Sr Maureen Rooney, Archbishop Slattery and Bishops Tsoke and Risi

Bishops visit Institute: Archbishop William Slattery and Bishops Edward Risi and Duncan Tsoke, together with Sr Maureen Rooney HC, spent a day at the Jesuit Institute listening and watching presentations on the multi-faceted work of the Institute. Bishop Risi, who organised the visit, said that it was important to know all that the Jesuit Institute does. Archbishop Slattery thanked the Institute for the contribution it makes to the Church in Southern Africa.


Discerning Apostolic Priorities in Rome: Puleng Matsaneng attended a workshop on discernment in common and apostolic planning which was held at the Jesuit Curia in Rome from the 6-9 February 2018. The objective of the workshop was to share experiences from different parts of the world in order to develop a methodology for the universal Society of Jesus in discernment in common-apostolic planning. There were 28 participants from the six Jesuit conferences across the globe – 21 Jesuits, 6 lay people and a religious sister.

Photo: Rosa Calaca, Catholic Schools Office

Children and the Digital World: Russell Pollitt SJ was invited by the Catholic Schools Office (CSO) to address heads of Catholic Schools in the Gauteng area on his experience of the Child Dignity Conference in Rome in October 2017. He outlined a number of challenges that need to be looked at in order to help children negotiate the digital world today.

Living with Integrity in the Digital World: Communications lawyer, Justine Limpitlaw, and Russell Pollitt SJ, presented the Institute’s social media education presentation for teachers and parents at Loreto School in Queenswood, Pretoria. The presentation outlines the advantages and challenges of the online world and offers suggestions as to how educators and parents can help young people live with integrity in the digital world.

Video interview with SA Sister appointed by Pope to Papal Commission: Matthew Charlesworth SJ, Frank Tuson and Katleho Khang SNJM, did a video interview with Sr Hermenegild Makoro CPS, just days after she was re-appointed to the Papal Commission for the Protection of Minors. You can view the video on Spotlight.Africa , a ministry of the Jesuit Institute which offers news and analysis online.

Ash Wednesday Day of Recollection: The Institute hosted its annual day of recollection for Ash Wednesday. Annemarie Paulin-Campbell and Russell Pollitt SJ gave inputs.

The Papacy and Pope Francis: Russell Pollitt SJ gave a talk on the Papacy and Pope Francis to the High School at De La Salle Holy Cross, Linden. There was also a chance for learners to ask questions – some of which were very insightful and interesting!

Lenten Retreats & Courses: During Lent a number of retreats in daily life and Hearts on Fire courses are taking place around the country. Among the Weeks of Guided Prayer was one recently offered by Cecil and Sue Edwards and their team at the Methodist Church in White River – which had thirty retreatants and a dedicated team of live-in guides. Bryanston Catholic Church began their Week of Guided Prayer journey this Saturday. Hearts on Fire introductory courses currently underway include those in Hilton KZN and Rondebosch, Maitland, Kenilworth and Somerset West in the Cape.  Opportunities for these retreats in daily life and Hearts on Fire can be found on our website. A big Hearts on Fire will be offered in Bryanston, Johannesburg, starting in May.

Tsosoletsa: Ten days ago a Tsoseletsa retreat ended at St Thomas More parish in Centurion while another was launched this past Sunday at St Martin’s de Porres parish in Soweto.





Fordham: Anthony Egan SJ has begun teaching the course on Modern South African Stories: History and Literature of South Africa 1870 to present day at the University of Pretoria to the exchange students from Fordham University in New York. Annemarie Paulin-Campbell also facilitates a class on Ignatian Reflection.

Elements of Counselling: The Jesuit Institute is selling copies 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

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 for more information or to book your place.




RIP Prof Brian Gaybba : renowned South African Catholic Theologian, Brian Gaybba, passed away on the 25 February 2018 in Grahamstown. Sue Rakozcy IHM, wrote an obituary on Prof Gaybba . The Jesuit Institute honours Prof Gaybba for the wonderful and far reaching work he did for theology in South Africa. Rest in peace Prof Gaybba.