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Ignatian Day 2019 (Johannesburg)

Sat, 3rd Aug 2019 @ 8:30 AM 4:00 PM

You are invited to the Ignatian Day on 3 August – an opportunity to learn more about Ignatian Spirituality, whether you are totally new to it or have been doing it for years. This year our Keynote speaker is Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, Primate of the Anglican Church of South Africa. There will also be a choice of 3 of 15 workshops. Early bird registration until 26th July R200. Late Registration R250. Limited partial bursaries available on application in case of need. Queries to Margaret Backwell m.backwell@jesuitinstitute.org.za. Please bring a packed lunch.

You can purchase a ticket for the event at the bottom of this page… Ticket sales will close at 11am on Friday, 2 August 2019. This is to enable staff to finalise workshop allocations before Saturday. You are still welcome to attend as a walk-in on the day. Please proceed to the Registration Table marked ‘Walk-ins’ and we will accept your payment and allocate you to workshops dependent upon availability.

Please note that the day will start at 9am sharp so we recommend arrival from 8.30 so that you can park and get your name-tag and workshop allocations.  We will end by 4pm.

Some things to note for the day

The before-tea slot in the morning will be Archbishop Makgoba’s keynote address: “Ignatian Spirituality: Finding God in South Africa today.” This will be followed by three break-away sessions of workshops/talks. 

There will be a number of items for sale including books; small eats such as slices of cake or pizza; embroidered items such as bible covers, vestments etc so you may wish to bring some cash with you.

Please do remember to bring a packed lunch with you. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. 

On arrival please go to the table for those “pre-registered”. There you will receive your workshop allocations and venues for the afternoon on your nametag.  We have tried wherever possible, to allocate you your top preferences. In some cases, due to the constraints of some workshops being offered concurrently this has meant using your fourth preference.

Some workshops will repeated and therefore offered in two slots but we would request that you attend in the slot assigned to you in order to avoid problems with overcrowding of workshop venues. 

Please note that there are some stairs to the main hall where Archbishop Makgoba will be speaking. If you have a mobility problem and cannot manage stairs please advise me by email a.paulin-campbell@jesuitinstitute.org.za as soon as possible and we will be in touch with you.

List of Workshops

During the day you can attend up to three workshops. During registration we will ask you to indicate your choice of four workshops and we will do our best to accommodate your choices. Please read the summaries of the workshops on offer below and note your four choices before beginning the Registration process. We will ask you to indicate your choice of workshops in order of preference during the registration. Although you can only attend 3 workshops during the day, we are asking you to give us a fourth preference in case workshops are oversubscribed. Please register soon. All workshop requests will be considered in the order of successful registration.

You can purchase a ticket for the event at the bottom of this page…

The Spirituality that shaped Pope Francis

by Fr Russell Pollitt SJ (Jesuit Institute South Africa)
Intended audience: Everyone

Fr Russell Pollitt SJ, who has spent time in Rome and been in meetings with Pope Francis, reflects on what aspects of Ignatian Spirituality seem to have influenced and shaped his worldview and leadership.

Ignatius and his Legacy

by Dr Annemarie Paulin-Campbell (Jesuit Institute South Africa)
Intended audience: Everyone

Who was this man Ignatius and what gifts does his Spirituality hold for us us in 2019? Drawing on her recent experiences in Loyola, birthplace of Ignatius, Annemarie Paulin-Campbell takes us on a journey to discover more about the gift and legacy of the life of Ignatius and it’s relevance to our context today.

Journeying with Ignatius in the Townships

by Puleng Matsaneng (Jesuit Institute South Africa)
Intended audience: Everyone

The intersection of Ignatian Spirituality and township culture is a great resource for township people. Both these cultures meet at points where one cannot deny the other but the two work together for better growth. Those that have entered into this relationship have spoken of finding a balance which has fulfilled their lives.

Finding God in Film

by Fr Anthony Egan SJ (Jesuit Institute South Africa)
Intended audience: Everyone

This workshop looks at how film can be a source for spiritual growth. Through the use of a number of films we look at key Ignatian themes (e.g. discernment, two standards etc) as they might be read into motion pictures.

Ignatian Spirituality Online

by Fr Matthew Charlesworth SJ (Jesuit Institute South Africa)
Intended audience: Everyone

The worldwide web has various resources for Ignatian Spirituality online. Take a tour with Fr Matthew Charlesworth of some of the best websites for praying, teaching, researching and learning about Ignatian Spirituality, St Ignatius and the Jesuit charism it has inspired.

The God who Speaks: Listening in Wonder

by Rev Reggie Venter and Mrs Cherie-Lynn van der Merwe (Jesuit Institute Spiritual Directors)
Intended audience: Beginners

Ignatian prayer encourages us to listen closely to God’s leading. This workshop will encourage both the individual and congregations to open themselves to listen to our God who speaks. From experiences of Hearts on Fire, Weeks of Guided Prayer to Spiritual Direction, we will explain how the Ignatian Institute offers support in developing an intimate prayer life with God.

Becoming an adult with the help of Ignatian Spirituality

by Morongoa Selepe (Jesuit Institute Tsoseletsa Facilitator and Giver of the Spiritual Exercises)
Intended audience: Everyone

Becoming an adult can be a challenging time. It is at this time that young adults question everything in their lives to find some meaning, this includes: beginning to question their faith, identity, vocation (work and the rest of their lives). A sharing of elements of Ignatian Spirituality that have helped inspire me a a young adult to begin to find an authentic /personal response to the challenges above; and what other youth and young adults through my Prayer Guiding and Spiritual Direction ministry have found helpful and live giving.

The Power of the Examen Prayer

by Retired Anglican Bishop Peter Lee (St Benedict’s Retreat Centre)
Intended audience: Beginners and Intermediate

The Examen is an Ignatian-inspired practice of prayer which draws upon our own experience of life and of reflection on that experience. The workshop introduces the practice and offers a pattern for regular use of it.

Ignatius would be surprised

by Jacques Bornman (School of Prayer pastor at Mosaiek)
Intended audience: Everyone

Mosaiek is a post-denominational congregation in Johannesburg, with predominantly Afrikaans-speaking members. In his talk Jacques will share how the gift of the Spiritual Exercises has been received and adopted to help the congregation grow deeper in their friendship with God.

Ignatian Spirituality and the youth

by Nontobeko Mhlongo (Jesuit Institute South Africa)
Intended audience: Everyone

This workshop will examine the importance of Ignatian Spirituality in the lives of the youth or young adults, especially given the context where many have lost hope and are struggling with their relationship with God. The aim is to encourage a strengthening and building-up of one’s relationship with God. Practical suggestions, such as how to form a non-judgemental support group and how to discern difficult choices will be discussed.

Visio Divina: Colours of Insight

by Michelle Pilet (Anglican Church, Diocese of Johannesburg)
Intended audience: Everyone

An experiential form of praying using words, colours and images to open up the eyes of your heart held in God’s heart. To listen through visual engagement and to explore God’s Word for you in the moment of the now.

For sensible pray-ers – some Glimpses into Sense-abled Prayer

by Lynn Fletcher (Jesuit Institute Spiritual Director and Prayer Guide)
Intended audience: Everyone

An opportunity with whiffs of poetry, touches of music and slivers of art, to experience and share ways of praying so you feel what you hear, taste what you see.

Following Neil Gaiman’s Instructions: using Story to signpost our many journeys

by Dr Gillian Godsell (Retired academic)
Intended audience: Everyone

For many years I used Neil Gaiman’s poem, Instructions, to help my PhD students map their forthcoming PhD journeys. In this interactive workshop, we will use the traditional fairytales in Gaiman’s book, and tales and wisdom brought in from other cultures, to understand resources and barriers in all kinds of journeys. This understanding will be applied to the individual journeys of participants.

Ignatian Spirituality and Positive Psychology

by Dr Annemarie Paulin-Campbell (Jesuit Institute South Africa)
Intended audience: Advanced

Drawing on insights from the recent International Symposium on The Spiritual Exercises and Psychology in Loyola Annemarie Paulin-Campbell talks about the interface between recent developments in Psychology and how these connect with the Spiritual Exercises and Ignatian Spirituality.


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Sat, 3rd Aug 2019
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
R200.00 – R250.00
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Margaret Backwell
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St. Joseph’s Diocesan Centre, Cnr Good &, Herman St, Sophiatown
Johannesburg,Gauteng2092South Africa
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+27 (11) 375-2700
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31 people are attending Ignatian Day 2019 (Johannesburg)

Robert Hofmeyr Lesley Smithers Tamaryn Imrie Lindi Matabane Jennifer Charlesworth Rita Thom Carla Mckenzie Jacqueline Brook Dr Maggie Tshule Nomonde Nyanga Keagile Makgoba Marian Barenbrug Jo-anne Tatalias Lindelwa Jabavu