Joseph Cardijn

The Young Christian Students movement is based upon the teachings of Joseph Cardijn, a Belgian priest who had devoted his life to bringing Christianity to the working class and advocating for an end to the dehumanising influences that were enforced onto the people.

Born in 1882 to a working class family, he was exposed to the lives and hardships of the workers and from a young age is saw life as a priest as a way through which is could help and bring good to the people. Pioneering the ‘See, Judge, Act’ method that is the basis of the Young Christian Students movement, Joseph Cardijn started the organisation that came to be known as the Young Christian Workers, an international organisation. Through the YCW Cardijn sought to promote not only the spiritual and temporal welfare of youth, but also to overcome poverty and exploitation of people.