Research Repository

University Crest

Frank Lombard (1910-1967)

Duncan, Bruce (2014) Frank Lombard (1910-1967). Footprints, 29 (2). pp. 22-35. ISSN 0015-9115


Download (429kB)


This article chronicles the life of Fr Frank Lombard, a charismatic Melbourne priest who popularised the Young Christian Workers Movement (YCW), particularly though sporting activities. The YCW rally in 1943 attracted a crowd of some 30,000 people, with up to 4,000 youth members. The YCW also vigorously promoted the co-operative movement in Victoria. The author describes the clash between Lombard (supported by the auxiliary Catholic Bishop Justin Simonds) and BA (Bob) Santamaria (supported by Archbishop Mannix), who wanted to use the YCW in his anti-communist campaign. The YCW trained people for independent lay judgment and initiative in industrial and political affairs, and refused to be conscripted by Santamaria.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Frank Lombard, Mannix, Kevin T Kelly, BA Santamaria, Catholic Action, Cardijn, ANSCA, Frank McCann, Archbishop Simonds, Charlie Mayne, Ken Mitchell, Bishop John Kelly
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Applied Research
Subjects: C - Church History
College/Association with University of Divinity: YTU: Yarra Theological Union
Depositing User: Dr Bruce Duncan
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2015 02:11
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2015 02:11
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1735

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Document Downloads

More statistics for this item...