they encounter with diverse opportunities for service.
With the chance to engage with communities in a number of roles for short or long-term periods recent immersions have included trips to Thailand, Vietnam and Nepal. Through these immersions The Cardoner Project endeavours to serve the poor by building sustainable outreach networks of solidarity, here and overseas.
In 2013, the Jesuits acquired the old bank building on the corner of Broadway and City Rd in Chippendale. This established Jesuit House, the first tangible home and headquarters for The Cardoner Project. MORE>>
We seek to offer an extension and a deepening of what Old Boys have already received at Jesuit schools, a deeper experience of God and an understanding of themselves as spiritual beings. MORE>>
The Cardoner Project began at St Aloysius College due to the enthusiasm and aspirations of the students for further opportunities for service beyond their final year of high school. MORE>>
From the central location of Jesuit House in Chippendale, The Cardoner Project has been able to involve itself in a number of local volunteering opportunities. MORE>>
Plans are underway for a restaurant on the ground floor that will be a volunteer-driven social enterprise eventually offering training for disadvantaged youth, working alongside young Old Boys and their friends. MORE>>
Faith in Jesus Christ is what grounds and orients the entire work of The Cardoner Project. It gives life to the Church of which we are living parts. MORE>>
Jesuit House is the headquarters of The Cardoner Project at 202 Broadway, Chippendale. Purchased in mid 2013, the ground floor is a function and office space to be used for events. MORE>>
Bellarmine House is the residential program of the Cardoner Project and is based on the top two floors of Jesuit House. The house acts as a transitional residence for recently graduated old boys. MORE>>
Our Projects at Home...
Jarjum College Redern
As one of the Cardoner Project’s local outreach initiatives a strong relationship has been forged with Jarjum College Redfern. Jarjum College is a Jesuit K-6 primary school for Indigenous boys and girls from the Redfern area. MORE>>
As part of the projects service program boys in the house have been volunteering at Teresa House Homeless shelter, which provides emergency overnight accommodation. MORE>>
St Canice's Kitchen
The Cardoner project works closely with St Canice’s church, Elizabeth Bay, in a range of social ventures. St Canice’s has been operating in Elizabeth Bay since 1889 and has grown not only as a parish, but as an important part of the Kings Cross community. MORE>>
IGNATIAN SERVICE ASSOCIATION
The Old Ignatians’ Union (OIU) Ignatian Service Association is a group facilitating community service by anyone associated with the school community. MORE>>
Gawad Kalinga Australia
Gawad Kalinga (GK) is an anti-poverty organisation that works to build communities. Founded in the Philippines, its name means ‘to give care’ in Tagalog. In the Philippines this commitment takes the form of creating tangible communities. MORE>>
OUR PROJECTS ABROAD...
Currently The Cardoner Project has taken 138 young Old Boys on immersions, and has placed 42 young Old Boys in 6 to 12 month Service Year placements in Asia. Since 2010, the young Old Boys have raised over $100,000 for our partners overseas. MORE>>