News from the Jesuit Institute
Fr Shaun Carls SJ, RIP:
In the early morning hours of 11 June 2018, Fr Shaun Carls SJ, the superior of the Jesuit community in Johannesburg, died tragically, suddenly and unexpectedly. The Jesuit Institute team is greatly saddened by his death and gives thanks for the many contributions he made and for his direct involvement in our work.
An obituary of Fr Carls can be found HERE.
Jesuit Interns from Hekima College in Nairobi:
At the beginning of June, we welcomed two Jesuit interns studying theology at Hekima College in Nairobi. Jean Amegble SJ and Anthony Aduaka SJ were assigned to the Jesuit Institute for a month-long period of apostolic work during their holidays. They have now come to the end of their time with us. During this time, they have been on shoots with our Media team, writing for Spotlight.Africa and also as facilitators and prayer guides on our signature Hearts on Fire and Tsoseletsa
We recognise and thank them for their efforts and wish them well as they return to Kenya to resume their studies.
Winter Living Theology 2018 kicks off:
The series on Racial Justice and the Demands of Discipleship presented by the esteemed theological scholar-activist-priest, Bryan Massingale of Fordham University in New York, kicked-off at Christ the King Catholic Church in Pretoria with record numbers in attendance. The Johannesburg leg of the series was a great success too. It is encouraging that many laypeople gave three days of their time to engage in a topic that they were warned would make them “uncomfortable”. We were also privileged to see members of the SACBC administrative staff and three of our bishops in attendance. Read more HERE.
Book Launch on Writings of Robert Persons SJ:
The Department of English at WITS University and the Jesuit Institute co-hosted a book launch on the writings of Robert Persons SJ, a Jesuit priest who lived during Elizabethan times. The launch was at The Jesuit Institute offices in Auckland Park and saw Victor Houliston, co-author of the work, in conversation with the Jesuit Institute‘s director, Fr Russell Pollitt SJ.
Read more HERE.
Russell Pollitt SJ attended the annual celebrations of “Pope’s Day”, the national day of Vatican City State. The day started with a Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Pretoria, presided over by the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Peter B. Wells.
This was followed by a reception at the Vatican’s embassy in Pretoria.
Read more HERE.
Hearts on Fire in Bryanston: About fifty people from different Christian churches participated in a six-week introduction to Ignatian Spirituality which was hosted by Bryanston Methodist Church. The course gave participants an opportunity to learn more about and to experience Ignatian approaches to prayer. The course is designed to teach participants how they can live from an Ignatian perspective, seeking to find God in all aspects of life. Ignatian spirituality seeks to help us live a contemplative life in the midst of the busyness of our everyday comings and goings.
Individually Guided 8-Day Retreat in Durban:
A silent retreat, individually directed over eight days, took place at St Dominic’s Retreat Centre, The Bluff, Durban. This gave people an opportunity to take quality time out to focus on deepening their relationship with God so as to more fully live their unique and God-given call. People from different parts of the country and from different walks of life attended the retreat.
Fordham University Ubuntu Students’ Retreat:
Eleven young women from Fordham University in New York took part in a programme which is offered in partnership between Fordham University in New York, The University of Pretoria (UP) and the Jesuit Institute. Their time in South Africa involves studies at UP and also community service work where they were able to experience and learn from people in very under-resourced communities. As part of this, just before returning to the USA, they engaged in a retreat to reflect on their time in South Africa. The retreat was led by Annemarie Paulin-Campbell and Kathi Tarantal.
Conference on Religion & Racial Justice in South Africa and the United States:
The Jesuit Institute South Africa, The Department of Theology at Fordham University in New York and The Centre for Contextual Ministry at the University of Pretoria, in a joint collaboration, will host a comparative, ecumenical conference on religion and racial justice in South Africa and the United States. Read more here.
Individually Guided 8-Day Retreat in Johannesburg: The Jesuit Institute will host an individually guided eight-day residential retreat from 14-22 September at Lumko Institutein Benoni. For more information or to apply please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Digital Pathfinding: The Jesuit Institute has teamed up with the Catholic Institute for Education (CIE) to host a seminar on digital media in the school community. Schools are struggling to come to grips with these new issues and we hope that this seminar will equip them with some strategies on how to deal with them. We have secured a forensic psychologist who has a great deal of experience assisting schools with these challenges and have met with a number of representatives from social media platforms. We will also be presenting a programme that schools could put in place to help children regulate their behaviour on online platforms and social media apps. It promises to be very cutting-edge and informative.
The seminar is relevant for all teachers (NOT just IT teachers!), principals and SMTs, parents, therapists, school lawyers, school board members and anyone else interested in safeguarding children. The seminar will be at the Sierra Hotel in Randburg on the 13-14 September. Register here.
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This month we have had articles on key justice issues plaguing the African continent, from electricity shortages in Nigeria, the alarming problem of waste and lack of ecological awareness across the African continent to Gender-Based Violence among South African youth. It was also the month where the SA church hosted its bicentennial celebrations.