russellFr Russell Pollitt SJ
Fr Russell Pollitt SJ, is the Director of the Jesuit Institute. He was born in Pretoria, South Africa. He lived in Port Elizabeth for a short while but grew up in Johannesburg. He studied Philosophy, holds a Bachelors of Arts majoring in Sociology and Socio-Cultural Anthropology, and a Masters Degree in Theology. He was ordained a priest in February 2006. Before joining the team of the Jesuit Institute he was Parish Priest of Holy Trinity – the Jesuit staffed multicultural Parish and University/Hospital Chaplaincy in downtown Johannesburg. During his time there he initiated numerous ministries for the marginalised and tried to implement the Jesuit vision of a faith that does justice. He worked for the Johannesburg-based Catholic station, Radio Veritas. He served as National Chaplain to Catholic Engaged Encounter in South Africa. He has also served on the advisory board of the Social Communications Department as well as the Justice & Peace Gender Desk of the Southern African Catholic Bishop’s Conference. He has done retreat work in South Africa and at the Jesuit Retreat Centre in Los Altos, California. Fr Russell is interested in the impact that communications technology has on society and spirituality. He has conducted numerous workshops in South Africa on social media and the human person. He is interested in the relationship between faith and society and the contribution that faith can make to public policy. He is also interested in South African Politics and the analysis of issues in the Catholic Church. In 2014 he worked for Vatican Radio’s English section, covering the Synod of Bishops on the Family. He has written numerous articles for newspapers and magazines, including Daily Maverick, The Natal Witness, The Southern Cross and the USA weekly Jesuit Magazine, America. He has done numerous interviews for Talk Radio 702, 567 Cape Talk, SAFM, Jacaranda and Vatican Radio. He has appeared on SABC TV and the eNCA News Channel. He is the author of Now is the Favourable Time and co-author of Rejoice Mountains and Hills! and Why do you weep? In his spare time he enjoys running and has completed a number of marathons. He has run the ProNutro AfricanX twice – this is South Africa’s premium 90km three day trail run. Email Russell

egan_smlFr Anthony Egan SJ
Fr Anthony Egan SJ, was born in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1966, and entered the Society of Jesus in September 1990, having completed an MA in History at the University of Cape Town. He studied Philosophy and Theology at Heythrop College, University of London (1992-1995) and at Weston Jesuit School of Theology (1999 – 2003), as well as completing a PhD in Political Studies at University of the Witwatersrand. He was ordained a priest on August 30, 2002. He made final vows as a Jesuit on January 20, 2013. He teaches in the Fordham University Ubuntu Programme at the University of Pretoria, and at the Steve Biko Bioethics Centre, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand. In the second half of 2012 he was a visiting lecturer in theology at Fordham University, New York. He also teaches applied ethics at St Augustine College of South Africa, and has published in the areas of history, politics and ethics. His second book The Church and War in the 21st Century was published in 2012 by Cluster Publications, Pietermaritzburg. He has written for a number of newspapers, including The Argus (Cape Town), Beeld, The Southern Cross and the Mail & Guardian, and is a regular commentator on radio and television. Apart from regular spots on Radio Veritas, he has spoken on SAFM, Radio 702, Classic FM, Radio France International and Vatican Radio. He has also appeared on ETV, Al Jazeera, SABC and OneGospel television channels. His interests include: political leadership, South African politics, moral theology and bioethics. In his spare time he indulges in poetry and painting. Email Anthony

frances_smlFrances Correia
Frances has worked in the area of Ignatian Spirituality since 1999. With Dr Annemarie Paulin-Campbell she helped to establish Vuselela Ignatian Spirituality Centre which was eventually incorporated into the Jesuit Institute. Frances is passionately committed to finding ways to introduce lay people to the depths of Ignatian Spirituality. Her particular area of interest is the interface between Christian Spirituality and Catholic Social Teaching. In line with the comment from Pope Francis that the church must not become simply a ‘compassionate NGO’, Francis is involved in finding ways of helping people working in Church organisations to see their work as an expression of love in service. The role of teachers, nurses, advocates for social justice and other charitable acts is often extremely demanding. These vocations are rarely well paid, and yet they are essential to the functioning of a just society. They are also vocations inspired by the Holy Spirit, and in keeping with the call of Christ to feed the poor, cloth the naked, to visit and comfort those sick or in prison. Frances desires to aid people working in these vocations to live a more fulfilled and committed life, sustained and renewed by the gifts of Ignatian Spirituality. Frances has been involved in developing and presenting training courses in Spiritual Direction since 2000. She has also worked in the Jesuit Institute as a Spiritual Director and Retreat Director, and as a Supervisor of Spiritual Directors. For some years (2007 – 2012) she led the Spirituality team of the Jesuit Institute. Email Frances

annamarie_smlDr Annemarie Paulin-Campbell
Dr Annemarie Paulin-Campbell currently heads up the Jesuit Institute School of Spirituality (JISS). Annemarie is a Catholic laywoman who has studied and worked in the area of Christian Spirituality for the past 16 years doing spiritual direction and retreat work, and training spiritual directors in the Ignatian tradition. Her particular focus is the training and supervision of spiritual directors and retreat givers. A related area of interest is in the interface between Christian Spirituality and Psychology. Annemarie’s doctoral research is on “The impact of imaginal and dialogical processes on shifts in image of self and image of God in women making the Spiritual Exercises as a 19th Annotation Retreat.” Annemarie is also a registered psychologist (and life coach), and has worked in particular in the areas of trauma counselling and community psychology. In 1998 Annemarie completed a Masters Degree in Christian Spirituality at Heythrop, the Jesuit College of the University of London and a three month course in Apostolic Spirituality at St Beuno’s North Wales. On her return to South Africa she founded the Centre for Ignatian Spirituality funded by the Society of Jesus. Working with Frances Correia and later Puleng Matsaneng and a strong core of volunteers, much foundational work was done particularly in the area of developing retreats in daily life. In 2006 the Centre became part of the newly formed Jesuit Institute South Africa offering new possibilities for further developing the work of Ignatian Spirituality. Annemarie values the connection with the international Ignatian world. She has had the privilege of being a guest director at St Beuno’s in North Wales giving the 30-day retreat. She is an editorial correspondent for The Way Journal of Ignatian Spirituality and has given presentations at International Spirituality Conferences in Rome, and Ethiopia and has been a delegate to international Ignatian conferences in Spain and Zimbabwe. In 2012 Annemarie was one of the organizers of an international conference on Spiritual Direction in the African context. Email Annemarie

phuleng_smlPuleng Matsaneng
Puleng Matsaneng joined the Centre for Ignatian Spirituality in 2002 and is now part of the Jesuit Institute where she works in Spirituality and researches Ignatian Spirituality in an African context. In 2005 she went to St Beunos in Wales for a three month course in Apostolic Spirituality. Puleng is currently managing Retreats in daily life and training of guides in the Townships. Her area of speciality has been in wanting to understand how African themes and practices dialogue with the Western traditions and how that is understood in relation to the Ignatian Spirituality, how that builds into their African way of living, taking into consideration the use of song and storytelling into the prayer process. Puleng is also involved in ongoing Spiritual Direction, giving 30 day and 8 day Retreats. In 2006 she became part of the delegate looking at the Spiritual Exercises in the world that took place in Rome, and in 2010 she also went to Kenya for a meeting on giving the Spiritual Exercises in Africa. The year 2011 she went to Democratic Republic of Congo to share her article that came out of The Way Journal, looking at Spiritual Direction in African Context. In 2012 she became part of the organising team and speaker for the International conference on Spiritual Direction in the African context. Email Puleng

Margaret BackwellMargaret Backwell
Margaret Backwell was born in South Africa (of Dutch Origin). Attended St. Roses Convent and matriculated at Sir John Adamson High. Married with 3 grown-up children and proud Gran to 3 granddaughters (one living in Dubai). Love animals and worked at the Jhb Zoo for many years in finance and tour guiding. Worked with the Jesuits at various stages for many, many years and also with Srs of Notre Dame for about 7 years. Returned as a part time staff member at the Jesuit Institute and thoroughly enjoying it! Email Margaret

Thapelo LetsoelaThapelo Letsoela
Thapelo Justice Letsoela is a young South African from Daveyton, a township on the eastern part of Gauteng. He Studied ICDL, Comptia A+ and N+, Technical Support, CCNA at CIDA ICT Academy Thapelo joined the Jesuit institute team as IT Manager and has been doing a great job. One of his great successes was the development of The Lent Reflection App. Email Thapelo