News from the Jesuit Institute
Pope’s visit to Morocco: Russell Pollitt SJ went to Morocco for Pope Francis’ apostolic visit to the 99% Muslim country. He was a guest of the Moroccan embassy to South Africa. READ SPOTLIGHT.AFRICA COVERAGE OF THE VISIT .
Tax Justice and Poverty conference in Nairobi: An international conference on Tax Justice and Poverty, took place in Nairobi, Kenya. Ricardo da Silva SJ and Anthony Egan SJ were invited to report on this event for the Justice and Ecology Office of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar. The event attracted key academics, businesswomen and men, and activists. Over three days they discussed at length, and sometimes heatedly, issues like ‘Illicit Financial Flows’, where richer developed world economies extort the resources of poorer developing world economies. READ SPOTLIGHT.AFRICA COVERAGE OF THE CONFERENCE
Retreat for Kroonstad clergy: Matthew Charlesworth SJ offered a reflection day and the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation to the diocesan and religious priests of the Diocese of Kroonstad. Using the image of the deaf and mute man healed by Jesus, he looked at the concept of betrayal and how pastors have often become deaf and mute, failing to listen and to proclaim the Good News of the Lord. He invited them to consider how Jesus was, in fact, most attentive to the seemingly unwanted and unloved. Matthew remarked how wonderful it was to see such fraternity among the priests.
Day of Lenten Recollection in Benoni: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Benoni hosted a Lenten Day of Recollection, presented by Russell Pollitt SJ. The day gathered 70 people for prayer and reflection. It offered them a chance to reflect on their lives and particularly on their relationship with God and others, as well as their need for personal and collective healing from past hurts and relationships.
Living with Integrity in the Digital World: Justine Limpitlaw and Ricardo da Silva SJ presented one of the signature programmes of the Jesuit Institute, Living with Integrity in the Digital World, at St Francis Xavier Orientation Seminary in Cape Town. Over two days the seminarians explored issues concerning online behaviour. They looked at the impact the online world is having on their lives and the lives of those whom they will be called to serve as future ministers. It was an eye-opening experience for many who seldom stopped to consider the more detrimental effects that prolonged and irresponsible use of online technologies can have.
Church’s complicity in racism — Bryan Massingale on TalkRadio702: Bryan Massingale was a guest on the popular TalkRadio702 mid-morning show hosted by Eusebius McKaiser, looking at the scourge of racism in the Catholic Church. Massingale, speaking to McKaiser: “We need to unpack as to how the church has been complicit […] It happens actively through its legacy of exclusion of African Americans and other people of colour from positions of leadership [and] passively in terms of what rituals are allowed at worship and also passively through its silence in not confronting the issue of racism.” LISTEN TO A PODCAST OF THE SHOW
Bryan Massingale lecture at St Augustine: Fr Bryan Massingale is one of the world’s leading Catholic scholar’s on theological ethics and racial justice, teaching at the Jesuits’ Fordham University in New York. He gave a ground-breaking lecture at St Augustine College on 5 March 2019 looking at two central figures that have rarely been studied together: Malcolm X and Steve Biko. He explored their religious dream for a multi-racial democracy, which is also the subject of his forthcoming book. LISTEN TO HIS FIRST-EVER PUBLIC LECTURE ON THIS SUBJECT
Laudato Si’ workshop: Anthony Egan SJ, gave a talk on Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ to parishioners at Bryanston Catholic Church, using the Care for Our Common Home workbook designed by the Jesuit Institute to promote climate justice among people of goodwill. The event was organised by the Justice and Peace group of the parish. Please contact us if you are interested in hosting a similar event. The workbook is available in our ONLINE STORE for R120.
‘Denied Access’ screening in Cape Town: The Parliamentary Liaison Office of the SACBC, together with the Scalabrini Centre and the Social Apostolate of the South African Jesuits hosted a screening of the Jesuit Institute documentary-film Denied Access. The film tells the stories of forced migrants living in South Africa. Katleho Khang SNJM and Ricardo da Silva SJ were in attendance. Addressing the audience, Katleho reminded us of the need to ensure the dignity of all persons. For her, this was a key motivation in making this film. If you have not already seen the film, you can watch it HERE.
Triduum Retreat: Join us from Holy Thursday evening, 18 April 2019, until Easter Sunday breakfast on 21 April 2019, at Lumko Institute, Benoni. This is a time to contemplate and pray together as we commemorate Jesus’ life, passion, death and resurrection. We will be using art, poetry, journaling and film at this retreat. The cost of the retreat is R2 250 per person which includes catering and accommodation. Register at www.jesuitinstitute.org.za or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter Living Theology 2019: The Jesuit Institute is proud to announce this year’s Winter Living Theology (WLT) series entitled How to live a happy life: The spirituality and psychology of well-being.
WLT2019 will be presented by Fr David Marcotte, a Jesuit priest and clinical psychologist, who will look at stress, burnout, depression, anxiety, compassion-fatigue, suicide and addiction. He will offer participants practical skills to counter these and advance well-being. He believes that meditation and contemplative practices are an essential part of well-being and has done empirical studies which he will share with participants.
Our WLT 2019 dates are as follows: