New Staff: Matthew Charlesworth SJ has joined the staff of the Jesuit Institute. He will primarily be working in the IT department of the Institute. He will work on the Spotlight Africa team as well as do some work in the spirituality projects of the Institute. Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya, former editor of the Pretoria News Weekend has joined the staff to work exclusively on Spotlight Africa.

Spiritual Directors Training (SDT): The first module of the three-year SDT began in January. 46 people, from all over Southern Africa and across different Christian denominations are participating in the training. Annemarie Paulin-Campbell is coordinating the training team made up of Frances Correia, Russell Pollitt SJ, Trevor Hudson and Bishop Peter Lee.

Spiritual Director’s Training – Cape Town: Annemarie Paulin-Campbell travelled to Cape Town in early January to share the Institute’s experience of running SDT courses over the last 15 years. The Centre for Christian Spirituality, the Andrew Murray Foundation, University of Stellenbosch and Huguenot College are working on setting up a training in the Western Cape.

Catholic Bishops’ Plenary: Spotlight Africa, a ministry of the Jesuit Institute which offers news and analysis online, covered the January plenary session of the Catholic bishops of Southern Africa. The Spotlight team also did interviews with some of the bishops. To read more visit www.spotlight.africa

Fordham: The Jesuit Institute, in partnership with Pretoria University and Fordham University, collaborates on an exchange programme. Eleven students arrived from Fordham in late January. Annemarie Paulin-Campbell assisted by Kathi Tarentaal, led them on a two-day retreat. Annemarie, together with deputy director of the Institute, Ursula van Nierop, then did site visits to see where the students will be doing their service-learning during their stay. Anthony Egan SJ, will teach them a course on South African history.

State Capture: Russell Pollitt SJ, together with Ranjeni Munusamy, associate editor of the Sunday Times, spoke about State Capture and the State of the Nation at the annual Dominican Family Gathering. Martin Badenhorst OP offered a theological reflection on Catholic Social teaching in the context of State Capture and the State of the Nation.

Elements of Counselling: The Jesuit Institute hosted the launch of the 3rd edition of the popular book Elements of Counselling. The book was written by Joan Schön, Lauren Gower and Victor Kotze.  The cost is R350 (excl. p&p). If you would like to order a copy, please contact admin@jesuitinstitute.org.za

Ash Wednesday: On Ash Wednesday the Jesuit Institute offers a day of recollection. In Johannesburg the day will be led by Russell Pollitt SJ and Annemarie Paulin-Campbell at the Jesuit Institute. In Cape Town Michael Lewis SJ will lead the day at St Bernard’s in Newlands. Cost R200. Tea and coffee will be provided, please bring a packed lunch. For further information please contact retreats@jesuitinstitute.org.za Please note that booking is essential.

Lent Book Launch: The Jesuit Institute has produced a book of reflections for Lent entitled Long Journey to the Resurrection. The reflections were written by Nicholas King SJ and Annemarie Paulin-Campbell. The book costs R100 (excl. p&p). The book is available in audio format for R100. You can also receive the reflections daily on WhatsApp for R80. Order your copy now by sending an e-mail to lent@jesuitinstitute.org.za.

The book will be launched at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Rosebank, on 12 February 19h00 for 19h30-20h30. Russell Pollitt SJ will be in conversation with Annemarie Paulin-Campbell. The book will be on sale at the launch.

Children’s Lent Book:  A book of Lenten reflections specifically for children has also been published by the Jesuit Institute. The book costs R80 (excl. p&p). Please contact admin@jesuitinstitute.org.za to get your copy now.

Triduum Retreat: The Jesuit Institute offers an annual Triduum Retreat which begins on Holy Thursday and ends with breakfast on Easter Sunday at the Lumko Centre in Benoni. On the retreat there is plenty of time for rest, silence and reflection. Short inputs are given and all the Triduum liturgies are celebrated at the Carmelite Monastery with the Carmelite Community. Booking is essential. Please email retreats@jesuitinstitute.org.za for more information or to book your place.