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. The founder of The Cardoner Project is Fr. David Braithwaite SJ. On the sidelines of a school rugby match, boys in year 12 had asked Fr. David about volunteering opportunities on their year off after exams. In response he led a group of boys mainly from his Studies of Religion class to Vietnam on their first immersion. Following that the number of immersions grew and long-term volunteering placements for boys in Vietnam became available. Eventually adopting the name ‘The Cardoner Project’, what had been a part-time hobby for Fr. David turned into a full time commitment after his final ordination into the Jesuits in 2012. The project began to take shape that year with the write up of a strategic plan and increased involvement from old boys.
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. In April 2013, the house opened up its top floor as an intentional residence for the ongoing formation of graduates from Jesuit schools. Currently there are 16 boys living on the top floor along with two Jesuits in the first floor’s Jesuit flat. Jesuit House serves as a volunteer planning centre and community for all involved with The Cardoner Project. It is a place of hospitality for study, planning and socialising and outreach to the poor. Since its start the project has run immersions and long-term volunteer placements in Vietnam, Thailand, Nepal, Ecuador and Mexico. Jesuit House has also made possible a number of local volunteering opportunities within Sydney and without. As an opportunity for graduates of Jesuit schools to go on to serve others, The Cardoner Project, most importantly, continues to grow.
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>>
Faith in Jesus Christ is what grounds and orients the entire work of The Cardoner Project. 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>>
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>>
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>>
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>>