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>>


Ignatius - Enlightened on the banks of the Cardoner.

Our Mission

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>>

Our History

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>> 

Our Projects

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>> 

Our Future

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

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>>


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>>


The Cardoner Project and Jesuit Social Services www.jss.org.au are committed to real collaboration on a range of great projects that will engage the young Old Boys and others in shaping a more just society. MORE>>


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>>


Across the Pacific Ocean lies the city of Tijuana in northern Mexico. Tijuana’s location on the United States-Mexican border makes it the perfect location to witness the juxtaposition between these two countries.
— Daniel Rubic (SAC11)


When the opportunity of travelling to Ecuador first presented itself to me I thought what an obscure place to go. We spent our time in Quito. . .
— Tom Masi (SIC13)


The Cardoner Project’s Nepal Immersion typically runs in December of each year, designed to give recent Jesuit old boys a deeper appreciation for the often-misunderstood cultural and religious issues in Nepal.
— Max Sturt (SAC13)


The Cardoner Project has had volunteers in northern Thailand since 2012 as a part of The Arrupe Education Project, an initiative of the Thai Jesuits.
— Tim Humphreys (SAC12)


The Vietnam immersion run by the Cardoner Project is one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences that young Aloysius and Riverview old boys can undertake in their early post-high school life.
— Cameron Gray (SAC12)


The Micronesia Service year provides a fantastic opportunity for those seeking a thorough cultural immersion and volunteer experience.
— Alex Smith (SAC13)


The Cardoner Project has had volunteers in northern Thailand since 2012 as a part of The Arrupe Education Project, an initiative of the Thai Jesuits.
— Tim Humphreys (SAC12)


From 2015 a placement is on offer in East Timor for 6-12 months, with a preference for a full year. In the years ahead we will expand these offerings to other places.